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  •  I read an article yesterday (1+ / 0-)
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    Black Max

    a guy in France who was just convicted of slavery. Apparently, he paid €4500 to sneak a 14-year old girl into France from the Côte d'Ivoire to help him and his wife take care of their two kids and with the housework and cooking. He only got caught when she got tired of being whipped with a belt, and went to the police. His penalty: a suspended sentence of about a year (he got credit for 6 months of pre-trial detention), plus a fine and fees of €5000.

    It wasn't clear from the article, but it was implied, that she came willing, probably seeking work as an au pair, and only after she realized that she was being treated as a slave did she object. I think that this switcheroo is actually not that uncommon in several regions of the world (another one I've read about, probably much worse than France, is Saudi Arabia).

    Anyway, although limited in frequency and practiced in obscurity, it appears that slavery is alive and well today.

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