2006 June 11 Sunday
On Slave Labor Trafficking

Britain has a problem with slave labour.

Children as young as six are being brought to Britain in their hundreds every year to be used as "slave labour" in sweatshops, private homes and cannabis factories.

Importing children to work in cannabis factories?

What sort of people want to use African children as domestic servant slaves?

Children from China, Vietnam and Malaysia, have been found in sweatshops, restaurants and suburban cannabis factories. African children are often put into domestic servitude, working long hours for little or no reward.

Eastern European children tend to be used to beg and steal - and many more are likely to arrive next year when Romania and Bulgaria are expected to join the European Union.

Charities and police believe most trafficked children are used for slave labour rather than prostitution, but the report says they are "sexually exploited in informal locations, such as private flats, where they are expected to have sex with groups of men".

Not all people believe in the idea of individual rights.

The problem in Britain is small compared to Saudi Arabia.

Statistics from the Supreme Motherhood Council 2002 Report, state that Sana’a alone contained about 29,000 street children. According to some sources, the number of children involved in the market place reached nearly 2 million.

The US State Department has just released the sixth annual 2006 Trafficking in Persons Report which provides a number of insights into the purposes of human trafficking. One of the reasons children are shipped into some Arab countries is to serve as child camel jockeys.

“For victims not located in Islamabad, the government provided victim assistance in 276 temporary shelters where victims received medical treatment, limited legal representation and vocational training.”

In Lahore, it adds, the Child Protection Welfare Bureau assisted in the repatriation and reintegration of 325 child camel jockeys.

Fraudulent marriages are used to get women into Taiwan for prostitution.

The annual "Trafficking in Persons" (TIP) report examines trafficking problems in 150 countries. The report is focused on raising public awareness of the global trafficking problem and encouraging governments to combat the problem. This year's TIP Report includes more coverage of labor slavery, especially internal labor trafficking, forced labor, and involuntary servitude. Regarding Vietnam, the TIP report states “Women from Vietnam are trafficked to Taiwan through fraudulent marriages for sexual exploitation and labor.” It also states that “the government of Vietnam does not comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking” and that “Vietnam has not made sufficient efforts to combat trafficking.”

Guess which country is not in the US State Department's report on human trafficking? Iraq. How come? Iraq does have a serfdom/slavery problem with imported workers after all.

Oh, and the United States does not rate itself on human trafficking either. Makes sense. We make so little effort to control illegal entries that human traffickers have an easy time bringing people in. But a negative report by the State Department would lead to demands that the US Senate go in the opposite direction than they want to go.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2006 June 11 10:10 PM  Immigration Societal Decay

John S Bolton said at June 12, 2006 2:22 AM:

Globalization to the world's labor standards has a very unwholesome downside, as you show.
British officials must be delighting in how much their status is rising, since they now stand higher above the peones in their country.
Protectionism is used as a negative without qualification, but there are types of production which ought to be protected from competition from peonage.
'Free trade' in people is not progress, but a backsliding to the wretchedness of the world before it was seen that zones could be protected from the spread of unfreedom.

Dave said at June 12, 2006 9:27 AM:

Note the people bringing in these Africa children to use as slaves are mostly other Africans, I read an artical the other week about a scam to get a free house, Africans were getting a young girl sent to Britain then making her pregnant then leaving her has a 'single mom' the British government/local council puts her to the top of the list for a free council house, then the guy comes back and takes over the house!


Randall Parker said at June 12, 2006 4:01 PM:


You think the Africans in Britain are the ones who are bringing in kids to work as domestic servant slaves?

perroazul del norte said at June 12, 2006 7:31 PM:

Eastern European children tend to be used to beg and steal - and many more are likely to arrive next year when Romania and Bulgaria are expected to join the European Union.

Am I possibly as smart as Dave if I assume that this a veiled reference to Gypsies?

Dave said at June 12, 2006 8:30 PM:

Well, hmm, yes. If it was white British people treating blacks as 'slaves' it would be a MUCH more high profile issue than it is, every leftist organisation in the country would be going totally nuts and saying lots of bad things about whitey.

I wouldn't say its only Africans, people use their own group, Africans bring in Africans, the Eastern Europeans bring in and exploit other Eastern Europeans although its hard to be sure there was a high profile raid recently where girls forced to work in the sex trade were 'rescued' by the police. Turned out most of them were not being held prisoner afterall and were working voluntarily.
A year or so ago some Chinese illegal immigrants (not children this time) cockle pickers drowned in Morecambe Bay , turns out their trafficker was treating them as slaves taking most of their money and forcing them to live 30-40 guys to 1 house, the trafficker was himself Chinese.

Some Africans have a 'cultural practise' where families living in poor African countries send their children to extended family members living in rich countries to give them a better life. Maybe it works out fine sometimes but there have been quite a few high profile cases in Britain where the children have been abused, and killed. I remember one was accused of being a witch and subjected to an exorcism involving a beating.

A sad depiction of England:
"The trial in January of Marie Therese Kouao and her lover, Carl Manning, for the murder of their eight-year-old ward, Anna Climbie, caused a sensation in England..
Marie Therese Kouao came originally from the Ivory Coast, though she was a French citizen and lived in France for most of her life. She would return to the Ivory Coast from time to time to persuade relatives there to hand over their children to her, so that she could bring them up in Europe, assuring them a brighter future than West Africa offered, she said. She claimed to have a highly paid job at the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris.

She used the children successively entrusted to her care to claim benefits from the welfare system, first in France and then in England."

Its easier for minorities to abuse their own because the police are afraid of being called racist if they get involved.

Derek Copold said at June 13, 2006 8:41 AM:

This is just wonderful. All this diversity has enabled England to once again experience the joys Dickens described in so many of his novels. Really, the immigrants, once again, are proving to be more British than the British, who've allowed these fine, hallowed traditions to fall into shameful disuse.

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