Abby Martin: Buying a Slave – The Hidden World of US-Philippines Trafficking

Abby Martin: Buying a Slave – The Hidden World of US-Philippines Trafficking

Screenshot by Dandelion Salad via Flickr

Dandelion Salad

with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on May 16, 2017

Human trafficking is a hidden industry that brings in $150 billion in illegal profits every year. In the United States, tens of thousands are trafficked annually—the biggest clients being major hotel chains and foreign diplomats.

The Philippines is one of the largest labor exporters in the world. 6,000 Filipinos—mostly women—leave the country every single day to work, because of mass unemployment and poverty. Tricked by placement agencies, thousands end up living as virtual slaves.

Damayan, a New York-based organization led by Filipina domestic workers, is fighting this underground crisis. Abby Martin speaks to several members of the organization about how this exodus of women has devastated a generation of families, and how they are fighting back.

from the archives:

Chris Hedges: The Reality of Prostitution

Chris Hedges: Refugee Trafficking is Big Business for ISIS

Chris Hedges: Human Trafficking: Exploitation of Women Still Rampant Worldwide

The Intimately Oppressed by Howard Zinn (repost)

Trading Women for Profit by Graham Peebles

“Nepal girls are cheaper to buy” by Brian McAfee


3 thoughts on “Abby Martin: Buying a Slave – The Hidden World of US-Philippines Trafficking

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  3. Bravo to Abby for drawing urgent attention in the US to this terrible abuse. These personal accounts are a powerful testimony to the depravity of rich and privileged impostors. There have been several reports here in the UK over the past year or so, revealing very similar stories.

    Foreign diplomats are implicated; in London, the most extreme cases being ‘well-connected’ Middle-eastern ‘clients.’ So there is clearly an organized trade.

    Due to the moral leadership of Wilberforce in Britain the Slave Trade Act was passed in 1807 & the Slavery Abolition Act in 1833.

    It is truly shocking, that the genuine social and humanitarian advances achieved by such radical force of character, regardless of any attendant religious motivation, are so readily forgotten and subsumed by our present levels of scurrilous hypocrisy.

    These are most flagrant violations of human dignity; despicable acts, committed in the name of ostentatious entitlement and spurious piety.

    Simply vile and contemptible….

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