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Podcast – nformation and commentary on 21st Century Slavery & Human Trafficking and tonight we focus on the Global Resurgence Of Legalized Slavery.
It didn’t just grow to mammoth proportions in the US between 1970 and 2012. The US was a test model which is now being seen all over the world as a tool to boost the national economy by warehousing human beings for profit and exploiting their free labor. Let’s look at a few articles.
• With Jamaica calling for reparations from slavery David Cameron visited the nation and instead offered them a partnership on for profit prisons. Amid the conversation on the histories of slavery and colonialism, and their effects in defining the present – his script had already been written: ‘reparations are not the right approach, we should focus on the future’ and to the United Kingdom, the future includes for profit prisons.
• Two years ago Officials in São Paulo Brazil began a roadshow to recruit investors for three prison contracts worth 750 million reals ($375 million). With the world’s fourth-largest population of people behind bars (550,000 as of June 2012), Brazil’s prison system suffers from overcapacity of 178% and is known for overcrowding and violence. In 2013 The state of Minas Gerais inaugurated its first prison complex to be operated through an investment. In the São Paulo project, companies bid to build and operate three male prison facilities holding a total of 10,500 inmates.
• “There is something unethical with having corporations seeking profits from locking people up,” wrote a group of former high-ranking Canadian justice officials to the Kingston Whig-Standard newspaper in March of 2012 This in regards to US private prison firms who targeted Canada for fresh opportunities. Two of the biggest operators in an industry once regarded as recession-proof, Geo Group and Management and Training Corporation (MTC), had been lobbying various government departments in the Canadian capital of Ottawa.
• G4S is the largest employer in the entire continent of Africa with over 110,000 employees across 29 nations. Ranked the 3rd largest privately owned corporation in the world, G4S is also a private prison company with its own standing army and a reputation for brutality so bad the South African government took over operations from G4S after finding it had “lost effective control over their prisons” in the wake of a series of stabbings, riots, strikes and a hostage taking.
•What state has 3,500 personnel to manage 5,000 prisoners with an annual budget of 180 million dollars and warehouses 8 blacks for every 1 white person in a state that only has a 5% black population? No need to wonder. We’re exposing them right here and right now. Tonight in our America is #Ferguson Series Nebraska is #Ferguson
• This week’s Rider of the 21st Century Underground Railroad is Glenn Ford. But Freedom was short-lived for the innocent Louisiana man who was exonerated in 2013 after serving 30 years on death. In june of 2015 He died from stage 4 lung cancer only 15 months after his release from prison. Tonight we’ll tell his story.
• Our Abolitionist in profile is Samuel Sharpe (1801-1832)
Samuel Sharpe was the main instigator of the 1831 Jamaica Slave Rebellion, which began on the Kensington Estate in St. James and which was largely instrumental in bringing about the abolition of slavery.