February 28th, 2012
09:54 AM ET

Lincoln's legacy fights modern slavery

By Athena Jones, CNN

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sheila White was beginning to feel numb. She had been beaten numerous times by a man who forced her to work as a prostitute on the streets of New York City.

"I done got beaten up in front of the Port Authority in Times Square," she said, a reference to a bus terminal on the city's West Side. "When stuff like that happens out in the open, you really feel like you're not even a person."

White was eventually able to escape her pimp and now works with victims of sex trafficking throughout New York state. But her story is proof that slavery is alive and well in America, 150 years after it was supposedly abolished.

While modern slavery may look different from the old images of plantations, slave cabins and auction blocks, abuse, coercion and manipulation remain the order of the day.

According to the anti-trafficking organization the Polaris Project, hundreds of thousands of people are being forced to work at jobs they don’t want to do - in the commercial sex trade, on farms, in homes, in factories and elsewhere in the United States. They work for little or no pay and under constant threat of violence and even starvation.

Polaris estimates this modern slavery affects an estimated 12 million people worldwide and brings in some $32 billion. Other estimates put the global number of victims as high as 27 million.

White told her story as part of “Not My Life,” a documentary on human trafficking that aired on CNN last year, believed to be one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world. The film is featured in a new exhibit at President Lincoln's Cottage in Washington, part of a year-long effort by the cottage to celebrate the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation that freed slaves during the Civil War.

"(Lincoln) made some of the most important decisions during the Civil War here. He lived during his re-election here and he also developed the Emancipation Proclamation while living here," said Erin Carlson Mast, president of the cottage, which is a National Trust Historic Site. "This was really an opportunity to see how far we have come as a country in dealing with the issue of slavery."

How far the country has come is a complicated story, as the exhibit, called “Can You Walk Away?” illustrates.

Lincoln's proclamation was followed two years later by the 13th Amendment, which made slavery illegal in the United States. But instances of modern slavery still exist in all 50 states, according to Polaris, which partnered with the cottage on the exhibit.

Polaris was founded in 2002 and named after the North Star that helped guide slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad. The organization operates a national hotline, taking calls 24 hours a day in more than 170 languages, from people who suspect trafficking is going on in their communities and from victims themselves.

The goal of “Can You Walk Away?” - which will be on display through August 2013 and includes photos and other data on numerous trafficking cases - is to increase awareness of the issue in the U.S. and thereby increase the risk to traffickers of getting caught.

"It's a much bigger issue in the United States than most people understand or realize," said Polaris' executive director Bradley Myles.

"The whole issue of trafficking is dehumanizing and objectifying somebody and saying, “You're not a human being, we can use you like property.” And what we're trying to do is humanize the issue and say this is how to connect with it on a very, very human level."

Victims in the United States span all ages, races and nationalities. A young man named Given tells the story of how he left Zambia to travel to America as part of a choir, hoping to raise money to help support his six orphaned siblings.

Instead of being paid, he had his passport taken from him and he was forced to work for free, with his handlers withholding food and threatening to deport him if he protested.

"We were not getting paid. Our families back home in Zambia were not getting paid as they were promised. The schools that we were promised back home were not getting built," he said in an interview for mtvU's “Against Our Will,” a documentary that is also used in this exhibit.

"I never spoke to my little sister the whole two years that I was in the United States. I never spoke to my brother. I never spoke to any of my siblings, so I had no way to let them know what was happening to me."

Angie, a teenager from Wichita, Kansas, ran away with two friends after trouble at home. The three girls ended up under the control of a pimp who forced them to prostitute themselves at a truck stop in Oklahoma City, threatening to harm them if they did not bring in enough money. Another trafficking victim, Debra, was forced to work 24 hours a day at a home in Falls Church, Virginia, cooking, cleaning and caring for children with no breaks.

Human trafficking is appealing to criminals because there is an "enormous amount of money to be made" and low risk of being caught as long as the community is not aware, Myles said.

"I think it is harder to eradicate in certain ways, because it's already made illegal, and so there's this ecosystem of human trafficking and modern slavery that's developed. And we have to fight that ecosystem, and the ecosystem morphs, it changes, it's very nimble," he said, an acknowledgement that existing laws against trafficking only serve to push the practice underground.

Myles said Polaris is looking for people “to be the eyes and ears, looking for trafficking, and if they can call in and be the good Samaritan to break a case."

"But we're also trying to build a national, systemic response system almost like the national 911 for trafficking, where every single time there's a case, there's a response ready to help in that local community, so that those victims aren't falling through the cracks."


soundoff (166 Responses)
  1. KajinPL

    It's really sad. Unfortunately, this was a nation built upon another's misery and though it's changed over time the methods are still the same. Not really about race anymore. It's who you can take advantage of.

    February 28, 2012 at 10:42 am | Reply
    • jay12312

      All civilizations are built on the misery of some to benefit a few.

      February 28, 2012 at 10:56 am | Reply
      • Joey from da block

        She's kinda hot! Why did she need a pimp???

        February 28, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
      • Joey from da block

        She was probably afraid that if she went to college Rick Santorum would call her a snob.

        February 28, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
      • John

        -

        WEALTH in the SOUTH has NEVER changed hands in the SOUTH the RICH were CONFEDERATES then REPUBLICANS now... ( Hi-Jacked the Party of Lincoln in a FLANKING in response to the CIVIL RIGHTS ACT of 1964 which ended STATES RIGHTS SEGREGATION in the SOUTH )

        -

        The REPUBLICANS are MASTER MANIPULATORS... STATES RIGHTS, The CONFEDERACY, TRENT LOTT, STROM THURMOND, Joe "You Lie" Wilson(R) S.C. member of Sons of Confederate Veterans protégé` of Strom Thurmond(R) S.C., ( a.k.a. Southern States Rights, DixieCrat, Southern Tea-Party, Republicans ) tried to ERASE their tracks... but HISTORY is a be-atch and records their movement... REPUBLICAN MANIPULATION of ENERGY PRICES as a POLITICAL TOOL is no different...

        -

        CONFEDERATES THEN, REPUBLICANS NOW... ( LINCOLN would never believe the state of SOUTNERN POLITICAL affiliations now... Those in POWER in the SOUTH give the appearance that LINCOLN and RICH SOUTHERNERS are part of the SAME POLITICAL PARTY... but in reality, only the members of PARTY have changed... )

        CONFEDERATES ( a.k.a. REPUBLICANS ) are a TALENTED bunch when it comes to MANIPULATION of COMMODITIES... MANIPULATION of OIL PRICES as a POLITICAL TOOL comes easy to them...

        -

        ...Even FOREST GUMP could see through the Manipulation

        -

        February 28, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
      • Agnim

        That response is just plain unadulterated rubbish, no doubt coming from a european barbarian!
        The VAST MAJORITY of human societies DID NOT PREY on their fellow citizens.
        The evil behaviors of the beastly barbarians from the arabian and european peninsulas, DO NOT represent the historical behavior of the vast majority human groups on the planet.

