The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

A Barbaric World with 40 Million in Slavery

Aug 20, 2018

Almost 40 million people, in the world’s poorest countries, live in forced marriages or work in conditions of slavery, according to an Australian non-profit. The report issued in July denounces rich countries for their responsibility in these forms of slavery.

In the last 5 years, about 90 million people have faced these forms of slavery, some only for a few weeks but some for years. Some fishermen must remain on boats working off their supposed debts; some women doing domestic work in homes must remain because their employers have taken away their documents. People in all kinds of work are in this situation, both in industry and in agriculture.

Poor countries like Eritrea, Libya, Sudan, and North Korea are blamed for this barbaric treatment of their workers by rich countries. The corporations and their executives blame these labor conditions on the poor countries, though the employers are the ones actually responsible for allowing such working conditions.

Cell phones, computers, clothing, fishing–these are among the many sectors of world production that use such slave labor. The companies make enormous profits on such goods, estimated at a value of 300 billion dollars a year.

Capitalism also inflicts wage slavery on billions of workers–it’s a system that thrives by sucking the blood of its laborers, slave or not.

This slavery is not a survival from the past. It is the revolting world made by capitalism today.