That three women slaves story

Hmm.

180 years after abolition, why is it the slave trade is booming?
We equate slavery with a bygone age. But as the case of three women found in a London house shows, it is far from dead

Uhn hunh:

Look around – modern slavery is more common than you might think
The timescale of the slavery case in south London is shocking, but we should be more alert to cases of extreme exploitation

Right:

Modern slavery: in an ordinary house
A society that experienced the Jimmy Savile caseload should not make rash assumptions that current events are a one-off

That’s just one paper on one day. You don’t think that the campaigners might be trying to use this one case to revive the Poppy Project sort of nonsense do you? The nonsense that was so ably blown apart in this very same paper, The Guardian?

12 comments on “That three women slaves story

  1. Well, Ritchie is clearly running training courses for the concerned left in “how to make media-attractive numbers up”.

    Half a million slaves in Russia? Tim N? Any comment?

    Any where that has Saudi and the rest of the Trucial States as a mid-ranking “slave holding” country is using a definition of “slavery” that bears no relation to the actual definition of the word.

    Oh, but where have we seen that before? Redefine some terms, make up some bullshit about them, and then scream that your opponents are using outdated, unfair or neo-liberal definitions of the terms. I wonder if he’s going to declare the income from those courses?

  2. Oh.

    It is slavery.

    Plus trafficking (voluntary or otherwise), plus forced labour, plus debt bondage, plus forced marriage plus early marriage plus “servile marriage” (WTF?) plus child workers plus child soldiers plus …

    Slavery is the possession and control of a person in such a way as to significantly deprive that person of his or her individual liberty

  3. That’s exactly what I think, and note the quote from the ‘Daily Mail’ article:

    “Asked about those who might doubt the women’s allegations, he said: ‘I think people have no right to be sceptical. It is clearly different, and unique, and hugely troubling.’”

    It’s not just slaves, it seems, who have no rights…

  4. Half a million slaves in Russia? Tim N? Any comment?

    Possibly, if you include conscripted soldiers. Not that I think conscripted soldiers are slaves per se, but in Russia they certainly get used as slave labour, carrying out construction and agricultural work on behalf of the officers themselves, or hired out by the officers to third parties. Otherwise, the number sounds like bullshit to me.

  5. Ah, well, from the report:

    Russia’s large economy draws vulnerable workers, some of whom are ultimately enslaved in agriculture or construction from many of the former Soviet Republics as well as from Eastern European countries such as Moldova.

    So, frankly, utter bullshit.

  6. Indeed, the cheap workers from the ‘Stans are treated like shit but they’re not slaves. And the author doesn’t seem to know that Moldova is a former Soviet Republic.

  7. “Slavery is the possession and control of a person in such a way as to significantly deprive that person of his or her individual liberty”

    Well, that’s a pretty rubbish definition. I would conclude that prison must count as slavery; in fact, I bet one could construct a somewhat-plausible case that most Western democratic governments enslave their populations.

  8. I think the key definitional point of slavery is the requirement to labour for another person. Otherwise, it’s imprisonment.

  9. now suggestions of a “shared ideology” in a “collective” – it’s a frothing-mouthed Lefty cult, isn’t it?

  10. Oh, nuts. I was going to speculate this overtly earlier, then chickened out-

    http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/nov/23/london-slaves-political-collective-captor-police

    Two of the three women allegedly held for 30 years as slaves had lived in a political collective with their captors, police have disclosed.

    Metropolitan police commander Steve Rodhouse told reporters that two of the alleged victims met the male suspect in London through a shared political ideology and began living together in a “collective”.

    That is, I thought with the timescale, it looked like the fag end of some 1970s style commune. Seems it is. So much for the grand “slavery” narrative. It’s the Peoples Front Of Judea, 30 years on.

  11. If it is a lefty commune it would certainly explain why the ‘slavery’ narrative is being pushed so hard.

    Fighting slavery is what lefties want to believe they are doing, fighting lefty communes…not so much.

  12. Dear Mr Worstall

    “Look around – modern slavery is more common than you might think”

    Oh, yes. There’s tax slavery for starters.

    @Philip Walker November 23, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    ” … most Western democratic governments enslave their populations.”

    Indeed they do, part-time as above, and trade them wholesale to empires like the EU. For EU ‘citizen’ read EU livestock. I dare say we will all be issued with E-numbers soon. Tattoos are so C20: nothing but the finest chip’n'pin will do for the EUSSR, possibly in our right hand or in our forehead, before we can shop at M&S (Revelation 13:16-18).

    I wonder how much our masters got paid for us. What is the average value of a Brit on the international wholesale slave market?

    DP

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