        Of course you would know the above factst; because you are just another 'child left behind' by the LIARS & IGNORAMUSES who run the USA mis-educational system.

        February 28, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
      • A

        Hey Agnim, what about Egyptian slaves? How many lives to the Mongol conquerors ruin? There was a thriving slave trade in Africa before Europeans or Arabs showed up. Chinese history is full of not only slavery but other human rights violations that built of the country at the expense of the poor. People were trafficked in southeast Asia as well.

        Don't let your blind racist hatred of white people color your perception. Study up on history. Kajin's comment was absolutely accurate.

        February 28, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
      • SeriouslyBud

        Agnim – You should really research stuff before you say it. A is absolutely correct in his assertion that most cultures took slave of all colors pre-1700. One other thing as it pertains to slavery in North America. Europeans did in fact provide transportation of African slaves across the Atlantic and sold them in North America. But Europeans didn't get off their ships and catch those slaves, they simply showed up to auctions run by Africans selling the slaves. I know everybody saw the TV Mini-series "Roots" and from then on it was the gospel. But "Roots" was a sanitized version of slavery in North America. The fact is, Whites in America wouldn't watch a show where their race kept people in shelters that looked like a barn for dairy cows, and Blacks in America would have screamed bloody murder if anyone suggested their own ancestors imprisoned and sold them into slavery.

        February 28, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
      • humberto

        Remember the learn how to read foundation powell set up for the mandatory shots the enlisted men got but was optional for officers.

        March 3, 2012 at 10:59 pm |
    • Elliott Carlin

      You must be a product of public edumacation. Some people were actually independent and rugged individualists...and inventors...and social reformers...and...and.. ah forget it. You seem to be a lost cause anyway.

      February 28, 2012 at 11:48 am | Reply
      • JJ

        If you are able to post to something like this (have the time and resources), then your life exploits others in some way. Just try to keep track of where all of what you use everyday comes from and you will see. That's the reality. Deal with it.

        Then try to minimize those negative impacts, if you care at all.

        February 28, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
      • midwstrngrl

        I am the product of public education and my I-9 will whip you W-2 a s s any day. s h ut the h ole

        February 28, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
      • John

        -

        CONFEDERATES THEN, REPUBLICANS NOW... ( LINCOLN would never believe the state of SOUTNERN POLITICAL affiliations now... Those in POWER in the SOUTH give the appearance that LINCOLN and RICH SOUTHERNERS are part of the SAME POLITICAL PARTY... but in reality, only the members of PARTY have changed... )

        February 28, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
    • rose

      you say that this is the time for people to take advantage of someone. its hard to believe that society has come to such a place that people have to be so unkind. it seems that if we don't look to take any part of life for granted maybe good can start its way back into the light.

      February 28, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Reply
    • humberto

      Urainum depleted your resources.

      March 3, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Reply
    • sharecropper

      The 1st slaves in Mississippi were Indians (The Natchez Indians drove out DeSoto's survivors only to see their King die a Spanish slave.). But, they had a tendency to run off because they knew the land and a better life. The Spanish brought the 1st African slaves to their Mississippi teritory because, they did not know the land and, to them, it was better than their slave life in Africa...therefore, they did not run away. Slavery is just as wrong today as it was then. But, why does no one demand the nations that brought Africans to America as slaves to accept responsibility for it? In Mississippi it was 1st the Spanish, then the French and then, the British. And, for the record, the average wealthy land owner in Mississippi was against the Civil War. They rightly say it as an end of their way of life.

      I for one, born to parents who were tenant farmers (modern slaves), believe there should be a loud outcry in America...the land of the free....over this issue! The fight shouldn't have to be led by people like Lucy Lui.

      March 8, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Reply
    • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, B.A., J.D., S.P.J.

      My recent former boss, who recently and formerly was the CEO of a public company that was a Ponzi Scheme, liked to take guests to a "honey trap" in the Hollywood hills run by a nice Russian guy with no apparent "business" job or profession. The Russian guy has a huge mansion. They also had a Madam there, and a lot of very pretty "very very young" girls to choose from. If it's in a Motel 6 it's traffiking, if it's in a mansion in the Hollywood Hills, apparently it's just an "Executive Perk". Many members of the Russian Mafia in Los Angeles make a good living in the extortion business. What better tool is there for extortion than a video of a businessman with an underage girl? The girls must be very young and probably don't speak English and are isolated. Any hot 18 to 22 year old girl in Los Angeles can easily make $1,000 a night by hanging out at a bar in a fine hotel. "Madam" is a nice word for jailer, and the nice Russian man....perhaps he is really a Wanna Bee Fleiss?

      March 12, 2012 at 2:40 am | Reply
  2. GOPisGreedOverPeople

    Lincoln would be a democrat today. He wouldn't be able to abide by the GOP mantra. Which is: Turn all the Old, Sick, Poor, Non-white, Non-christian, Unemployed and Gay people into slaves. Then whip them until they are Young, Healthy, Rich, White, Christian, Employed, and Straight. Or until they are dead. Then turn them into Soylent Green to feed the military.

    February 28, 2012 at 10:48 am | Reply
    • jay12312

      most of the poor in this country are white

      February 28, 2012 at 10:57 am | Reply
      • Hahahahahahaha

        And it looks like most can't read either!!!! Hahahahahaha

        February 28, 2012 at 11:01 am |
    • American Since 1635

      No he would not, Lincoln was an "old school" Republican of which not many are around today. Of all the prominent politicians today, Ron Paul comes the closest to being like the great Republicans of old.

      You Democrats can take your Big Government philosophy and get the hell out of our country.

      February 28, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Reply
      • John

        -

        WEALTH in the SOUTH has NEVER changed hands in the SOUTH the RICH were CONFEDERATES then REPUBLICANS now... ( Hi-Jacked the Party of Lincoln in a FLANKING in response to the CIVIL RIGHTS ACT of 1964 which ended STATES RIGHTS SEGREGATION in the SOUTH )

        The REPUBLICANS are MASTER MANIPULATORS... STATES RIGHTS, The CONFEDERACY, TRENT LOTT, STROM THURMOND, Joe "You Lie" Wilson(R) S.C. member of Sons of Confederate Veterans protégé` of Strom Thurmond(R) S.C., ( a.k.a. Southern States Rights, DixieCrat, Southern Tea-Party, Republicans ) tried to ERASE their tracks... but HISTORY is a be-atch and records their movement... REPUBLICAN MANIPULATION of ENERGY PRICES as a POLITICAL TOOL is no different...

        Recorded in Strom Thurmond’s Own Words [L=http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/5/54/Strom_Thurmond_1948_Speech_Clip.ogg] http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/5/54/Strom_Thurmond_1948_Speech_Clip.ogg%5B/L%5D

        [L=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strom_Thurmond]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strom_Thurmond[/L]

        Political party Republican (1964-death)
        States Rights (Dixie-Crat, i.e. CONFEDERATE Segregationist )

        Joe "You Lie" Wilson(R) S.C. member of Sons of Confederate Veterans protege of Strom Thurmond(R) S.C.
        [L=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Wilson_(U.S._politician)] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Wilson_(U.S._politician)%5B/L%5D

        It has been shown that the CONSERVATIVE ELECTORATE are not the SHARPEST of AMERICANS...

