All posts tagged: Slavery

Is slavery making a comeback?

The members of the United Nations Security Council hear terrible stories from conflict zones with alarming frequency. So it takes a truly horrific tale to bring them to tears. Yet as officials in the Council listened in December to Nadia Murad Basee Taha bravely recount her torturous ordeal as an Islamic State sex slave, some wept openly. When she fell silent, she received a rare ovation. Murad is returning next week to the UN to be inducted as a Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking. Since her last visit, the Security Council has requested a report from the Secretary-General on human trafficking in conflict, and what can be done about it. The council should act soon – because the problem appears to be rapidly getting worse. Is slavery making a comeback? International law is clear that slavery is never allowed, anywhere, any time. Yet the best estimates suggest that 45.8 million people alive today are enslaved. Armed groups have long forced vulnerable people into sexual exploitation, military service, and forced labor …

Skeptic Society Magazine American slavery Separating fact from myth

American slavery Separating fact from myth

On Juneteenth, the day that commemorates the ending of slavery in the US, a historian dispels myths about the ‘peculiar institution’ of slavery. Slavery has been in the news a lot lately. From the discovery of the auction of 272 enslaved people that enabled Georgetown University to remain in operation to the McGraw-Hill textbook controversy over calling slaves “workers from Africa” and the slavery memorial being built at the University of Virginia, Americans are having conversations about this difficult period in American history.