The most common form of modern slavery is this: a set of parents can't make it on their salaries, so they go to a loan shark. This is a person who loans money at exorbitant rates (really, really, high - like 20% a week!). The parents can't pay this vigorish, so they give their children to the shark to rent out in any way the shark feels is desired. He may sell them to a factory, or to a prostitute, or to the Army, or anywhere else he wants. The kid's pay goes to him, though, not the kids, and certainly not the parents who will be forever in debt.
It happens every single day all over the world.
It's called "unfettered free enterprise."
Sound familiar? John McCain and Sarah Palin touted it all through the recent campaign.
· 1 decade ago