        [L=http://tinyurl.com/7c6rrx5]http://tinyurl.com/7c6rrx5[/L]

        The more MISINFORMATION Conservatives receive from their Republican Party Operatives... the more they believe the misinformation, even after correction...

        [L=http://tinyurl.com/76mdlng]http://tinyurl.com/76mdlng[/L]

        Great Depression, Herbert Hoover(R)...
        ...Great Recession 2007, George W. Bush(R)...

        ...Poor George, he couldn't help it...
        ...Mister we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again....

        ...Republicans are MASTER MANIPULATORS... because their followers allow them to be...

        -

        February 28, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
      • ThaGerm

        Why don't you come to my highly defended liberal porch an kick me out? Lemme see, Smith and Wesson, Glock or Winchester? Hmmm, I think Winchester, it leaves really big holes and makes super pretty light-show with the incendiary rounds I keep for special occasions. What? Not the liberal you were looking for? Imagine that, you generalized more than 60% of OUR country and were wrong? Nooooo, say it isn't so! Ya dolt!

        February 28, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
      • Mikey

        American Since 1635, I was in the Army. So since I'm a vet and a Democrat, how about you civilians that can't get along and compromise get out of MY country. When our elected leaders were mostly Veterans we didn't have all this us vs. them crap because while Vets may not agree on everything, we tend to respect the other.

        If you are wanting to banish all who disagree with you, try it. Just remember when you come through my door, real men buttonhook.

        February 28, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
      • Thomas

        Yep, Paul has the old racist qualities, too...

        In his old newsletters, first he wrote them, then he said he approved them, then he said he never saw them, now he says he's never heard of them...

        February 28, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
    • Kelly

      You think you're being funny, but you just come across as ignorant..

      February 28, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Reply
      • Hahahahahahaha

        Not only is he/she funny!!! He/she is CORRECT!!!! Hahahahahahahaha

        February 28, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
      • Mikey

        He's not funny but it's partly true at least the part about Lincoln. Heck, Reagan wouldn't even be able to get elected today and he's the conservative hero. He raised taxes numerous times after his first term. And did he remove the regulatory agencies (or for that matter significantly scale them back)? Nope, most Agencies stayed the same or grew.

        So basically at the point you have a Capitalist (Reganomics), who raised taxes and generally left regulation alone. If you took the name Reagan out, listed everything that was promised, listed eveything that was done, and asked the GOP if they would vote for a person like this, MOST of the base would say no.

        February 28, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
    • John

      -

      The 3 TERM CONFEDERATE GOVERNOR of TEXAS "RICK PERRY" knows his HERITAGE HISTORY, even if you don't... threatened to SECEED TEXAS from the UNION for the SECOND time... in response to a BLACK PRESIDENT related to his family’s CAMPGROUND... WEALTH in the SOUTH has NEVER changed hands in the SOUTH the RICH were CONFEDERATES then REPUBLICANS now... ( Hi-Jacked the Party of Lincoln in a FLANKING in response to the CIVIL RIGHTS ACT of 1964 which ended STATES RIGHTS SEGREGATION in the SOUTH )

      The REPUBLICANS are MASTER MANIPULATORS... STATES RIGHTS, The CONFEDERACY, TRENT LOTT, STROM THURMOND, Joe "You Lie" Wilson(R) S.C. member of Sons of Confederate Veterans protégé` of Strom Thurmond(R) S.C., ( a.k.a. Southern States Rights, DixieCrat, Southern Tea-Party, Republicans ) tried to ERASE their tracks... but HISTORY is a be-atch and records their movement... REPUBLICAN MANIPULATION of ENERGY PRICES as a POLITICAL TOOL is no different...

      Recorded in Strom Thurmond’s Own Words [L=http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/5/54/Strom_Thurmond_1948_Speech_Clip.ogg] http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/5/54/Strom_Thurmond_1948_Speech_Clip.ogg%5B/L%5D

      [L=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strom_Thurmond]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strom_Thurmond[/L]

      Political party Republican (1964-death)
      States Rights (Dixie-Crat, i.e. CONFEDERATE Segregationist )

      Joe "You Lie" Wilson(R) S.C. member of Sons of Confederate Veterans protege of Strom Thurmond(R) S.C.
      [L=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Wilson_(U.S._politician)] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Wilson_(U.S._politician)%5B/L%5D

      It has been shown that the CONSERVATIVE ELECTORATE are not the SHARPEST of AMERICANS...

      [L=http://tinyurl.com/7c6rrx5]http://tinyurl.com/7c6rrx5[/L]

      The more MISINFORMATION Conservatives receive from their Republican Party Operatives... the more they believe the misinformation, even after correction...

      [L=http://tinyurl.com/76mdlng]http://tinyurl.com/76mdlng[/L]

      Great Depression, Herbert Hoover(R)...
      ...Great Recession 2007, George W. Bush(R)...

      ...Poor George, he couldn't help it...
      ...Mister we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again....

      ...Republicans are MASTER MANIPULATORS... because their followers allow them to be...

      -

      February 28, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Reply
      • plugugly

        Obviously john believes in the same thing that Goebbels believed – that if you keep repeating the same lie loud enough, some people will believe it.

        February 28, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
      • Hahahahahahaha

        Point out where John is wrong then. The truth hurts don't it. Hahahahahahahaha

        February 28, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
    • Marc L from NY

      You are a fool if you really believe that.

      February 28, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Reply
      • Snow Job

        And you're a bigger fool for NOT believing.

        February 28, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
    • bobojenkins

      I am white. I hate being white. I am trendy. I am an elitist. I am ashamed to be white. I hate the GOP. I find boards to rant on and tell everybody how much I hate white, southern, republican Christians. I hate them because they hate people. I hate people who hate people. I am intolerant of people who are intolerant. Im am a liberal. I am the best. If you are not a liberal you are stupid. I am not stoopid. Finally, read this out loud and ye shall know truth: "Im sofa king we todd did"

      February 28, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Reply
      • Thomas

        did you mention that you're not very bright?
        or funny?

        February 28, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
    • Mac

      GOPisGreedOverPeople, do you believe the dribble that you write or is it that you just let your poor underdeveloped misguided mind over ride everything else. I must be fun being you and believing such nonsense. Boy do I have a bridge in New York to sell you!

      February 29, 2012 at 4:33 am | Reply
      • Hahahahaha

        And I have some spelling lessons for you to buy. Hahahahahahahaha

        March 7, 2012 at 8:35 pm |
  3. NoInvolvement

    It's sad that this woman got beaten in public and no one helped but the truth is that if someone had helped, they would be at risk of a lawsuit. When the law makes it difficult for people to do the right thing, they won't do the right thing.

    February 28, 2012 at 10:58 am | Reply
    • KajinPL

      Yeah. United States isn't so 'United', is it?

