The challenges of counting a 'hidden population'
March 9th, 2011
07:41 AM ET

The challenges of counting a 'hidden population'

By Manav Tanneeru, CNN

Slavery still exists. Of that there isn’t much dispute, if any. But how widespread is what many experts call modern-day slavery?

Estimates range from about 10 million to 30 million, according to policymakers, activists, journalists and scholars.

The International Labour Organization, an agency of the United Nations that focuses on, among other things, labor rights, put the number at a “minimum estimate” of 12.3 million in a 2005 report.

Kevin Bales, a sociologist who serves as a consultant to the United Nations and has authored several books about modern-day slavery, estimated the number was 27 million people in his book “Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy.” The book was published in 1999.

There is yet another estimate. Siddharth Kara, a fellow on trafficking at Harvard University and also an author, recently told CNN that his calculations put the range between 24 million and 32 million. That number was current as of the end of 2006, he said.

There are several reasons behind the variance in numbers, said Ben Skinner, who published a book about modern-day slavery – “A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-day Slavery.”

“There are two big problems with the count,” Skinner, a Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, said during a telephone interview. “The first is that the people we are counting are, by definition, a hidden population.

“The second problem is more of a theoretical one where the definitions are not in place. We don’t have a common definition still as to what slavery is.”

‘A hidden population’

Slave labor has been a part of civilization for much of history. It was practiced openly and its legality wasn’t much of a question. During the height of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, its scale was carefully documented.

Today, slavery is illegal in every country. Yet it persists, in secret, exploiting the poor and the marginalized – which poses immense challenges for legal authorities, activists and experts working to track the problem.

Skinner recounted a conversation he had with John Miller – the former State Department ambassador at large on modern slavery from 2002 through 2006 during the George W. Bush administration – about the inherent difficulty of counting a population that is difficult to find.

“These are not people that stand in line, raise their hands and wait for the census to be taken,” Miller told Skinner.

And, even when found, they may not want to be identified, Skinner said. “They are victims of a crime and that is still oftentimes missed as a crime,” he said.

The enslaved may be involved in prostitution or might be in a country illegally as a result of trafficking – activities that could land them in trouble with the law. So, they’d rather keep quiet about their condition, Skinner said.

“They are individuals who will be seen as perpetrators of a crime against the state rather than victims of a crime against humanity,” he said. “They are aware of that so they don’t self-identify.”

It also isn’t the easiest thing for observers to get data from countries about how big of a problem slavery is within their borders.

For example, South Asian countries will acknowledge problems with sex trafficking because of a perception that it’s not just a South Asian issue, Skinner said, echoing a theory from John Miller.

However, they may not be as forthcoming about their problems with debt bondage – when someone has to pay off a loan through work and may be trapped in the situation because the amount earned is too little to pay off the amount of money borrowed.

“There’s a self-perception that debt bondage is a rather embarrassing part of the continuing underdevelopment in parts of their countries,” Skinner said.

Definitions and divisions

Before you can count something, you have to define it, and a broadly accepted definition of what modern slavery encompasses has been elusive.

In 1926, a treaty signed in Geneva under the auspices of the League of Nations, the precursor to the U.N., defined slavery as “the status or condition of a person over whom any or all of the powers attaching to the right of ownership are exercised.”

The ILO, in 1930, used the terms "forced or compulsory labor" to describe “all work or service which is exacted from any person under the menace of any penalty for which the said person has not offered himself voluntarily.”

Roger Plant, who worked at the ILO from 2002 through 2009, said during a telephone conversation that forced labor is “when you get into work or service without the freedom of choice and you can’t get out of it without punishment or the threat of punishment."

Kevin Bales offered this description: “To me slavery means one person who is completely under the control of another person, that they use violence to maintain that control, they exploit them, make money out of them, and that the person just can’t walk away.”

There is, then, the term “human trafficking,” which is sometimes used interchangeably with the word “slavery.” According to the U.S. State Department, “human trafficking” describes “activities involved when one person obtains or holds another person in compelled service.”

The State Department says the term includes sex trafficking, forced labor and bonded labor. It also includes, among other things, the use of child soldiers and forced child labor.

The terms and their meanings seem straightforward, but the divisions come to light when legislators try to reconcile the definitions with their country’s situation.

“Within the trafficking community, there really isn’t a consensus on what slavery means,” Skinner said. “That’s harmful, that’s detrimental.”

The biggest consequence of incorrect data, not knowing the full scope of the problem or where it’s concentrated can lead to poor decisions on where to focus resources and how best to solve the problem, Skinner said.

“Slavery, on its face, is monstrous,” he said. “I think it’s important to be motivated by emotion but to, very quickly, come to the point of getting to the cold, hard business of figuring how best to free as many slaves as possible.

“Part of that is understanding how many slaves there are and understanding where they are."

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  1. Arnold Udoka

    Dear project, I am delighted at your effort to show the world the breadth, width and depth of slavery even in this digital age. Please continue in this project to redeem the world from the clutches of wickedness and man's inhumanity to man.I am sending one of my poems titled "The Monster of Darkness" from published in the collection: The Gods Are So Silent and Other Poems, to encourage the freedom team of CNN who have made it a duty to use their media to preach anti-slavery.

    Arnold Udoka

    The Monster of Darkness

    Whistle a cry
    Clap your hands and yell
    Oh, yell and howl from rooftops
    Ring the bells and roll the drums of war.

    With tongues like spears shoot our noises
    And wake the neighbourhood to flee
    To hilltops for the monster of darkness
    Grovels to confuss the humble and meek.

    The real intent is to lie and lead into dungeons
    Where darkness blinds our eyes and manacles our limbs
    Oh, monster of darkness you bind everything in chains
    And your nickname is slavery.

    Arnold Udoka
    31 January, 2010
    Lekki, Lagos

    March 9, 2011 at 8:53 am | Reply
    • TJS

      Dear Mr. Arnold Udoka,

      I just found out that I'm the long lost cousin of some royal family that died in a plane crash and that the royal bank of Nigeria wants to offer me $67,000,000 STERLIN POUNDS if I provide them my checking account number.

      Please inform them to provide this money to you and your cause.

      Your poem and $67,000,000 from the Nigerian bank can do a lot for this cause.


      March 9, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Reply
      • @Jessica

        Spare me. Go hug a tree hippie.

        March 9, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
      • NotAnUglyAmerican

        Wow, harsh! The man is offering his heartfelt words from his real world experiences and you stomp on them with your privileged boots from the comfort of your warm life. Pig.

        March 9, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
      • Keith

        TJS That is too darn funny! I was thinking of Nigerian bank fraud the entire time I read his "poem". Classic!

        March 9, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
      • George2001

        When I used to live in Atlanta I saw a Spanish illegal working 12 hours at night for $20//night (less than $2 per hour) making bread in a room with more than 100 degrees F. That was not a job. Was hell.
        The bread company was not too far from the CNN building. May be in CNN some employees can eat bread done with this kind of modern slavery. The CNN mission to solve this is good but very difficult. Good look

        March 9, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
      • cworthee

        Jessica is a sick kitty.

        March 9, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
      • I like jessica

        I like jessica's post

        March 9, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
      • Jack

        Your point being that Arnold is Naive? When the topic is 10-30 million slaves I'll take a well meaning poem over sarcastic and stupid attempts at being clever any day. Save your razor like wit for the Charlie Sheen boards. Slave trade and sex trafficking might actually warrant acting like an adult at least for a few minutes of your day.

        March 9, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
      • Greg

        Oh Jessica, how fortunate your husband would be to have someone other than you in his bed

        March 9, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
      • OhPlease

        @Jessica – Jessica, it is so obvious that you are a "John". And a useless fool.

        March 9, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
      • China soil is greasy

        China has a scam of their own. They sell us their junk, and we get to teach them how to make our advanced stuff, which they sell to themselves. What a deal!

        March 9, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
      • Not funny

        Jessica, you are so not funny. Male / female it doesn't matter which you are. You don't have a spouse, do you? You are hideous and of course no normal person would be attracted to you. So you get on your dirty keyboard every night and look for stories to comment on. Makes you feel witty? You weren't popular in high school were you? You are probably disgusted with your own appearance, aren't you? Well, you should be. lol ... the disease and nastiness of you....... lol you are one icky son of a gun.

        March 9, 2011 at 8:15 pm |
      • Rakus

        Dear Jessica, There is an easy solution to the complain of your slave being slow in the morning. Keep a male slave. Then while you walk funny in the morning from what he does to you, your husband can do the dishes and he will be not be slow. Or else, if he doesn't clean the dishes fast, the slave will make him walk funny too like you the next morning. in fact I can be that slave of yours yum. Problem solved.

        March 9, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
      • the hate hater!

        @ Jessica.... I would love to have you as a slave! So here it is... I would tie you up and literally SHIT on a plate, starving you until you had no choice but to eat what's in front of you!.

        March 11, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
      • Razorminn

        Does this number include Adrian Peterson?

        June 20, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
      • To Jessica... Be careful what you wish for...

        It's really not all that nice... It seems dreamy, the house looked clean, but we soon found out everything was just stuffed in a closet or under the couch... the food was also never all that great. Finally got tired of her just surfing Facebook all day long for 5 months and told her to go get a job!... That didn't work, so I had to pack her things... then she finally said 'si' and luckily somone gave her one, but then she needed a car, insurance, gas, clothes, etc, etc, etc. Oh boy, the grass is always greener...

        June 20, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
      • Al

        TJS and Keith are very bright. Keith, what's classic is how you don't know just how ret@arded you are.

        June 20, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
      • james nesci

        Dear TJS,
        You are either a cruel scammer or a victim of a very popular email ruse that's been going on for a number of years. how can you be so naive or cruel, as the case may be to purport to make this offer. don't use this site to gain some undeserved admiration.

        December 14, 2011 at 9:35 am |
    • John

      Wouldn't it be nice if the United Nations actually provided some value and was able to actually have a positive impact on these situations. Yet another organization that has run it's course.

      March 9, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Reply
      • deshawn

        ..this can't be true.............if there were slavery the good rev. jesse jackson( who hasn't committed adultery today) and the good for nothing rev. al shaprton would be talking about this everytime they opened thier mouth

        March 9, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
      • John Cocktosen

        he who breaks the law, goes back to the house of pain.

        March 10, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
    • George2001

      Well, many do not want to pass laws to make illegal workers, legal with more rights because those can say that's amnesty. The issue has polarization and there is no leather ship to solve this kind of problems.
      and many prefer ignore that kind of abuse keeping the "staus quo" as is. The legal system in the US and in the world does not protect well different degrees of slavery.Should be a ranking with a scale to count better how high is the abuse.
      There is some progress in the world but today is not that much. Ask a congress man why do not want to pass laws to protect all kind of workers.

      March 9, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Reply
      • kls817

        Illegals love the way they are treated here, otherwise they wouldn't be here, now would they. Try to use your head.
        It's Americans who suffer because of illegals: fewer jobs for Americans and higher taxes for citizens because the illegals don't pay income taxes. They have no right to be here.

        March 10, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
      • Sam

        We should consider caring about each other a bit more.

        June 20, 2011 at 11:13 pm |
    • IH8H8

      Thank you for your comment and poetry. The world needs more people like you!

      March 9, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Reply
    • Jinn the Kafir

      The Gods are not silent at all my friend. In Islam, slavery is Allah's eternal design and blessing for humanity. Slavery was practised my prophet Muhammad and later Muslims on a grand scale until Europe forced Islamic countries to stop it.

      March 9, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Reply
      • NewLight

        are you crazy? Europe-really? they are the people who spread slavery, colonization and diseases all across the world

        March 9, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
      • csnord

        @NewLight - you are so wrong. Slavery started in Africa and Asia centuries before Europe was even effectively populated. When the Europeans got into the Slavery act, they found well established markets throughout Africa, the Middle-East, and Asia and they simply tapped into them. The traffickers that move American slaves never went deeper into Africa than the coastal cities. African tribes rounded up the slaves and sold them to the traffickers who transported them to the Americas, both North and South. The Europeans and Americans were rank amateur slavers compared to the Africans, Arabs, and Chinese. Learn a little history.

        March 9, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
      • Mamalina

        Ancient Greeks and Romans had slaves. Russia was the last country to abolish slavery – of their own people, nobles v. peasants

        March 9, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
      • Thomas

        But they haven't stopped it. There are plenty of slaves in Saudi Arabia and in the Sudan.

        March 10, 2011 at 9:09 am |
      • michael

        which is why islam is the most viale group on earth.

        March 11, 2011 at 12:46 am |
    • TJS

      Arnold Udoka,

      Taking a break from writting spam mail to write some poetry? Please quit your day job so I can stop getting notices I won the Spanish National Lottery or that I'm related to a Royal Family who tragically died in a plane crash so I can give you my checking account # so you can buy machettes and gold teeth.


      Go hug a tree. Arnold Udoka isn't a slave but is a pretty lousy poet and a slave to his own 'boohoo woe is me' mentality.

      March 9, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Reply
      • Toyin

        You're an ignorant fool. End of story.

        March 12, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
    • scroo yoo

      Even though I liked the CONSENSUAL sex slave idea the fact is you all are complete ignoramuses.
      Look at your lives,and then think about how so many people in this world live.How horrible to be one of those people,born into a poor family or poor area of the world,never having enough food to feel full,or never enough heat to remain comfortable.eventually some jerk with the means offers you what to us would be a horrible deal,the equivalent of finding someone lost in the desert and selling them water for a thousand dollars a drop,and them making them carry you out piggyback.

      There are enough websites to make jacka$$ comments on, have at least a modicum of respect

      March 9, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Reply
      • me

        HEAR HEAR

        March 10, 2011 at 7:12 pm |
    • Slave Lover

      I have been trying to catch a Mexican girl crossing the border. I think she would bennefit from being my slave. I will teach her to speak english and show her how to please an American man. Every Mexicans dream.

      March 9, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Reply
    • Valerie

      Powerful poem, thank you for sharing.

      March 10, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Reply
    • John Cocktosen

      where's the records room?

      March 10, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Reply
  2. Arnold Udoka

    Dear project, I am delighted at your effort to show the world the breadth, width and depth of slavery even in this digital age. Please continue in this project to redeem the world from the clutches of wickedness and man's inhumanity to man.I am sending one of my poems titled "The Monster of Darkness", published in the collection: The Gods Are So Silent and Other Poems, to encourage the freedom team of CNN who have made it a duty to use their media to preach anti-slavery.

    Arnold Udoka

    The Monster of Darkness

    Whistle a cry
    Clap your hands and yell
    Oh, yell and howl from rooftops
    Ring the bells and roll the drums of war.

    With tongues like spears shoot our noises
    And wake the neighbourhood to flee
    To hilltops for the monster of darkness
    Grovels to confuss the humble and meek.

    The real intent is to lie and lead into dungeons
    Where darkness blinds our eyes and manacles our limbs
    Oh, monster of darkness you bind everything in chains
    And your nickname is slavery.

    Arnold Udoka
    31 January, 2010
    Lekki, Lagos

    March 9, 2011 at 8:54 am | Reply
    • TJS

      Dear Sir,

      Confidential Business Proposal

      Having consulted with my colleagues and based on the information gathered from the Nigerian Chambers Of Commerce And Industry, I have the privilege to request for your assistance to transfer the sum of $47,500,000.00 (forty seven million, five hundred thousand United States dollars) into your accounts. The above sum resulted from an over-invoiced contract, executed commissioned and paid for about five years (5) ago by a foreign contractor. This action was however intentional and since then the fund has been in a suspense account at The Central Bank Of Nigeria Apex Bank.
      We are now ready to transfer the fund overseas and that is where you come in. It is important to inform you that as civil servants, we are forbidden to operate a foreign account; that is why we require your assistance. The total sum will be shared as follows: 70% for us, 25% for you and 5% for local and international expenses incident to the transfer.
      The transfer is risk free on both sides. I am an accountant with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). If you find this proposal acceptable, we shall require the following documents:
      (a) your banker's name, telephone, account and fax numbers.
      (b) your private telephone and fax numbers - for confidentiality and easy communication.
      (c) your letter-headed paper stamped and signed.
      Alternatively we will furnish you with the text of what to type into your letter-headed paper, along with a breakdown explaining, comprehensively what we require of you. The business will take us thirty (30) working days to accomplish.
      Please reply urgently.
      Best regards

      Arnold Udoka
      31 January, 2010
      Lekki, Lagos

      March 9, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Reply
      • catLoversInc


        I sense that you have lost some money to a Nigerian and you are now tking your frustration out on every
        Nigerian. HA too funny.

