Slavery: A Global Investigation
“we’ve come… not to investigate exploitation or child labor,
but to find real slaves –
people who are paid nothing,
locked away, and controlled by violence.”
Slavery is not a thing of recent history, in fact, although it is more hidden in our modern world, there are more slaves today than there were during the height of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. A terrifying and sobering fact, especially when you consider you may, unknowingly, be an oppressor. This 80 minute documentary was filmed in 2000 by the BBC.
2:00- India’s carpet slaves. Children are stolen or trafficked from their homes and enslaved in carpets mills. Their hands are cut in the looms of the mills, and they are beaten by their “master” if they slow down or take a break.
7:25- History of slavery- then and now.
11:00- The Ivory Coast’s chocolate slaves. Up to 40% of the world’s cocoa is exported from the Ivory Coast. If you’re ready to learn what day to day life looks like for the slave boys who harvest the cocoa in your favorite Hershey’s bar, or brownie mix, M&Ms, or steaming cup of hot chocolate, watch on. Chocolate slavery hits home for all of us.
29:00- Domestic slaves in Washington D.C. The heartbreaking stories of women brought to the USA to be domestic workers for World Bank employees. Instead, they found themselves trapped in the house, forced to work seven days per week without pay, humiliated and violently controlled by their “masters.”
Knowledge isn’t just power. It is responsibility.
Lord, teach us to respond justly to the needs of the world. Guide our hearts, direct our actions, and lead our decisions. Take our voices and fill them with your prophetic message. May Your Kingdom come, and Your will be done on this earth – as it is in Heaven.
Use us, Holy Spirit, and change the world.