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WHAT IS FORCED LABOR?
Transcript of WHAT IS FORCED LABOR?
WHAT IS FORCED LABOR?
Examples of Forced Labor
Qin Dynasty in China
There was an empire named Qin Shi Huang and during his reign, in order to prevent the enemies to further attack them, he decided to build the Great Wall of China. You might not believe that this grand and magnificent structure was built by many lives and a great deal of money and materials. The labor force that built the wall was made up largely of soldiers and convicts. It is said that more than one million people died during the wall’s construction, many of these workers were buried within the wall itself
WHY SHOULD CATHOLICS DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT?
Forced Labor is where people are forced to work, against their will under the threat of some form of punishment. It is a form of modern slavery where victims are forced to work against their will. Victims are kept in work place by illegal tactics and are paid little to no money.
Forced slavery include:
· Sex slavery (Victims are forced to perform non-consensual or abusive sexual acts, against their will such as prostitution or pornography)
· Child trafficking (Recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of children for the purpose of exploitation)
· Early forced marriage (Usually girls under 18 forced to marry without the valid consent)
· Debt Bondage/Forced Labor (Victims are forced to pay off debts which realistically they never will be able to. They get low wages so they cannot to pay off the loan, but the debt may be passed down to their children.
· Criminal Exploitation (Victims are forced into crimes forced criminal activities such as: cannabis cultivation, cooking crystal meth, ATM theft, benefit fraud, drug smuggling and dealing, producing counterfeit DVDs and cigarettes, pickpocketing, and engaging fraud marriages and illegal adoption operations. Children are also often recruited and forced to beg on the streets.)
Another example of slavery is in Brazil where people are endangered being put working in a small ingot of pig iron. "Workers are lured to remote sites with promises of good jobs and worked without pay, often to death, in charcoal kilns."
"The Catholic social tradition affirms that the dignity of human beings can be safeguarded only if the rights of individuals are protected"(Brigham,161). CST
emphasize very strongly
on protecting dignity of individuals but also respecting the needs of a community.
Catholics should act upon this because they speak a lot about equality and those who have a surplus of needs sharing with those in poverty. Proverbs 22:2,
The rich and the poor meet together; the Lord is the maker of all.
The book also mentions that human rights are universal, not earned.
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"Forced Criminal Exploitation in Europe - BORGEN." BORGEN. N.p., 20 Oct. 2014. Web.
Stotz, Tatiana. "News." Modern Slavery Bill to Require Large UK Companies to Report on Slavery in Supply Chain. N.p., 13 Oct. 2014. Web.
Brigham, Erin. See, Judge, Act: Catholic Social Teaching and Service Learning. Winona, MN: Anselm Academic, 2013. Print.