More Slaves Today than at any time in Human History

There is a book by Benjamin Skinner, a fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard Kennedy School of Government that stated that an estimated 27 million people in the world are forced to work, held through fraud, under threat of violence, for no pay beyond subsistence, in forced marriages, in sex-trafficking and prostitution.

William Federer relays from the book that though called by different names, slavery exist today in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Southeast Asia, Romania, Sudan, Haiti, Brazil, Latin America, and in the United States, still.

In his American Minute, he explains the history of slavery and its varies types that exist in one form or another even today:

Ancient cultures made slaves of those captured during wars in Egypt, Babylon, Persia, Greece, China, India, Africa, and Rome.

Julius Caesar conquered in Gaul and brought so many captured “slavic” peoples into to Rome that the term ‘slav’ took the connotation of permanent servant – “slave.”

Over half of Rome’s population were slaves.

Another form of slavery was generational indebtedness, spread by Roman Emperor Diocletian.

The Roman economy was so bad that people unable to pay their mortgages abandoned their properties, renounced their Roman citizenship and went off to live with the barbarians.

Diocletian made it so people could never be free from their debts, tying them and their children to the land in perpetuity, creating the feudal system.

When Muslims conquered areas of Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Greece and the Mediterranean, over a million Europeans were carried off into slavery.

Medieval Catholic religious orders of the Trinitarians or ‘Mathurins’ collected donations to ransom people from Muslim slavery.

Muslims enslaved an estimated 180 million Africans over its 1,400 year expansion.

In pre-Columbian America, the Inca Empire had a system of mandatory public service known as mita, similar to the Aztec’s tlacotin.

When Spain conquered the New World in the early 1500’s, conquistadors deposed Indian government leaders and ruled in their stead.

In the Inca Empire, where Indian populations had been trained to obey government orders, they willingly obeyed their new Spanish leaders, even though it often meant dying in forced labor such as in the Potosi silver mines.

Spaniards set up a system called encomienda or repartimiento, which was similar to feudal France’s Corvée “unfree labour.”

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