Listed here are articles with reliable information on modern slavery, from journals and databases you may know:
Pakistan's Forgotten Plight: Modern-Day Slavery
This popular article presents a good example of modern day slavery in Pakistan. Millions of people in Pakistan, sometimes entire families have their liberties taken and are forced to work as indentured laborers. The indentured laborers are forced into private prisons by wealthy landowners until the debt is repaid. The indentured laborers live and work under harsh conditions and often are almost always unable to repay the average indentured debt of twelve U.S dollars. An even larger problem is that the wealthy landowners control local politics and have a great influence on the police force so the workers have no legal power and fear severe retaliation from the land owner if they were to try and escape.
Running from the Rescuers: New U.S. Crusades Against Sex Trafficking and the Rhetoric of Abolition
Soderlund, G. (2005). from http://edwired.org/courses/h387f10/files/2010/10/New-U.S.-Crusades-Against-Sex-Trafficking-and-the-Rhetoric-of-Abolition1.pdf (.pdf format)
This scholarly article makes clear how damaging the effects of slavery are on a person, especially in those who are victims of sex trafficking. Often women involved in sex trafficking feel powerless and know only fear, which in turn makes them un-trusting of rescuers and fearful of retaliation by past captors. During the Bush administration the United States made increasing awareness about the global sex trade a priority; specifically when President Bush dedicated part of his speech to the United Nations to emphasizing the importance of the abolition of human trafficking.
Supply And Demand
Supply and Demand
Harvard International Review 33.2 (2011): 66-71. Academic Search Complete
This source not only gives a brief history of slavery in the Americas, but it also lays out an abundance of examples of slavery in the Americas in today's world. It is a helpful comparative which lends to the ability to quickly compare older forms of slavery with the new ones. The article talks about how modern day slavery is highly profitable because it tends to be geared more toward sex trafficking. The article also contains a very helpful chart which illustrates the amount of prosecutions when it comes to slavery versus the amount of actual convictions in those cases. Since 2004, there have been an ever-increasing amount of convictions (with end data being in 2009).
Slavery Undermines Security In Democratic Republic of Congo
Journal of International Peace Operations 7.6 (2012): 8-10.
Academic Search Complete. Web. 13 Nov. 2012.
This article sheds light on modern slavery in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The article states that the majority of the slave trade in the DRC centers around mining for valuable minerals. The types of slavery found there include debt slavery, sexual slavery, and forcing children to become soldiers. The article describes these different types of slavery and gives a brief and easy-to-understand explanation and history of why this is happening in a world as advanced as today.
Pornography and Pop Culture: Pornography Prostitution & Sex Trafficking: How Do You Tell the Difference?
Off Our Backs
Vol. 37, No. 1 (2007), pp. 64-6
Pornography and Pop Culture: Pornography Prostitution & Sex Trafficking: How Do You Tell the Difference? gives a very clear idea of the article's main point. This article takes the stance that, quite simply, “Pornography is prostitution.” It calls upon the expertise of Dr Melissa Farley, a clinical psychologist and the founder of Prostitution Research and Education. The article uses numerical statistics and other clinically gathered information in order to support its claim. It also includes a primary witness’ story (Rachel Lloyd) as evidence in a “behind-the-scenes” of pornography.
Running from the Rescuers: New U.S. Crusades against Sex Trafficking and the Rhetoric of Abolition
NWSA Journal 17.3 (2005) 64-87
This article is from the John Hopkins University Press. Entitled, Running from the Rescuers: New U.S. Crusades against Sex Trafficking and the Rhetoric of Abolition, it explored a different side of the slave trade that most other sources do not focus upon: what happens after a raid has happened and the women being forced to prostitute themselves are “safe?” This article explores the definitions of “freedom” and “slavery” and articulates how and why many women and children that have been rescued run away, and frequently return of their own volition to prostitution. It touches on multiple countries, such as Thailand, Cambodia, the United States, and India, and describes both governmental initiatives and NGO organizations and the impact that legislature and hands-on involvement have in the lives of women and children in the sex industry.