Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Modern Day Slavery

I can't figure out why the pictures are not loading, even I can't seem them now anymore; maddeningly frustrating! Simply imagine fun photos of the Big Apple (its like the game I play with toddlers, use your imagination).

On a wholly unrelated subject, I just finished reading this gripping book, "A Crime so Monstrous..." by Benjamin Skinner. It is about modern day slavery and I highly recommend picking this up; but I'll be upfront it is not an easy read, not just because of the horrific stories but because Skinner does get mired down, on occasion, of political explanations for the causes of slavery. If you overlook or skip those paragraphs, the book is very good. It exposes a subject in today's world that is so often overlooked.

The definition of slavery is those people who are forced to work, not of their own free will, for mere sustenance (food, shelter). Skinner tells stories of Haitian children sold into child servitude, Moldovian villages completely wiped out of their young females between the ages of 17 to 35, who are forced into the sex trade, southern Sudanese women and children shackled to slave trains for northern noble families and poor Indian villagers who are locked through the caste system and old family debts to work for large mine and landowners. All of these tales break your heart and in my case, baffle your mind by how this is allowed to happen. In most instances it is complaciant countries and corrupt police officials that make the work so easy. But the key culprit is poverty (and in many cases, war).

I do also wonder about the people who perputate these systems, the pimps, the guys who sell the children, the mean and violent landowner - what is wrong with these people?! How do they justify their actions? How can a person be so cruel and heartless? Is it the culture you are raised in, maybe without religion or a true family structure? Perhaps if all your life you were raised around thieves and rapists, you become one? Or don't think there is anything wrong in being one?

Either way there is no ready solution - the author suggests writing our congress members, yet esentially this topic needs more coverage, people, including myself are unaware of how prevalent slavery is in today's world. If the book had not been featured on NPR, I would never have heard of it - and that is a shame!

Here is a link to the book and a review. http://search.barnesandnoble.com/A-Crime-So-Monstrous/E-Benjamin-Skinner/e/9780743290074/?itm=1

Do please try to read, even a chapter or two.

10 Comments:

Blogger Brenda said...

I expect the average American would be shocked to know that the slave trade is even alive and well within our borders too. It's sickening and it's sad.

8:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I appreciate your review of the book, but I don't think I can read so much tragedy. My brain is already overloaded with problems.

Brenda is right most of the Americans (who do not see beyond the 4 walls of this country)will be really schocked.

Next time try a lighter book.
Happy Reading.

Austen

1:23 PM  
Blogger JenX67 said...

that comment from "anonymous" Austen - is he/she for real? Well, it's kind of out of line of me to come down on someone I don't even know or to chime in with my two cents - as if anyone cares what I think - but didn't you just say part of the reason these attrocities continue is because of a lack of awareness? We can't afford for all the books we read to be happy, lest one day, we pick up a tragic tale and find that we or someone we love is the suffering protagonist.

3:28 PM  
Blogger JenX67 said...

oh-one more comment to annoy you. I live in Oklahoman, and as recent as one year ago some very mean peeps were holding immigrants hostage. I can't remember if they were from Mexico or somewhere in Asia. They held their passports hostage and made them work for next to nothing - kept them behind fences. I'll try to find the link, but it validates what "Brenda" said.

3:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jenx67,just want to let you know. I thought this was to leave our thoughts and not make mean comments. But this is a free country after all. Thank God we are not slaves. I don't think suggesting to read a lighter book was out of line and I am for real.

Austen

4:40 PM  
Blogger JenX67 said...

the origin of blogging is dialogue. All the same, I'm sorry if I offended you. I would not hurt you. My intention was not to be mean. By asking if you were real, I really was wondering if this comment was serious or sarcastic.

5:04 PM  
Blogger mommanator said...

wow gal you had a flurry of thoughts I have never seen on your site!
tradegy is everywhere for sure! it sure hits the inocents!

9:52 AM  
Blogger citizen of the world said...

I can't understand it either the using of people in that way.

10:29 PM  
Blogger Virginia Gal said...

Brenda - it is sickening.

Austen - yes Americans would be shocked, but perhaps by being shocked we will move to action? I am reading something lighter now for sure! Your comments are always welcome and appreciated here!

Jenx67 - that was very nice of you to apologize, blogging is for dialogue but it can be hard without the nuances of voice, no?
I agree we must be shocked out of our complacency otherwise this stuff will continue to happen! What a tragedy.

Mommanator - yes why does tragedy hit the innocents so hard??

Citizen - you and me both, confused about the human condition.

10:46 PM  
Blogger Native Pride said...

Just happen to stumble on to this blog. I just got home from Virginia and loved it there. I was working for the Red Cross in Ashburn.

12:55 PM  

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