Yes, you read right. Slavery is not a thing of the past, and more than 100,000 South Africans are slaves. Your history teacher was wrong. Slavery didn’t stop in 1807. It was abolished at least officially in western countries but it never stopped.
Humans are exceptionally genius especially when it comes to being inhumane to fellow humans. So the slavery business was simply re-branded. You no longer have to be bonded in chains and ferried away against your wish to be a slave. Slavery now manifests in differs manner that slaves as seen in some case don’t even know they’re slaves.
How then do we know if we’re slaves? Who are these South African slaves? Here’s the first thing to know. Based on the fact that slavery has been re-branded, a more suitable explanation of who a slave is, is found in the definition of slavery presented by Walk Free where slavery is rightly portrayed as when a person “possesses or controls another person in such a way as to significantly deprive that person of their individual liberty, with the intention of exploiting that person through their use, profit, transfer or disposal.”
Disturbing Number Of Slaves
According to a report published by Walk Free (a movement working to end modern slavery), about 36 million people are enslaved, 68% of the slaves are subjected to forced labor, almost 1 in every 3 detected victims of slavery is a child, more than half of these slaves are women and girls, and in South Africa, there are 106 000 people living as slaves.
Knowing If You’re A Slave In South Africa
The forms of slavery in South Africa are quite identical with the general forms of global modern slavery that include human and child trafficking, forced and child labor, commercial sexual exploitation, and domestic servitude.
There are many ways to get into South Africa with most of them not monitored. As such it is easy for human trafficking to thrive in the country. For instance, young men and boys from neighboring nations like Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique are trafficked to South Africa for farm work. In some cases, their employers will allow them labor for months without pay before having them arrested and deported as illegal immigrants. Women and girls from other African nations are equally trafficked in similar manner to South Africa for commercial sexual exploitation.
Meanwhile the trafficking is not restricted to foreigners. We all know that South African girls are trafficked within South Africa to serve as sex slaves and maidservants just as our boys are trafficked and forced into different kinds of labor which are sometime unpaid for, or a form of payment for family debt.
More so, our constitution stipulated that children under 18 have a right to be protected from work that is exploitative, hazardous, inappropriate for their age, detrimental to their schooling, social, physical, mental, spiritual, or moral development. Look around you however, its obvious the whole thing about child labor isn’t executed.
The above listed, are how to know the South African slaves. It is estimated that they are about 106 thousand, I however insist they’re much more than that. Look around the country, I guarantee all you’ll find are slaves.