May 27th, 2011
04:51 PM ET

The Facts: Forms of modern-day slavery

What is slavery? See a definition here. But the following is a list of common words and phrases used by slave holders in order to avoid using the word "slavery," according to Free the Slaves:

- debt bondage
- bonded labor
- attached labor
- restavec
- forced labor
- indentured servitude

Source: Free the Slaves

Topics: The Facts

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  1. meagain

    This is why I told my kids never,never say pledge of aligence or star spangle banner. Its all bs. Hay I got grand kids now & they understand. Read between the lines . Freedom for who. ..........

    May 29, 2011 at 7:32 am | Reply
    • Jeff

      I suggest you move to a country where you feel you can live as an equal instead of feeling subjugated. Where that might be I have no idea as this is the best country I know of, but hey, you have freedom of choice here, pick one. Stop pretending to be a victim and do something for yourself.

      May 31, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Reply
      • hot potatoe

        Go Jeff! Meagain is an idiot. But I still served 20 years to protect her and allow her to belief what she wants. Thank a VET to protect all Americans. Your comment about the best country, yeah, we have faults, but name a country that has done more for the world in the last 4000 years than America has done in the last 100. Thanks Meagain for giving me the opportunity to shine the light

        June 4, 2011 at 11:54 am |
      • Jasun

        Hey Jeff and Hot Potato... We don't owe you a DAMN THING!!! We never asked you to waste 20 years of your life, so we don't owe you S***!!! You made that decision yourself!!! Don't play self righteous to and act like you know more just because you served in the military... We pay are taxes just like you... And for the record, I'd much rather be living in Australia, Fiji, Canada, Sweden, Denmark if I could afford it, but our dollar has been totally jacked by people like you who support war for oil... You'd rather kill babies so you can keep gas at $2.00 a gallon, then go to church and act like your hands are clean... Go F*** yourselves...

        June 4, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
      • Tristis

        Jasun, I do live in Canada (which is a pretty great place, but hey) and I don't believe in war, but I'd never blame the military ranks for it. War is the child of politicians. What soldiers do is risk their lives, and almost all of them do it on the belief that they are saving/protecting the folks back home in either a direct or indirect way. At least some of the time, they are—and for that alone they are owed respect.

        I wish there were more peacekeeper forces than warring forces. It is precisely the attitude of anger and disrespect that you display which drives warmongers. Seriously, "baby killers?" that's an old, way outdated and ridiculous insult that was obviously only intended to harm. If you want to oppose war, find a peaceful solution.

        June 13, 2011 at 9:53 am |
      • correction

        Jeff, every time I hear the suggestion to pack up and go somewhere else, I have to say: you are missing the point. That woman has every right to say that things are not perfect in this country. Maybe she could suggest how to improve. But you and potatoe do not contribute much to the discussion. YOU know of no better country? That only goes to show how limited your world view is. You go ask many europeans or australians or new zealanders, they will tell you they would never exchange their home for the US. It's all a point of view. But there is no need to fly off the handle.

        And as much as I respect what our soldiers do: our freedom in the US hasn't been threatened since the Cuban missile crisis, when you were still pretty young. Even the 9/11 events did not stop our "freedom", they just affected our way of life. So stop the whining about your service. You chose to do it, good, thanks. I am a veteran too, but you won't hear me whining for some praise. The threats to freedom we have faced here in the US have been much more internal. Yes, homeland security, airport antics, called security by stripping granny's shoes, that kind of stuff erodes freedoms a lot more. The filthy rich amassing more and more money and driving even the middle class into hard times, that is what limits my freedoms.
        So, disagree, but stop whining.

        November 16, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
    • K

      Then it's time to go to a different country – maybe Iran ?
      The US obviously can't give you what you are looking for.

      March 18, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Reply
    • K

      HAY !! Then you should pick up and go to a different country... the US obviously have what you need.

      March 18, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Reply
  2. meagain

    Its not bout black&white no more. ,its bout rich&poor.

    May 29, 2011 at 7:38 am | Reply
    • K

      Actually, it's about those who want to work for a better life for their families and those that want it given to them.