        March 9, 2011 at 7:56 pm |
      • scammer revenge

        www ebolamonkeyman com

        June 20, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  3. dan stielow

    Without slavery, and the diktators, like Saddam and Gadhafi, the world will be destructi by the wars.There was great peace with saddam..... now we see result of Bushs Iraqi war. The Bush dream coming true.World war.
    the slavery is good for global economy, you and me in USA europe living the good life, with help of slaves.
    we must live with the slavery, it is the nature of the human beings.

    March 9, 2011 at 10:45 am | Reply
    • CJ

      I could undermine your comment by insulting you, but I think your terrible spelling and grammer do a pretty good job of that on their own...

      March 9, 2011 at 11:15 am | Reply
      • M.A.

        While I agree with your post, I must point something out: when insulting someone about his or her grammar, make sure to spell such a word properly. It is "grammar" not "grammer".

        March 9, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
      • CJ

        In the heat of the moment we are all equally human ...

        March 9, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
      • Anonymous

        Oh. You mean "Grammar"?

        March 9, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
      • Tom

        Thanks for the post CJ! I was thinking the same thing! LOLOLOL

        March 9, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
      • Greg

        Love it CJ. That would be grammAr, not grammEr

        March 9, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
    • Shawn

      I would guess you are from another country and not the USA so your belief system is a bit different than most .. however your belief system is against human rights too. Human beings should not be subject to have to do things that normally they would not do ,like work for pennies or work for free . They have a right to work for a good living ,support their families and make sure their children get a good education and food is a wonderful way to start and end a day even if it is bread and water .whoever explained to you that slavery can be justified as a form of balance in any society was a person who knows nothing else and you know nothing else . In that light I hope you gain knowledge from reading more of these comments and articles . enjoy and know that humans do better with freedom and choice than they do in mental chains .

      March 9, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Reply
      • Amanda

        100% agree with you, Shawn! Every person is entitled to certain human rights and dignity. Slavery is not a social norm, nor is it encoded in human behavior. It is a choice people choose to make, whether it be the slave "owner" or the slave. Many slaves do not see an out because of the lack of opportunity and mental oppression put on them. Slavery should not, nor will it ever in the future be something people use to further the economy. I am not sure if you, Mr. Stielow are genuinely believe your statement or if your just trolling, but if you really do believe that I pity you. While slavery is certainly apart of the history of the world and is a huge human rights issue currently, no country is solely built on the backs of slaves. Furthermore, Saddam Hussein did not have a peaceful regime-in fact, he murdered thousands of his own country men and women without remorse or guilt. Maybe I am off base, but I think my little rant has some validity.

        March 9, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
      • the truth

        Amanda, I believe that most of your statement is somewhat accurate, but beg to differ on a couple of topics. To be a slave owner is by choice built in greed. To be a slave is partially by choice. Most modern day slaves are given the option to perform whatever task or their entire family will be killed. When taking this into consideration it still is a choice, but very limited. The person who slavery is being subjected upon may not have the fight to the death spirit in them. If not, they will become a slave to save their loved ones. Also the U.S. is an example of a country built off of slavery. By the way the Civil War wasn't truly about human rights and freeing the slaves. It was only due to the north becoming financially weaker than the south due to its FREE slave labor. The south would then have the means to control the or conquer the north. Just as finance motivated slavery in the U.S. the all mighty dollar is what abolished slavery in the U.S. The banks of Europe capitalized tremendously from this as well. Do some research and see when they were founded.

        March 9, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
      • Jonnyola

        You are absolutely right and I'm tired of my wife telling me I can't hook up with other chicks!

        March 9, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
    • Duane W

      So Dan tell me, if you are pro slavery how would you feel if you and your family were slaves to someone else? Being able to be pro something without actually experiencing it seems a bit arrogant don't you think?

      March 9, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Reply
      • David in Corpus

        Dont be stupid DUUU WAyne. Of course people would love to have slaves and NO they never consider them or their own as possible slaves. IDIOT!
        Those types of people would never consider themselves as possible slaves, that would be a crime in their mind. No, slaves are what you and me are. Our slave masters don't even have to provide us with food or housing or health care to protect their investments. We just die and get replaced by our children.
        \Now the folks you feel sorry for , the poor and uneducated dregs of humanity from all over this nasty dirt ball called Earth are not slaves. They are just the unfortunates of life born out of the wrong snatch. Are they less than the rest of us – in a nutshell yes, birth made them that way, not genetics.

        March 9, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
      • Templar1

        You miss the point entirely. It all sounds very open-minded and sophisticated but, in the end, do you know anyone who is
        NOT a slave to something? Even if it is fuzzy logic wrapped in linguistic drivel?

        March 11, 2011 at 8:52 am |
    • danny

      Yeah-Saddam only slaugher an estimated 5 million of his countrymen while they were at peace.

      March 9, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Reply
    • RC

      Really, that's what Bush wanted? That statement alone makes your e-mail post look like the rant of a disillusioned liberal (not that I am a Republican – but I am fiscally conservative). And what exactly do you think the current administration will leave behind? I'm guessing their backbone...since they don't seem to have any use for it anyway.

      March 9, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Reply
      • RC

        My post was for dan stielow

        March 9, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
    • China soil is greasy

      The only dik tater in the USA and Europe is the one you service nightly.

      March 9, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Reply
    • dyana catherine

      You are wrong my friend! It is not human nature to imprison another into submission. It is a taught/learned behavior!
      Ignorance is the disease...awareness through education is the remedy! The human heart is capable of miracles, of healing wounds such as these. You have choice to act on attitudes, perceptions, and beliefs. Choose well. For what you choose now will echo into eternity.

      June 24, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Reply
  4. Chris Henry

    Thanks for this story. We need a story on countries like Mexico that have so much oil wealth and yet send their citizens to be low-income slaves in the USA, sending the money back to their families, then blame the USA for their own problems. There wouldn't be an immigration issue if Mexico would TAKE CARE OF IT'S OWN PEOPLE.

    March 9, 2011 at 10:46 am | Reply
  5. Dan Mortazavi

    The slave trade is good for the world. we in USA and EU. have good life with the thanks to slavery. Also , Diktators like Saddam and Gadhafi are good , they prevent the wars started by Bush.

    March 9, 2011 at 10:50 am | Reply
    • sadie

      You are a disgusting excuse for a human being. Please go back into your cave or under your bridge troll.

      March 9, 2011 at 11:43 am | Reply
      • Tom

        Sadie, you must be one of his slaves! LOLOLOL

        March 9, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
    • CJ

      Changing your avatar name from "dan stielow" to "Dan Mortazavi" while continuing to misspell dictator not only gives you away as a pernicious child attempting to guise themselves as a make believe group of like minded indivudals but shows your true level of mental ineptitude!

      March 9, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Reply
    • Tyhouston

      So how many Dan names do you have, I mean it's not hard to tell your a the same ignorant person.

      Probably NOT American, just your spelling and broken English...and what the hell is a Diktator?

      March 9, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Reply
      • Shawn

        Dinasaur 🙂

        March 9, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
      • Tom

        Pardon him! He was educated in Dallas, TX! I live here and I can tell you that you are right as rain!

        March 9, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
      • From Chicago

        A former Chicago Bears coach

        March 9, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
    • EmptySkull

      So have you signed up?

      March 9, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Reply
    • Stan von Kotin

      Did someone leave the troll cage open again?

      March 9, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Reply
    • David in Corpus

      Hey Dan, I recognize you from other blogs. Changed your name a little did you? You so clever.

      March 9, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Reply
    • China soil is greasy

      Dik tater? You sound Chinese to me.

      March 9, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Reply
  6. Rojas Neves

    Are you counting all US citizens?

    March 9, 2011 at 10:50 am | Reply
    • slave

      oh come on, you are a slave but at least you got an ipod

      March 9, 2011 at 11:14 am | Reply
    • China soil is greasy

      You are a slave to your stupidity, but nothing more.

      March 9, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Reply
  7. Phil in Oregon

    Do these numbers count drug addicts? They are slaves too. How about the invisible illegal aliens in the US?

    March 9, 2011 at 11:08 am | Reply
    • EmptySkull

      They are invisible? OMG, I'm surrounded!!!

      March 9, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Reply
    • David in Corpus

      I though us white people were the invisible ones also known as opaque. I guess brown is the new invisible which is great – I always thought of us as slightly tan albinos with the devil's blue eyes.

      March 9, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Reply
  8. Jim

    Do You have A Loan or a Mortgage Or credit card debt?- If So You are a slave to the Bank until it is paid off Don't think so?- Try missing a Payment . If The Bank Forcloses on Your Home- Do they resell it for what you still owed? THINK AGAIN- They are in Bussiness TO MAKE MONEY.

    March 9, 2011 at 11:20 am | Reply
    • Tristis

      It's not the same as you think. Certainly, the situation you describe is real, and is wrong, and is unfortunate, it is still not quite what it means to be enslaved. There are places in the world (and in certain subcultures in the U.S.) where, when you can't pay a debt, they take you, or your children, and very directly force labour from them as "payment" for that debt. There is no paycheque–small or otherwise–no weekend or reasonable work day, no labour codes or standards, no protection from child-labour. Real physical beatings result from refusal or failure to perform. That's what's being discussed here. I hope you can see how it is different from foreclosure.

      March 9, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Reply
      • Erin

        I'm confused. What is it you think is wrong? The fact that banks can foreclose on a house? The fact that banks are in the business of making money? If the banks didn't make money, no one would go into the banking business. If banks couldn't foreclose on houses, they wouldn't make mortgages. Only a tiny percentage of people have the money to buy their homes outright. If you think banking is wrong, what is your proposal? I suppose we could have the government simply build homes and give them to people. That is similar to how things worked in several communist countries but I think most Americans find photos of old Soviet housing to be depressing and unappealing. Non-profits could be set up to make mortgages, which might result in lower interest rates (you need some amount of interest if only to keep up with inflation - although Muslim bankers do without it, which I've never totally understood) but even a non-profit would need some collateral before they would make the loan. If they made the loan without collateral (i.e., without being able to take the house if you defaulted), they would have to charge astronomical interest rates to cover their costs in the cases where people could not keep paying on their houses. If you made all your payments, you would be subsidizing the payments of people who did not pay and who were living in their houses at your expense. This is certainly an option, but not one that most people would find appealing I think.

        March 9, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
      • primate

        think about the problem of your own country is more appropriate.....
        any country should left to fix their own so that other more defined are not affected ......

        March 9, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
      • David in Corpus

        Who cares about the rest of the world as long as my burrito is warmed up properly by someone other than me. I am so sick of you Americans, my fellow Americans feeling so bad for the rest of the world who hates us. They don't hate us cause we are ugly Americans. They hate us because we are better than them and live better, just like the ancient Romans. People hated them too, so much they consistently worked at destroying Rome. Without the influence of Rome, good and bad, the world was plunged into multiple centuries of decline and depravity. Middle Ages in the modern age anyone? That is what your liberalism will lead to. We will all have an equal share of horror. I personally would rather the rest of the world enjoy a 100 percent of the horror while us Americans sick back and eat our burritos and whip our slaves, no particular color of slave. Foreigners will do for us all. I personally want two blond headed female canadians for the house and a french dude to work on my yard. At night we can race them and see who wins for the grand prize of an extra slice of bread. don't worry we will cheat and make sure the french dude always looses as we wouldn't want to upset the ladies. Need to keep them healthy for obvious reasons.
        How many of you have I pissed off now? Most of you hopefullly.

        March 9, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
      • Tristis

        Erin, I don't think banking in general is wrong. If life were simple and all things went according to plan the hard working would succeed and the lazy would fail and the banks would be morally neutral, fair and scandal free. But this is the real world. Within the crisis in the West banks are foreclosing unfairly. People who shouldn't have to lose their homes are finding themselves foreclosed upon. It works thus:
        You can't get a mortgage for longer than 5 years at a stint, but that's fairly normal. There are renewals every five years until the mortgage is paid off. But the economic crisis has struck your bank hard. In 2009, it came time to renew, the bank said "no, we need ALL the money right now, no renewal" and since you didn't have a couple of hundred thou in the savings account, you get foreclosed upon. That is wrong.

        But none of this has much to do with slavery. My main point was that having the bank foreclose on your home is not the equivalent of slavery. It's silly to get distracted by good banking arguments.

        March 9, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
    • Shawn

      In the USA we do not have debtors prison . Back in the 1700 they did . they would trade their kids over for work on farms etc to pay off debt. Today other countries will do that to pay off debt ,except the individual comes and gets the kids and takes the kids and never returns them until the debt is all paid for . Some the children are not always used in factories but instead in the sex trade .

      March 9, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Reply
    • SJ

      Umm...there's one big problem with your VOLUNTARILY enter into a mortgage.

      March 9, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Reply
      • nikki

        Well said!

        March 9, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
    • Dave

      Really? You're comparing stockpiling your house with all these materialistic goods and then not having the money to pay for them to someone being forced into having sex and not getting anything out of it. What an idiot

      March 9, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Reply
      • James

        Oh, yes, a very apt comparison. Unbelievable.

        March 9, 2011 at 9:31 pm |
      • mb2010a

        Hey now...where do I sign up for the "Sex-to-pay-off-your-bills" thing. I will happily provide a little sex if it will pay mine off...

        June 20, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  9. Tac House

    These numbers shouldn't include drug addicts Phil. Those individuals are for the most part, have the ability to choose their 'slavery'. That's why we call them drug addicts, because they have become addicted to a drug. It is 'their' addiction to the drug that is the issue.

    I hope that through this article we in the west may begin to change our own behaviours by making corporations more transparent and accountable, so that we can begin to expose this 'hidden bondage' that goes on in the world.

    Thanks for the article,

    March 9, 2011 at 11:24 am | Reply
    • Tristis

      I don't agree with Phil either, but I think you need to take a look at how drugs are often used to enslave people, especially in the West. Young people lured into drug use–or worse, shot up without permission, that happens!–are made addicts so they can be easily controlled and kept isolated from help such as law enforcement and family. They are less believable as victims because of their addiction, and it also drives them back to their supplier/owner should they try to escape.

      March 9, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Reply
      • RLD

        Lol "shot up without there permission" Have you actually ever been around drugs. What do you think drug dealers are going around giving out free drugs to hook children. This has to be one of the most ridiculous statements I have ever heard

        March 9, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
      • Melpa

        I agree with you Tristis. Many people do not know that woman and children are kept in the sex slave business because they have been forced to do drugs and this discredits their claims as well as weekens their resolve to find.get help. It is a pretty common "pimp" tactic in the US as well.

        March 9, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
      • Cason

        Yes RLD, they do. If they can get a new addict they will give away one for free. It's marketing plan. Give away once, get them to buy 100s of times.

        March 9, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
      • Tristis

        RLD I have had relevant experience in this. It is not from my imagination. Young girls (at least two that I had personal contact with and a third that narrowly escaped) were abducted and "broken" into prostitution by men using forced addiction to heroin. It is not naive to believe such crimes exist, but it is if you believe such things and worse have not been both thought up and executed by people who only care about the $$$ they can make off others.

        March 9, 2011 at 8:08 pm |
    • Shawn

      slave trades not drug addicts . thses slaves get napped taken removed from their homeland .. some are sold into prostitution some sold to factories and they sleep in those factiories and some have been known to sleep in cargo containers or have small workshops in the cargo containers making dresses or suits . these are real slaves who can die if they do not do their jobs . the drug runners are a whole other story and their mules .. while that is a form of slavery it is an entirely different form . This is child and adult slavery brought about by the corporations in fashion and in human consumption in the fashin industry agriculture and sex industry

      March 9, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Reply
  10. John in NY

    Would loosing up to have of your earning for various taxes and fees be considered slavery?

    March 9, 2011 at 11:33 am | Reply
    • sadie

      Yea because that is the same thing as being stolen from your home, physically abused and forced into the se-x trade...*dramatic eye roll*

      March 9, 2011 at 11:47 am | Reply
      • John in NY

        Sadie, so indentured servitude isn't slavery to you? Note that from everything I've seen, including CNN's recent coverage it seems to be the most common form of slavery.

