Five Thousand Years of Slavery
In the 1700s, a French architect was captured in Morocco and forced into slavery for the Moroccan king. He was used to redesign the city of Mogador, now called Essasouira. He fared better than most captives from piracy, shipwrecks, and other means, who were forced into back-breaking labor in Morocco’s mines and fields.
In affluent Howard County, Maryland, a young girl was picked up at a mall several years ago but escaped before she became a victim of human trafficking, slavery of a different sort. In the same area, a van followed me back and forth across a parking lot, but I kept a grass strip and sidewalk between me and the van until it went away. What if the driver had caught up with me?
In other countries, children are sold as slaves to work in fields, fishing boats, and factories. This work is often dangerous with long hours. What do we buy today that is produced by slave labor?
Forced marriages are another kind of slavery.
Nobody is immune from the horrors of slavery.
Documenting this evil is a fascinating book called Five Thousand Years of Slavery by Marjorie Gann and Janet Willen, which provides a vivid and graphic history of slavery. The book is beautifully produced and fully illustrated with first-person stories of slavery up to the present day. Some of these stories have a happy ending with the child’s escape or freedom gained with the help of antislavery organizations.
The book ends with a call to action and a list of ways to help. Ask questions. Find out who picks your food and sews your clothes. Look for labels that say “Fair Trade” or “GoodWeave.” Push the government to enact and enforce antislavery laws. Support organizations working to abolish slavery worldwide.
Slavery is still with us and the United States is still part of the problem.
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