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Emancipation Proclamation Celebrates 150 Years At UN As Slavery Flourishes

Emancipation Proclamation Celebrates 150 Years At UN As Slavery Flourishes

The Emancipation Proclamation, as written by Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863, is now on display at the United Nations headquarters this week.

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, human trafficking and slavery is a global epidemic that has endured despite the international efforts to wipe away such crime.

Although the Emancipation Proclamation officially began an end to slavery in the United States 150 years ago, some current estimates suggest there are as many as 27 million people trapped in slavery worldwide. If these estimates are true, then this would make human slave traffickers more active today than they were at the height of the African slave trade of the past.

Millions are forced into servitude as house slaves or sex workers. Many are lured to other countries by the promise of money only to find the promise a nightmare. Others are caught up in a type of modern slavery as farm workers, where a combination of debt and drugs keep the farm slaves in line.

Unfortunately, many UN nations in good standing including China, India, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Thailand, Mexico, and even the United States have seen the rise of slavery in the shadows.

Thus, the United Nations is calling today a day where awareness of this pressing issue must be made:

“The annual observance of 25 March as the International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade serves as an opportunity to honor and remember those who suffered and died at the hands of the brutal slavery system, and to raise awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice today.”

As we remember the Emancipation Proclamation, how do you think modern slavery needs to be combated?

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6 Responses to “Emancipation Proclamation Celebrates 150 Years At UN As Slavery Flourishes”

  1. James Robert Durie

    The Editor of this mess should be fired. The Emancipation Proclamation did not do anything officially or otherwise. 1) The President did not have the authority to abolish slavery it was a statement of desire and required 2 constitutional amendments and the conclusion of the Civil War. 2) It addressed on slavery in the rebellious states and did not address slavery in the Northern slaves. Hence Mary Todd still had her slave even after the Civil War.

  2. Patrick Frye

    The point of the article was to focus on today's problems, but remembering the full history is important. I changed "put an end to slavery" to "began an end to slavery" to be more precise, although obviously that's not 100% accurate, either.