Globalization And Modern Slavery

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During the last few decades, and especially after the collapse of Soviet Union, the worlds economic and social status has drastically changed, bringing national marketing and production onto the international scene, starting a new age of Globalization. Becoming blind to cultural and geographic differences, modern businesses seek common goals to increase the economic development whether through labor outsourcing, off shoring businesses or cooperative production. The globalization of course plays an important role in the modern welfare, since it is significantly beneficial not only to the economics of developed countries but also to such developing countries as India, China and Korea. However it also brings many problems- not all countries are able to integrate in the world’s economical scene and many local businesses find themselves out of competition which eventually leads to even more stagnant poverty than before. To get out of this vicious circle many people are forced to seek jobs away from home. But unfortunately- this desperation attracts another kind of business- trafficking in human beings. What is human trafficking? Basically it’s a form of modern slavery. Attracted by the prospect of a well-paid job as a domestic servant, waitress or factory worker, people are taken away from their native region and forced to work for no salary. Human traffickers physically and mentally abuse their victims to make them do their bidding. With their body and spirit broken the slaves are forced to work in labor camps, construction sites and often on the streets as prostitutes. It has been determined that annually, about 600,000 to 800,000 people - mostly women and children - are trafficked across national borders not counting millions trafficked within their own countries. And while the underground slavery had existed always, the poverty catalyzed by the globalization
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