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Oh, God. Another "modern slavery" story. Yes it is. Read it.

Nigel Morris-Co...

There are things that biased media push down our throats as they pretend independence but run a subversive agenda, from politics to social change. But there are some things that transcend the self-interest of media outlets, where the generally left-leaning press and politicians have got it absolutely right.

Let's take the figure of 40 million as being in some form of trafficking/slavery situation. It looks like a massive number.

In fact ten to fifteen years ago, it would have been the entire combined population of Malaysia and Australia. Today, it's almost eight times the population of Singapore. It's roughly a quarter of the population of Indonesia and half the population of the UK. Whichever way you look at it it's a lot of people.

But we don't see them because they are working out of sight of the majority of the population and, even then, they are spread thinly: in fact, as a percentage of approximate global population, they are 7,000 million divided by 40 million.

That's 175 people per million and that's only 0.0175% of a million. Of 70 million, it's 0.000,002,5%.

Or to put it another way, the odds of being one of those people is tiny. But it's still significantly bigger than the odds of winning the UK's National Lottery. That's ‎45,057,474 to one and millions of people gamble on lottery tickets every week.

There are many ways that I can put this into perspective but let's use health data.

We all (at least those with any sense) know that immunisation protects against avoidable diseases and deaths. World Health Organisation data says "Immunisation currently prevents 2-3 million deaths every year." So somewhere between 15 and 20 times more people are in the "modern slavery" bracket than are saved by hugely better resourced immunisation schemes.

Or how about the WHO's "global status report on road safety"? "The number of road traffic deaths has reached 1.35 million and are now the leading killer of people aged 5-29 years." That's a lot less than 5% of those we are concerned with.

Drowning: in 2016, the WHO says, "over 320,000 people lost their lives to drowning." Again, it gets publicity because "drowning is the third leading cause of death worldwide for children aged 5-14 years." The kids with the flies in their eyes all over again. If a story can be made out about hardship for children, it's a tear-jerker headline-maker that sells newspapers and grabs eyeballs. In the great scheme of things, it's a handful of people.

When we look at the statistics, whatever label is attached to it, the exploitation of adults and children for all manner of reasons is a huge problem, far, far bigger than the things we are sold as important (which, of course, they are). We can look at the percentages and say "it's too small to matter," but for every one of those 40 million or so people, it's not a tiny percentage - it's 100% of a miserable life which, all too often ends up with them being dead in a gutter. And no, I'm not exaggerating: read this: https://www.asiaone.com/print/... .

Workers dying in fires in sweatshops where the doors are locked, children beaten, raped and buggered for pædophiles to watch and even join in over a mobile phone video link; young women contracting syphilis in the growing epidemic in South East Asia; gonorrhea is spreading fast, too; babies being born with drug dependencies in the developed world or HIV across Africa, all because their mothers are subject to some kind of compulsion, if they have been born at all and the women not subjected to forced abortion; men crushed in unsafe mines producing building materials, diamonds or gold; child soldiers in the Middle East and Africa; 29 Vietnamese dead in a lorry in England.

These are the realities . This is the price they pay for our cheap goods or easy sex.

But you are "good people," aren't you? It's really the fault of the organised crime gangs, the drugs cartels, the people trafficking networks, isn't it?

No. It's the fault of everyone that supports them by buying everything from counterfeit products to on-line streaming of sex with children. They wouldn't do it if there wasn't a market.

Yes, this was another article about "modern slavery." Are you glad you read it?

Further reading: https://blogs.royalsociety.org...

---------------- Charities providing direct aid ----------------

Preda Foundation, Manila - rescuing victims of forced child prostitution https://www.preda.org (Father Shay Cullen)

Snehalaya, Maharashtra , India - rescuing at risk children of sex workers and others https://www.snehalaya.org/reha...

Restored Hope Ministries, Dallas, USA - rescuing female prostitutes, trafficked women and their children from all over the USA. http://www.restoredhopeministr...