Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Abolish modern day slavery in the United States
Americans know of the history of slavery in the United States, where millions of Africans were brought to the nation as slaves. Forced to work on plantations, these slaves were treated worse than animals and often were abused for minor transgressions. While the 13th Amendment abolished slavery, this practice still continues in the United States. Migrant workers, sex trafficking, and a plethora of other sources keep modern day citizens in chains. Stop this inhumane treatment by urging President Obama to devote his energies towards abolishing modern day slavery.
Modern day slavery comes in many forms, but the most familiar is through forced labor. Often times those who are slaves are not willing participants, but are threatened and abused to keep them complacent. According to the United States Department of State, those that are affected can be those that are poor, discriminated against, have a political conflict, or accept it as a cultural practice. Women and children in particular are often targeted, and child labor does count as a form of slavery.
The global slavery index estimates that there are 57 to 63,000 people in the United States who are slaves. Stories have cropped up in the news about those who escaped their masters and abusers. Photographers have taken pictures of such slaves, and often times these people are women who operate as prostitutes, or they are child laborers. Slavery is against the law and violates many human rights, such as bodily rights, freedom of speech and freedom of movement. It is the 21st century and yet this practice is alive and thriving. End the injustice by signing this petition and urge President Obama to put a stop to human trafficking.
Dear President Barack Obama,
Recently news stations have brought to our attention the issue of human trafficking, or modern day slavery in the United States. Several forms of this inhumane treatment exist: forced labor, sex trafficking, child labor, child soldiers, debt bondage, and involuntary domestic servitude. The 13th Amendment abolished slavery and the practice of indentured servitude, but roughly 63,000 people are forced to work against their will.
I am writing this letter urging you to put a stop to this unethical practice. Human trafficking is one of the biggest problems plaguing our world, and you have the means to stop it. Please use your power and reputation to bring attention to this issue and end modern slavery.
[Your Name Here]
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