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Slavery: A Global Investigation (online discussions)

April 6, 2012

I think this is another important film about global slavery.  As such, I am going to have an online discussion about this film.  Please only participate in the discussion if you watch the entire film (I will be grading accordingly).  For those who already have reached 180 total points, you can also participate to enhance participation grade


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  1. I found this movie to be very moving in its images and overall message. Right at the beginning of the film we are introduced to a man named Gorman Matto. His whole goal in life is dedicated to finding and freeing people forced into labor. In this film a group of people follow him into his pursuits. While watching the movie however, I found it astonishing that they knew exactly where to look and where these labor camps might possibly exist. This alone frustrates me because if this issue is so apparent and the sources are this exposed, why haven’t the government taken more drastic attempts to prevent it?
    Ultimately what I believe is that this issue runs much deeper than what shows on surface. Gorman Matto reports that, “Approximately 4000-5000 children are missing from North Bihar. All of them are working in the carpet industry”. When asked by a reporter why North Bihar is experiencing this problem he replied, “It’s a very poor state with few schools. So children can be lured away with promises”. From those statements alone, I can infer that child labor in India has a lot to do with the economic balance found in India. I’ve written many papers about India and its regional differences found in all its states and territories. From my research I have discovered that these differences have really manifested problems in socio-economic development, poverty and availability of infrastructure. In fact, I am very familiar with the places they discuss in the film such as Bihar and Orissa. It’s from my prior knowledge that I can tell you that most of population (around 50%) live under the poverty line. While other states such as Delhi and Punjab exhibit very low poverty lines ratios. This misbalance make recruiting new slaves very easy and isolating them even easier.
    In one scene of the movie we are introduced to a group of 19 men that have just been recently freed from slavery by Ivorian authorities. Hearing their personal testimonies really struck a cord with me. Especially when one of the boys informed the reporter that he had never even eaten chocolate even though he was enslaved into picking one of its key ingredients (cocoa). When asked what he had to say to people that eat chocolate he replied, “I would not have very many nice things to say. They enjoy something I suffered to make; I work hard for them, but saw no benefit. They are eating my flesh”. Its sad to think that the United States has created this consumerism image for ourselves that has made us the bad guy in this on going problem. While our contributions are unintentional, others look at us and many other powerful countries as the core to this problem.
    Overall, while I think this problem is something that should be addressed. I also unfortunately don’t see an immediate solution anytime soon. There is too many social, economic, and cultural elements in play.

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