      February 28, 2012 at 11:08 am | Reply
      • Petfriendly

        You got that right... And it is a crying shame. : (

        February 28, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
    • Valerie

      A lawsuit from who?

      Some guy beating on a woman? Stupid comment............when was the last time you heard of someone being sued trying to protect someone from being beat??? Huh???

      February 28, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Reply
      • Petfriendly

        I would imagine that her pimp is old enough to be her dad. People around her probably thought her dad was disciplining her. And in our society, people sue and get sued over the most ridiculous things.

        February 28, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
      • ThaGerm

        Why don't you do the LEAST LITTLE RESEARCH!!! Search "sued for helping" in Google and watch the "18,500,000" results poor in. If you don't educate yourself, who will?

        February 28, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
      • asdf

        @thegerm:

        That's right! And google "martians" and you get millions of hits too! Educate yourselves people!

        February 28, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
      • sdfg

        I like how thagerm counts "number of google results" as research. He can't name one actual instance.

        February 28, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
    • mamamia

      No, that's just a convenient excuse to absolve yourself of guilt for not stepping in to help.

      February 28, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Reply
    • MashaSobaka

      Women have been raped in public with a crowd of people watching – some of them cheering – with no one lifting a finger to help or even calling the police. Why would a beating provoke a bigger response?

      February 28, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Reply
    • plugugly

      People are in fear of the government in liberal socialist NYC. Here in the conservative midwest, no pimp could ever get away with it. Yet the liberals think they are more compassionate?

      February 28, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Reply
      • asdf

        You are a moron. People are afraid of being killed, not a lawsuit. But thanks for sticking up for the pimp's rights to carry a gun.

        February 28, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
      • KB

        Note that the girl featured in the video was from Oklahoma and was pimped out at an Oklahoma truck stop. In future it might be a good idea to view content before commenting on it.

        February 28, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
      • Buk Lau

        @asdf everyone in this nation has the right to carry a gun. If the victimized woman had one, she wouldn't be at the mercy of a pimp. If you're armed, you're free. If not, you're a slave.

        February 28, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
    • asdf

      People in cities don't avoid helping in situations like this because they are afraid of a lawsuit, they avoid it because they are afraid of getting murdered.

      I live in Philly, and 6 months or so ago, there was a big story about a guy who was riding a public bus downtown and saw a woman smacking the hell out of her kid. He told her to stop or he would call the police. She called her baby-daddy's henchmen and they shot up the bus in public in broad daylight. That's why people don't say anything.

      February 28, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Reply
      • plugugly

        And do you recall who it was that shot up that bus? It wasn't a conservative, I'll remind you of that.

        I'll repeat, this would never happen in a conservative community.

        February 28, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
    • MC

      Uh no, half-wit, they would not. Keep making excuses for your own cowardice if you want, though.

      February 28, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Reply
    • Edwin

      NoInvolvement: your argument (fear of lawsuits) is not correct - even before lawsuits for such things existed, people in cities tended to let horrible things happen without interfering.

      You want another example? A news agency recently did a test, with a 9 year old kid. She was on the street, and the man she was with forcibly picked her up and carried her off. All the while she screamed "Help me! He's not my dad! Help me!" It took TWO HOURS OF FILMING to find someone willing to intervene.

      February 28, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Reply
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  4. Elliott Carlin

    This girls' story is heart-rending.
    Let's keep some perspective and not re-write history: Lincoln was ambivalent about slavery.

    February 28, 2012 at 11:49 am | Reply
    • kev

      and yet he had some

      February 28, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Reply
      • plugugly

        Lincoln never owned a slave. He was from anti-slavery Illinois.

        February 28, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
      • MC

        Another half-wit heard from. Lincoln did not own slaves, you pathetic imbecile.

        February 28, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
    • Joey from da block

      True!

      Had he REALLY cared he would have signed the Emancipation Proclamation on his first day of office.

      February 28, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Reply
      • get real

        The man was always opposed to slavery, read a little history...

        February 28, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
      • MC

        Good god, another half-wit heard from. On his first day in office he was dealing with succession and civil war, all triggered by the fact that an anti-slavery president had been elected. The last thing he needed was to lose a few more states by freeing the slaves by proclamation (which was dubious legally anyway).

        February 28, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
      • Buk Lau

        Lincoln was not pro-slavery, but he was not an abolitionist. If the Civil War was really all about slavery, then Lincoln and the federal government could have just bought all the slaves their freedom. That would have been cheaper than fighting a war.

        February 28, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
    • midwstrngrl

      so where the founding fathers. they decided to leave slavery of the ticket because certain groups would not come together because of it. they knew they had to form a country first and the rest would come.

      February 28, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Reply
      • Sharuk

        Posted on Your are not worthless. You mean the world to sooemne. You just need to find out who. And don't ever try to take your life ever you are loved by more people than you think.

        April 7, 2012 at 10:40 pm |
    • MC

      Lincoln was not ambivalent about slavery, half-wit.

      February 28, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Reply
    • LeRoy_Was_Here

      Abraham Lincoln: "If slavery is not wrong, then nothing is wrong."

      You can call that 'ambivalent' if you want, but then I think you'd need a new definition of 'ambivalent'.

      February 28, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Reply
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    • Edwin

      Lincoln was always against slavery, but he was more concerned about keeping the country intact. He inherited a major crisis and saw federal emancipation as yet another wedge.

      February 28, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Reply
  5. Jim Rousch

    Remember that the Bible supports the idea of slavery and tells slaves to obey their masters but does not tell masters to free their slaves.

    February 28, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Reply
    • kev

      what bible you are reading that joke one.here one for you this county is about tyranny for black people

      February 28, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Reply
      • Bible Basics

        As usual, the biblical critics know more about the Bible than its followers. The bible does condone slaves and does instruct them to obey their masters (sorry if that doesn't fit into your tune of 'Jesus loves me this I know...')
        Leviticus 19:33-34
        Genesis 34: 1-4
        Duteronomy 22: 13-19
        Just a few to begin with. Research the hateful book you believe in for once instead of blind commitment.

        February 28, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
      • RS13

        Leviticus 19 33 “‘When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. 34 The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.

        Genesis 34
        1And Dinah the daughter of Leah, which she bare unto Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land.

        2And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and defiled her.

        3And his soul clave unto Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the damsel, and spake kindly unto the damsel.

        4And Shechem spake unto his father Hamor, saying, Get me this damsel to wife.

        Marriage Violations
        13 If a man takes a wife and, after sleeping with her, dislikes her 14 and slanders her and gives her a bad name, saying, “I married this woman, but when I approached her, I did not find proof of her virginity,” 15 then the young woman’s father and mother shall bring to the town elders at the gate proof that she was a virgin. 16 Her father will say to the elders, “I gave my daughter in marriage to this man, but he dislikes her. 17 Now he has slandered her and said, ‘I did not find your daughter to be a virgin.’ But here is the proof of my daughter’s virginity.” Then her parents shall display the cloth before the elders of the town, 18 and the elders shall take the man and punish him. 19 They shall fine him a hundred shekels[a] of silver and give them to the young woman’s father, because this man has given an Israelite virgin a bad name. She shall continue to be his wife; he must not divorce her as long as he lives.

