The Nageria President, Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that slavery still exists. He said this in an opinion published in the Washington Post newspaper over the weekend to commemorate the International Day of Memory of the slave trade and its abolition, declared by the UN.
The Nageria newspaper report that even though descendants of African slaves have made valuable contributions throughout society, they are still dealing with the effects of the poisonous legacy.
“They still have to navigate their daily manifestations, such as discrimination, racism, or lack of access to resources and opportunities. This should not be overlooked or forgotten,” he said.
“However, as we reflect on this day, International Day for the Remembrance of the slave trade and its abolition, it is clear that slavery not only prospered then. It still thrives today. Worldwide it is estimated that there are up to 40 million men, women, and children living in forced servitude. They are the industrial victims of a business that many believe was abolished hundreds of years ago. They are modern slaves.
“Its exploitation appears in many forms, although it is generally not recognized as slavery. Many victims are invisible, hidden under opaque supply chains. Others are hidden from view, caught by circumstances that deprive them of autonomy. In any case, their often dangerous work is not a product of choice, and their conditions perpetuate themselves.
“In Africa, its modern forms include debt bondage, slavery of war captives, commercial sexual exploitation, and forced domestic servitude. Keeping people detained against their will, controlling their movements and forcing them to work for the exclusive benefit of others, wherever they are, is slavery today and forever.
“The abolitionists of the nineteenth century were more successful than ever before: by working to extinguish the transatlantic slave trade that had claimed 15 million victims, they laid the groundwork to ensure that it did not manufacture millions more. But his work is not done. We must take their examples as we forge a way forward to eliminate modern slavery in all its forms.
“Slavery, once again, has become intertwined in the global economy, and to a large extent, it is not seen. For example, most of us might know in principle that crucial cobalt extraction for our smartphones could have used forced labor. But what do we know of those who experience it? Just as personal testimony and the resulting public pressure led to the passage of the Law for the Abolition of the Slave Trade in Great Britain in 1807, these stories must be told and used to inform politics. Once heard, they can raise visceral reactions, boosting the public pressure necessary to ensure the application of laws against slavery.
“A distinction of then and now is essential: costs. According to records, adjusted to today’s prices, the cost of a human being as the property was valued on average at $ 40,000. Today, it only costs $ 90, sometimes even lower. We must remember that slavery is not merely a hate campaign; It is the search for profits. One way to extinguish it in its current forms, therefore, is to make it economically unfeasible. This means making sure that the laws against slavery have a bite, come with hefty penalties, and apply.
“It is also vital to have a robust notification and notification system. Where this once meant to detect ships, today the signals are less visible. The public should be shown how to see what is hidden from the naked eye, particularly the signs of suspicious behavior. This may seem broad. But vagueness should not lead to reluctance to report anything that may be contraband or forced servitude. If something does not look good, say it, as it could be ensuring the freedom of another human being.
“In Nigeria, our anti-trafficking agency has launched the” Not for sale “campaign to protect against the deceptions of human traffickers, helping those who could be vulnerable to false promises to see through deceit and Say no, these prevention programs are crucial.
“The appearance of slavery today could have changed. The institution does not have. There are no radical solutions to conjure, only political will. But about this, we can learn from the past, the shadows in which modern slavery proliferates today.”