Abused, deprived, exploited, enslaved.
The cover story in the latest issue of the Atlantic is a personal history titled “My Family’s Slave.”
The author, Alex Tizon, goes on to chronicle just that — how his mother in the Philippines was gifted a slave when she was 15, how she brought that slave with her to the United States, and how that slave remained a slave for his mother’s entire life, working all day and night without pay, unable to have a social life and enduring endless abuse.
The story is harrowing in its candid exploration of one slave’s experience and its description of how one family managed to normalize slavery through profound denial
But it’s also a disturbing reminder of how slavery still exists all around the world.
Globally, there are an estimated 45.8 million slaves, a greater number than at any other time in history, according to The Global Slavery Index. The refugee crisis currently roiling the world is also fueling the market for child slavery .
Slavery takes many forms, but sexual, labor-based, and human trafficking are the primary modes.
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