Benjamin Skinner on the world of modern-day slavery

One year ago this week, Hilary Clinton did something that no U.S. secretary of state had ever done before. She told the world how the United States ranked in its efforts to prevent forced labor, sexual exploitation and modern-day slavery within its borders.In its 2010 Trafficking in Persons Report, the U.S. Department of State gave itself the highest mark — putting itself in tier one. And in an effort to apply some diplomatic pressure, the report once again classified other countries. For example, Papua New Guinea was ranked in the lowest tier — for, among other things, being a place where “tribal leaders trade the exploitative labor and service of girls and women for guns and political advantage.”

Nations with the worst records may seem to be a world away, but according to Benjamin Skinner, author of “A Crime So Monstrous” and senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, their human rights violations may be linked to our lives here.

Alison Stewart sits down with Skinner to talk about his work exposing the world of slavery and human trafficking.

 
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  • Lara

    A very important topic that needs to be discussed and everyone should know about it! 
    Thank you so much for covering the topic of human/sex trafficking!
    I believe that we are heading into a very dark global world where with the increase of men over women, we will see an increasing, in fact, a demand for women and young girls and even children for to meet these mens sexual demands.

  • Timsolon

    Good juxtaposition with abortion advocate.  Stop world wide abortion so that more 16 year olds can become sex slaves and die of TB and AIDS; or, be brain damaged from malnutrition.

  • Ciii 307

    Initiating an address to these issues is appreciated.

    However - 

    you are dilly dallying with monstrous issues. You are looking down.  Look up. The concrete engraved resume and the qualification criteria for career change is bondage. The properties within the crime of modern day slavery contains more human rights violations than forcing minors into prostitution and/or domestic labor. The properties, within the crime of modern day slavery are inflicted upon a larger population than depicted here in this interview.  Age brackets that are affected by this hideous crime range from those mentioned in this video to people well over my age (41). example: Company 1 at location 1 sends a new applicant through a time costly pursuit of a position for company 2 at location 2 without pay. The pursuit requires the applicant to: a). spend time on a resume b). the cost of the calls. c). The cost of submitting the resume d). The cost of travel to safety orientation at location 1  e). The cost of travel to medical for a pre-employment physical at location (1a)  f). The cost of travel to safety orientation at location (2a) Company 2′s reason for requesting a new employee is such that he/she may be sent to company 3 location 3 where a lead person will take the new employee to location 4 to do a job that will drastically end unexpectedly after the new employee has been exploited and exposed to people from various backgrounds and education levels. While through many of these initial steps companies are being paid where as the “sold” is not.

    See: CTR, PDS, Venture  Dynamics, Seaside staffing, Integrity Staffing, AeroTek, CLC, CMC, and other companies with similar SIC Codes for further details.

    Other references : NGNN, B.A.E. Tecnico, Advex, Earl Industries

  • http://twitter.com/ningrowley ning rowley

    @Ciii307, you are missing the point.  You  can not compare apples and oranges. As a company 1, being sent to  company 2, to get a job contract and doing it for free…(notice the word Free)  I have the rights of refusal  Freely. Did you get  the point i’m trying to convey?  Or  are  you one of those  privy consumers of “white slavery”. If  you are you would be generalizing this subject  just  to throw off  the hounds (authorities) that’s  hounding your tails to snuff you (the consumer).

  • http://twitter.com/ningrowley ning rowley

    too much  kidnapping  of  beautiful  women and children all over the world  because of  this type of “slavery”  and it should have  been  fought  off  against  like the devil  but,  it’s futile fighting.  All we can do is to keep the ones  we  love  safe and practice preventative action. I have the need to know, so I read everything in every subject  that could, or can have a present or future impact with my life and my kids, grandkids, and friends with  both positive and negative end result. I am Not ever going to question any proper authority that is fighting against evil deed. If anything else, I would give help that I can to ease their work.  And so, should you, and everyone else for that matter. Keep it simple; there’s a line drawn that  sepretate between  Good  and  Evil. Whic one are You?

  • http://twitter.com/ningrowley ning rowley

    too much  kidnapping  of  beautiful  women and children all over the world  because of  this type of “slavery”  and it should have  been  fought  off  against  like the devil  but,  it’s futile fighting.  All we can do is to keep the ones  we  love  safe and practice preventative action. I have the need to know, so I read everything in every subject  that could, or can have a present or future impact with my life and my kids, grandkids, and friends with  both positive and negative end result. I am Not ever going to question any proper authority that is fighting against evil deed. If anything else, I would give help that I can to ease their work.  And so, should you, and everyone else for that matter. Keep it simple; there’s a line drawn that  sepretate between  Good  and  Evil. Whic one are You?

  • Themarytodd

    I could watch this for another hour. Thanks so much for the brief intro! More, please.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pete-L-Godbey/100000235085901 Pete L. Godbey

    This is an important topic. This goes beyond the contract “bar girls” in industrial nations and “kept housekeepers”.I just finished “Fatal Shore’ about British use of Australia as a penal colony, disgusting by modern standards, but some of these inhuman practices continue. 

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  • Verna Milner

    This is an excellent interview. As Benjamin Skinner proposes a living wage can alleviate if not eradicate the plight of modern day slavery. However, in order for a living wage to be implemented it would be necessary to first amend the UN’s International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights to include a living wage that is indexed to each nation’s economic conditions (which could also be further broken down to national regions as suggested by the comments at http://www.slaw.ca/2011/05/17/is-the-minimum-wage-a-living-wage/).

    In these times of economic uncertainty and globalization a living wage is necessary as we see an increase in outsourcing and/or off-shoring. An indexed and defined living wage could level the playing field as corporations look towards outsourcing and/or off-shoring. And, more importantly a living wage in developing nations would mean that families would be able to afford food, shelter, health care, and to educate their children thereby working towards eradicating child labor. But this can only be accomplished if as noted above the UN’s Covenant is amended. Notably, this Covenant has not been ratified by neither the United States nor South Africa.

  • Anonymous

    Great that Benjamin Skinner is letting more people know about these monstrous crimes. We at the Responsible Sourcing Network http://www.sourcingnetwork.org are working to engage companies and encourage them to implement systems that will end modern day slavery in the cotton and minerals industries. Check us out!

  • Ciii 307

    I really don’t understand what you mean. right of refusal? Privy consumers of white slavery? Hounds? Consumer? huh? wHa?

  • Ciii 307

    I really don’t understand what you mean. right of refusal? Privy consumers of white slavery? Hounds? Consumer? huh? wHa?