Sunday, March 25, 2012

Slavery by any other name…

Slavery.  The word brings to mind many images, doesn’t it?  Everything from historical names and places, to movies, actors and actresses…  Raised whips to raised fists… 

There is a focus though.  Most people think of slavery only in the terms of the American Civil War.  Slavery had and has a much larger history.

Originally thought of as a more ‘humane’ way to deal with captives, slavery had almost disappeared by the 1300’s.  It was revived in the 1500’s  by the Portuguese explorers in Africa who started the slave trade that eventually spread to America. 

In 1792 Denmark was the first country to stop the slave trade, but the Quakers in England had begun the fight to stop slavery in 1671.   American Quakers joined the fight in 1696.  In 1833 slavery was banned in all British colonies.   

Then came the Civil War and slavery was over.  Right?  No. 

Look at Nazi Germany, and you will see captives enslaved. 

Look a little closer to now – March 21, 2012 – Estonia became the last EU country to ban ‘human trafficking’ according to FOX News.

You see, slavery has a new name:  human trafficking.

It is still the same ugly thing and it has more victims than ever.  Depressing?  Yes.  But until we are informed about a situation, we are unable to move forward to make a difference.   Check out the Federal Bureau of Investigation website.

And then pray about what you will do.   Something as simple as telling someone that there is hope, and where to get help, could make a huge difference in the life of that person.


And Jesus looking upon them saith, “For men it is impossible,
but not with God; for with God all things are possible.”
Mark 10:27


  1. Very interesting post Kathy! This world is crazy, I pray for all the slaves or humans being trafficked ;)

    Hugs, Anastasia

  2. it's horrible that people change around words to suit their needs. Yes, slavery still exists in the United States, and around the world. Just look at the position of women, and you'll see other forms of slavery... Sad but true. {:-D

  3. Indeed, slavery comes in many forms and under many guises. Sometimes it is self-inflicted/propogated. Each of us can make a difference and reaching out in the name of the Lord is a good start! Thank you for bringing a dark topic into the light, my friend!

  4. Sometimes I feel we still live in the stone ages! Any time I see gender or racial discrimination, I wonder what planet these people are living on...they need to wake up and join the 21st century!
    Great post!

  5. You are welcome, Shannon! Thank you =)

    Amen, Anastasia! I'm praying, too!

    story - there are so many instances of human trafficking that are ignored. As you said, sad but true. Being aware of it, though, helps us to reach out to others and give them help and hope.

    Totally true, Karin - Reaching out with the love and hope of the Lord accomplishes more than we can even imagine!

    memories - sadly, there are many people who are in prison today simply because they chose to change their religion. We seem to be no more civilized - just more modern - with our ages old tendency to do wrong and not right. But, as Mark 10:27 says - all things are possible with God - so there is hope!

  6. I agree with Edi's comment; sometimes it feels as if we as a whole are moving backwards. I told an elderly man last night that there are times when my heart hurts from the nonsense of people and the fact that so many seem lost.

    Artful Rising

  7. Indeed, Erika - there are a lot of lost people out there who need the Lord to guide them!

  8. Slavery is still alive and thriving. Even in this country. There is a wonderful museum here--The Freedom Center. The museum has a permanent exhibit called "Slavery Today." A lot of children are being used--as sex slaves, tomato pickers, brick makers, chocolate harvesters. (I really should write a post about what I've found out about chocolate.)
    I wrote a post about the Freedom Center some time back, but didn't include anything about slavery today. HERE it is.
    Thanks for writing this!

  9. PS: Someone told me that many of the people working in nail salons are slaves.

  10. Thanks, Splendid! What a wonderful museum! There are so many children who are preyed upon world wide - and many people are totally unaware of what is happening. I enjoyed your post and the post about the chocolate. And, I am very glad that people are speaking out about the issue of human trafficking.


Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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