SLAVERY IS NOT DEAD!
Yes, I know this may be hard to believe with our Americans mind wrapped tightly around the 13th Amendment back in 1865 when all men were to be considered to be free. Despite Jim Crow laws in the south and racial prejudices all across the country continuing well into the today, most men and women have been considered free. Sadly, this is not the case at all. Now, we will not pass a big white house with roman columns sitting on hundreds of acres with many people of color working in the fields, and this is because, like most things in life, slavery has evolved. It even got a name change. Yes, this tragedy is still very alive even though we once thought it to be dead, the bastard. We now call it human trafficking and brush it off of our shoulders in part because it doesn’t affect us and in part because we hardly ever hear about it. Murder, rape, drugs, and irrelevant stories crowd the headlines of our many news sources that flood television at 5 o’clock. Every now and then we may get a special about human trafficking, but after it airs the reporters move on to their new story as if it never happened. There is no outrage. We all like to claim that it is wrong, but when we ask “why?” we do not always have an answer with much girth. This is where we need to strengthen our arguments against human trafficking, so that we may have better arguments as to why we want it vanquished not just from America, but from the world. One way to strengthen our arguments is to put human trafficking in various philosophical ethical theories and see how they do not work out to stay ethical. Which is precisely what I will do, so that we will be able to make clearer arguments as to why we should ban it.
Utilitarianism is basically the greatest amount of happiness for the greatest amount of people. Utilitarianism demands that we seek the happiness of not just ourselves, but those around us in our daily actions. Taking a person from their home, lying to them, and forcing them to do work, ranging from house chore, to farm word, to prostitution, it does not create happiness for them and the happiness it is creating for the pimp or “John” are simply monetary and bodily. The unhappiness from the slave will be larger than the happiness of those who sell and buy them. Therefore, Utilitarianism counts out human trafficking.
Deontology is another ethical theory that can help us form a stronger argument about why human trafficking is bad and needs to be stopped. Deontology believes that unless our actions and motives were done by everybody and if it were still a good system and society than it is morally good, but if it has inconsistencies or just crumbles on itself than it is not morally good. If we were to say that everybody buys slaves for personal benefits and gain than we would have to imagine a world like this. In this world people would be buying people left and right. Even slaves would be buying slaves. It would never end. Deontology also does not allow for human trafficking.
Human trafficking is an evil that we can stop. We must make the effort to change the slavery world. Whether that be by legislation, helping out a ministry in this field, starting awareness campaigns, or just simply signing petitions, we can make a difference. No matter how small it may seem to us, it could be huge for those being sold. If slavery is still around then so are abolitionists. We can be new age abolitionists with our goal to end it once and for all.