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March 25, 2013

Modern Slavery

Filed under: Sociopolitics — by Zuhair @ 6:19 am

I found this video on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/verify_age?next_url=/watch%3Fv%3DiBCqMvidBg4%26oref%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.youtube.com%252Fwatch%253Fv%253DiBCqMvidBg4%26has_verified%3D1

The abuse of migrant workers is not something that can be ignored any further. Although a number of newspapers are covering the issue, the situation is far from changing. The video on YouTube is only a piece of the story. The most common abuse is suffered by housemaids who have been raped, stabbed, and murdered.

Firstly though, in response to the video, all I can say is that it is madness. A child is beating up an older man. Is that what the world has come to? The fact that it is a child makes it even scarier than if it was an adult. All innocence is lost.

But is it really the child’s fault? Sure, the child is holding what looks like a whip, the child is doing the whipping and seems happy about it. But let’s face it! This is a child. I blame the parents. Where does this kind of attitude come from? From society and from upbringing.

We live in a cruel world, a world where newspapers talk about abuse and governments do nothing about it, a world where countries take land like they’re taking candy and people can’t do anything about it. Although watching something like this breaks the heart of anyone who has humanity in them, I at least cannot be entirely surprised. After all, it is only a matter of time.

If parents are hostile and racist, how could one expect the children to be different? The situation is very much similar to the early racism that plagued American society all through its history of slavery and segregation. Except in this case, it’s more global than that. Racism is a disease and all the laws in the world may not be able to stop it at the end of the day.

This does not however, mean that we should give up trying to remedy the situation because if laws cannot cure racism, they can fight against it. This is what the world lacks.  The fighting spirit exists only when it is personal and migrant workers are too weak to fight, so it is our duty to fight for them. Furthermore, fighting against it will reduce it and hence, the psychology of the racist changes as generations come and go.

But do we see that happening? No, because instead of addressing problems close to home, on a socio political level, enactors of laws are addressing other problems, which may be just as important, but one is not more important than the other. Before deciding which country you want to ally with before World War III begins, solve your current problems at home. This has always been the attitude of those in power. One example of this is British imperialism

Of course this was a very long time ago. But perhaps we can apply the same situation. Here’s an interesting thought. .. Monarchies and governments, instead of thinking about how allying with the world’s superpowers will benefit you, think about how saving migrant workers from your people will make your nation better.

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1 Comment »

  1. This has concerned me for a long time. A colleague of mine in a nearby country was fired for commenting about it. What does one do?

    Comment by umktm — April 19, 2013 @ 3:49 am |Reply


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