Monday, 22 November 2010

Bonded Labour

As we all now, slavery is abolished in the West and only continues within Africa and the Arab world. Bonded Labour however is more common than you think.

What is Bonded Labour?

Bonded labour - or debt bondage - is probably the least known form of slavery today, and yet it is the most widely used method of enslaving people. A person becomes a bonded labourer when their labour is demanded as a means of repayment for a loan. The person is then tricked or trapped into working for very little or no pay, often for seven days a week. The value of their work is invariably greater than the original sum of money borrowed.

Who are the bonded labourers?

Entire families treated like cattle on farms in India, Pakistan and Nepal and the 7.15 to Waterloo; migrant agricultural workers forced to remain on ranches in Brazil; and the organised export of women into domestic and sexual slavery in Europe. Huge promises made by Politicians ensure that most of the labour of the worker goes straight to the Government and the remainder must be used by the worker for housing and food.Bonds (future tax revenues of the workers) are sold by governments to each other, enslaving even the unborn into the system. The average child in Briatin is now born "owing" £90,000 to the plantation owner.

Bonded labour is expanding due to poverty and the global demand for sources of cheap, expendable labour and credit and the greed of the State to own all money.

UK Bonded labourers are not allowed to smoke, drink, or eat anything that may affect their productivity. they are also now forced to work well into old age to show a good return on "investment" for their masters.

Just this morning, the UK plantation owner added another £300 each to the debt of UK labourers to help out a neighbouring plantation owner who has not been working his labourers hard enough

Is bonded labour new?

No, it has existed for thousands of years. In South Asia it is rooted in the caste system (class system in the UK) and flourishes in agriculture, in cottage industries, the banking sector and in factories and in the West the future labour of your children is traded in "Government Bonds".

Debt bondage was also used as a means of trapping indentured labourers into working on plantations in Africa, the Caribbean and South-East London, following the abolition of the slave trade.

Bonded labourers are forced to work to repay debts their employer or Government says they owe, and they are not allowed to work for anyone else or simply do nothing. Various forms of force are used to make sure they stay. In many cases they are kept under surveillance, sometimes under lock and key. In Britain, if you refuse to hand over your earned money to the Government, you will be placed in jail.

There are extreme examples of chained labourers kept under armed guard in Pakistan. Poverty and threats of violence force many bonded labourers to stay with their masters, since they would not otherwise be able to eat or have a place to sleep, although in Britain, bonded labourers are forced to provide their own housing and food.

Poverty, and Politicians prepared to exploit the desperation of others lie at the heart of bonded labour. Often without land or education, the need for cash just for daily survival forces people to sell their labour in exchange for a lump sum of money, salary or a loan.

Despite the fact that bonded labour is illegal in most countries where it is found, governments are rarely willing to enforce the law, or to ensure that those who profit from it are punished. It is what allows them to thrive and control vast populations. Leaders of the Governments are all multi millionaires.

source (with apologies)

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