        Was I being sarcastic in my original post, yes but it doesn't defeat the truth behind it that one group of people being forced to transfer a large percentage of their earnings to others isn't that far removed from "owing your soul to the company store" of times past (or the modern equivilents.)

        March 9, 2011 at 12:15 pm |
      • Lee

        Right on Sadie. John, your comment just shows how stupid, lacking in compassion and understanding that you really are. Paying taxes is part of being a responsible citizen, ever take a civics course? Do you think things like roads, schools, police forces and fire departments are free?

        March 9, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
      • John in NY


        I have no problems with paying for roads, schools, police and firefighters, I do however have an issue with the government taking money away from me to give it to someone who has decided they would rather live on welfare then work for a living.

        I'll be the first to admit that there are so people who need a helping hand but living in the real world has shown me that a large percentage just want to leech off of the taxpayer.

        March 9, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
      • Cason

        John, there is not a person in the world that would "rather have them on welfare".

        March 9, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
    • Ajay

      @John, It is indeed a slavery. I think millions of people who has a good salaried job are still slaves. Can they think of loosing their job ? Do they have a freedom of free life ? the life structure has become such in this capital era, you can not live without working for someone. Go back 300 years, you were able to think.

      This is a true slavery of modern age. What CNN project has identified, are the un-educated physical slaves, others are psycological slaves, a dangerous slavery in my opinion.

      June 20, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Reply
  11. Tv

    Be good to your neighbor and end slavery before 12/12/12 @ 12:12pm the world will be ending so do good and show our perfect Lord that you are indeed a good person or at least changing for the better. See you up there!

    March 9, 2011 at 11:40 am | Reply
    • 81

      what about 11/11/11 at 11:11am or is it 11:11pm???

      March 9, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Reply
    • Tom

      Is this when all the conservatives go up in smoke?

      March 9, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Reply
      • Melpa

        One can only hope!

        March 9, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
    • Fletch

      Tv, would that be 12:12EST? Or Zulu? Or Israeli time? Pacific time?
      Or how about we be good to our neighbor and try to end slavery TODAY instead of waiting 22 more months? Just a thought.

      March 9, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Reply
      • James

        Or, just watch the more entertaining version on DVD, starring John Cusack.

        March 9, 2011 at 9:35 pm |
  12. Dan Mortazavi

    We must learn to live with the slavery. humans must slave to keep the world going .

    March 9, 2011 at 11:40 am | Reply
    • CJ

      Your ethics and morals are astounding in awfullness. People like you are only made better by the blood and toil of those indivudals far superior to you. You are like a child that does not understand that 4 + 4 = 8 and instead only gets fustrated that it can not equal 9 simply because they want it to.

      March 9, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Reply
    • NATE

      Slavery is wrong – GET IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !

      March 9, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Reply
      • mb2010a

        But the BIBLE says it's OK...

        June 20, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
    • momof2

      ok then, put your money where your mouth is and become someone's slave.

      March 9, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Reply
    • China soil is greasy

      Slavery is working for someone for no pay against your will. Not many fit that criteria.

      March 9, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Reply
  13. espirit2

    Debt slavery is the preferred method here in the United States. Banks, credit card companies, advertising, insurance, stock derivatives. Human traps are set with baits of hope and profit, a signature on a piece of paper with too many words to comprehend and snap you belong to them, Your decisions are now guided by need of your monthly payment to your owners, for truly, they own your house and you are working for them. What did they promise you? That soon the house would be worth twice your loan? What do leave to your children? Homes that are many for times the price they are now? And perhaps you are able to make through your thirty years of servitude to the bank and pay off this loan that is multiples of the principle. You "own" your home, it has increased in value and you only have to pay the government thousands of dollars per year to stay. The psychology of advertising, the legality of the contract. Confusion, manipulation by those with the lawyers,by those who own the law. What I see in my country and around the world is simply an evolution of that word, slavery. So Mr. Arnold Udoka of Lagos Nigeria, I appreciate your your poem, it resound in my heart as well.

    March 9, 2011 at 11:50 am | Reply
    • Name (required)

      "those who own the law"

      In other words, the voting public.

      March 9, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Reply
      • espirit2

        No, we don't vote for laws. We vote for people who promise one thing then institute laws based on the desires of their party and lobbiest, who give them money so they can advertise to get elected by lying. I do wish it was as simple as you put it but too many laws are inacted in this country, without our consent.

        March 9, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  14. kunta kintae

    Slavery is bad!

    March 9, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Reply
    • Toby

      Think of all the pyramids we could build though!!!

      March 9, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Reply
  15. Slave Nation

    money and Debt makes slavery LEGAL... I no longer pay my bills to prove a point. its been over a year, I'm still alive, wished everyone would do it too, show these slave owners whats up, and that they no longer control the open minded. who is with me? id love to see this in my own life time, it's only been repeating for the last 10k years.. Ejyption times.. very few contolling many.. just like today.. anyone wana change it? I do...

    March 9, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Reply
    • CJ

      So you haven't paid your bills in over a year in some sort of armchair protest movement,... you sir have chosen poorly :/

      March 9, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Reply
      • Slave Nation

        what makes ya say that? i'm over 7k in credit card debt and I yet to pay it, I face no jail time.. only thing it ruins is my credit.. so what, I cant buy that crap I cant afford.. o no.. what makes it better, is in IL, they are trying to pass laws so that if you have bad credit, YOU CANT GET A JOB.. welcome to slave nation, if you cant burn your money, and learn to co exist with one another, and learn how to barter and trade.. we will never win... I value LIFE. not money, possessions, ect.. only life.

        March 9, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
      • CJ

        Look the flaw in your reasoning is this: You (at some point) spent those 7k (or some ammount + interest % that = 7k)from your credit card on something. YOU DID create that debt and as a responsible citizen you have to pay your debt back. Now im not defending the current model of servitude but regardless of the rates and terms that your card has you did agree to them and you did use the card. You cant just take something and never pay for it, thats called theft. And by not paying back your legally obligated debt yoou are in turn forcing the institution that issued your credit to increase their overall APR on other indivudals. So not only are you hurting yourself but your hurting innocent others. What you are doing makes sense to you in the short term but in the long term it is a very selfish thing.

        March 9, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
      • Slave Nation

        Sigh.. defend the slave system if ya want.. the problem is.. ANYONE WITH HALF A BRAIN can get a credit card, rack up the bills, and make the system "suffer". I'm not the only half minded idiot out there that did this.. hell...put a phyc test on the credit cards, make it tough as hell to get a loan, make them run tests so that they know, THIS SLAVE WILL PAY IT.

        March 9, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
    • MAT

      Great plan. Dont pay your bills. Thats why we are in this economic mess to begin with. Pay your mortage before you buy wheels that spin and flat screen tvs.

      March 9, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Reply
      • Slave Nation

        i have neither, Ive been out of work for over a year, you try to live off of 9 an hour when use to making over 20, its a game, and we wont ever change if you continue to play it, its sad that people value money over life..

        March 9, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
      • mat

        Then dont borrow services you have no intention of paying for. Thats theft BTW. You are taking from others intentionally and then want someone to come in and bail you out. Spring is coming, sleep outside.

        March 9, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
    • David in Corpus

      6 years of not paying taxes and sending a letter instead telling them to come and get me. The last letter I sent I taunted them that they are doing a poor job by not arresting me and putting me in a federal prison for upwards of $40 grand a year. I also told them I would make sure when I did go to prison to cost them alot more than that (can't wait to get knee surgery and get that chipped tooth fixed). They have yet to come get me, wish they would, I am tired of working as hard as I do and getting nothing out of it. I am an American I was raised with certain expectations. I followed the rules, went to college, graduated with honors and I can't get a really good paying job cause all the other kids my age (when we were still kids) went to college too. So the market is flooded with college grads working as secretaries and fast food asst. managers. All the manufacturing jobs are gone and it is very sad for us Americans raised to believe in the dream that is now a lie. I will not pay, I will never pay. I would rather die first and await that wonderful day of eternal rest. You people value your lives too much and that is how they control you. Cast off that which you fear and you shall feel free even if you are far from being so. The only true patriot in America these days is considered a crazy by the govt.

      March 9, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Reply
    • momof2

      yeah don't pay your bills. Who needs good credit? You only need it if you want to rent an apartment. Or book a hotel room (try that w/o a cc #). Or buy a house. Or set up a new utility acct. Or get a student loan to go back to school. Or start your own business. Or do needed home renovations. Or in many places get a job. Good credit is only useful if you don't want to live in Ted Kaczynsky's old cabin.

      March 9, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Reply
  16. fu9l

    again this is stupid when iit is llegal in more countiries than not legal in china iraq iran lybia most middle esstern countries legal in most asian countries legal even in some countries in europe even here in the united states diplomats have been found to have slaves and it is totally legal because they have diplomatic immunity while i would love to see the slave owners killed my personal opinion it is a part of life and will always be such so get oevr t your not going to change the world when lots of other countries believe in this practice

    March 9, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Reply
    • Slave Nation

      thats the problem, picture humanity like a prymid.. the owners at the top.. we at the bottom.. wtf do you think is gona happen when the base no longer supports the top? Id rather die fighting to be free then to be a slave.. we can do it, but with people having an attitude like that, makes me wonder how our species lasted this long.

      March 9, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Reply
      • Jane

        Slave, I guess you have been paying your internet bill and electric bill to keep your computer on and what about your rebellion on those bills? As all self-involved people you only don't pay the bills you don't want to, not out of some "cause" or political belief....Just so you know the credit card companies will be garnishing your $9/hour wages in the years to come until you do pay them back, inclusive of legal fees.....but have fun...and keep defending slavery....I'm glad I'm not you.

        March 9, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  17. BossManDaty

    Al Sharpton and Jesse "High" Jackson should be enraged!!!

    March 9, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Reply
  18. Dave

    If the Republicans have their way, all U.S. workers will be slaves very soon.

    March 9, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Reply
    • Slave Nation

      find out when money was invented, that was the day legal slavery was born. it goes beyond the demo's and rep's..

      March 9, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Reply
    • QuickSiR

      If the Democrats have their way. All US workers will soon be slaves of the unions.

      Those bastards steal $2,000 off my paycheck every year and there is just no way out.

      March 9, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Reply
      • Melpa

        Yes, and those theiving bastards have protected your job from going overseas right? You still got one. Those scum sucking thugs have negotiated wage increases over the course of your work right? Those morons have kept you in a job where you are safe, your benefits hopefully are not nearly as bad as the rest of the country whose benefits have been slashed. Those arogant money hungry unions also have made ceratin that your boss cannot fire you for not liking the same TV shows as them. Oh terrible. I pay 2,000 a year to my union to. And you know what...I am happy. I have a secered pension, a job with good benefits, a job that actaully PAYS for me to own a modest 130,000 home and I can take a vacation once a year. If we didn't have unions, we would be like Indonesia and China where people work all day for only enough money to buy a cup of rice and a place to sleep so live to the next day to do the same thing. What a sad exsistance, and if the republicans get their way...this will be all of us.

        March 9, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
      • Jim59

        Give me a break. First off, unions make up less than 5% of all jobs and have been shrinking for 50 years, so you can QUIT YOURS for someone who appreciates being paid nicely, and go get another. Next, as you get that other job, enjoy it being minimum wage, you fool, because that union was the only thing keeping you from being paid a garbage wage.

        June 20, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  19. MAT

    Why is this here? The left only cares about slavery that was ended 100+ years ago. It wont put money in their pockets so they dont address it.

    March 9, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Reply
  20. sameeker

    They should go to the Middle East if they want to find the hidden numbers. when are we going to quit ignoring what Saudi Arabia really is?

    March 9, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Reply
    • Publius

      Saudi Arabia is the biggest problem in the region. Domestically, slavery was not formally abolished until 1962. But informal slavery, as described above, is widespread.

      Furthermore, many aspects of mainstream Saudi society include aspects of slavery - the entire female population has restrictions that in most countries are illegal. Men and women alike are bound by laws and traditions they cannot change. The Salafai/Wahabi interpretation of Islam is so strict, so rigid, so inflexible, so harsh, and has spread so widely (due to Saudi money) that it has put many other countries on a path to serfdom (Pakistan, Yemen, Sudan, and large swaths of Islamic communities throughout the world).

      June 4, 2011 at 1:53 am | Reply
  21. QuickSiR

    This may sound insane but with only 10-30 million slaves in the entire world. Is it even worth talking about?

    That's not even 0.005% of the world's population.


    March 9, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Reply
    • MAT

      Unless youre one of them.

      March 9, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Reply
      • NATE

        well Said well said

        March 9, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • taffyincanada

      cause that islamaphobic quickSiR

      March 9, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Reply
  22. NM Man

    Aren't the vast majority of us slaves to something? Like our jobs?

    March 9, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Reply
    • Slave Nation

      YES, thats the point, WE ARE SLAVES AND YALL DONT EVEN KNOW IT!!! thats why they post this crap, to see if anyone is paying attention to the game.. like I said, if your in debt, ur a slave. that makes well over 90% of the world slaves.. lol hmm.. I cant wait till others realize it.

      March 9, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Reply
  23. Nubia

    All it has to be done is to call them "workers" like the rest of us.

    March 9, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Reply
  24. Aaron Moore

    But I thought only white Americans had slaves.

    March 9, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Reply
    • nikki

      You are very bright!!! NOT! Stupid comment!

      March 9, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Reply
  25. srk

    Work visa rules in western countries are CLOSE to slavery. But people from 3rd world countries like India, Brazil etc, like the benefits of becoming richer and sometimes acquire US citizenship. Should start defining word "SALVERY" in an APPROPRIATE fashion that fits new world definition.

    March 9, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Reply
  26. bailoutsos

    Sure wish people would treat others like they want to be treated.

    March 9, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Reply
  27. FT

    Ending modern day slavery requires ending the monetary system. Get rid of money and slavery will go away.

    March 9, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Reply
    • Slave Nation

      OMG a sign of Intelligence!

      March 9, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Reply
    • Clete

      Not true. Slavery will end when humanity ends.

      March 9, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Reply
    • Cason

      You're a moron. Labor will still be valuable whether there is a monetary system or not.

      March 9, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Reply
    • FT

      One will think what they will about slavery, doesn't matter how the coin is flipped. The point is, money is a driving factor in "modern day" slavery. If you wish to prove this wrong, quit your job and see just how easy it is to get the substance you need to survive. Doesn't matter where you live or how you live, we are all slaves to a debt. Personal or social.

      March 9, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Reply
  28. VinceRN

    The fact that much of this population is hidden is one of the things that makes counting them difficult. Another, less discussed, reason it the nebulous definition of slavery. Who exactly is a slave? Definitions can range from old fashioned chattel slavery to anyone in compelled servitude. Are conscripted troops slaves? Depending on how you define the term the range could go much higher than the upper estimate of thirty million.

    March 9, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Reply
    • Slave Nation

      when one realizes that history has been repeating for over 10k years, one suspects everyone is a slave.

      March 9, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Reply
      • China soil is greasy

        Until the US came around

        March 9, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  29. Thomas

    More than 30 million slaves in China.......................................................................................

    March 9, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Reply
    • Slave Nation

      299,000,000 in the U.S. alone.

      March 9, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Reply
    • China soil is greasy

      In the US? Slaves with cars, jobs, houses, pets, dreams, and famillies. Sounds good to me!

      March 9, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Reply
  30. Greenspam

    You can triple the number of slaves to 100M easily if you count all those people who slavishly listen to Palin/Limbaugh/Fox News.

    March 9, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Reply
  31. Accidental

    To get an appropriate slave count, why not require slave owners to register the slaves like Americans register their handguns when purchased? Those that buy slaves illegally (just like illegal gun purchasers) get fined and/or sent to jail.

    March 9, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Reply
  32. Slave Nation

    i still can't believe people still want to live like slaves.. o well, I guess when you loose your job, and cant find any to support the life you once had, you tend to think diffriently. I realized that the money money you make, the more close minded you become, by not paying attention to anything around you but only of what you see.. thats sad.. meh i guess humanity had a good run.. its a shame no one studies history, we might of acutally learned somthing this time.

