Modern Slavery and the Prison-Industrial Complex

Monti Narayan Datta

Explore the nature, origins and impact of modern slavery. Evaluate how it is possible in the 21st Century that more than 40 million people are enslaved in sex trafficking, forced labor, domestic servitude, and forced marriage. Critically assess what governments and non-government organizations are doing to stem the tide of modern slavery with an eye toward its eradication, given the realities of a rapidly growing global population and the mass migration of vulnerable communities at risk for exploitation.

Explore estimates of slaves in countries around the world using the Global Slavery Index. Assess how survivors of enslavement can reclaim their lives given the complexities of post-traumatic stress. Consider the legacy of enslavement in the United States from 1865 onward, how it continued under Jim Crow, and is related to today’s plight of mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex. Discuss how much Black Lives Matter in light of the rise of white supremacy in the USA today.

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