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Reporter: Salehah Ahmad
Recorder: Numbi L.
Class Period: 5

Central Question: Are modern slavery emancipation efforts effective?
  • No, because modern slavery isn't a known topic in today's news, so it's a lot easier to do it.
    • Current news: a couple trafficking a teen all over Maryland found in Harford County. It is surprising it is happening so close to home.
        • Slavery in Strip Clubs: Is prostitution seen as slavery?

    • Slavery/Prostitution isn't seen as slavery. Some people are afraid to say something b/c they are scared.
      • In most European countries, prostitution is legal, creating a base for sex slavery.
      • Since we can't catch it, because it is "legal" and people won't say something, it is safe to say,in some ways, slavery emancipation efforts haven't been effective

Central Question: Why is there still so many people still in slavery?
  • Government efforts are strong enough to reduce numbers in some countries

Reporter: Julie Danh
Recorder: Donna Shi
Class Period: 1
Central Question: Even with so many laws, why does modern slavery still continue? Why do people enslave others?
Relate the progression of your group's discussion (not just what you discussed, but how you discussed it and in what order different points were made). Finish by reporting the conclusion(s) that your group came to, if any, and further questions or actions you recommended.

Our group started by saying that the laws didn't work because no one was enforcing them and that the government wasn't paying attention to the issue. Because of the population growth, there were too many cases to solve and most go under the radar of government officials. Then we talked about why this happened. It's because when immigrants and refugees come in the country, they do not get the necessary help from government officials like proper documentation, leading to them being victimized by traffickers. We changed the topic and answered the second question. People enslave others for money. Each victim costs about $4000, so traffickers/ en-slavers get easy money per victim. They do this because they know governments will turn a blind eye to it due to corruption in some places. Also, it's easy to take advantage of immigrants who are new to the country and are looking for jobs. Then we came back to the first question. Most immigrants are undocumented so the government don't even know they exist. For example, in Syria, some parents do not register their child because they can't afford doctors and give birth at home. Because of this, the government do not know that they exist and when they're missing, they're presumed dead. Also, in some countries, destitute families are forced to sell their children to brothels, leading to child trafficking.

Reporter: Julianna Lucas
Recorder: Sarah Handley
Class Period: 5
Central Question: Who should pay for emancipation efforts? Why is there still slavery despite laws? Are emancipation efforts effective?

Our group began the discussion saying that the emancipation efforts need to be funded in part by government budgetary spending and also, in part, any donations contributed to the cause. Martin argued that governments of other nations should not interfere with each other, but if they should, only in attempts to persuade them to implement a certain action. We shifted the conversation to why slavery persists even though it is illegal and we agreed that it is a profitable trade and anything that is profitable will persist whether it is legal or not. It persists for the same reasons that both large and small-scale drug trade exists. Our last topic of conversation centered on whether or not the emancipation efforts were effective no. We all agreed that in the big-picture, the efforts were not effective. While the emancipation efforts have changed the lives of some slaves, there are still so many enslaved people. One big issue regarding the efforts to emancipate slaves is that many people refuse to or don't believe that modern slavery exists.

Reporter: Amirah Townsend
Recorder: Lola Anjorin
Class Period: 1
Central Question: Are Emancipation efforts effective? Elaborate.

To begin this discussion, the central question was asked and the majority's answer to the question was simply no. To elaborate more, a point was brought up to say that a lot of countries where contemporary slavery exists, many people are not even aware of the issue. Examples of ignorance to contemporary slavery are population of each country's school systems, government offices, and community awareness centers. To conclude an effective proposal for preventing contemporary slavery would be to make any and every human being aware that modern day slavery exists. Next, an idea that poverty makes it hard for slavery laws to become effective. Many people who fall victims to human trafficking, are either emotionally vulnerable, physically not capable, or socially unable to take care of themselves. All factors listed are major key points on why human beings fall into a slavery category. A potential proposal would be to find a way to help the people who are in poverty more often, or just more in general. A lot of people who fall into contemporary slavery, have had hard lifestyles, or are in desperate need financially, so they look for any way that they can so they can make money, and end up human trafficking category. The last topic that we discussed was in order to make contemporary slavery non existent was to make it aware to the public, and raise charities in order to help finance the women or men who are victims, so they the are less prone to become a contemporary slave.
A lot of slavery is also hidden by forums like orphanages where child labor may be used.

Reporter: Mavishka Lankatilleke
Recorder: Montese Hall
Class Period: 1
Central Question: How effective are emancipation efforts?

Our group started this discussion agreeing on the idea that global emancipation efforts are neither efficient nor effective. It is obvious to see that emancipation efforts are working based on the amount of victims who have been freed. However, these efforts are very small in comparison to the large number of people who are still enslaved today. Our group came up with three main reasons as to why these emancipation efforts are not efficient. The first was that modern emancipation efforts are not open enough. Modern slavery exists in many different forms from labor and sex trafficking to the use of child soldiers. Despite the creation of human trafficking laws, there is not a law, enforced by every country, that clearly defines what human trafficking is, and can easily prosecute those who participate in it. Secondly, governments know how many people are enslaved, but not all governments have the resources necessary to do anything about it. Poor, third-world countries where slavery is most likely to exist need aid from wealthier countries to stop a problem that exists in those wealthier countries too. With resources being split among governments to stop the sale of slaves, organizations created for abolition quickly run out of resources. Our third reason is that it is hard to enforce emancipation because the black market of the trafficking industry is underground and well hidden. Governments cannot convict and prosecute traffickers if they cannot find both them and proof that they are involved with the industry.