    March 9, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Reply
  33. qwerty

    there are roughly 6.5 billion slaves on this planet, 99.9 percent of the population is enslaved, some have it worse and some dont have it so bad, non the less everyone one way or another is enslaved

    March 9, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Reply
    • Barry

      Ah....another argument against marriage.

      No, no, don't react. It's merely jest. Have a good day.

      March 9, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Reply
  34. Bfoxwell

    Don't forget the 90% of Americans who are heading for economic slavery thanks to Corporate America and the pathetic government officials who support them!
    G = Greed
    O = over
    P = People

    March 9, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Reply
  35. USSlave

    The day money was invented, that very day slavery was born.. Slavery exists everywhere in the world. But by different names. Sex slaves, human trafficking, Debt as in US etc. Not only humans even governments are slaves. US is a slave of China. That is why many of US policies favor China. That is why US jobs go to China.
    World has resources to feed everyone. We do not need money to feed people.

    March 9, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Reply
    • Slave Nation

      I think CNN made a bad choice putting this up, hopefully it opens a few more minds.. knowlwdge is power, NOT MONEY.

      March 9, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Reply
    • Slave Nation

      and not to mention its been goin on longer then it ever should, over 10k years! makes ya wonder what were up against, but at last people awake!

      March 9, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Reply
      • USSlave

        Yes.. it is greed that leads to slavery.. not a geography..not a culture..if we just use the resources offered to everyone for the benefit of the society then there will be no slavery.... but everyone wants a $10K Prada purse made for $10 in china....

        March 9, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
      • China soil is greasy

        Poor China, their government is too lazy to make a minimum wage. Either that or they like to outsell the west with cheap goods. Maybe that's why they oppress their people with low wages.

        March 9, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
      • China soil is greasy

        China will tell their people how to live like opinion-less robots, but they won't give them a minimum wage? Is this by mistake or design?

        March 9, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  36. Larry

    Not a mention of Indentured servitude. It is very common. You are basically a slave under this title. Much of it is going on in the middle east.

    March 9, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Reply
  37. norcalmojo

    It's only going to get worse. Globalism is a race to third world status.

    March 9, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Reply
    • ApplePicker

      I couldn't have put this any better. Very insightful and true, in my opinion.

      March 9, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Reply
  38. JimmyJam047

    I know of a woman that by the result of some bad choices became addicted to drugs. Her suppliers woul sell to her on credit so that she would always be " working" to pay off her debt. If she got behind or aggravated her handlers she was beaten Even the cops would not intervene.
    Basically she was a slave. The drug dealer that broke her arm was making over $700 a day off this woman.
    At one point she had 2 different drug dealers that had taken out street hits on her (dead for$50)
    A friend of mine and I had to drive to DC . We gave her a ride to VA where she enrolled in rehab. She has now been sober for nearly 10 years and is married w/ children. 2 of the drug dealers went on to meet their maker and the 3rd was recently sentenced to 99 years in prison.
    My motto? "Life is not a spectator sport"

    March 9, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Reply
  39. Katie

    Does the NAACP know about this????

    March 9, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Reply
    • mat

      Yep. They just dont know how to get special priviledges or money out of it yet.

      March 9, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Reply
    • ronaldo

      yes we do

      March 9, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Reply
  40. Katie

    Wait a minute... I'm a slave to the American government..

    March 9, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Reply
    • China soil is greasy

      Whatever you are doing, couldn't be as bad as smelting old computer motherboards for gold.

      March 9, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Reply
    • Patriot?

      Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country! 😉

      March 9, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Reply
  41. texmex

    AFRICA, MIDDLE EAST and ASIA have always had slaves and will always have slaves. THERE the ones who sell slaves to the whole world so stop blaming America for what other parts of the world have been doing, are still doing and will keep on doing! as Davy Crocket said "You may all go to hell but I will go to TEXAS"

    March 9, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Reply
    • Ima Slave

      Because nobody in Texas ever owned a slave, right?

      March 9, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Reply
    • Jimmyjam047

      Slavery has existed (and still exists) in Europe for a long, long, long time as well.

      March 25, 2014 at 8:02 am | Reply
  42. Mr. Davidson

    Obama and the Zionists will have their way with you yet,just wait,or not.

    March 9, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Reply
    • Ima Slave

      So Obama's a Zionist now? And all this time I thought he was a Muslim!

      March 9, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Reply
  43. Conrad Shull

    "forced or compulsory labor" to describe “all work or service which is exacted from any person under the menace of any penalty for which the said person has not offered himself voluntarily.” Ahah! So me and my brothers WERE slaves growing up on the farm.

    March 9, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Reply
  44. Will

    What about the "legislated slavery" we have currently in the US? Our byzantine immigration laws serve to ensure that there is a huge underclass of workers that are kept out of the normal employment rolls and therefore out of legal protection on wages, workplace safety and exploitation. Where would this country be without the undocumented to pick our crops, wash our cars, and tend to our yards and children? Having "legislated slavery" ensures Americans with cheap food, cheap services and a more confortable lifestyle. Someone should calculate what the avereage US Citizen would pay for food and services if we actually had to pay the "real" price, not our "slavery subsidized" one...

    March 9, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Reply
  45. JNine

    Wow, some of you out there really miss the point. This is not about illegal immigrants picking lettuce in the US. Have you read Disposable People? The people referenced are not drug addicts, or people who made poor decisions. They are families and individuals, born into slavery for a debt that can never be repaid. They are young children, stolen from their homes and forced to make textiles in abhorrible conditions. They are young girls and boys, promised a job and a life, and forced into prostitution. And so on. This is not about someone who works for minimum wage or ended up addicted to drugs and in control by their supplier. These are people who are stolen, beaten, blown up, raped, starved, and mutilated. As the young man, forced into slavery to farm chocolate on the Ivory Coast once said, "[when you eat the cocoa] You're eating my flesh."

    March 9, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Reply
    • Will

      There are all kinds of slavery. We had "real" slavery here in the US up till the 1860s. Despite it being abolished – laws were created to ensure that despite the Empacipation Proclamation, blacks would in fact remain de-facto slaves. 100 years later the battle for freedom was still being fought – look at the Civil Rights Act. Despite what you might claim – our nation still is addicted to low cost labor. We've managed to create a situation where millions upon millions of undocumented serve as slaves – albeit paid ones, but paid far less than thier worth and kept in situations where they cannot complain. For all intents and purposes it is a form of slavery. Not as brutal as other parts of the world, but slavery nonetheless. For us to take such a sanctimonious attitude and calling the rest of the world to task while we as a nation perpetuate the same within our own borders is the ultimate hypocrisy.

      March 9, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Reply
      • ApplePicker


        March 9, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  46. eric l

    Where do they get these figures? The population of slaves in the world is around 7 billion. The equation for this is to take one percent of the ruling population and subtract it from the actual population. The one percent are the owners and the rest are their slaves. Some people are in denial and have the illusion that they are free. This is accomplished by making people think they have a choice but they don't

    March 9, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Reply
    • mat

      That is a very liberal use of the word. I believe the article is about human bondage forced on others. Come back to reality. No one makes you go to work. No one makes you obey the law. No one forces people to accept welfare. Choices are freedom, but freedom has consequencs if abused. You seem to be advocating anarchy. So much better.

      March 9, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Reply
  47. danny

    It is all white America's fault. White Americans bought and traded for slaves from Muslims slave-traders back during the founding of the USA so all the slaves in the world today are all because whit Americans where in the slave tralmost 35 years.

    March 9, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Reply
    • mat

      hahahahahahahahahaha It was only a matter of time. White people invented slavery. Moron.

      March 9, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Reply
    • GPS

      Hey Danny your mom is my sexual slave every night!

      March 9, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Reply
    • China soil is greasy

      Slaves showed up on the continent before America existed.

      March 9, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Reply
    • Patriot?

      Read some history, dude. Seriously, you need it. Try to find unbiased stuff, if you can. (Ha, Good Luck!)

      March 9, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Reply
  48. ken

    Slavery was first detected in Africa about 16000 years ago as guessed by researchers examining digs. The first documented slavery is recorded around 1700 BC in Africa. Blacks invented slavery. That is just a fact. If American Blacks want reparations, they should demand money from Africans who conquered and sold their family. Black slavery pre-dates Europe! Heck, I bet that Barack Obama's ancestors sold Jesse Jackson's ancestors to the highest bidder.

    March 9, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Reply
    • duh?

      what about the jews....

      March 9, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Reply
  49. Armando

    I am now a retired Federal investigator. However, for years and years I worked what was then known as involuntary servitute cases thoughout the Southestern United States. I can't figure out trying to solve cases in India when we have plenty of cases right here in the United States. The first cases I had back in the late 70's and early 80's, involved black agricultural crews in the Central Florida and South Carolina area. Black men were more or less "taken" from different "centers" that housed the poor and drunk to work the fields. They were kept behind tall fences and fed chicken necks and plenty of cheap wine. I they attempted to leave they confronted physical force from guards and dogs guarding the place. My first case involving Hispanics, mostly Mexicans, was a Farm Labor Contractor named Pablo Escobedo. Pablo had a crew of approximately 120 workers which had been smuggled from Mexico and worked for him paying the smuggling fees, food and housing under the threat of violence. Escobedo was arrested in Charleston, SC and placed under $1 Million bond. Later he was sentenced to ten years. My last cases were in the middle 90's. They involved 33 different individuals under the direction of Miguel Flores and Sebastian Gomez. They had a crew of 240 workers which they kept in out of the way labor camps. There were seven police reports of death among the crew. The crew included women that served as sexual objects to the masters. The crew was kept in line with the firing of weapons in the housing area or in the fields and with constant beatings aganst those that tried to leave. Flores and Gomez were sentenced to 15 years each. These cases brought about the very first human traffiking laws in the United States. Human traffiking/slavery continues just as it was then. If interested in Human Traffiking then read the book "The Slave Next Door; Human Traffiking and Slavery Today in America" by Ron Soodalter.

    March 9, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Reply
    • Will

      Americans still refuse to believe situations like those you encountered exist. To accept the reality would conflict with the expectation of cheap food and services. It's like whe a person buys meat in a store all nicely packaged in styrofoam. The reality of the brutality of the slaughterhouse is removed from the equation. If people had to slaughter thier own animals for meat, we would have a lot more vegetarians in the US. Same with the exploitation of the undocumented. To acknowlege a personal benefit from the cheap labor would set up a moral conflict in most people. By denying the reality the conflict is avoided and the benefits of living off of undocumented people continues. By the most basic definition – it's slavery.

      March 9, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Reply
      • GPS

        Hey Will, go get my slippers!

        March 9, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  50. ApplePicker

    Slavery can be defined many ways. I see slavery also as low unlivable wages. When the only option for survival is to work in a factory for 1.19 a day just so you can eat a piece of bread, do you really have ANY freedom? are a slave. You wiull starve and die unless you work for 1.19. You basically work just to keep yourself alive to work. That is slavery to me as well and the global economy is funding this inhumane system. America is next. One job used to provide for a family. I know a family who does not live the high life and they are working 5 jobs to stay in their home and provide for 2 children. It is a sad day in America, when a job you work 50 hours on does not even provide enough for food and rent.

    March 9, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Reply
    • GPS

      If people are working 5 jobs just to survive in America then maybe they are living above their means to start with!! Multible televisions, Playstaions, Wii's, I Phones, Tattoos, Cable Television, the lists goes on! People in this country on every level of economic status feel a sense of entitlement. These things are not guaranteed by our Constitution! Live within your means. If people can't get that through their thick skulls, then they deserve to be slaves to the almighty dollar! I worked my butt off for years, paid for my own education, worked two jobs, spent and saved my money wisely! Drove used cars, ate generic labeled foods and was able to pay off my home, and retire in my fifties! Now I drive a new car, and do the things I want to do, still within my means!! If I did so can the next man!!

      March 9, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Reply
      • Patricksday

        GPS I can only imagine you are some spoiled rich brat who knows nothing of making a living, or you just an idiot ditto head.

        March 9, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  51. Summarex

    Yeah and if you add the 300 million slaves of the corporations living in America, the fugure is ten times as high.

    March 9, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Reply
  52. GPS

    At least they have jobs!!

    March 9, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Reply
  53. ken

    Many different kinds of slavery. This is the worse. Not far behind are Chinese and Japanese workers, with American workers in close pursuit.

    March 9, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Reply
    • Brian

      You obviously know nothing about workers or work conditions in China and are just regurgitating the information that the news and education system feeds you. Chinese workers are far from slaves and in many cases better off that their American counterparts. China has a booming middle class and boasts the fastest growth rate of millionaires in the world currently. If someone in China (or the US) is a slave to their job, it is because they want to be which is a far cry from the human trafficking that the article adresses.

      March 9, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Reply
  54. Noneya

    Wow Jessica, you are the worst excuse for a human, and/or woman there ever has been. I seriously doubt your husbands pea-shooter would make anyone walk funny, more likely your 300 plus pound girth would make someone walk funny if anything.

    March 9, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Reply
  55. wage slave

    I'm a slave to the slaves. They sit in harlem, doing nothing, growing fatter, smoking crack, selling food stamps, and I have to work 90 days out of every year to cover my tax bill. I'm the slave now. Good work.

    March 9, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Reply
    • liz

      They sit in the south on welfare using meth also idiot.

      March 9, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Reply
  56. Kevin

    Slavery is apart of our grim reality. There are many driving forces that allow slavery to exist today. In fact there are too many for slavery to be completely abolished, in our current lifetime at least. It is like all the other problems the world faces currently. War, the enviroment, energy shortage, religious conflictions, over population and many other things will continue to exist because they are apart of our human enviroment. Human Beings have created and shaped this enviroment throughout our history. Some have did their part to make it a more positive enviroment, while the vast majority continue to feed the negative aspects of our enviroment. Our enviroments mold us into who we are. Here is a brief example. If you are born in the West, it is more than likely you will be a Christian. If you are born in the East, it is more than likely you will be a Muslim. Thats something we do not choose and for that reason, it is also the biggest religion debunker for me. (Why would God send someone to hell for doing exactly what he meant them to do?) Anyway, I apologize for straying off-topic, this is how I see it. The world is a disaster and it needs to be fixed. So what is the cause? People of course. Well, what do we do about it? Hmmm... We cant change all of them, I mean even if we could, there are just too many immoral people here. So what do we do? Kill them all and start's the only way. Drastic right? I'm not saying someone should kill the entire world population, what I am saying though is that sometimes something is so broke it can't be repaired. Sometimes it's best to just destroy it and rebuild. I really believe we have reached that point and the only way for Humanity to live a equal and peaceful life here on earth is for the majority of the worlds population to die. It's a sad and very grim reality but only a major catastrophe will fix our world. Let's just hope that the ones who survive it are intelligent, morally grounded people.

    March 9, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Reply

    Every last person who works just to wind up with no money is a slave.
    Damn the companies who hold us in debt!


    March 9, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Reply
    • GPS

      Yeah right!!! Damn all the stupid people who can't figure out how to spend their earnings wisely!!

      March 9, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Reply

        No Citi, Chase, and Bank of America.
        Damn them to hell.

        March 9, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
      • Ima Slave

        It's not that simple. Most of us are in the state we're in–a form of slavery–because supposed experts jammed the "correct" way to handle our money down our throats for years. Don't rent a house–buy one! Buy this, buy that. Buy, buy, buy! We were assured that we were doing the right thing and now we're the ones who pay the price.

        March 9, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  58. Patricksday

    Just go to the Wealtiest people in the world and find the Nannies, Housekeepers, Gardners, who are illegal and kept as modern day slaves. GREED, SELFISHNESS, CORRUPTION, EXPLOTATION the hallmarks of these "Christian People".

    March 9, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Reply
    • GPS

      Just another, lazy, jealous, envious of the rich, poor man!!

      March 9, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Reply
      • liz

        I don't think anyone's jealous of the rich,the problem everybody yelling to send the immigrants back they taking jobs and paying no taxes,but the rich are not yelling they want to keep them.

        March 9, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
      • Patricksday

        Only the Corporate whores would appreciate a Slave, how many do you have under the table?

        March 9, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  59. Number 8786534

    The united states Congress has millions of slaves.

