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Millions of People are in Servitude; Millions More are on the Move

June 28, 2016
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Workers in aluminium factory, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on April 26, 2016. Photo by Mohammad Ponir Hossain/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Workers in aluminium factory, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on April 26, 2016. Photo by Mohammad Ponir Hossain/NurPhoto via Getty Images

There is a great deal of turmoil in the world. Most of it results in the suffering of people.

Modern Slavery

The estimates are that 45 million people are doing what they do because of force. They are part of human trafficking. They held against their will to work. Sometimes it is because they are in debt. Some may be in forced marriages. Experts call it modern slavery.

More than half of the people in servitude are in five countries:

  • India, 18.3 million
  • China, 3.39 million
  • Pakistan, 2.13 million
  • Bangladesh, 1.53 million
  • Uzbekistan, 1.23 million

Some countries are working hard to turn things around. Experts say India is making “good progress.” Western nations are making laws that punish violators. They are banning the goods made by enslaved people.

Countries with the fewest rates of modern slavery are Western Democracies.

Modern Migration

More people are fleeing their homes and homelands than ever before.  They number about 65 million people. They are coming from the South Sudan, Central America and the Islamic State. Most are still living in their countries.

Most are not seeking better jobs. They are fleeing violence and danger. No one is welcoming them. The European Union (EU) is trying to control their movement. In some countries they are shutting down borders. In the U.S., Texas just tried to bar Syrian refugees. A judge overruled the state.

Migration into the country is one of the reasons given for Great Britain’s vote to leave the EU.

The schooling and health of migrants is suffering. Most migrants stay within their countries because they have nowhere to go.

It does not look like things will get better soon for millions of the world’s people.

The result is a world in flux. Nationalist fervor is everywhere. A true test of the resources of the Western world lies ahead.

Source: The New York Times

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