Tuesday October 14, 2014
7pm – African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street
Free with Museum Admission ($8 general admission, $5 AAMP Members)
Slavery in the 21st Century: Sex Trafficking, Labor Trafficking, and Prison Labor
Sex Tafficking, the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act , in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person forced to perform such an act is under the age of 18 years is a modern-day form of slavery
Labor Trafficking, the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage or slavery is a modern-day form of slavery.
- Bonded labor – labor is demanded as a means of repayment for a loan but somehow the debt is never paid off
- Forced labor – victims are forced to work against their will, under the threat of violence or some other form of punishment
- Child labor – The International Labor Organization estimates worldwide that there are 246 million exploited children aged between 5 and 17 involved in debt bondage, forced recruitment for armed conflict, prostitution, pornography, the illegal drug trade, the illegal arms trade and other illicit activities around the world.
Prison Labor (The 13th Amendment of the American Constitution states that “neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for a crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” Prison Labor has boomed “All told, nearly a million prisoners are now making office furniture, working in call centers, fabricating body armor, taking hotel reservations, working in slaughterhouses, or manufacturing textiles, shoes, and clothing, while getting paid somewhere between 93 cents and $4.73 per day,” Steve Fraser & Joshua Freeman (HuffPost April 2012)
Participants Include: Liz Chacko, Friends of Farmworkers; Sr. Teresita Hinnegan, Center for the Empowerment of Women; Jason Allen, Historians Against Slavery