Slavery as Domestic Servitude
Human slavery exists as domestic servitude in thousands of households throughout the world. In most cases, domestic servitude among women and children also includes violence and rape, and takes place in wealthier countries of the Persian Gulf, Asia, France, and the United States. Islam encourages men to marry needy women. A Muslim man can have four wives at a time, and some are treated as slaves or sex objects.
According to Dr. Kevin Bales of FreeTheSlaves.net, the monitoring of working conditions of domestic laborers is difficult because the work takes place hidden in private homes. "According to our survey data, the second highest incidence of forced labor takes place in domestic service in U.S. homes. Every year U.S. citizens and foreign nationals living in the U.S. bring thousands of domestic workers into the country, and many of them suffer abuse. Visas normally require that domestic service workers remain with their original employer or face deportation. This requirement tends to discourage workers from reporting abuses. Additionally, some perpetrators are foreign nationals who rely on diplomatic immunity to shield themselves from punishment if their use of forced domestic labor is uncovered."
Many times in India, the man must borrow money to buy a wife. In addition, many times the wife is sold into debt bondage prostitution, in order to pay off the man's marriage debt.
"I am scared. I am too sick to work in the quarries. I have no choices. Where will I go? What will I do? Even if he beats me, abuses me, this is my house. This is my home. This is the only way I can survive because I have no money and that is all I can do."
A condensed version was published in the February and April 2006 issue of Catholic World Report.
Read all 16 columns on the subject of Trafficking of Human Slaves by Barbara Kralis at "21st Century Slavery," "Modern Day Slavery Flourishes," "Different Forms of Human Slavery," "Child Sex Tourism," "Slavery as Domestic Servitude," "Combatant Human Slaves," "Involuntary Human Servitude," "Child Slaves for Sport," "Trafficking
Barbara Kralis, the article's author, writes for various Christian and conservative publications. Her columns have been featured at RenewAmerica.us, Catholic World Report, Alliance Defense Fund, Intellectual Conservative, Life Issues, Catholic Culture, The Wanderer newspaper, Phil Brennan's WOW, ChronWatch, North Carolina Conservative, MichNews, Catholic Citizens, Illinois Family Institute, Illinois Leader, New Oxford Review, Seattle Catholic, Faithful Voice, NewsBull, and others. She and her husband, Mitch, live in the great State of Texas, and co-direct the Jesus Through Mary Catholic Foundation. She can be reached at: [email protected].
© 2006 Barbara Kralis
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