Beckles said Britain is being focused on since it was the largest slave owner in the 1830’s when slavery was abolished.Here, roughly 45 minutes’ drive along a Tarmac road and then a dusty track, past endless acres of sugar cane swaying gently in the breeze, is a weather-beaten white stone archway announcing that you have arrived at the Cleland Plantation.With its high ceilings, wooden floors, and walls covered with peeling paint, it has what estate agents might describe as rustic charm.You can still see a set of circular red steps, where Cleland’s owners would stand as they barked out orders to men forced to labour on the surrounding sugar plantation, which at its peak extended to 400 acres.While some nations have cracked down on traffickers, resulting in increased prosecutions and convictions, many more need to join the fight, according to activists, who say the biggest obstacle to halting the trade in human beings is the lack of political will.Britain, along France and the Netherlands are being sued by 14 Caribbean ‘countries which are demanding what could be hundreds of billions of pounds in reparations for slavery,’ a report published on Thursday in the British Daily Mail said.
A five-year-old chained to a rug loom in India, a domestic servant enslaved and beaten in the Middle East and sex slaves trafficked within the United States are among the 21 million men, women and children held in some form of bonded labor, slavery or forced prostitution around the world today.
We don’t get a pass because the slave owners are all dead and buried.
Finding history As a kid growing up in New Jersey, I was taught in school that slavery was a Southern moral defect.
With millions of vulnerable victims being trafficked across international borders, this inhuman crime racks up more than billion in profits each year.
As nations seek effective ways to combat what President Barack Obama recently called “a debasement of our common humanity,” some experts say legalizing prostitution and some forms of child labor might remove financial incentives for the illicit trade.