    Americans work they (congress) take half our money for themselves. We pay their salary, health costs, pensions, trips, vacations... Jesus, this started as a joke but my God we are slaves..... someone help us..

    March 9, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Reply
    • China soil is greasy

      You can make yourself feel better by doing whatever you want.

      March 9, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Reply
  60. Chris

    Id like you people to take a look at where this slavery is happening at....then ask yourself whos really at fault here. Blacks(yes blacks, because your not African American unless you were born in Africa and migrated here) make it sound like whites kidnapped them, in reality the Spanish were buying Africans from OTHER AFRICANS! Then early Americans bought them from the it right? NO, its still very wrong, but its not like they attempt to make it.

    March 9, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Reply
  61. pocu

    It's about freakin time CNN started reporting on this. It's beyond atrocious – yet we would rather read about Charlie Sheen.

    March 9, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Reply
  62. Yep

    i want one

    March 9, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Reply
  63. Robert

    yeah, just like the 3 millon or so in NY under the temples rule

    March 9, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Reply
  64. Charlotte

    I take it this does not include graduate students.

    March 9, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Reply
  65. buckybadger

    Human trafficking is a huge problem here in the states, especially in the western southern states. Way too many young girls are being forced into prostitution. I can't think of crimes that make me cringe more than kidnapping a 12 year old girl and forcing her into that life. Crack down on everyone involved. The people buying their services and they bastards suppling it.

    March 9, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Reply
  66. Tyler

    Giving up slavery is where the united states screwed up now we have these blacks running a muck in every city they move to they ruin everything

    March 9, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Reply
    • Ima Slave

      It sure is a shame that parents let their kids use the computer without adult supervision.

      March 9, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Reply
  67. Bob in Pa

    Just how do they come up with a number like 10 – 30 million ?
    There is a huge difference. between the 10 and the 30. Outrageous claims to get money thrown at their cause. They will all fund their salaries for decades to come while defrauding the charitable contributors and not making a dent in the problem. Damm, I'm a cynic.

    March 9, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Reply
    • Dyler Turden

      Sadly, you are also correct.

      March 9, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Reply
  68. Jon

    Prostitution is the oldest profession, but slavery is the second oldest.

    It is not beyond humans to enslave one group of epople for the benefit of another group, this has been the history of humans.

    As long as economics remains the focus point for above everything, slavery will exist, slavery exists because profit exists, slavery exists because humans want to circumvent the free market system in order to aamke a rpfot, something they would not be able to do if they played by the rules.

    And remember who makes the rules, governments, and remember who keeps on wanting to band and break them, businesses.

    March 9, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Reply
  69. Zoey

    First I think you need to point out that slavery in this days is about East European and Russian girls send to first world countries and Muslim countries to work as prostitutes or sex slaves.
    Also, modern slavery has more to do with third word children, women and men recruit and enslave by criminal organization to do things like work in factories, in farms and even attending marijuana and other drugs crops.
    And in places like Africa Arabs hold African kids as slaves.
    Is important to point out this, because most of the american prostitutes are real Russian or east European women forced to work in the sex industries and many factories that produce copies of real products are using slaves.
    This slaves are not pay, have no freedom and are physical and mentally abused.
    So is a really sad and horrible situation. Not a joke.

    March 9, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Reply
  70. Jimbo

    I wouldn't consider a mexican who offered their services to a crook for the next 2 years to get a free ride across the border a slave....they seeked it out themselves and have to pay the consequences. Why should I be sypathetic to an illegal immigrant that is knowlingly breaking the law to come to our country? If they are forced to do horrible things, they should have stayed in Mexico where they belong or go through the correct steps to become a citizen. Actual slaves are kidnapped and don't offer themselves up, I truly feel sorry for these individuals.

    March 9, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Reply
    • Will

      Strip away the ethnic labels. You said: "I wouldn't consider a mexican who offered their services to a crook for the next 2 years to get a free ride across the border a slave". Change the sentence to read: "I wouldn't consider a 18 year old from the Ukraine who offered their services to a man for the next 2 years to get a free ride to the USA a slave". That is considered human trafficking and slavery by most standards. So why is it not the same thing when the person is Mexican? Claiming that some one has to be kidnapped to be a "real" slave is complete ignorance of fact. The majority of slaves in the Southern US were not kidnapped (a la Roots) but bartered and sold by tribal heads. No nets or ropes there...

      March 9, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Reply
    • Jimbo

      Will ok, I'm just using the examples that I know wouldn't make any difference to me if the person was Russian or whatever. If they seek out a deal to cross the border and offer up their services on their own free will than that is their own fault. If I decide to be a drug dealer to so I can make some extra money and I think that will make my life better but I end up having 10 goons trying to kill me, that is my fault. I see no difference.

      March 9, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Reply
  71. WorkerSlave

    The story forgot to mention the 3 billion people around the world compelled to sell their labor for an undervalued rate. Capitalism, the dominant ideology of our age, is also modern slavery.

    March 9, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Reply
  72. RRP

    This number is going to be 390 millions if the REPUBLICAN PARTY gets their way...

    March 9, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Reply
  73. Simon

    The whole world is a slave to money!!!!

    March 9, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Reply
  74. Steve

    And let us not forget about the family law system in the USA and beyond!!

    March 9, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Reply
  75. karek40

    Life is not like a bowl of cherries, it is more like a jar of Jalapenos, what you say and do today will come back to burn your ass tomorrow.

    March 9, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Reply
  76. David

    I have been saying this for years:

    America is perceived as the big bad guy by the far left in this country because of slavery in the past. Get over it. We have done more for minorities over the last 100 years than probably any other country.

    meanwhile, blacks enslaving blacks in Africa and Muslims enslaving anyone they can find is more rampant today than any slavery in the past 2000 years.

    March 9, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Reply
    • Justin

      You sound like a moron. You think physical enslavement was the worst of it. But believe me buddy, we're over it. Just don't go through your pathetic life thinking that being enslaved was the worst of it. Countless lynching, raping, and degrading. Being taught generation after generation that you can't learn. Even worse, that you're not even a human being. With no due respect, go f#ck yourself David.

      March 9, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Reply
      • chris

        well justin with all due respect 18 of your Brotha's took turns raping a 11 yr old white girl...........that's why cops beat the $hit out of your kind down here in tx

        March 9, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
      • China soil is greasy

        In China, they enslave their own people.

        March 9, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  77. Chris

    corporate tapeworms

    March 9, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Reply
    • Patricksday

      What an Excellent way to desribe these monsters-"Corporate Tapeworms" and also "Corporate Whores" They dont see the big picture only the little box of selfishness they live and breathe in. How many Billions does one person need to them self, and why is this not called a mental illness?

      March 9, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Reply
  78. jv7777

    what about all you people who have (Mexicans) maids, gardeners, people who build your houses, buildings, roads, highways, work in your plantation farms for little to nothing. Is that a form of slavery. was it cheaper to take care of a slave than to hire another white man to work for you.... same as it is cheaper to get Mexicans to do your hard work for you. What would you do if there were no more illegals in the US. who would do all these jobs. Please don't say that the average white american would because that is a Damn Lie!.

    March 9, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Reply
    • Will

      But that us soooo untrue (sarcasm alert!). All of those folks who lost thier mid-west union manufacturing jobs that paid $25 an hour would be overjoyed to take a job picking lettuce for the equivalent of $.02 a head. They would look forward to standing on a street corner in the rain hoping to get "picked" to dig a ditch or patch a roof for $25 a day. (sarcasm off). The average white American sold thier soul years ago for $15 Chinese -made DVD players and $1 menu items at McDonalds. They have no friggin' clue that thier lavish (by world standards) lifestyles are borne off the backs of the undocumented. They decry how America is being destroyed by "those Mexicans", yet are too stupid to realize that Government policy and regulation as well as thier own selfish green started rotting this nation decades ago.

      March 9, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Reply
      • Hannah

        If an American took the job wouldn't the job have to pay more?

        Is it that the companies are refusing to pay minimum wage that is the problem?

        April 6, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  79. steve

    I'm patiently waiting for my $67 million from a bank in Nigeria. I need the money bad. After I gave my account #, it appears my funds have dwindled here and there in a very mysterious manner.

    March 9, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Reply
  80. JasonMason

    The majority of us are corporate slaves.

    March 9, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Reply
  81. The Cause

    I think you forgot to count the U.S. Population. Your story only seems to cover those that are aware they are slaves. wake up America, your being fleeced. Television and professional athletics can only keep so many in the dark, there is a movement of abstainers and rebels is forming, we're not all blind, ignorant media mongers. someone at some point will do something, or perhaps the earth will speak back, maybe "god", or maybe not. This is a real mess were in here, "here" in America, not Libya, North Korea, Iran, Iraq, or Afghanistan, those people see the mess, so they fight, were infected with denial, incompetence and passivity. Wake the F&^% UP!

    March 9, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Reply
  82. tired

    Minimum wage is slave wage.

    March 9, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Reply
  83. jay

    I choose to be Gods slave because He loves me and gives me so much blessing. Unlike those who r slaves to themselves , manpleasers or Satan worshippers. Seek God and u will find Him.

    March 9, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Reply
  84. Annexian

    We're ALL being made into slaves by the Globalist Bankers...

    March 9, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Reply
  85. J

    Just another reason why everyone should read "Hell is an Awfully Big City"

    March 9, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Reply
  86. Will

    What is really sad is that CNN starts this "Freedom Project" to "End Modern Slavery". Quite silly actually. It's all just lip service. They will run articles for another couple of weeks – or until the next "big thing" comes along. Figure in another couple of months someone will win some award for reporting on this. Will give some teary, heartfelt acceptance speech at a ceremony. The tuxedoed and bejewelled audience will feel wonderful about celebrating such a worthy cause. Some will give large (tax deductable) donations to fight against this "social scourge". And as the "invisible" busboys clear the tables, they will leave the event for thier manicured estates to check on thier adoring children that have been tended to by the "nanny".

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    • Martin S.

      Charlie! (Sheen)

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      LOUD VOICES!!!

      March 9, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Reply
    • pocu

      Thank you NIght Hawk. If they never get justice, at the very least, someone has just spoken up for them.

      March 9, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Reply
    • Patricia

      Nobody read you rpost (1) because you yelled it and (2) because it was not concise.

      June 20, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Reply
  88. mike p.

    I've thought about throwing down all my cards and enslaving myself to pay socialists taxes. But I refuse I will never pay taxes for things I don't use or need. I was born here and raised in the system. social security, Medicaid, Medicare this is all bull crap and I wont work till I don't have to pay those taxes anymore. If you don't like paying taxes don't go to work there are plenty of ways to survive without $. Here is a list of ways to be comfortably poor, 1.make friends that have a steady job and a place to live. 2. make friends in high places.3.recycle metal4.doing sporadic odd jobs for people or a person. this list could go on and on. freedom does come from the outside it comes from within.

    March 9, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Reply
    • Name (required)

      With your #3 and #4, you are earning income and are supposed to pay taxes (if any) on it. Sorry to report that to you.

      March 9, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Reply
  89. mike p.

    the magic word is SMOOCH until these socialist taxes dissapear.

    March 9, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Reply
    • Name (required)

      That would require you to find someone to smooch. Where are you going to get the money to pay them?

      March 9, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Reply
  90. David

    If it's a hidden population, then how do we know there are any at all? Where to you get the 10 million figure? Where do you get the 30 million figure? Are you just guessing? Why isn't anyone else asking this?

    March 9, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Reply
    • Name (required)

      Just because something is hidden and not knowable with complete precision does not mean it is impossible to estimate. Many ways of counting. I suggest you read up a bit on sociological studies for starters. That might answer some of your questions.

      March 9, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Reply
  91. Kevin K

    Churches still enslave people daily. Telling children that their going to hell if they dont believe is wrong and should illegal.People that fall to this type of enslavement/ brainwashing will spend their lives trapped believing this garbage

    March 9, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Reply
  92. chris

    WOW i thought the only slaves in the history of mankind were the ones the british brought over from africa to the US colonies!!!!!!!!!!

    March 9, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Reply
  93. Robert C

    With the discovery and widespread usage of fossil fuels, suddenly a few dollars could buy a barrel of oil which is the equivalent of 20,000+ hours of labor. Combine that with the versatility of liquid fuels and slavery is a loss proposition. Only a _very_ small percent of common day slavery is actually labor, it's typically things unique that only humans can provide like sex. That is a crime that will never go away. As for slave labor, take away the energy and it will be a very different number in the heading.

    March 9, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Reply
    • Name (required)

      It does not take 20,000+ hours of labor to produce a single barrel of crude oil. Where did you come up with that number?

      March 9, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Reply
    • Jimbo

      I think Robert was trying to say that the amount of energy 1 barrel of oil can produce is equivelent to 20,000 man hours. Not sure how accurate that is but it makes sense. How far can 1 barrel of oil drive your car? How many hours would it take a human to pull your car that distance?

      March 9, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Reply
      • Robert C

        Your interpretation's correct, 1 barrel currently at ~$100 can generate 1,700,000 watt hours. 1 human can sustain about 80w per hour. 1,700,000 / 80 = 20,000... Pulling a car is a good example but perhaps a plow would be more applicable to this article.

        March 9, 2011 at 9:00 pm |
  94. Broken Hearted

    While so many of the posts on hear break my heart, I think they do illustrate the point of the article. Part of the problem in fighting slavery is coming up with a definition. In a technical sense I suppose that one can call debt oppression is slavery. But having spent time in Asia and seeing the slavery that is there, calling myself a slave because I have a mortgage seems like a further slap in the face to a true slave who has lost any ability to exercise his or her will about life/body/future. The fact that some on this discussion can rant about their "oppressor" is perhaps strong evidence in itself that they are in fact NOT slaves in this sense.

    The issue perhaps comes down to whether a person has been reduced to the level of "property." Property–even if well cared for–has no right to control itself, but is at the complete and total mercy of the possessor. My bank can take my house, but they cannot decide where I move when they take it. Their power is not one of possession. Can they be oppressive in the exercise of their power? Certainly. While all slavery is oppression, not all oppression is slavery. We need to understand that distinction or we end up minimizing a very real problem.

    I'm unemployed, just graduated from college, can't get a job, and am struggling to make a mortgage payment, and right now literally have no money to buy food so I understand how one could become bitter, but it doesn't justify minimizing the suffering of those who's problems are greater than mine just to let people hear my voice and understand my suffering. Formal slavery is real and horrible and my situation is the life of a king in comparison.

    March 9, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Reply
    • Will

      You may call yourself Broken Hearted – but yours is a good heart. That you have compassion for others at a time of personal struggle and suffering shows that you are a truly good person. I hope the universe finds a secure place for you very quickly and you find yourself in a position of comfort.

      March 9, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Reply
    • Jimbo

      Is a person who seeks out to be a servant of another on their own free will to get something in return like crossing a border illegally considered a slave? I would assume so, but why feel sympathetic towards someone who saught this out themselves. I could do an number of things to make more money illegally that would put myself in bad situations but no one would have any sympathy for me, such as selling meth. If I decide to sell meth I will probably make a ton of money, but on the other hand I will be surrounded by criminals trying to get me....pretty similair to the explanation of the illegal immigrant who sells their soul to a trafficer. What is the difference?

      March 9, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Reply
      • Name (required)

        In the illegal immigrant example, you become the property of the person to whom you sold yourself. That would be slavery. In the selling meth example, you have not become the property of anyone. That is how your two examples are different.

        March 9, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
      • Jimbo

        They both seek out an opportunity to make more money in an illegal way. A meth dealer has to get his product from somewhere, usually from a gang or a big supplier. The dealer doesn't usually have a hundred thousand dollars sitting around to purchase the meth up front but makes a deal with the supplier. I'm pretty sure that supplier views the dealer as someone they own until they get their money returned. Same difference, my argument still stands.

        March 9, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
      • Name (required)

        Yes, now that you've completely changed the facts of your hypothetical meth case, the examples are more similar. Now-what's your point?

        March 9, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
      • Broken Hearted

        You are assuming two things. First, that there is only a single reason for illegal immigration: to make money. I have known personally some who left their country to get their children out of an area where they were in high risk of being forced into service or raped by the army. While perhaps they didn't really change their situation at all, we can't escape the fact that protecting their family from harm rather than desiring to be rich was the motive.

