November 28, 2011
When you hear child Slavery what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Frist thing that comes to my mind is abuse, mentally physically, and sexually. For those who don’t know child labor is work that harms children or keeps them from attending school. Most people think that child slavery is something that was done back in the day. Little do they know is that today it (Child slavery) can be happing in your back yard. It was announced in August of 2008 that a kosher meatpacking company in Postville had employed 57 minors some as young as 14. In December of 2009 campaigners called on two leading retails stop selling cloth’s made with cotton picked by children. Most people don’t believe that this happens. by the time you get done reading this you will be a strong believer.
In today’s society child slavery comes in many different forms. It’s this thing called forced labor. Forced labor is a practice of compulsory labor exacted by a state or by a punishment for a criminal offence. Today it involves the forcible recruitment Tatmadow (the Burmese army) of small farmers and their children to work as human mines- detectors, porters and labors. In Ketekrachi, Ghana 6 year old Mark Kwadwo wakes at 5am for work. He helps row the canoe a mile out from shore for the next five hours while the others pull in the fish nets Mark bailed water to keep the canoe from swamping. His broken wooden paddle was so heavy he could barely lift it. But he raptly followed each command from Kwadwo Takyi, the powerfully built 31-year-old in the back of the canoe who freely deals out beatings. He says he doesn’t like it there and he don’t k now why he is there. But alongside him is a three year old boy who knows why he is there. Like Mark, they are indentured servants, leased by their parents to Mr. Takyi for as little as $20 a year. Until their servitude ends in three or four years, they are as trapped forced to work...