More people are enslaved around the world today than have ever been
enslaved at any time in the past. If that is a shocking idea to you, I want
you to ask yourself, why is is so shocking? Is it because slavery is so
monstrous a denial of humanity? Is it because we did not understand the
nature of slavery? Or is it, as I suspect is the case, because we think of
slavery as a historical artifact.
In Chapter 7 I have included a folder on slavery. Read the text and
review the materials in that folder.
One of those resources, the website SlaveryFootPrint.org offers both a
discussion about slavery and a survey that you can take to find out how
many enslaved people provide the goods and services you consume.
There is an email function at the end of the survey that does not work,
but if you drill down on the discussions of the various consumer goods in
the survey, you can get a pretty good idea about what the facets of your
lifestyle contribute most to the global market in human beings. They do
not ask you to answer the question about sex, but the discussion of
human trafficking in the United States usually ties back to sextrafficking. Because of the global nature of the Internet, much of the
global pornography industry relies on the exploitation of trafficked
women and children.
Take the survey. Look at your life. Look at other resources if you wish, and
discuss your place in a global economic system that includes enslaved
people. Obviously, this is a tough topic.This whole Module is about inequality,
and we each need to understand our place in a globally unequal
systems. This is not about "right" and "wrong." Those are moral
questions. This is about taking responsibility for our relationship to the
inequalities of the world in which we live, and then using that
information to decide where we fit in our current economic system.
Book; The Real World an Introduction to Sociology please read (chapter 7)