        Second, you seem to assume that the American illegal immigrant situation is what we're talking about. It's not. There are plenty who are forced into slavery completely against their will. I have personally met people who's family members were forced into slave labor in Burma by the Burmese army. Even if we were talking about American illegal immigration, the fact that someone made a bad decision that put them in slavery doesn't change the fact that slavery is wrong, should be illegal, and should be actively opposed by law enforcement.

        March 9, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  95. pocu

    I saw a girl holding a sign at a traffic light (about six months ago.) Her sign said "single mother, please help" (or something along those lines.) She had the worst look of disgust and hopelessness on her face. A look as if she was thinking "How did I ever find myself here?" The thing about it was, I knew in my gut she was not collecting money as a single mother, but as someone who was forced to hold up whatever sign her pimp wrote out that day. No proof of it – I just knew. I wanted to rescue her. I just didn't know how.....

    March 9, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Reply
  96. Bob

    So, now what black people! Stop bitching about being slaves 100s of years ago. There are modern day slaves. You lose, again!

    March 9, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Reply
  97. Still Hopeful

    Thank you, CNN, for raising awareness about modern-day slavery. This truly is a tragedy that needs to be brought to the forefront of the public mind. Now, all of us who have been educated by your project must make a choice: we can either apathetically retreat to our own comfortable lives, shake our head and say "how horrible" but not do anything, or take action. After reading some of these posts, I am a bit disheartened. However, I still have hope that enough people will choose to take action, and we will be able to make a difference.

    March 9, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Reply
  98. Jim d

    The percentage you're paying is too high a price when youre living beyond all your means; and the man in the suit has just bought a new car with the profit he made off your dreams...

    March 9, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Reply
  99. Thomas

    Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.
    Abraham Lincoln

    March 9, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Reply
    • Dyler Turden

      Ah, from the same guy that said, after slavery was abolished, that they would never integrate, and should be shipped back. LOL He may have been correct on so many fronts...

      March 9, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Reply
  100. Richard TaylorAPP

    Understanding "Voluntary Slavery" which is the volutary relinquishment of essential natural rights;

    Understanding "Slavery" is the acceptance of another persons voluntary or involuntary relinquishment of essintial natural rights.

    American Patriot Party.CC – National Web Site –

    March 9, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Reply
  101. Mike

    everybody who's post shows under mine is a douche. And I'm not even trolling, just read the comments and you too will be tempted to say the same. Maybe not everyone, but 99% of the people who posted in this thread are douchebags!

    March 9, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Reply
    • Mike

      oops I meant above mine. But probably some douches will post after me 🙂

      March 9, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Reply
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  103. Gosling Mirak

    This is horrible the united nations needs to do something. With this and the somali pirates this is terrible. The debt bondage is the worse though that is exactly what happened during reconstruction and if you look at that then that is bad; very bad

    March 9, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Reply
    • Okie John

      You sound sincere in your words. Not like many who have posted. However, I cannot agree with your suggestion that the UN can or even should take a leading role against slavery or violations of human rights. Both of which I strongly oppose.
      There are uprisings against dictatorships and tyrannical governments all over the middle east at this very moment. I pray the citizens of these various nations are successful in their rebellions. It isn't and should never be the UN's responsibility to lead such rebellions. The people must stand together and speak as one to bring about change. It may be bloody and death is always a possibility. But, freedom isn't free. You cannot be truly free if another person fights and wins your freedom. You will always be indebted to that person. It is you who must fight, and accept help from others in your struggle. Regardless, freedom is never free. You must be willing to pay the price.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Reply
  104. gh0st

    poor brings with itself delicuence if we watch it from another perspective so if governments focus on solving this we will get less delicuence its directly proportional

    March 9, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Reply
  105. Benjamin

    Good luck ending slavery, because Russia and China–who would support Lucifer himself, freshly risen from Hell and reeking of brimstone–can be counted on to use their UN Security Council veto power to support any form of evil anywhere on Earth.

    March 9, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Reply
    • Justina

      The staunch immorality in the West is in much more league with devils.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Reply
  106. Pat

    All employees are slaves. Employment is a glorified form of slavery.

    March 9, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Reply
    • Justina

      People who use brains get to manage those who use them less. Neither should abuse each other. And any evil enslavers must be overthrown. That's what the Bible has been telling mankind all along.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Reply
  107. Yea

    I have the hots for jessica

    March 9, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Reply
  108. Justina

    If 300 million Dalits are included, the surface number jumps to 330 million, with 2 billion humans in need and with the dying oceans and deteriorating creation world. This planet is not a place to seek one's own happiness. Read the Bible and wake up, mankind. The Final Judgment is coming for the sake of all victims.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Reply
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  111. John

    Considerably sizeable slave market has outlandishly been well and prosperous in the 20th and 21st centuries due to the expoitation by some of the "fairer skin" Arab Muslims in some places in Northern Africa and else where. I know that it is not politically correct to pick a bone on such sensitive matter in the USA or other democratic countries, I am not trying to accuse all Muslims; I have such decent & nice Muslim acquintances whom I sometimes appreciate more than my East Asian counterparts – after all civilized society is where we could still be able to appreciate each other even if we disagree upon issues. But there are too many fundamental Muslims who had captured many of the "inferior" black Sudanese of the Southern Sudan and proselytized them to become Muslims by force, mutilated their limbs, sold them in local market for as little as a few hundred dollars or even less. Europeans and Americans had stopped & abolished the slavery practice already more than 100 years ago, but many Muslims who follow the lines in Quoran which implicates the black people are somehow inferior sub-creature, are practicing the slavery still in this modern centuries of our time which the majority of population and mainstream media in developed world have been blissfully unaware of. People accuse USA for doing this and that, but hey, after all, U.S.A. is where powerful black president runs the office, African Americans, Hispanics, Arabics, Persians, Indians, Chinese, Japanse, Korean Americans have been given opportunities to be successful in education, social status, and even to climb the ladder to become cabinet ministers and what not. Although, I am young, there are huge number of peers of my age as well as younger ones in their 20's who have no idea that slavery are happening in big time but which have not interestingly not even been reported enough on our mainstream media. Please, pardon me if my writing offend some of you, but fact must be told even if it hurts. Thanks.

    March 9, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Reply
    • the hate hater!

      Ignorance is bLISS.....So foolish are some people, and what nerve they have to adjust the small minds they have to fathom such ignorance. If your not smart! don't even comment... I was taught to learn about things I didn't understand instead of voicing a mindless opinion! when you assume you make an ass out of yourself.. Think five times before you decide to speak! We have enough ( dumb asses) in the world as it is..... statistics are only doctored documents created to misinform when all along the real truth is being with held from us all!! I say that to say....You can read a million books on numbers and statistics, but unless you can remove the blindfold from your GOD given eyes!! you will never know the truth.

      March 11, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Reply
  112. snake

    They are not hidden, Its called the United States!

    March 9, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Reply
  113. MightyMouse

    I want to know if the disgusting situation in Cypress is the result of a too powerful socialist governance or a too "laissez faire" governance?

    March 9, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Reply
  114. Jackie Wu

    Screw having Anti-Terrorism squads. We should have more illegal activities crackdowns. Mobilize the US army. Lets storm every drug hideout or prostuition brothel in America. Also investigate every poltical figures most current activities. Weed out the corrupt. All those who willingly turn a blind eye to crime and slavery should be punished.

    March 9, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Reply
  115. Pat

    30 million, not including wage slavery.

    March 10, 2011 at 12:26 am | Reply
  116. Hidden

    Everyone is a slave.
    You just have to find out.I will speak on behalf everyone if i were to do something.
    But no one is moving...

    March 10, 2011 at 2:13 am | Reply
  117. Jackie Wu


    Wow. I can't believe you are a being with common sense and empathy. It's recognizable you are not human. Go back under your brdige where you belong. Pfft. You and your so called "husband" are some sick beings. Go back to Encyclopedia Dramatica and choke on your 30th taco of the hour.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:22 am | Reply
  118. Jackie Wu

    Oh wait thats right. You don't have empathy. Silly me.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:24 am | Reply
  119. Canadian

    Im taking a stand.

    March 10, 2011 at 8:57 am | Reply
  120. James

    Well this is an interesting article some of our educators need to read, you know the ones who want to teach our kids that slavery was invented by the US and is not and never was a problem anywhere else.

    March 10, 2011 at 11:42 am | Reply
  121. Chris

    There is a lot of controversy over the numbers of adult woman who are forced sex slaves. The real factual answer is that no one knows. There is hard evidence that the sex slavery/sex trafficking issue continues to report false information and is greatly exaggerated by politicians, the media, and aid groups, feminist and religious organizations that receive funds from the government, The estimate of adult women who become new sex slaves ranges anywhere from 40 million a year to 5,000 per year all of which appear to be much too high. They have no evidence to back up these numbers, and no one questions them about it. Their sources have no sources, and are made up numbers. In fact if some of these numbers are to believed which have either not changed or have been increased each year for the past twenty years, all woman on earth would currently be sex slaves. Yet, very few real forced against their will sex slaves have been found.

    It is not easy for criminals to engage in this activity:

    Sex trafficking is illegal and the pentities are very severe. It is very difficult to force someone to be a sex slave, they would have to have 24 hour guards posted and be watched 365 days a year, 24 hours per day. Have the threat of violence if they refused, and have no one notice and complain to the authorities or police. They would need to hide from the general public yet still manage to see customers from the general public and not have the customers turn the traffickers in to the police. They would need to provide them with medical care, food, shelter, and have all their basic needs met. They would need to have the sex slaves put on a fake front that they enjoyed what they were doing, act flirtatious and do their job well. They would have to deal with the authorities looking for the missing women, and hide any money they may make, since it comes from illegal activity. They must do all of this while constantly trying to prevent the sex slaves from escaping and reporting them to the police. They would need to prevent the general public from reporting them into the police.

    This is extremely difficult to do, which makes this activity rare. These criminals would be breaking dozens of major laws not just one. Kidnapping itself is a serious crime. There are many laws against sex trafficking, sex slavery, kidnapping, sex abuse, rape, sexual harassment etc. If someone is behind it, they will be breaking many serious laws, be in big trouble, and will go to jail for many long years. And do you actually think that there is a long line of people who want to have a career as a sex slave kidnapping pimp?

    While there are some women who may be true victims. And it is possible for this to happen in rare situations. This is a small rare group of people and that the numbers and scale of this crime is exaggerated. The very nature of someone pulling off a kidnapping and forced sex for profit appears to be very difficult. Since it would be difficult this makes this crime rare. Not impossible, but extremely rare. And do you really think that millions of people are lining up to make a career out of being a illegal violent sex slave kidnapping pimp?

    A key point is that on the sidelines the adult prostitutes themselves are not being listened to. They oppose laws against prostitution. But no one wants to listen to the prostitutes themselves. Only to the self appointed experts that make up numbers and stories many of which have never met a real forced sex slave or if they did it was only a few. The media and government never ask the prostitutes themselves what would help them in terms of laws.

    Many women in the sex business are independent workers. They don’t have a pimp.
    They work for themselves, advertise themselves, and keep all the money for themselves. No one forces them, because there isn’t anyone to force them. They go out and find their own customers, set their own prices, and arrange everything by themselves. Sometimes they may employ others to help them, but these are not pimps. If for example, she hires an internet web design company to make a website for her, does that make the web design company a pimp? If she pays a phone company for a phone to do business, does this make the phone company a pimp? If she puts an ad in the paper, does this make the editor a pimp? If she puts the money she makes into a bank account does this make the bank a pimp?

    A lot of anti prostitution groups would say yes. Everyone and everybody is a pimp.
    These groups make up lies, and false statistics that no one bothers to check. A big reason they do this is because it provides high paying jobs for them. They get big donations, and grants from the government, charity, churches, etc. to have these groups, and pay these high salaries of the anti prostitution workers.

    Here is some more information about this:

    March 10, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Reply
  122. chris

    The following links will give you more information about sex trafficking especially the Washington post article and the Guardian and BBC links.

    Washington post article:

    News night BBC video:


    Guardian newspaper:

    Sex trafficking in sports:

    March 10, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Reply
  123. Davis Bradley

    Being in a form of slavery myself I liked reading this story. Several years ago, a very large company relocated me to a foreign country. They were acquired by an even larger company who does not wish to honor the contract to re-patriate me. As I have no money I can not return home and so am obliged to continue working for this company in a foreign land. Hence, I find myself in a modern form of indentured servitude. I can't quit because my visa is through my employer and I would not be able to find legal employment elsewhere. I can't leave because I have very little money left over from the exorbitant taxes on my income. On the bright side, I am not furced to have sex with rich Americans. They do give me enough money to eat but that's it. The food is not so bad either. But I am essentially a slave to this company. I think it's not just.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Reply
    • Andrew K

      Davis, if you have family, you need to write to them for help. If they took your passport, don't worry, just go to the embassy and tell them what's happened to you. They get cases like yours a lot, and are more than willing to help. Just because you don't have your passport, doesn't mean they don't have your information in their computers. When you write your family, delete it from your sent messages history on your computer. Once you've gone to the embassy and got your family to book you a ticket to leave the country, you go and get out of Dodge! If you need to, make up an excuse like, "My father is dying." or grandmother, or whatever. I'm going on a leave for a period. Make sure your family gets you a round-trip ticket. It will fool them easier. You won't return, you will get reimbursed on the ticket later. It just helps if they do find out about it.
      If this fails, you can always smuggle yourself across the border. In any case, I'd strongly suggest looking up survival guides on your areas terrain. I hope this is helpful.

      July 26, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Reply
  124. Shraeve

    Most of the "information" about sex trafficking in the USA is a hoax. We have been hearing about huge numbers of sex trafficking victims for well over a decade, but law enforcement has discovered only a handful. Where are all the huge numbers of trafficking victims? If they are intimidated into keeping quiet, then they are the only slaves oin history who have been so intimidated? When slavery was legal in the US South before the civil war, the slaves did not hesitate to say they were slaves, and to say they did not want it that way.

    How is it that anti-trafficking activists know about these slaves, but law enforcement does not? And why don't the activists tell the authorities where the slaves are, so they can be liberated? Isn't it a strange coincidence that most anti-trafficking activists are also anti-prostitution activists? None of them are in favor of legalizing prostitution, even though that would make it easy for law enforcement to identify which prostitutes were not consenting adults.

    March 10, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Reply
  125. DebG

    What no one really discusses is that many of these incidents of slavery are the result of overpopulating beyond their means. Many 3rd world countries do not provide access to free birth control, which western countries should pay for. Right-wing Americans and the Catholic Church are culpable for the conditions in 3rd world countries. And, when the Gate (Bill and Melinda) started their foundation, they were going to preach the gospel of birth control. Instead, probably due to caving into political correctness, their foundation now focuses on immunization, which exacerbates an overpopulated world. The difference between the west and 3rd/4th world countries? Population control!

    March 10, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Reply
  126. David A. Feingold, Ph.D.

    CNN is following the usual journalistic path of citing sloppy, discredited statistics human trafficking, justifying bad numbers in the name of "advocacy". The UNESCO Trafficking Statistics Project has been tracing and evaluating trafficking stats for a decade. The fact that trafficking is a "hidden" activity does not justify promulgating any dubious and/or inflated number that anyone wants to make up. For example, the figure that CNN ran in the crawl that "80 per cent of trafficking" is for sexual exploitation is a ludicrous and discredited figure. The majority of trafficking in the world is, in fact, for labor.

    March 11, 2011 at 1:06 am | Reply
  127. ma & pa

    we thought to add facts but comment 212 by NIGHT HAWK showed old ways to control enslaved. The new ways are more insidious.It can be worse on point of slaves submit to protect loved ones. Worse yet is when they get home and are caused to think their people have rejected them. It appears many commenters know of what they speak. Listen up people, please. AND Jessica, you got double wall space or tilting floor to hide the slave?

    March 11, 2011 at 9:59 am | Reply
  128. ma & pa

    comment 304 john is so true. Jackie Wu wants to fix problem now. first we gotta know where slaves are. too many slavers left them locked in or one in and one out.slaver didn't come back slave died after a while. we don't need, all over America, the smell of death a while after slave owners arrested. Government knows we need to be careful how we do what we do if we do anything Jackie Wu.

