Slavery… Today

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Every Passover, Jews read passages from the Haggadah that tell us to visualize ourselves as former slaves who were just freed from the bondage. To some, the request seems antiquated. In the modern mind, slavery has become obsolete, a relic of some bygone era. Right?

Think again! Studies suggest that there are more slaves today than at any previous point in history… as much as 27 million!

The modern form of slavery can be found in every country, even the United States. The US State Department estimates that 17,500 slaves are smuggled in the US annually! They may be forced to do difficult farm labor or to attend to their master in his home, just like the slaves of old.

Of course, slave trading is officially barred by international law. Since 1817 more than 10 international treaties have been signed to outlaw transactions involving slaves. Illegal as it may be, though, slavery continues to be practiced – often with the tacit consent of corrupt authorities.

In India slavery is camouflaged under the mantle of “paying off a debt.” A wealthier farmer may lend a minimal sum to an indigent neighbor, whose son or daughter will be handed over to work off the debt. Their term of indemnity will be “as long as it takes to pay off the debt” – usually, that means forever.

Not only will the child remain enslaved for life, but should they marry and have children, those children are born into the bondage as well. In this manner a family can be enslaved indefinitely for generations to pay off a minor loan taken out by the great-grandfather. In practice, entire villages can be trapped in endless servitude.

There are countries around the world where people are drafted into slavery by powerful organizations, or even by the government itself. Several African countries use the services of forced child soldiers. In South America slaves are forced to harvest crops which are the sold to industrial countries. A large percentage of these laborers are children who were kidnapped and then sold as though they were objects.

In Pakistan young ones are forced to weave carpets. In Ivory Coast kids are beaten and starved on the cacao plantations. In Egypt or other Arab lands maintaining slaves remains a common practice.

Within hours of the terrible earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010, criminal groups swarmed into the devastated country. Slavery had been a problem before the earthquake but suddenly skyrocketed. Similarly, the tsunami that struck in the Indian Ocean in 2004 not only left 300,000 dead and millions more without a roof, it also left some of those millions at the mercy of kidnappers.

The bottom line is that slavery continues today on a grand scale.

Until about 20 years ago, world leaders denied the problem existed, certainly not on the grand scale it is recognized today. (The International Labour Organization estimates that in 2005 the international trade in humans reached a monstrous $32 billion!)

A significant step in the right direction took place in 2000 when President Bill Clinton signed into law the Victims of Violence and Trafficking Protection Act. In 2012, President Obama signed an executive order to help the US government enforce its zero-tolerance policy against human trafficking.

Be that as it may, slavery is very much alive and well in the modern world. We should not take our freedom for granted. This Passover, pause for a moment and acknowledge how literally true it is that “If God had not taken our fathers out of Egypt, we and our children and grandchildren would still be enslaved.”

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Comments icon March 19, 2015

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By Claudia on August 11, 2015 -- 7:34pm

Hi there, my experience and thoughts. My family have jewish roots though I grew up catholic. I have been studying scriptures etc since I was five. Jesus was drummed into me constantly but a few years ago I made a startling discovery that jesus is not the son of God, he was never crucified, he was actually a fallen angel who seduced the angels in heaven and wanted to be God. Lucifer was not his original name. Its like a baby that’s born given a name and when christened given a new name in isaiah and revelation he is known as the morning star there is only one morning star. The new testament contradicts the old testament and God is not a God of contradiction. When he was kicked out of heaven he was kicked into a spirit realm on earth spirit world within this world. He doesn’t have a physical body because he was a spirit being but he can slip into a human known as a vessel, it doesn’t matter how amazing and God fearing you are any vessel is susceptible. He must still be punished judgment day but he thinks that God will accept him back with benefits and all. A delusion. His nemesis who spurred him on mary also a fallen angel very sadistic evil. They think they will win the ultimate battle the new world order began 3ooo yrs ago so if you awaiting it your behind asleep. The children of God are being persecuted but we are living in the last hour which could be a day a week a month a second. You don’t have to believe me ask the holy spirit to reveal the truths to you! Shalom

By The Next Hitler on February 1, 2016 -- 7:24pm

Jews are more responsible for the slave trade than anyone else. The root is in the Torah or those that made the Torah a Jewish book. It condones exploiting non-Jews masquerading it with the distraction that the non-Jews were idol worshippers. It was Jews that got the slaves to America in the 1600s and the goyim were stupid enough to go along with the idea
Jews are behind the hamitic myth. Jews persecute any goyim who exposes these facts using their shabbuz goy as well so it won’t be so obvious it’s a Jewish power play. We are aware that your persecution persona shades the true reality that Jews are behind all wars, revolutions and terrorist plots and they put you in jail if you expose them too loudly and effectively but keep playing the goy man. I know it’s fun. Question, why did Stalin make anti-semitism a death penalty offense? Why were Christian churches burned to the ground and Russian synagogues left untouched.? and why do we never get these facts in the Jewish controlled media? Here’s the secret. Truth is whatever is good for Jews and they can get the goyim to believe

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