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Posted 10 August 2019 - 01:29 AM

The African women and children who are being kept as slaves 400 years after the first slave traders shipped their human cargo to North America

PUBLISHED: 15:05 BST, 7 August 2019 | UPDATED: 12:03 BST, 9 August 2019

  • Africa has the highest number of slaves, with more than seven victims per 1,000
  • Children are handed over to wealthy families on the false promises of schooling
  • Blessing, six, was beaten with an electrical wire and made to do endless chores
  • And women are trafficked abroad, conned into believing in a European dream

Women and children are being kept as slaves 400 years after the first traders shipped their human cargo to North America. Children are handed over to work for wealthy families in Nigeria on false promises of schooling, while women are trafficked across the world to be prostituted or kept in indentured servitude.

Blessing was just six-years-old when her mother arranged for her to work as a servant for a family in the Nigerian city of Abuja, on the promise she would be put through school. But when Blessing arrived in Abuja, there was no school, instead beatings with an electrical wire, rotten leftovers and endless housework. When her mother later moved to the city to be closer to her daughter, Blessing was unable to be alone with her when she came to visit.

'They would tell me that my mother was coming, that I should not tell her what was happening to me, that I should not even say anything,' she says of the family. 'If she asks me how am I doing I should say I am doing fine, they said.

As the world marks 400 years since the first recorded African slaves arrived in North America, slavery remains a modern-day scourge. Over 40 million people are estimated to be trapped in forced labour, forced marriages or other forms of sexual exploitation, according to the United Nations.

Blessing, now 11, is one such victim. She was rescued in 2016 by the Women Trafficking and Child Labour Eradication Foundation (WOTCLEF), an anti-human trafficking group, after two years of isolation and abuse. She is still under the care of WOTCLEF, which gave consent for her to be interviewed for this story.

Africa has the highest prevalence of slavery, with more than seven victims for every 1,000 people, according to a 2017 report by human rights group Walk Free Foundation and the International Labour Office.

Trafficking of sex workers, many of them tricked into thinking they will get employment doing something else, is one of the most widespread and abusive forms of modern-day slavery.
The report defines slavery as 'situations of exploitation that a person cannot refuse or leave because of threats, violence, coercion, deception, and/or abuse of power.'


Omovhie, 33, also found herself enslaved after leaving Nigeria in 2015 in search of work. She paid an agent 700,000 naira (£1,600) - money she had borrowed - to smuggle her on a journey across the Sahara desert to Libya, hoping eventually to go to Europe.

The intended final destination of people smuggled across Africa like this is often Europe, but few make it that far.

Many are jailed or sold as indentured labourers when they get to Libya. Some are even sold on slave markets, according to aid groups - a chilling echo of the trans-Saharan slave trade of centuries past.



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Posted 10 August 2019 - 09:38 PM

"Some people did something".

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Posted 11 August 2019 - 01:41 AM

Where's all the talk about reparations and accountability? Human rights violations? Outrage?

Oh, that's right, there isn't any $$$ in it if you go after the genuinely guilty instead of hammering away at the faux blame to shake loose the guilt money.

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Posted 11 August 2019 - 10:43 PM

Just destroy some monuments and rename some schools. Then it’s like it never happened.

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Posted 15 August 2019 - 01:32 PM

Trafficking is a huge problem. Through our church, my wife and I volunteered with an NGO that ministered toNigerian women who had been trafficked into the sex trade in Paris. They had their passports taken, they don’t speak the language, and they are given quotas they have to meet to pay for their « room and board. »

The traffickers also use tribal « witchcraft » to control the women. They « curse » them and tell them that their families will have bad things happen to them if they don’t obey. They also use family shame. The recruiters get them with the blessings of their families to work as domestics or nannies in Europe. The Madam even sends money back the families. They then tell the girls if they don’t obey they will stop sending money AND tell the parents what the girls are actually doing.

It is a widespread and horrible problem.

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