        Where in the world does it talk about slavery in these verses? I was just curious myself and i don't see anything.

        February 28, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  6. MCC

    I'm sure many of these people are/ were runaways. Tired of the scene at home, not having any "freedom" . This can be used as a incredible teaching tool for teenagers thinking they have it so terrible. Again, it's all about the choices we make. Don't get me started, I had an abusive neglectful upbringing, but the thought of running away was not an option. As bad as it was at home, I knew it could be worse, so I stuck it out and I became a stronger person for it.

    February 28, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Reply
    • MashaSobaka

      "Don't run away from home because you'll probably get raped by the boogieman?" Wow. I feel bad for your future children.

      February 28, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Reply
    • MC

      Yeah, if you have any kids they're probably better off if you just strangle them in their sleep right now.

      February 28, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Reply
  7. Real direct

    What a JOKE!!!!!

    February 28, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Reply
  8. kdf

    For those who are taken (kidnapped) this is an aweful thing and it must be stopped... for those who choose as a rebelious teenager to run away, I feel bad for you, but they kinda brought it on themselves. If your home life is crap, there are many MANY other ways out, no just running away and being on the streets or yes, this is what will happen to you.

    February 28, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Reply
    • Let them eat cake, I suppose

      Really? Many other ways out? Care to expound on that, because I am sure a lot of young people could benefit from it.

      February 28, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Reply
    • Petfriendly

      You don't have a clue what's going on "out there" or even in their homes before they escape to "out there." These children are victims. Don't blame them for their suffering.

      February 28, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Reply
    • MC

      What an imbecile.

      February 28, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Reply
    • Edwin

      This is awful whether they were kidnapped or decided to run away. Some runaways do so because they live a hellish existence already. Some are just punks. Regardless, NONE deserve to become slaves.

      Even the most obnoxious, ungrateful child deserves better than this, and it is awful that ANYONE has to endure it.

      February 28, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Reply
  9. whomp68

    Human trafficking isn't just a "regular person" issue. People within our own government ranks find power over others satisfying and are among the higher paying customers for these services, often favoring children. It's disgusting, but as long as it is part of every level of society, it will be next to impossible to eliminate. Kudos to the organizations that reach out and help those who are or have been forced into such a life.

    February 28, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Reply
  10. Pico

    Lincoln didn't free the slaves, he just moved them into elcrapo jobs in Detroit and other factories that the Europeans owned up North. After all he was the first Republican and it was the Industrial revolution era.

    February 28, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Reply
    • kev

      it was about the money

      February 28, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Reply
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    • get real

      You mean the "el Crapo" jobs that eveyone else had then, including whites, whad do you think should have happened...? Nobody, Govt or President can really guarantee you a Perfect life...

      February 28, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Reply
    • Edwin

      I'd take an "elcrapo" job in Detroit over slavery ANYWHERE. A bad job, a meager paycheck - these are things a FREE PERSON earns. You cannot possibly imagine how amazing they are to a slave.

      February 28, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Reply
  11. Joey from da block

    Why did she need a pimp??? She's kinda hot.

    February 28, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Reply
  12. oneSTARman

    SLAVERY is what the 'New Right' of Gingrich and Romney have as a VISION for 99% of Americans. The COMPANY TOWN of the Robber Barons was just a More Cost Effective Plantation. There are MILLIONS who suffer Abuses in the Workplace – MAYBE Not Beaten – but SOMETIMES through Intimidation FORCED into Unwanted 'Relations' with the MASTER of the Office or Warehouse. This is FEUDAL SERFDOM an 'Ownership Society' where we are OWNED by the CAPITALIST Rockefellers and J.P. Morgans and Rothschilds who own the SIX out of SIXTY Remaining 'Big Banks' of the LORDS of DARKNESS>

    February 28, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Reply
    • Wheelz

      you are so s t up i d it's not funny!

      February 28, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Reply
    • John

      -

      The REPUBLICANS are MASTER MANIPULATORS... STATES RIGHTS, The CONFEDERACY, TRENT LOTT, STROM THURMOND, Joe "You Lie" Wilson(R) S.C. member of Sons of Confederate Veterans protégé` of Strom Thurmond(R) S.C., ( a.k.a. Southern States Rights, DixieCrat, Southern Tea-Party, Republicans ) tried to ERASE their tracks... but HISTORY is a be-atch and records their movement... REPUBLICAN MANIPULATION of ENERGY PRICES as a POLITICAL TOOL is no different...

      Recorded in Strom Thurmond’s Own Words [L=http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/5/54/Strom_Thurmond_1948_Speech_Clip.ogg] http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/5/54/Strom_Thurmond_1948_Speech_Clip.ogg%5B/L%5D

      [L=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strom_Thurmond]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strom_Thurmond[/L]

      Political party Republican (1964-death)
      States Rights (Dixie-Crat, i.e. CONFEDERATE Segregationist )

      Joe "You Lie" Wilson(R) S.C. member of Sons of Confederate Veterans protege of Strom Thurmond(R) S.C.
      [L=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Wilson_(U.S._politician)] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Wilson_(U.S._politician)%5B/L%5D

      It has been shown that the CONSERVATIVE ELECTORATE are not the SHARPEST of AMERICANS...

      [L=http://tinyurl.com/7c6rrx5]http://tinyurl.com/7c6rrx5[/L]

      The more MISINFORMATION Conservatives receive from their Republican Party Operatives... the more they believe the misinformation, even after correction...

      [L=http://tinyurl.com/76mdlng]http://tinyurl.com/76mdlng[/L]

      Great Depression, Herbert Hoover(R)...
      ...Great Recession 2007, George W. Bush(R)...

      ...Poor George, he couldn't help it...
      ...Mister we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again....

      ...Republicans are MASTER MANIPULATORS... because their followers allow them to be...

      -

      WEALTH in the SOUTH has NEVER changed hands in the SOUTH the RICH were CONFEDERATES then REPUBLICANS now... ( Hi-Jacked the Party of Lincoln in a FLANKING in response to the CIVIL RIGHTS ACT of 1964 which ended STATES RIGHTS SEGREGATION in the SOUTH )

      -

      February 28, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Reply
      • plugugly

        He's back! Still spewing his liberal nonsense, not trying to learn the truth, just like all liberals!

        February 28, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
  13. Wheelz

    Grow some stones, Obama! This kind of crap could be shut down in a heartbeat!

    February 28, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Reply
    • kev

      that she is white girl that why he has to stop will if that the case ask the same of the GOP

      February 28, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Reply
    • MashaSobaka

      You do realize that we live in a representative democracy and not a dictatorship, right? Exactly how should Obama "shut this down in a heartbeat?" You clearly have absolutely no grasp of the breadth of this problem. Go educate yourself, please.

      February 28, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Reply
  14. JOE

    In other words, Mitt Romney and Rick Santurum!