    March 11, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Reply
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  130. cnnsucksmyblood

    common....sooner or later.....we will all become a slave...


    cnn, I know you want to ...hehehe

    March 12, 2011 at 3:55 am | Reply
  131. cnnsucksmyblood

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    March 12, 2011 at 3:59 am | Reply
  132. monte

    so why is wal*mart not being shut down?

    March 12, 2011 at 9:44 am | Reply
  133. monte

    on another subject, scott walker is a dirty, filthy rat!

    March 12, 2011 at 9:55 am | Reply
  134. Greg

    Bonded labour is not slavery CNN. I know it hurts your sensibilities but most of the world doesn't have the same way of looking at things than you do. Between USA narrative and the world, mmmmmmmm, I wonder who is going to win.

    Now, human trafficking? Sure, nobody will abide byvthat. So in that respect its fine. But counting Afghanistan and bonded labour as slavery fails to take into account the economic realities of the world. There is a need and at times a desire. The fact is, the human condition is unfair. Even in the us, where you have a lot of forced equity through legislation you still have a lot of hate. One group takes advantage of the other because of these inequities. The world is going through economic strains and the rich world may experience a collapse, then the narrative may be a little different...

    The point is, your narrative may make sense for new York or la, but pal, you wanna go to Mexico? Venture into the woods to southeast Asia, the whole gravity and rweality of your narrative breaks down. It's unending battle and people will not be as legislatively trigger happy in other places around the world, both because there is a resistance and countiress simply don't have the money to instill the prison system in the USA. The USA puts more people in jail than anywhere in the world, and it's considered excessive, that's the only reason you can uppity your narrative. Outside your bubble,anywhere on the planet, this narrative cannot be supported. It would be wonderful. But it simply breaks down when you have people living your lifestyle and others that make 2 dollars a day. I mean, you do the math.

    March 12, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Reply
  135. Greg

    Basically what I'm Telling you is, your stance is ideal, but human unfairness won't be Expunged through legislation, maybe through genetic engineering and when everybody has lifestyle of USA and rich world, but until then and with the worlds economic discrepancies, you might as well have gone on a crusade to expunge gravity.

    March 12, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Reply
  136. Greg

    Its basically like the war on drugs but a trillion times other words, through legislation, you'll likely make it worse. It's horrible. But it's a reality of the unfairness of this world.

    March 12, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Reply
  137. Greg

    And its not a "hidden population".. Romainia and Russia, yes, Afghanistan, amazons south east Asia? Often times its right in open. NGOs try to force these nations to comply, but police rarely enforce it, look the other way, take bribes. How do you fix that without a treasurer trove and mountains of money to enforce the system like I'm the USA? You tell me. The usa is very rare, not this kind of activity. Even in Canada, it happens. It's the way it is

    March 12, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Reply
  138. Greg

    Let me correct that, it is enforced, but it's kind of like, we enforce it after a complaint. The kind of "look busy and enforce harshly when we are being watched, on good behavior, have a racket when the Debbie downers leave" mentality, it's a really protracted situtation and it's not an easy problem...

    March 12, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Reply
  139. Greg

    The usa may be in the 21st century, and the globalceducated elite..but the rest of the world its still the 17th century, just high tech, at times worse, because due to the economic discrepancies, predators have a perverse incentive to create a supply.

    March 12, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Reply
  140. Greg

    That's why I'm for global socialism and the rights hardcore penchant for the police state, because with enforcement and socialism, Perjapa it can ne combatted. But perhaps I'm wrong, maybe it would just go underground and the wholemworld would not have the resources to enforce socialism or the police state. It's sad.

    March 13, 2011 at 12:01 am | Reply

    hey, i watched james bond movie and i am really got shock when james characters gets die in actions.

    March 14, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Reply
  142. Katie

    I am a 16 year old learning about slavery today and slavery in the past (transatlantic slave trade). I'm saddened about the comments I've read below. People as sick as the ones below should really seek some help. Slavery is no laughing matter and if you want to fullfil you demented sexual fantasies, I'm sure you can hire someone to do that. Grow up.

    March 20, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Reply
  143. to RLD

    To RLD... its funny you know what drug dealers or users do. just recently two stories came out one where a 15 year old girl was shot up with meth from her mother for years and overdosed and died. The other a 10 year old boy who helped his dad make meth when the dad was busted the boy was addicted to meth...why, the boy said in turn for helping his dad by holding things or bring him things (while his dad made meth) his dad would hold a glass tube and light one end and told his son to inhale. This 10 year old had no idea why he had to do this, he just did as the dad told him to for over a year. The father admitts to this as was his reward for helping, he said. The boy had NO idea it was drugs. The girl was shot up so she could be used for a sex object for the mothers boyfriend...Do you think either wanted this...did they ask for this...this crap happens all the time....even parents get thier young kids maybe your a bit off on your knowledge of what people will do with drugs.

    March 22, 2011 at 9:34 am | Reply
  144. Aussie

    I know a Balinese woman who was "owned" as a teenager, her duties where as what some of you on joke about here, she was forced to clean, cook and sleep in her owners bed, with everything that goes along with that.

    she was lucky and escaped to Australia with her child.

    April 12, 2011 at 4:07 am | Reply
  145. marco a. Guerra

    perhaps the issue here is how we choose to deal with this inhumane chaos. One in how we elect the people for the job that could serve not only our needs but that they will go beyond their duty to end such issues. Maybe we do give too much to those who do little or nothing at all. As for everyone here who have given their comment should really ask themselves if or how n would u change this issue as a living creature of this earth. Thanking god is not a relief of consciousness but more of how well are we with each other.

    May 11, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Reply
  146. eclairecarlso1@bellsouth

    when the hell are yall going to quit posting these old articles and post new ones

    June 5, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Reply
  147. jason

    u people r heartless it could be ur wife,kids,mom,dad brother, ect. or just someone that u care for. get a spine and do something to help instead of jokeing to feel better. carma sucks

    June 10, 2011 at 3:25 am | Reply
  148. mongoloid

    I have way more than ninety dollars... Where do I sign up?!

    June 20, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Reply
  149. tommas

    What's the problem, the bible says slavery is OK.

    June 20, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Reply
    • keith

      The bible also put limits of 7 years on it............. The slavers had to be released after the term and they had to be treated well! We still have 2 year terms of government service .... fail to complete those terms and your credit will be destroyed (bankruptcy is not allowed) so the you will never get another apartment and forget about ever owning a house!

      June 20, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Reply
  150. keith

    Yes slavery still exists in the USA. Instead of using whips .... we now have permission lists and credit reports that are used to harm people with about the same effect.... don't have a good credit score well good luck with getting another job or apartment. The US government hold thousands of slaves under 50,000 to 100,000 dollar bonds for 2 year contracts involving work hours that are 80 to 100 hours a week. Don't work the hours well then you are fired and owe 100,000 dollars with government debt that you can not declare bankruptcy to get out of! Debt that will be used to prevent you from getting another job or house or apartment...............nice!

    June 20, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Reply
  151. JAMES


    June 20, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Reply
    • Torak

      Dude, blond or brunet ? Mind you its only a rental, so you cant set her free.

      June 20, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Reply
  152. Rondo

    So Obama cost $90? They paid too much.

    June 20, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Reply
  153. CommonSense

    We are all slaves in some way shape or form. I get up everyday, go to a job that I hate, deal with a boss that treats me like less than a human being, deal with coworkers that treat each other like crabs in a barrel competing for jobs positions that barely allow us to pay all our bills and this is our life. We cannot leave or walk away from it or we will lose what little luxuries we have. We live under extreme stress and pressure just to have no money to retire on and die either in dept or broke. That is the real American culture and its been going on since the beginning of this country.

    June 20, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Reply
    • Jerry Reed

      Dude you don't have to live like that, getting out of the position you and millions of other americans and people around the world are in is totally possable. It is your choice to live in a hell like that and it is your choice to get out of it. Getting out is may seem hard and takes work but your happiness and well being is fuckin worth it. Just slowly cut back on the sedatives ( i.e T.V, alcohol, certain music etc ) and discover your self again, Your TRUE self. BREAK YOUR FUCKIN CHAINS

      June 20, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Reply
  154. Gibson Guire

    Number of slave in the world 6.7 billion and counting. Does anybody know what true 'Freedom' is?

    June 20, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Reply
  155. keith

    Getting worse actually ............ pushing people toward 100 hour work weeks just like the countries we complain about as being "inhuman"

    June 20, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Reply
  156. AWMessenger

    So why have I not been approached to buy a slave? Seems like it is so prevalent, any local American would know where to get one? I don't understand it completely I guess. I suppose some of those international bride online companies might be something similar to this; although I think perhaps the definition of "slave" might be a little distorted if this is the case. I suppose there is a difference to someone who wants to be bought for a price and someone who is being forced to be bought for a price against his or her will. Inasmuch, there are millions upon millions of bond-servants in America that choose to be slaves ... to the Almighty Dollar ... by way of high-interest-rate credit cards. But I guess that is altogether another story.

    June 20, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Reply
  157. HR

    YOU FORGOT the place where the most slaves reside – here in America, 300 million plus, we are all slaves to the corrupt, greedy government we have allowed to evole – not only do our corrupt officials take our money for their own use, they also take our money for their peppetuation – we may not be physical slaves but we ceertainly are slaves and our american way of living is fast going down the drain!!!!!

    June 20, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Reply
  158. Torak

    Im convinced we need to legalize slavery... or more accurately drudgery (Ownership of labor, not of body. Maintain criminality of physical abuse).

    Look at the evidence. The price of a slave was 40,000 when it was legal and less then $100 when it is illegal.

    It is in the best interest if the slave. They will have a higher value and see a higher quality of life.

    The founding fathers were right... (and so was Kant).

    June 20, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Reply
  159. why

    well... most of us are slaves to our boss too. they are evil. i need a vacation

    June 20, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Reply
  160. Chris

    According to this definition, I would consider most people on the planet slaves:

    The ILO, in 1930, used the terms "forced or compulsory labor" to describe “all work or service which is exacted from any person under the menace of any penalty for which the said person has not offered himself voluntarily.”

    For example, I have a mortgage on my house. If I don't work, then my house gets taken away. This is 'forced or compulsory labor' extracted 'under the menace' of a penalty. I wouldn't go to my job voluntarily. It's only because of the threat of poverty that I go to my job.

    June 20, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Reply
  161. Roelof

    Slavery is a black thing. Muhammad was a slave trader. The Islamic culture believes slavery is normal, next to paedophilia. Any black people seen protesting against slavery lately? Of course not, it's racist believes they have. White people should be a shamed, not black people.

    June 20, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Reply
  162. Roelof

    Meanwhile black people go the N word on this and that.

    June 20, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Reply
  163. Chooch

    I don't see what the problem is. Christians and Jews should rejoice! Slavery is very clearly condoned in the Bible. Since everything in the Bible is perfect and true then slavery is God given right!

    June 20, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Reply
    • Roelof

      I agree, but it also says that the Jews were freed from slavery, means that it isn't a good thing. You should read the new testament.

      June 20, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Reply
  164. SlaveryAbolishedInAmerica

    Part of this is caused by Illegal Immigration into the United States. We need to close down the borders of the United States and this will cease in this country. The United States abolished slavery under President Abraham Lincoln.

    Let’s not forget the rest of the world, doesn’t think that slavery is a bad thing. We do here in America and yes, it is totally wrong. However, the Muslim religion preaches that people should have slaves and that slaves should be taken from other countries and be made to serve their masters. If a majority of Imam’s want to continue to do this horrific idea then we as Americans should take a good long look at what a religion stands for.

    Every Islamic country in this world believes in having and selling of slaves. There is NOT a SINGLE Islamic country that does not condemn the trafficking of slaves.

    So the first thing for America is to CLOSE THE BORDERS. Secure this country so that individuals cannot bring slaves into this country. This practice must be stopped at all cost and the only way we can make sure it doesn’t continue into this country is to stop illegal immigration. Because 99.9999% of these are illegal immigrants otherwise they would NEVER be let into this country.

    June 20, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Reply
  165. Steve

    it's white's fault.

    June 20, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Reply
  166. Chooch

    "However, you may purchase male or female slaves from among the foreigners who live among you. You may also purchase the children of such resident foreigners, including those who have been born in your land. You may treat them as your property, passing them on to your children as a permanent inheritance. You may treat your slaves like this, but the people of Israel, your relatives, must never be treated this way." (Leviticus 25:44-46 NLT)

    June 20, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Reply
  167. Welcometoreality

    It is always an interesting conversation when you introduce this topic. Some people refuse to believe that anyone beside white people kept slaves or participate in the trafficking of slaves. And when you tell them that it is still going on in modern times you can almost hear their brain cells exploding from being over stimulated with knowledge that challenges their definitions of evil.

    June 20, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Reply
  168. Chooch

    Christians who are slaves should give their masters full respect so that the name of God and his teaching will not be shamed. If your master is a Christian, that is no excuse for being disrespectful. You should work all the harder because you are helping another believer by your efforts. Teach these truths, Timothy, and encourage everyone to obey them. (1 Timothy 6:1-2 NLT)

    June 20, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Reply
  169. SlaveryWillNeverEnd

    When will they be adding 'mail order brides' to the slavery definition? They should be illegal aswell. It's nothing more than modern day prostitutes crossing borders.

    June 20, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Reply
  170. Lewis Lee

    I am all for slavery. Slavery allows the intellectuals to get things done while the slaves do the labor at a fair deal. without slaves we would have never had things like the pyramids, railroads, peanut butter and so much more. if we had slavery today we could increase productivity by a significant amount.

    June 20, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Reply
    • Roelof

      I don't want you as slave.

      June 20, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Reply
  171. Roelof

    USA invented an anti slavery law lately. They're going to see illegal immigration as a crime. I think that's a good thing, because USA knows minimum wages. Means that people are not allowed to be used as slaves. When it comes to chances they should be there.

    June 20, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Reply
  172. Ryan Melchionno

    Note to author: 99% percent of Americans now are slaves to this country's debt and entitlement policy and theres nothing anybody can do about it short of marching back up Bunker Hill violently taking our liberties and rights to exist free of this government welfare/taxation policy. The sad thing is that the majority of Americans are so ignorant they don't even realize it. Land of the free? Cry me a river regarding your slaves as we all eat cake!

    June 20, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Reply
  173. curtis

    Immigrants also increase the competition for entry level jobs and these people will chew off an arm to taste a little bit of that freedom, or is that money?

    I say the whole system needs to restart worldwide into something a lot more organized.

    June 20, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Reply
  174. Yourballs

    Slavery is not legal anywhere on Earth. So to compare this to eras when it was is ludicrous.

    June 20, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Reply
    • curtis

      What do you call debts and loans?...

      When you think, when someone with 1million dollars invested earns 40,000$ per year and doesn't have to do a thing to get it...

      June 20, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Reply
  175. Guyonearth

    You want to end slavery then you best get rid of the elite's system that suppresses the masses and hoards all the money and resources for the elite. You better dismantle the IMF, UN, World Bank, Federal Reserve, etc.

    This is where your slavery is coming from, because those on top have wrecked the system and blocked anyone from being free and helping themselves to get ahead. This is always where slavery comes from: wealthy elitist exploiting less fortunate people.

    June 20, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Reply
  176. Perry J.

    Modern Day Slavery among tribal units in foreign nations and Religious Encampment for monetary gain is not unheard of by many. We have a problem which will become an increasing problem – if we allow for these situation of such matter to get out of hand. We are seeing it as a survival tactic where money is concerned and good/services (Sex/Labor or Humane Bond Servant Services). It will get increasingly worse as time goes on. Unless we address this issue now and not sweep it under the table. We should see it as modern day indentured slavery or humane indentured slavery as it was once before called. Barttering is no longer the term because that was a term of even exchange. Now it is modern day indentured slavery because some people will do anything for survival and a means to survive.

    Media Mega Force
    AKA: Mega Man

    June 20, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Reply
  177. HelpWanted

    According to the graph a slave can be bought today for $90..... can this be true? I'd like to order 3 please, they would really help me with business, and what a bargain. Can I find some on eBay?

    June 20, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Reply
    • Reggie

      Yeah really if smoking ganja was owning slave's I'd have an army.