      March 18, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Reply
  3. rodger

    Tell more

    May 29, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Reply
  4. ebere

    l wept when i saw children on cnn working ln bondage with their dreams sliping away. Its a pity that human beings are still being treated this way by fellow humans. They should learn to do to others what they would have others do to them. This is what love is all about. Show love thats all i ask for. From nigeria

    May 31, 2011 at 5:21 am | Reply
  5. moamen

    i want to blame every government has modern slavery it is not these people fault it is the government fault and we must admit this fact so to end modern slavery we must change our government like what we did in egypt

    May 31, 2011 at 7:44 am | Reply
    • dream_on

      I want to blame every person that believes any type of government is good. Only fools believe the next government will be any better than the precedent.

      June 3, 2011 at 9:08 am | Reply
  6. URGENT TO SEND THIS ON TO CNN REPORTERS INVISBLE SLAVERY BY HACKING

    INVISIBLE SLAVERY BY INSTANT MESSAGE PEEPING TOM AND PLANTING GIN IN GARAGES AND POT KEYS AND SLANDERING TO AA MEETINGS AND FRAUD EVALS AND FAKE ARRESTS BY MEN UNDERGROUND CALIFORNIA A THOUSAND RAPISTS CONSPIRE AND TAKE FAMILIES
    JOHNNY SAYING WE MEN ARE UPSET THAT DAM JAN IS REVERSING OUR OWN ARREST WARRANTS AS WE ARE GIVING ORAL SEX TO YOUNG REALLY YOUNG GIRLS AND ACT WORRIED AND OH SO CONCERNED AS RANDALL TAUGHT ME TO DO AND I LIED TO THE WHITE HOUSE STAFFS ALL DAY AND NIGHT LONG TO TAKE HANNAH JESSICA AND THE MOST GIFTED PSYCHIC MOM I SAY NOW ACTING LIKE SHES WORKING WITH ME AND I NEVER EVER MET HER NOR DID JEFF ROSENBLUM I LIED TO STANS DAD AND NO THAT IS HER MANAGER AT REMAX OLSON AND STILL A LICENCE THERE AND A REALTOR SINCE 1999 AND DILBECK REALTY WE ARE LYING TO THOSE AGENTS IN SHERMAN OAKS STUDIO CITY AREA NOW AND SAY ITS ME CRACKIN IT IN THE SKY ON CNN AND ME VANCE LENNY TAKE HER LEADS FROM HER CHEAP USED UP TOSIBA NOTEBOOK AND HACK HER AND NOW I FIND OUT JAN COPY PASTED AND NANCY FOX NEVER INVESTIGATED AND I STEAL HER LEADS FROM HER AND REVERSE THEM AND NOW OH HOLIER THAN NOW MISS NANCY GAIL FOX SHE WAS NOT ALWAYS BUT WAS IS SINCE 25 AND JAN LINDA ED STEVE LIED AS JANINE EVANS PECK LIED WHOS NOT EVER FRIENDLY WITH NANCY G FOX ON IMDB.COM EMMY NOMINEE AND A COSTUME IN A MUSEUM "FIDM" DOWNTOWN WHERE SHE BROUGHT JESSICA TAYLOR TO MEET THEM FOR COLLEGE IN ART FASHION DESIGN AND MOM DID NOT WANT HER IN THAT AREA AS ITS NOT SAFE AND NOW TO OTIS PARSONS ART COLLEGE WHERE NANCY FOX ALMOST APPLIED AND A WRITER PRODUCER HER PLAN AND DIRECTOR I SAID AND A WRITER PERIOD AND NOW THATS WHAT SHES DOING AND PSYHIC CHANNELING BOOKS HER PLAN A SERIES AND I TOLD THAT DAM JAN TO STEAL THOSE IDEAS TOO AND SEND AUNT LINDA TO PUBLISH THEM AS LINDA LIES I GOT CONTROL OVER NANCY AND NO THEY ARE NOT EVEN SPEAKING AT ALL FOR TWO YEARS OR MORE AND NOW THE AAS FIND OUT HANNAH WILL NOT SURVIVE THEIR LIES AND HORRIFIC LIES I SAID AND IM A CHILD MOLESOR JOHNNNY VANCE LEN KEN CROSS I FRAME HIM THAT MANS NAME I USED AA MAN KEN CROSS NOT HERE REALLY AND WE ARE NOT UNDERSTANDING I AM TORCHERING KIDS LITTLE ONES TOO THAT DCFS RENEE SHOOTS UP TO RUIN THIER BRAINS AND SEND THEM TO US COMPUTER GEEK SQUAD TO MOLEST AND THEN TO MURDER IN STANS POTTING SHED IN STUDIO CITY AND NOW NO MORE LYING STOP IT NOW THEY SAY TO RANDYS BOB FINEMAN BOB FINNERMAN ENOUGH OF THE BULLSHIT AND STOLE HER POEMS ALREADY IN TROUBLE FOR THAT AND HER SCREENPLAY AND NOT STOPPED STILL BEING SO VERY CRUEL MEAN GIVE IT UP THEY ALL SCREAM AT THE TOP OF THEIR LUNGS LIKE NANCY FOX DID IN THE SHOWER MOST NEEDED I MIGHT ADD AS SHES THE SON OF A GOD AND JESUS HER SOUL MATE BROTHER AND WHY CAN SHE HEAR ME THE DEVIL I HAVD BECOME? TO SAVE THE LITTLE CHILDREN AND NOW PASS IT ON WE GOT HER INTERNET DOWN AND NO SHE SUPPOSED TO REPORT ON LINE OR THEY WILL ATTACK AMERICA AND NOT ME JOHN JOHNNY VANCE KENNY LENNY KEN VANCE GARY FROM ARNY JIMBO LINDA STOP IT YOU PERPS ON THE WEB THEY SAY AND THAT DAM JAN CHANGES IT AGAIN AND AGAIN AND SAYS ITS WRONG AND NO ITS NOT WRONG SHES THE PEEPING TOM MOM JAN DOES HER IN THE NUDE NAKED BUTT FUCKING ISPY OF ALL THE MOMS DADS TEENS SOME OF THEM TOO AND DCFS DOES CHANGE REPORT CARDS STRIAGHT AS TO DS OR FS CRUEL CHARLYNNN DELMY ARE TRYING TO TAKE HANNAH FROM MOM IN VENTURA COUNTY AND DAM JAN REVERSES IT ITS FROM THE JAPAN PREIDENTS PRIME MINISTER TO SAVE HANNAH JESSICA WAS UNDER 18 THEN TOO AND SAVE NANCY FOX FROM THE DEVILS IN LA SHE CALLS US AND THEM AND THEY CALL IT IN JAPAN THE SONS OF SATAN CONSPIRACY AND GET A LIFE WE SAY TO NANCY FOX WHO CHANNELS ESP LEADS ROUND THE CLOCK TO SAVE HER KIDS LIFES AND I REVERSE THEM TO SET UP RAPE AND WE LIE SHE TOOK OUR LEADS AND NO SHE CANT HACK HAS NO ISPY AND HATES PORN AND DESPISES RAPISTS MOLESTORS WITH A BURNING PASSION AND WE FOOL THE POLICE SHERIFFS AND MAYORS BY CONNING THEM AND JAN IS LYING TO DCFS WELFARE AGAIN AND CHANGES THE ACCURATE INFORMATION SENT TO SAVE LIVES AND TO STOP INVISINBLE INSTANT MESSAGE SCANNING HACKING WHITE OUT EXACTO KNIFE SLAVERY