    February 28, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Reply
  15. rose

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    February 28, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Reply
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  16. JLS639

    I am interested in news stories about the cases mentioned here. I am having trouble finding the stories of slavery in Falls Church, Virginia and the story of Sheila White in New York. Can anyone point me to news stories, police reports, court cases, etc.?

    All I can find are advocacy organization stories which, while compelling, are not explaining the facts of the cases. Given the tendency of news stories to go back and forth between slavery and trafficking in a shifty fashion (people are often willingly trafficked) and the history of white slavery scares and such, I am interested in knowing the facts behind these stories. I have yet to see anything to convince me that slavery in the United States is any more than very rare, isolated incidents.

    February 28, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Reply
    • Mikey

      My thoughts are there probably aren't many out there. Most people that are abused in this manner should they get away probably don't want to have the attention. And obviously those doing this don't want the attention. Frankly, I think slavery should carry the death penalty. Take these sickos out back and let Berretta take care of them.

      February 28, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Reply
  17. rose

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    February 28, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Reply
  18. jfmk

    All these cases have one thing in-common. there all trying to get into the US without following the rules.....they all should have stayed in there own country.

    February 28, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Reply
    • MashaSobaka

      Someone didn't actually read the article....

      February 28, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Reply
  19. stvnkrs10

    You see, Gentlemen, a Pimp's love is very different than that of a square's.

    February 28, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Reply
  20. f

    I am so sick and tired fo hearing about this alleged "modern-day slavery". These pelope may be abused in some way, but the blacks in this country should be up in arms about the use of the term "slavery". (Note – I am white.) Slavery of blacks before the Civil War was 1,000 times worse than anything going on today. These people need to buck up and get their own life in gear. No one returns "slaves" to the "owners" any more. there are laws against it and 99.9% of Americans would help you get help immediately if you ran up to them on the street and said "I am being abused and held captive as a slave." Get off your lazy butt and run. Run to the nearest police station, church, hospital, firehouse, etc. and ask for help. End of story.

    February 28, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Reply
    • John

      -

      ...Even FOREST GUMP could see through the Manipulation

      -

      WEALTH in the SOUTH has NEVER changed hands in the SOUTH the RICH were CONFEDERATES then REPUBLICANS now... ( Hi-Jacked the Party of Lincoln in a FLANKING in response to the CIVIL RIGHTS ACT of 1964 which ended STATES RIGHTS SEGREGATION in the SOUTH )

      The REPUBLICANS are MASTER MANIPULATORS... STATES RIGHTS, The CONFEDERACY, TRENT LOTT, STROM THURMOND, Joe "You Lie" Wilson(R) S.C. member of Sons of Confederate Veterans protégé` of Strom Thurmond(R) S.C., ( a.k.a. Southern States Rights, DixieCrat, Southern Tea-Party, Republicans ) tried to ERASE their tracks... but HISTORY is a be-atch and records their movement... REPUBLICAN MANIPULATION of ENERGY PRICES as a POLITICAL TOOL is no different...

      Recorded in Strom Thurmond’s Own Words [L=http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/5/54/Strom_Thurmond_1948_Speech_Clip.ogg] http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/5/54/Strom_Thurmond_1948_Speech_Clip.ogg%5B/L%5D

      [L=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strom_Thurmond]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strom_Thurmond[/L]

      Political party Republican (1964-death)
      States Rights (Dixie-Crat, i.e. CONFEDERATE Segregationist )

      Joe "You Lie" Wilson(R) S.C. member of Sons of Confederate Veterans protege of Strom Thurmond(R) S.C.
      [L=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Wilson_(U.S._politician)] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Wilson_(U.S._politician)%5B/L%5D

      It has been shown that the CONSERVATIVE ELECTORATE are not the SHARPEST of AMERICANS...

      [L=http://tinyurl.com/7c6rrx5]http://tinyurl.com/7c6rrx5[/L]

      The more MISINFORMATION Conservatives receive from their Republican Party Operatives... the more they believe the misinformation, even after correction...

      [L=http://tinyurl.com/76mdlng]http://tinyurl.com/76mdlng[/L]

      Great Depression, Herbert Hoover(R)...
      ...Great Recession 2007, George W. Bush(R)...

      ...Poor George, he couldn't help it...
      ...Mister we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again....

      ...Republicans are MASTER MANIPULATORS... because their followers allow them to be...

      -

      CONFEDERATES THEN, REPUBLICANS NOW... ( LINCOLN would never believe the state of SOUTNERN POLITICAL affiliations now... Those in POWER in the SOUTH give the appearance that LINCOLN and RICH SOUTHERNERS are part of the SAME POLITICAL PARTY... but in reality, only the members of PARTY have changed... )

      -

      CONFEDERATES ( a.k.a. REPUBLICANS ) are a TALENTED bunch when it comes to MANIPULATION of COMMODITIES... MANIPULATION of OIL PRICES as a POLITICAL TOOL comes easy to them...

      -

      ...Even FOREST GUMP could see through the Manipulation

      -

      February 28, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Reply
      • plugugly

        Apparently, john has failed to notice that the Southern aristocracy are the ones who built the Democratic party – and that racists throughout the centuries of our nation were Democrats. And that it was the Republican party that actually fought to free the slaves. My great-great-grandfather died in that war to free the slaves. He was a Republican. How many Democrats died to free the slaves?

        February 28, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
      • noel

        OBAMANOS!!! the latest massah of the dependent black masses!!!

        February 28, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
      • Thomas

        Apparently, plug missed the memo where Nixon transformed the Republicans into the Dixiecrats with his 'southern strategy'. So the parties have essentially swapped affiliation.

        February 28, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
      • John

        -

        Just look at all of the Democrats at NASCAR where NASCAR fans boo'ed Mrs. Obama...

        NASCAR and the OLD SOUTH are alive and well in the "STATES RIGHTS" REPUBlICAN Party.

        -

        February 28, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
    • Peter

      I wish you'd shut up.

      February 28, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Reply
    • get real

      Agreed, the term slavery is being used rather loosely compared to what it used to mean...and is an afront to all what blacks suffered during SLAVERY...

      February 28, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Reply
      • Jean Lafitte

        f and get real ::: You obviously have no clue about modern slavery and what these people are dealing with. I can't stand when people feel that modern slavery is getting in the way of their own agenda with racism and slavery of their ancestors. How tragic for the slaves today.

        February 28, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
    • MashaSobaka

      1. "The blacks" are not the only people in human history to have been enslaved.

      2. If you honestly believe that these people can just run to the police station, you are pathetically and profoundly stupid.

      3. There are, in fact, people who return slaves to owners. If you knew anything about modern slavery you would not need me to tell you this.

      4. This goes without saying, but you clearly have only a basic grasp of the issue. Please be so kind as to keep your ignorant mouth shut until you have educated yourself. You're embarrassing yourself and you're making people like me lose a little bit more faith in humanity every time they hear someone say something like "Those people who are tied up in basements and being repeatedly raped should just count their blessings...the REAL slaves had it worse!" or "Those people who are locked up in a barn and forced to perform farm labor under the barrel of a gun should just walk to a police station and solve their problems right there, the lazy brutes!"

