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Skin braiding of the tale of modern slavery

The Truth About Modern Slavery
Forfatter: Emily Kenway
Forlag: Pluto Press (USA)
THE RESCUE INDUSTRY: It is not only the others that are being exploited. Politicians, trade unionists and philanthropists are falling over each other in the fight against modern slavery.

"If you have a moment, I would like to tell you a little about how you can help hungry children in Africa." Such statements were phased – before the pandemic, of course – sent in the city with in the big cities of the rich countries. And how can you say no to that? No, I do not want to help hungry children in Africa. I do not even want to hear about it, not even for a moment.

On the other hand, it takes more than a moment to explain why one does not want to help support an (i) NGO industry that makes a living by educating people that children stop starving in Africa, if only there were enough kind-hearted people in the rich countries who got themselves a sponsor child.

This is roughly how the narrative of modern slavery works. Slavery, we do not like that. Then there is a shift across political wings, across bargaining tables between unions and employers, while rich philanthropists and media companies make their megaphones available for anti-slavery campaigns, and new (i) NGOs, institutions, government units and action plans emerge .

In these years, in fact, there is such a widespread consensus that modern slavery, human trafficking and forced labor must be fought by every conceivable means that it is a true mystery that the phenomenon, according to even the same popular front, is just growing and growing.

Their own nonsense

This mystery has Emily Kenway set out to solve for the gaping public in the book The Truth About Modern Slavery, which she opens with this finding: “Modern slavery is. . .

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Nina Trige Andersen
Trige Andersen is a freelance journalist and historian.

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