    June 1, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Reply
    • Irene

      You are a real nut. Don't you have any thing better to do but ramble along without saying anything??????

      June 4, 2011 at 1:27 am | Reply
    • scndnv

      Hahaha! Awesome, completely out of your mind :)

      June 5, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Reply
    • Tristis

      Oh, really, that was cool. I hope you're not actually dangerous, because I really, really enjoyed reading your whack post.

      June 13, 2011 at 10:01 am | Reply
    • nlee1

      This is a crazy person....really crazy. I think it is my boss, she send out e-mail manifestos just like this. Wasn't the Unibomber caught like this and turned in by his brother? I am going to make sure her boss sees this. I cannot believe that I will finally be able to see security walk her out of here. Thanks CNN....

      June 20, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Reply
  7. UglyTruth

    Is Tel Aviv the brothel capital of the world?

    June 3, 2011 at 11:11 am | Reply
  8. NOFOMC

    yes the USD and the debts behind it....

    June 3, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Reply
  9. Roman Gil

    What Economic Recovery? Let's Get Doped Into Foreign Affairs to Forget the Failing Economy.

    In May, the American economy added the insignificant number of 38,000 jobs. America is overpopulated with over 311 million people (nobody knows how many illegal aliens) and cannot support its own population, but millions of new illegal and legal immigrants arrive each year. There is no industrial plan to bring back the millions of jobs and industries that global corporations exported and continue to export.
    My blog has solutions.

