White Slavery - Forced Prostitution and Sex Exploitation
What is white slavery? It is the act of kidnapping or intimidating someone (usually, women) to engage in prostitution. Although deemed 'barbaric', white slavery is rampant today and a direct relation between victims and the economies of the countries from which they come from are seen.
In a nutshell, white slavery is forced prostitution although the term was first used in 19th century Britain to describe child prostitution. Present day definition for white slavery, however, refers to sexual slavery in general. White slavery also pertains to abduction of white girls and forcing them into prostitution.
White slavery created a major moral panic in early 20th century United States where Chinese immigrants were stereotyped as white slavers. Modern concept of white slavery on the other hand, picture African American pimps as modern white slavers.
In 1910, the White Slave Traffic Act was later on written to prohibit white slavery. This act is also called Mann Act after the lawmaker James Robert Mann. To this day however, cases of white slavery still persist in the modern world where the victims continue to suffer in silence in their slave-like conditions.
The technological advancements of the modern world not only benefited the commercial and industrial business but propelled present day white slavery as well. Transportation developments made it significantly easier to transport the women and girls to be sold as sex slaves.
Unlike the original context of white slavery were the victims were white women and children, victims of modern day white slavery come from all over the globe and in different colors, races, and ethnicity.
White Slavery in Present Day Society
One cause for the continued prevalence of white slavery and trafficking is corruption of law enforcement officials who either accept bribe from traffickers and pimps or become entitled to free service from the sex slaves themselves.
Moreover, economic globalization and privatization resulted in more women becoming victimized by poverty and more prone to white slavery.
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