Slavery in America is still alive and a work in progress. The news has touched on this subject through the years. Even in some of the richest households, some people have no voice, they have no rights, they are in effect … slaves. My sister told me about a friend who came to the US from Jamaica, to work for a well-to-do family. This woman whom I shall refer to as Winnie, was offered a housekeeping position in this household. Her flight and travel accommodations would be covered in full and she would have a big beautiful home in which to live, in a very secluded and gated neighborhood.
Winnie thought she had hit the jackpot, that is until she realized she would be at this family’s beck and call seven days a week, all year long. Because she did not know how to drive she could not even take their car keys and get away. She only knew that she was somewhere outside the city of Baltimore. Day after day this woman felt the chains of slavery tighten about her and no matter that she requested time off, to go shopping or sightsee, she was told that it wasn’t a good time. No one was available to take her, there was always some excuse to keep her housebound.
One day Winnie wrote to a friend and she managed to sneak the letter to the postal worker. In the middle of the night, her friend came and managed to get her far from the family. This happened in the 1990’s. She is a free woman today and decided not to press charges, but rather to count herself a lucky woman that she escaped. She is now a citizen of our country.
There are so many instances of this type of indentured servitude or virtual slavery going on in this country, and around the globe. Children are sold as servants to wait hand-and-foot on the woman of the house, while she orders them about, gives them only enough food to keep them alive and totally dependent upon her and either she or her husband beat these children to maintain control over them. I have seen documentaries of these poor souls on “60 Minutes”, “20/20”, and some “HBO Specials”, too. These are people who are invisible and disabled because they are under the control of their captors.
In many countries because there are no other jobs available, people are forced to work in sweatshops, in horrible almost unendurable conditions for pennies per day, frequently without breaks. There are children there working side-by-side with the adults, too. There are large corporations that use people to mine in dark, dangerous places. They use child labor, too, these working positions that are all that stand between them and starvation. The invisible ones who toil and are abused and have no voice. I pray for these illegal practices to stop. For the corporations to be shut down, for the families who lure these innocent people to their homes, to be little better than prisoners, to be arrested. There are even embassies who cover-up for the so-called employers of these unfortunate ones.
If any of you know of any person who is being forced to live under these conditions, be their voice and tell authorities. Save them if you can. Let us pray for their release and for them to be uplifted. These invisibly disabled peoples of our world. Join BloggersUnite and raise your voice for others when they cannot speak for themselves.