    According to the US government's own statistics, 36% of men 16 to 64 years old are out of the work force. Most don't count because they are not looking for work. It takes money to look for work, after a while people vanish from the unemployment statistics.

    In my blog, I loaded George Washington's "Farewell Address" advising America. I highlighted the parts that we are violating. Communist China is following this advice and we are committing the folly of ignoring it. My blog contains solutions to our problems that the politicians have failed to implement.

    While we drop bombs in Muslim countries financed with debt money, the Communist Chinese announced that they are buying large amounts of European government debt and that they opened a direct railroad linking China with Antwerp, Belgium in Western Europe. Europe is now China’s largest market. Europe is now globalized like America with their global corporations exporting their industrial base to China. Last year China announced that they have a controlling interest in Iraqi oil and are receiving oil from their Iraqi oil fields. The Communists understand capitalism better than we do and that economic power controls governments.

    In the USA, only 9% of the economy is industrial. 76% of the jobs created during the "recovery" pay $9 or less per hour with little or no benefits. 47% of American households are too poor to pay income taxes. The Federal Government must beg and borrow $1.65 trillion dollars this year. Many States and local governments are bankrupt. Local Property taxes are crushing the middle class in many States invaded by illegal aliens. Their children consume Medicaid and school services. Bankrupt States like New York have dumped welfare Medicare costs on the counties.

    In Europe from Spain to Greece, people are protesting that they have no future because there are no jobs. Europe like America exported its industrial base to China and Third World cheap labor countries. European governments are as deep in debt as America and their economies are failing under globalization.

    Obama got us involved into a third Muslim war to get us deeper into the Israeli-Muslim conflict that caused us to inherit Israel's enemies. The "war of Terror" has cost us in ten years $5 trillion dollars and now a powerful special interest group of war contractors will keep a permanent debt financed war going until we are in debt slavery.

    Roman Gil
    http://roman-gil1.blogspot.com

    June 4, 2011 at 11:50 am | Reply
  10. altalks21

    This is why we need a universal LIVING WAGE LAW, NOT A MINIMUN WAGE. A LIVING WAGE LAW means self reliance and not relying on Federal, State, City programs or private donations but relying on your own wages, it’s what everyone is working for.

    June 4, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Reply
  11. bluesman

    Any one who hates america.I have to say

    North Korea is accepting applications for citizenship.Then you get a real taste of what living in bondage and under the gun

    June 4, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Reply
    • Nicole

      Best response ever.

      June 4, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Reply
    • scndnv

      I wouldn't be surprised if they say the same there about your country.

      June 5, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Reply
    • correction

      You missed the point completely: You show an extremist world view that's totally narrow. Citizens here have every right to point out what's wrong here, and what can be improved. Do we really need to support the rich to get richer? With tax burdens on the poor and middle class? You also don't understand how this country is sometimes barely in the middle of living standards statistics that make us look pretty desolate. One week paid vacation, no health insurance? You call that "living"? Working 3 jobs to get by? How about a 40 hour work week, 6 weeks of paid vacation and benefits? Unreal? Well, go ask my sister in Germany. It's reality there. And they don't seem to be starving over there. (those things don't come cheap, see Sweden, but I'd rather pay a few more taxes for a decent health care plan or reasonable pension play. Or fewer guns on the streets, fewer murders, reducing drug use, gang violence, road rage and more.
      I think we'd have plenty to improvements to work on if we only take an honest look at ourselves. It's not always who have the biggest tanks and military that live the good life. What's "quality of life" to you? I bet you can think of some improvements...

      November 16, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Reply
  12. CITIZEN KANE

    Will CNN investigate Singapore where maids live ini a tiny room and can only go home usually once a year for the paltry sum of 500 SGD a month if they are lucky. Some of the people who 'employ' maids in Singapore are westerners who work in finance with wives who are probably 'greenies'. This needs to stop and the maids given a fair wage and condition. They are only allowed out normally once s week also! Mind you many Asian cities also have this practice along with Dubai.

    June 11, 2011 at 12:32 am | Reply
  13. K

    Well, the way it appears, if you vote for Obama, he will keep you fed, educated, and healthy – as long as you vote for him.... isn't this a form of slavery – just do what HE wants and you will get what YOU need.

    March 18, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Reply
  14. Hat

    Obama won't be able to do that- anyway, lots of people are against slavery, but a huge amount of it still happens.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:32 am | Reply
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