Many people tend to think of slavery as an outdated relic of a less progressive time, especially in the United States. What a lot of people don’t recognize is that the issue is still a problem in the world today. Across the globe, 35.8 million people are currently enslaved. Whether they are being forced into labor, prostitution, or trafficking, there are people worldwide that are missing the basic human rights entitled to them as people. Unfortunately, the data behind human trafficking or ‘modern slavery’ is hard to come by as the business is such a hidden crime. A lot of the information comes from survivors that are willing to share their stories.
With the lack of prevalent data, many people assume that the issue is a foreign one and don’t recognize that it’s still a problem in the United States. While there are plenty of other countries that have a more persistent problem, according to the Global Slavery Index, there are currently sixty thousand people enslaved in America. Enslavement is clearly a much more pressing matter in other countries, such as India or Uzbekistan, but the fact remains it is a problem in America as well.
The difference between the United States and the rest of the world isn’t all too surprising. We live in a first world country and have an overall very progressive society. However, that doesn’t stop the fact that there is still slavery in America and it’s a problem that needs a light shined on it sooner rather than later.