Thomas Paine was an English-American political activist, author, and revolutionary. Thomas is best known for his pro-independence pamphlet Common Sense, which made him the Voice of the Revolution. He also wrote African Slavery in America, the first article proposing the emancipation of African slaves and the abolition of slavery. Thomas didn’t want slavery and it finally ended in America in 1863. A lot of people don’t think of it as much because it is illegal in America, but is slavery still happening now?
As I read about Thomas Paine’s pamphlet African Slavery in America, I thought about an episode from a TV show I was watching called Taboo. This particular episode was about human trafficking all over the world, including the United States. Human trafficking is known as modern day slavery. It is an illegal trade of human beings for purposes of sexual exploitation and forced labor. Every year, thousands of men, women, and children fall into the hands of traffickers. In most cases, women and children are the victims. They are taken from their homes and put into trafficking. In other cases, victims pay to be illegally transported into the United States, but find themselves in trafficking instead. These people are kidnapped and put in trafficking for prostitution, removal of organs, and slavery.
Not much is different between slavery then and slavery now, except slavery now is more hidden than it was before because its illegal. Other than that, everything is basically the same. People went to Africa and took men, women, and children away from their homes and families. They were bought and sold to people for sexual exploitation and forced labor just like it is today. Everything seems to be the same. Nothing, but the name has been changed with slavery over time.
A lot of people don’t know it and probably won’t believe it, but slavery is still a big issue today in the United States. People think since slavery was ended and banned from the United States that it isn’t an issue anymore. It’s sad to say, but people today, here in this country are being bought, sold and smuggled like slaves were during the revolutionary. Thomas Paine may have played a part of ending slavery during that time by telling people how he felt about slavery and that it was wrong, but as we see, its still going on today. The next time someone asks “Does slavery still exist,” the answer is yes. Its happening everyday, all around the world, even in the United States.