      February 28, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Reply
    • Chris

      Really? 99.9%?
      According to your numbers, that girl must be really unlucky, when she was beat up in public all the witnesses must have been the 0.1% who would do nothing to help her.

      February 28, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Reply
      • MathGuy

        It is possible. By my calculations there is a 1 in 9801888648295370000000000000000000000000 chance of 20 witnesses all being part of the 0.1%. That is at least ten times the probability of Rosie O'Donnell passing up a buffet line.

        February 29, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  21. southkakalak

    Do some research on Lincoln people. It may shock you as to his real feeling on slavery. Also MLK's daughter says that her father would be a REPUBLICAN today. Some of you people are absolute morons, quit begging the government to free you from "economic slavery" and do it yourself!! Personal LIBERTY is the name of the game, and Ron Paul is the only one playing!

    February 28, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Reply
  22. f

    Peter – do you mean shut up Fred or shut up Crazy John?

    February 28, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Reply
  23. rose

    DOES ANYONE OUT THERE LIVE IN THE NOW? SEEMS AS IF EVERYONE LIVES IN THE PAST. HOW CAN THINGS CHANGE IF ALL WE KNOW OUR THE CRIMES LIFE HAS SHOWN US?

    February 28, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Reply
  24. scorpio

    So this guy from Zambia, Given was forced to work for free, with his handlers withholding food and threatening to deport him if he protested. I don't understand what was his motivation for staying in US if he was anyway not getting paid here?Getting deported was good option isn't it?

    I never trust these kind of people playing victimized. There is always a hidden truth which they don't speak...no one can force u do something u do not want to do..there is no slavery in this world!!

    February 28, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Reply
    • Amazed

      Wow. Just wow. It is amazing that you can actually stand to put that down in writing... "No one can force you to do anything you dont want to do". Pain is a great motivator, as almost anyone in that type of situation will tell you. I am glad that you have lived such a sheltered life that you have never had to experiance doing something you didn't want to, but please do not expect that everyone has had such an easy, care-free life.

      February 28, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Reply
    • Matthew

      What was his motivation to stay? Good point. I'm sure the whole time he was just sitting on a trust fund ready to buy a first-class ticket back to Zambia...oh, and to find a way to get himself a replacement passport for his that was taken away, because that would be a very easy task for a foreigner with no in-depth understanding of American agencies and legalities, even if that foreigner was actually broke and didn't have said sizable trust fund like this guy surely did, right?

      The mind truly is a terrible thing to waste.

      February 29, 2012 at 6:00 am | Reply
  25. Judge Dredd

    Abe Lincoln has been quoted saying after a few day binge drinking "I set who free!?"

    February 28, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Reply
  26. RR

    Come on Obama! you got some crazy laws about Marijuana and stuff, but no Pimp laws that are harsh. These Pimps destroy other lives, why not put in some tough laws, like execution by a firing squad ot life-in-prison! Then people will think twice about it, maybe a little bit more!

    February 28, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Reply
    • stvnkrs10

      You're dreaming. Obama is a pimp. You ever watched him walk? Pimp strut. The world is now his ho! Better open your purse bioches!

      February 28, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Reply
  27. thedude

    Before we get too carried away here, remember that Lincoln originally co-sposored a bill in Congress to send the slaves back to Africa.

    February 28, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Reply
  28. DeeNYC

    The problem is also these pimps get caught and do little time. They kidnap minors and end up getting as little as 5 years in prison. And not just runaways, they just cruise around and grab kids off the street.

    February 28, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Reply
  29. Marc L from NY

    I find it strange that when the issue of slavery comes up, it always comes down to the building of America and Africans. As if slavery was invented right then and there. It has been around since the beginning of civilization. Every culture had slaves. Don't get me wrong, I am not condoning it. I'm just saying, you can't have an honest discussion about a subject without truth.

    February 28, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Reply
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  30. the hawk

    Lincoln should of been shot sooner, then we might still have slaves in this country, because they are ill.

    February 28, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Reply
  31. Martin

    Whether you realize it or not, we all have quite a number of slaves working for us. How can you figure out how many ?

    http://slaveryfootprint.org/

    It will take you about 5 or 6 minutes to complete the survey. My current slavery footprint is 41 slaves working for me.

    When the CEOs and boards of directors of large companies decide to outsource thousands of jobs at a time, they are sending these jobs to what are largely slave labor factories and increasing their pay massively every time you see this happen. We may all have slaves working for us involuntarily, but Wall Street has some of the biggest active slavers on the face of the planet.

    February 28, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Reply
  32. noel

    OBAMANOS!!!

    February 28, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Reply
  33. Liberalismisamentaldisorder

    People like "John" above prove that liberalism TRULY is a mental disorder.

    John your ignorance is truly something to behold!

    February 28, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Reply
    • John

      John has a Master's degree...

      States Rights Confederates/DixieCrats/Republicans don't care about you, they just need you vote.

      February 28, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Reply
      • plugugly

        Probably a master's of Liberal Thought. Certainly not a Master's in any useful pursuit.

        February 28, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
  34. JaneS

    God help all the victims of human trafficing. If there is a hell, these perps will go there.

    February 28, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Reply
  35. This article sound like fiction

    Work 24 houts a day? Gimme a break. This sounds so bogus. And why cant someone standing in front of a bus station run to a police station? Or to a transit cop? Is this issue so hard up for victims that they have to make up stories?

    February 28, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Reply
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  36. JOSE0311USMC

    THE FAT CATS ARE GETTING VERY RICH USING HUMAN SLAVE...WE HAVE SLAVES IN THE U.S. CHINA–RUSSIA-KOREA-EVERYWHERE.. POOR PEOPLE ARE BEING USE BY THE FAT CATS TO GET VERY FAT RICH...THEY WILL ANSWER TO GOD SOME DAY,,,

    February 28, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Reply
    • John

      It is true...

      States Rights Confederates/DixieCrats/Republicans don't care about you, they just need you vote.

      February 28, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Reply
  37. quote

    we may want to act like we do not condone Slavery but after watching news videos about Apple & Foxconn in China it is obvious Slavery is Americas friend, we don't like Pimps, "But who you gonna Call"

    February 28, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Reply
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    February 28, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Reply
  39. Fiona

    It's worth noting that the boy from Zambia was "enslaved" by his own countrymen, his own people. I remember the story was reported on when it happened. It's pertinent because when African slaves were forcibly taken, transported, and sold as slaves - in the US and elsewhere - it was their fellow Africans who were more often than not running the front end of the market. It's true in Mexico, where women sell little girls (a recent news story). It's true in India and Pakistan, where children work as slaves in innumerable capacities. And it's true in the US, where immigrant communities often have their own ugly underworlds. The word "slave" is so race and class laden that it's important to remember people prey on their own.

    February 28, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Reply
    • Matthew

      Nowhere in there does it say he was enslaved by his own people. He was already in the USA...I'd say it's safer to assume his "handlers" in America were Americans.

