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Modern Day African Slave Trade
AfricanSlave tradewas officially banned in the early 1880s, but slavery continues to be practiced in West and Central Africa today. Over 200,000 children from this regionare sold intoslaveryevery year. Many of these children are sold into the domestic,agricultural, and sex industries of some wealthier,neighboring countries. An estimat-ed 90,000 black Africans are "owned" by North African Arabs,and are sold like prop-erty in a booming slave trade. Some of these people are sold for as little as $15.00 perhuman being.(Anti-slavery International). Indigenous tribes in southern Sudan arefrequently attacked by Arabs from the North, who murder the men and capture andenslave the women and children. The Arabs consider it their right to enslave thesepeople, and to own them as personal property. Physical mutilation is not unusualand is done to the slaves not only to prevent escape, but to enforce the slave owners' beliefs. Sometimes their Achilles tendons are cut because of the captives refusal to be-come Muslim. Others are branded like cattle to show ownership.InWest Africathe old slave trafficking routes are once again traveled by those whowould enslave others for profit . However these routes are now beingtraveledintrucks and vans instead of by camel. Mobile Phones are the norm for the slave mer-chants to communicate back and forth as they transport their human cargo. The slavetrafficking trade involves most countries in sub-Saharan West Africa.Children are kidnapped or purchased from their families for as little as $20 each byslave traders in poverty ridden areas, such asBeninand Togo, then sold into slaveryin brothels or as domestic servants for over $300.00 each in the richer neighboringcountries, such as Nigeria andGabon. (Anti -Slavery Society). Children are sold inWest African countries as domestic and commercial labor and also for sexualexploitation. Girls from Benin and Togo are in great demand by wealthy families inLagos,Nigeriaand also in Libreville in Gabon.Until recently,the slave trade has been largely considered as a phenomenon of war-ravaged countries such as Somalia, Angola, Sudan and Chad, where girls as young as10-years-old areservantsor sex slaves at the rebel military bases. But now, throughout some "peaceful" West African areas the slave traffic is growing. Some of the coun-tries involved in this illegal trafficking include Burkina Faso, Benin, Cameroon, Coted'Ivoire, Gabon, Nigeria andTogo.