Essay on Slavery, The Cold Hard Truth

1464 Words Nov 25th, 2014 6 Pages
When we pick out our tomatoes from our local supermarket, we don’t think twice of who brought them to us. If we were asked to visualize the person who delivered our tomatoes, we’d picture the tall, tanned man dressed in denim with a bright smile from the commercials and advertisements we see everyday. It would be very absurd to picture an enslaved immigrant worker in the fields for twelve to fourteen hours a day, seven days a week whose life and the lives of his family are threatened if he refuses to work. Many would ask, “Wouldn 't that be considered slavery?”, the cold hard truth is that forced agricultural labour still occurs to this day. In textbooks across the United States, students are still taught that slavery ended with the adoption of the 13th Amendment in 1865, however 149 years have passed and that is more then enough time to realized a call to action must be heard. There should be no reason for a human to be treated as an object and now is the time to publicly inform and educate the citizens on what should have ended long ago, modern agricultural slavery. To solve an issue we first must be educated about it. Currently there are around 50,000 people working in forced labor situations in the United States (Bales 47), this number is smaller than it was during the 18th century but freeing slaves now is more arduous than ever. Victims of forced labor are trafficked into the United States from a diversity of foreign countries, but the majority originates in India,…

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