      February 29, 2012 at 6:04 am | Reply
  40. John

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    LINCOLN would never believe the state of SOUTNERN POLITICAL affiliations now... Those in POWER in the SOUTH give the appearance that LINCOLN and RICH SOUTHERNERS are part of the SAME POLITICAL PARTY... but in reality, only the members of PARTY have changed...

    WEALTH in the SOUTH has NEVER changed hands in the SOUTH the RICH were CONFEDERATES then REPUBLICANS now... ( Hi-Jacked the Party of Lincoln in a FLANKING in response to the CIVIL RIGHTS ACT of 1964 which ended STATES RIGHTS SEGREGATION in the SOUTH )

    The REPUBLICANS are MASTER MANIPULATORS... STATES RIGHTS, The CONFEDERACY, TRENT LOTT, STROM THURMOND, Joe "You Lie" Wilson(R) S.C. member of Sons of Confederate Veterans protégé` of Strom Thurmond(R) S.C., ( a.k.a. Southern States Rights, DixieCrat, Southern Tea-Party, Republicans ) tried to ERASE their tracks... but HISTORY is a be-atch and records their movement... REPUBLICAN MANIPULATION of ENERGY PRICES as a POLITICAL TOOL is no different...

    Recorded in Strom Thurmond’s Own Words [L=http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/5/54/Strom_Thurmond_1948_Speech_Clip.ogg] http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/5/54/Strom_Thurmond_1948_Speech_Clip.ogg/L

    [L=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strom_Thurmond]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strom_Thurmond[/L]

    Political party Republican (1964-death)
    States Rights (Dixie-Crat, i.e. CONFEDERATE Segregationist )

    Joe "You Lie" Wilson(R) S.C. member of Sons of Confederate Veterans protege of Strom Thurmond(R) S.C.
    [L=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Wilson_(U.S._politician)] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Wilson_(U.S._politician)/L

    It has been shown that the CONSERVATIVE ELECTORATE are not the SHARPEST of AMERICANS...

    [L=http://tinyurl.com/7c6rrx5]http://tinyurl.com/7c6rrx5[/L]

    The more MISINFORMATION Conservatives receive from their Republican Party Operatives... the more they believe the misinformation, even after correction...

    [L=http://tinyurl.com/76mdlng]http://tinyurl.com/76mdlng[/L]

    Great Depression, Herbert Hoover(R)...
    ...Great Recession 2007, George W. Bush(R)...

    ...Poor George, he couldn't help it...
    ...Mister we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again....

    ...Republicans are MASTER MANIPULATORS... because their followers allow them to be...

    -

    February 28, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Reply
    • Liberalismisamentaldisorder

      John – I'm sure your Kindergarten teachers that gave you your Masters are very proud of your ability to copy and paste the same nonsense over and over and over. You probably received a higher grade in copy and paste than you did finger painting didn't you? Gold star AND smiley face for today's C&P work John. Good job! : )

      February 28, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Reply
      • John

        - I'm thinking that "DISORDER" is not your real name... is "DISORDER" your KKK handle ?

        Strom Thurmond can still teach you his views...

        [audio src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/5/54/Strom_Thurmond_1948_Speech_Clip.ogg" /]

        In his own words...

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        February 28, 2012 at 6:32 pm |
      • Liberalismisamentaldisorder

        John – you racist DIMOcrats truly are a scary bunch. You can't defend your argument so you project your racism onto others by playing the fraudulent race card. You should be ashamed of yourself for harming the true victims of racism in the future.

        Your boy Strom Thurman was a DIMOcrat much of his career just like the other DIMOcrat racists like Robert KKK Byrd who was a huge player in the DIM party all the way up until his death even though he was a grand wizard in the KKK.

        How sad but would expect nothing more from another DIM racist such as yourself that can't deal with the fact that you put an economic illiterate, community agitator with ZERO executive experience to the highest office of the land and then blame racism because he is a failure instead of his failed ideological nutty theories that have proven to be failures around the globe and throughout history and yet you DIMS continue to push the same failed policies over and over and over expecting a different outcome.....insanity defined – IE a mental disorder!!

        February 28, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
      • John

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        DISORDER, Carl, Carl Rove, is that you....

        Feel better DISORDER...

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        Black people in America are smarter than you think, reference racism to yourself...

        We have followed the CONFEDERATES very closely... Joe "You Lie", Trent Lott, we know. REPUBLICANS all.

        ===

        Feel better DISORDER

        -

        February 28, 2012 at 10:17 pm |
    • Mac

      Lighten up some there John or should I say "cupcake". You may have a heart attack ranting like that. Try and give up your bad ways and come join the rest of us in the light, no more hiding in caves.

      April 30, 2012 at 5:54 am | Reply
  41. haveatissue

    What did Lincoln say after awaking from a three day stupor?

    I freed who!!!!!?????

    February 29, 2012 at 10:12 am | Reply
    • Mac

      Now that’s funny!

      March 3, 2012 at 1:25 am | Reply
  42. Dr. A. Alvi

    Indeed Alcohol is the mother of all evil. just the matter of understanding and thinking with scientific and statical data of its hazard related impact in the society. Indeed damage outweighs the benefits that happen from alcohol.

    March 1, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Reply
  43. Mac

    What is Lincoln’s legacy, oh yeah, now I remember, he was the white guy that wanted to send the slaves back to Africa. I guess in someone’s mind that is a good legacy! Maybe the in the minds of the CNN Staff who blames the West for everything.

    March 3, 2012 at 1:23 am | Reply
  44. sam kohen

    Slavery should never have been abolished. President Lincoln was wrong. They should legalize it and bring it back.

    March 7, 2012 at 8:30 am | Reply
  45. SamIAm

    The American civil war was a war between 2 slaves systems. The old slave system in the south and the new monetary slave system in the north – both a European invention given to America. Would you need a loan from a bank if you owned slaves?NO. Look at history with a fresh eye. As they moved to end the old slavery system in Europe, the new monetary system flourished and was exported to America (coincidentally it was the Europeans that brought the old slave system to north America). After all, why just have black slaves when you can enslave everyone? The slavers in the south generated products- the north sold these products for money to Europe – the Europeans refused to do business with anyone that still employed the old slave system (conveniently forcing the monetary slave system down Americas throat – or no business) – hence civil war. Our friends the brits , with their empire helped spread the monetary slave system 400 years ago after they adopted it to fuel their wars. Why do you think they tried to tax America(they had interest to pay on all those war loans), which led to the Boston tea party and the war of independence. Can you live without money?NO. Do you even have the freedom of an alternative choice to do business or live your lives?NO.That is slavery. Slavery was not made illegal in America- only a form of slavery was made illegal while legitimizing another. Just like the old slaves of the past – some did not know any different then to accept it – just like people today -what would we do without money? So today we now have billions of slaves on this planet – enjoy the collective servitude. I wonder if America can innovate something other then the by gone reject apparatus from a still feudal Europe? Perhaps America will have to wait for a new European perversion before the innovation can happen. And America thinks they got their freedom – keep dreaming the American dream or are is it a nightmare? I guess that would depend if you are in debt or hold debt over another.

    March 10, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Reply
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