      June 20, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Reply
  178. Zenger

    Wherever you find Islam you'll find slavery...even in your own home town. Islam is a system of enslavement. Those who appease Islam are accessories to barbaric slave masters.

    June 20, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Reply
    • Curt

      For some reason you also find the bible talking about slavery in the first pages and when God is ok with it... I call B.S.

      June 20, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Reply
      • Chooch

        Slavery isn't just condoned in the Bible, it's encouraged with precise "how-to" instructions: Christians who are slaves should give their masters full respect so that the name of God and his teaching will not be shamed. If your master is a Christian, that is no excuse for being disrespectful. You should work all the harder because you are helping another believer by your efforts. Teach these truths, Timothy, and encourage everyone to obey them. (1 Timothy 6:1-2 NLT)

        June 20, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
      • Chooch

        When a man strikes his male or female slave with a rod so hard that the slave dies under his hand, he shall be punished. If, however, the slave survives for a day or two, he is not to be punished, since the slave is his own property. (Exodus 21:20-21 NAB)

        June 20, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
      • Chooch

        When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she will not be freed at the end of six years as the men are. If she does not please the man who bought her, he may allow her to be bought back again. But he is not allowed to sell her to foreigners, since he is the one who broke the contract with her. And if the slave girl's owner arranges for her to marry his son, he may no longer treat her as a slave girl, but he must treat her as his daughter. If he himself marries her and then takes another wife, he may not reduce her food or clothing or fail to sleep with her as his wife. If he fails in any of these three ways, she may leave as a free woman without making any payment. (Exodus 21:7-11 NLT)

        June 20, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
      • Chooch

        If you buy a Hebrew slave, he is to serve for only six years. Set him free in the seventh year, and he will owe you nothing for his freedom. If he was single when he became your slave and then married afterward, only he will go free in the seventh year. But if he was married before he became a slave, then his wife will be freed with him. If his master gave him a wife while he was a slave, and they had sons or daughters, then the man will be free in the seventh year, but his wife and children will still belong to his master. But the slave may plainly declare, 'I love my master, my wife, and my children. I would rather not go free.' If he does this, his master must present him before God. Then his master must take him to the door and publicly pierce his ear with an awl. After that, the slave will belong to his master forever. (Exodus 21:2-6 NLT)

        June 20, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
      • Chooch

        However, you may purchase male or female slaves from among the foreigners who live among you. You may also purchase the children of such resident foreigners, including those who have been born in your land. You may treat them as your property, passing them on to your children as a permanent inheritance. You may treat your slaves like this, but the people of Israel, your relatives, must never be treated this way. (Leviticus 25:44-46 NLT)

        June 20, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
      • Chooch

        There is more, but the point is made. The Bible and religion in general debunk themselves in their own scriptures. The Bible itself says that it is the infallible "word of God" and believers repeat this as indisputable fact. Yet they ignore 80% of what the Bible actually says, because it has either been dipsroven by science, history or common sense. Either it's all 100% true, or if even some of it is wrong, then who's to say which is true and which is not? If it weren't for religion, the dark ages never would have happened and we would have people living on Mars, cancer cured, and counltess millions spared the suffering of intolerant religious persecution. In short, we'd all be a lot better off without mythology, fairy tales and fantasy in favor of imperical observation. The closer we come to understanding the nature of the universe, the closer we come to knowing God.

        June 20, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
    • OP

      THe sad thing is you can replace the word Islam with Capitalism and it would sound just the same.

      June 20, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Reply
  179. Paul

    Oh boo-hoo for the dirt bags. Free pass to the US so I can contribute my income and my standard of living for the low lifes. Life isn't fair. Too bad. Get an education and get a job and get a life and stop blaming everyone else for your problems. I am so sick of this. The system is full of people who made something of themselves and can rightly say they deserve what they EARNED. For the rest of you low lifes F-Off. Go away. Now.

    June 20, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Reply
    • OP

      I guess we have different definitions of what it means to actually earn something.

      From the sounds of it, you assume everyone with wealth is a hard worker with tons of education who "properly" earned it, and poor people are just lazy unmotivated baddies looking for a handout.

      Typical capitalistic pig comments. Totally delusional.

      June 20, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Reply
  180. wendy5

    who's he kidding we are all slaves in one way or another

    June 20, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Reply
    • Curt

      Agreed, it's not like we are entitled to any land living here.

      You always pay property tax, so you never really own your land.

      You can grow your own stuff, but you need property for it. Just saying living off the land is a no go in most places in the U.S.A..... At least the middle east is cool with growing marijuana, less then I can say for the U.S.A.

      June 20, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Reply
    • Roelof

      Between "slavery" and slavery is a big difference. Being an employee could mean your a slave, but we don't see it that way. So we defined those things more like treating someone good or treating someone bad.

      Next to this we have canine teeth.. probably you ask what has that has to do with anything. Means we have a certain nature. We're omnivores and means we've a strong hang to or wish for hierarchy.

      Most people are also spiritual beings. For instance look at North Korea. Religion is forbidden, people are spiritual and the leaders call themselves gods.

      June 20, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Reply
    • Roelof

      Religion and power might corrupt ones in a while. Atheism corrupts a whole lot more.

      June 20, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Reply
    • OP

      I am a slave to god!!!

      Well, I guess I should narrow that down to the criminal investment bankster gods.

      Remember, trickle down economics is the ultimate form of financial slavery. Keep believing "the producers" will actually produce if you keep giving them all your tax money. It's worked so well the last 35+ years.

      June 20, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Reply
  181. GAW

    CNN should charge people $20 a month in order to post here. It might help to keep out the Riff Raff.

    June 20, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Reply
  182. Curt

    Biggest joke is trespassing. The moment you leave your house your technically trespassing on private property.

    June 20, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Reply
  183. MikeK

    so many wankers commenting on this post....

    June 20, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Reply
  184. Curt

    Whatever, people are clueless that just point fingers, and say WHY?

    Because you should know why. Your just too stupid to know.

    June 20, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Reply
  185. Curt

    Same people dropping depleted uranium in the middle east are trying to show compassion for slavery and homelessness.. Your breaking my freaking heart.

    June 20, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Reply
  186. OP

    Aren't we all slaves to god???

    Well, I guess I should narrow that down to the criminal investment bankster gods.

    Remember, trickle down economics is the ultimate form of financial slavery. Keep believing "the producers" will actually produce if you keep giving them all your tax money. It's worked so well the last 35+ years.

    June 20, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Reply
  187. OMFG

    You plaster big bold numbers all over the place then end the article with “Part of that is understanding how many slaves there are and understanding where they are."

    WTF? If you don't know that then none of the numbers you used to sell the article are valid no matter how bold they are.

    June 20, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Reply
  188. Androvsky Popov

    Why are the figures representing the slaved black?

    CNN continuing their racist views.

    June 20, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Reply
  189. Chuck Steak

    How can white people still be doing this to minority peoples. I thought laws were passed, and in America the Civil War was fought to stop slavery. Wait...what? It's mostly non-whites who are doing this?! So...the big bad white man isn't solely the one responsible for slavery. Interesting!!!!

    June 20, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Reply
    • Roelof

      Slavery is a black thing!!

      June 20, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Reply
  190. Roelof

    I told why. Slavery is a black thing. The slaves we got from Africa, we bought from African kings. We didn't brought you the most smartest slaves. Intelligence seems to be inheritable. Means most black African are not that smart. Otherwise we would have brought the African kings to the USA. It gets worse.

    Chinese (mostly the smart ones) run from their country, because of corruption. 42% of them are high educated. African American 12%, Mexican 6% and European American 33%. So smart Chinese looking for a live without their maffia gov. African American are not that smart. Mexican have a f.. up culture run, don't seem to studied at all. European American are seem to be the stabelising factor. The slaves. Because white people have to take care of the rest.

    June 20, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Reply
  191. Roelof

    Chinese don't protest against their slavery. They move somewhere else. Black people don't protest against slavery, they move somewhere else. Now Mexican also run from eachother.

    June 20, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Reply
  192. OP

    why is this article conjuring up images of Michael Jackson in his neverland ranch with a harem of poor young prebuscent boys all gathered in his bedroom with swimming trunks ready for a pool party?

    June 20, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Reply
    • Chooch

      The real question is why aren't you on a watch list since you are the only one here that seems to be seeing these images.

      June 20, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Reply
      • Roelof

        I'm Dutch. We're the "slaves" of the United States. We got free speech to tell people like what's happening when Atheists get in control. I don't think it's a pleasent future.

        June 20, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
      • Roelof

        I wrote that the Jews got freed from slavery, that makes slavery not a pleasent thing. Love your neighbours as yourself.

        June 20, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  193. Chooch

    Any good Chirstian or Jew should know that Slavery is condoned in The Bible and is therefor expected of true believers. Religions in general debunk themselves in their own scriptures. The Bible itself says that it is the infallible "word of God" and believers repeat this as indisputable fact. Yet they ignore 80% of what the Bible actually says, because it has either been dipsroven by science, history or common sense. Either it's all 100% true, or if even some of it is wrong, then who's to say which is true and which is not? If it weren't for religion, the dark ages never would have happened and we would have people living on Mars, cancer cured, and counltess millions spared the suffering of intolerant religious persecution. In short, we'd all be a lot better off without mythology, fairy tales and fantasy in favor of imperical observation. The closer we come to understanding the nature of the universe, the closer we come to knowing God.

    June 20, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Reply
    • Roelof

      Debunked you while ago. Just go CTRL + F ; type Roelof and find the comment on your reaction.

      June 20, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Reply
      • Chooch

        Debunked!? Not even close. The Bible, including the New Testament, condones slavery. It's very plain, clear and to the point. Nowhere in the Bible is slavery denounced, inhibited or forbidden. Religion is an archaic relic of shamans, soothsayers and magicians telling stories to explain things that were inexplicable at the time. The people telling the stories then, had as much proof to back up their myths as they do today. Which is "0". The Bble is an old story, told, retold, rewritten and then translated over and over. There is as much truth in it as there is in Harry Potter. At least Harry Potter doesn't pretend to be anything more than fiction. And at least Harry Potter doesn't condone slavery.

        June 20, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
    • Roelof

      A good Atheist knows that he°she blames the employment. Because Atheists got unemployed ones someone finally started to do something. Before that the word work never seemed to be existing, the word unemployment either.
      Atheists are lazy m frs. Why~ faith – action – result. Atheists that dont like our culture.. please move your ss to North Korea.

      June 20, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Reply
      • Chooch

        Brilliant! Atheists are "lazy". Proven by the failed communist / atheist State of North Korea. Then how do you explain the success of the communist / atheist State of China? How do you explain "ME"? I'm working 45 hours a week. Are you saying that religion, specifically Christianity, magically creates hard workers? By simple reasoning that is exactly what you're saying. Hillarious!

        June 20, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
      • Chooch

        If you believe in the Bible and its self-proclaimed infallibility, then you must adhere to what the Bible says and thereby condone slavery as it clearly does in several specific passages. If you disagree with the Bible's condoning of slavery, then you are a blasphemer and a heretic which means you should be burned at the stake, or stoned to death, as your Bible clearly dictates. You, my friend, are screwed.

        June 20, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
      • Roelof

        Should I ask you again to read my comments? It's very easy CTRL + F ; type Roelof

        Something about God set the Jews free from slavery. Means slavery isn't a good thing. Can't you read?

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        Oh yes I read it. And it makes absolutely no sense. If you think that "freeing the Israelites" is the way that the Bible condemns all slavery then you're an idiot. I mean, if it really wanted to say slavery is bad, then why not make it one of the Ten Commandments? I mean, wouldn't it be easier to say, "X-Thou shalt not enslave". I mean, it seems to me a heck of a lot more important to condemn slavery than to command people not to misspell your name.

        And, even if, as you say, freeing the Israelites was an outright condemnation of slavery, then why is slavery consistently condoned and encouraged afterward.

        June 20, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
      • Roelof

        By the way China isn't all communist, they have places that have free trade. Like old British colony Hong Kong.

        June 20, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
      • Chooch

        You still have completely failed to make anything close to a valid, sustainable or verifiable argument. And I have clearly made you look like a complete fool.

        June 20, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
  194. Byrd

    Congress has known about this for years. Bill Moyers did a piece on slavery on the US territory of Saipan a few years back and when questioned about the legality the guy running the illegal operation basically said they had nothing to worry about so long as Tom Delay was Speaker. America's hands are as dirty as it gets when it comes to slavery. Just look at all of the workers in America who have no rights whatsoever when it comes to employment. The Supreme Court proved that today, and even reinforced it with their ruling in favor of Wal-Mart against all of their femail employees, the biggest slave traders on the planet.

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    • Roelof

      That's why California imposed a anti-slavery law. Loots of illegal immigrants make it impossible for American to have a normal payed job. It also makes it impossible for unions to take their stand when it comes to the terms. A Californian wants a job, can't get it because employers hire some illegal immigrant. Instead of Mexican fighting against slavery in their own country, American lose their own fight because of those illegal immigrants.

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        Trust me. The jobs that the "illegals" are taking here in California, are the jobs that no one else will ever be caught dead doing. Unemployment numbers have nothing to do with Illegal Workers. It's a myth, it's a lie. If anything, they help the economy by putting more cash into the economy and keeping costs down which translate to lower prices in the produce section at the very least. If all the "illegals" were sent home, lettuce would cost at least $4.00 / head and dinner at McDonald's would be $15.00 and the garbage would pile up because no one would be there to take it out to the curb or pick it up if it ever made it that far. The day after they ever do send them all back is the day that there would be rioting in the streets of Beverly Hills, Newport Beach and everywhere else, demanding that something be done about the sky-rocketing prices of EVERYTHING that all the greedy hypocrites take for granted.

        June 20, 2011 at 7:08 pm |
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    Laws of Rape (Deuteronomy 22:28-29 NLT)

    If a man is caught in the act of raping a young woman who is not engaged, he must pay fifty pieces of silver to her father. Then he must marry the young woman because he violated her, and he will never be allowed to divorce her.

    What kind of lunatic would make a rape victim marry her attacker? Answer: God.

    June 20, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Reply
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      June 24, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Reply
  196. Chooch

    Death to the Rape Victim (Deuteronomy 22:23-24 NAB)

    If within the city a man comes upon a maiden who is betrothed, and has relations with her, you shall bring them both out of the gate of the city and there stone them to death: the girl because she did not cry out for help though she was in the city, and the man because he violated his neighbors wife.

    It is clear that God doesn't give a damn about the rape victim. He is only concerned about the violation of another mans "property".

    June 20, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Reply
  197. graphiteguerilla

    The ILO, in 1930, used the terms "forced or compulsory labor" to describe “all work or service which is exacted from any person under the menace of any penalty for which the said person has not offered himself voluntarily.”

    hmm, forced or compulsory, with the menace of penalty.... sounds a lot like most of the American working class. Work in dangerous, degrading or over strenuous conditions, or be forced out of your house to live in the streets, go hungry and lose your family to the state. I am sympathetic to those who are truly held against their will, but many people come here, knowing what conditions they will face and are willing to face them in the hope of having a better future for themselves or their children. Using sensationalism and inflating the numbers with such general classification of "slavery" works against the groups who purport to fight against slavery and is insulting to the intelligence of the general public. True slavery is abhorrent and the only people who support it are those who demand the services of a slave and those who profit off of the slave, both should find justice at the end of a rope.

    June 21, 2011 at 12:51 am | Reply
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  199. Mortran

    OK, I'll give you 90 US$. If you are able to deliver a slave to me, then I might start to believe in the BS of this article.
    On which planet do you live?
    Come back down to earth. Slavery exists only in your distorted imagination.
    I can't believe that somebody is taking this serious. Just try to buy a slave and you will soon find out how much "truth" this article contains.

    June 29, 2011 at 5:00 am | Reply
  200. vishaal

    some people choose to remain ignorant of the fact that slavery exists. others mock it. let me tell the reader something. when children are being raped and killed the ones who mock them are busy being ignorant of these facts. if it was your mother, sister or yourself what would you do? would you still mock the suffering. the ones whose heads are cut off just because they did not work hard enough. it is just sad when people think of slavery as a myth or when they try to encourage it. slavery is wrong, every person has the right to decide their own fate. may they choose good or evil. but no one should be enslaved.

    September 1, 2011 at 9:18 am | Reply
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