Black People : Modern day slavery in louisiana and mississippi?

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (FinalCall.com) - Nearly 150 years after Emancipation, trapped by extreme poverty, isolation, fear and shame, some Blacks remain victims of neo-slavery in rural areas of the South, locked into work in fields, factories and assorted industries.

While not bought and sold at auction block, these poor Blacks are forced to work, live in shacks, often have no indoor plumbing and are often trapped in peonage, tied to land where they owe owners debts that are never repaid, according to an activist and researcher. Some Blacks are even forced to pay rent to White landowners for dilapidated housing but are fearful of identifying landlords and owners.

“Slavery never ended and that's the point, it never ended. It just disguised itself in other forms,” says Antoinette Harrell, who is based in Louisiana and has documented the plight of people she describes as modern slaves in America.

Ms. Harrell has been tracking this problem for the past decade. She knows it is hard for many to accept abusive conditions that amount to slavery exist today. Blacks don't want to believe this is happening in 2010, she adds. But people are forced to stay on plantations in Glendora, Miss., Webb, Miss., Roseland, La., and other places where landowners use isolation and threats of violence to keep these Black workers under control, she says.

Antoinette Harrell in Attala County, Mississippi.

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This story was reported last year.
However, is this still happening down in la. and ms. ?
 

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I never understood why we as the descendants of the vicitms of the worst crime on the world, do not after the 21 century have an international organization to campaign and fight against slavery.
Right now there is very real slavery in several nations of Africa and in Haiti, and DR.

This is a global problem and will continue until we have a collective focus to stop it
 

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I never understood why we as the descendants of the vicitms of the worst crime on the world, do not after the 21 century have an international organization to campaign and fight against slavery.
Right now there is very real slavery in several nations of Africa and in Haiti, and DR.

This is a global problem and will continue until we have a collective focus to stop it

Maybe because "rugged individualism" is the prevailing gospel.
 

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What the first post refers to is debt slavery.

Another form of quasi-slavery is imprisonment.
 

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