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Whatever happened on Easter Island, it wasn’t good. Polynesians landed there, farmed, thrived, built their famous statues, and then things went very bad, very fast. Sixteen million trees vanished. What happened?

npr:

Whatever happened on Easter Island, it wasn’t good. Polynesians landed there, farmed, thrived, built their famous statues, and then things went very bad, very fast. Sixteen million trees vanished. What happened?

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More than 29 million people enslaved, according to new report

More than 29 million people around the world are living in slavery, according to the first index to attempt to measure the scale of modern-day slavery on a country-by-country basis. (The International Labour Organization estimates 21 million people worldwide are in forced labour.) The index, published by the Walk Free Foundation on Thursday, ranks 162 countries and identifies risk factors for enslavement and the government responses.

How did the researchers define modern slavery when they were estimating prevalence country by country?

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, with the intent of exploiting that person through their use, management, profit, transfer or disposal. Usually this exercise will be achieved through means such as violence or threats of violence, deception and/or coercion.

In 2013, modern slavery takes many forms, and is known by many names: slavery, forced labour or human trafficking. Whatever term is used, the significant characteristic of all forms of modern slavery is that it involves one person depriving another people of their freedom: their freedom to leave one job for another, their freedom to leave one workplace for another, their freedom to control their own body.”

The research found that around 10 countries hold about 70% of the world’s slaves. India has the highest number of people enslaved in absolute terms, approximately 14 million, almost half the total worldwide. China has 2.9 million enslaved and Pakistan is third, with an estimated 2 million.

Among the countries with the highest percentage of modern slavery per capita, the West African nation of Mauritania was the worst offender. According to the report, up to 20 percent of Mauritania’s population of 3.7 million people are enslaved, many through a hereditary system.

Head over to Global Slavery Index's website to see the interactive map of modern slavery around the world.

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1. Fatima, a Bangladeshi migrant working as a low-paid prostitute in a central Calcutta brothel, was sold into the profession by her husband in collusion with a prostitute at the brothel where she now works. Though India ranks fourth on this list, it’s also the country with the highest number of people enslaved in the world. (Majority World/UIG via Getty Images)

2. Pakistani brick makers gather freshly moulded bricks ready for firing at a brick kiln in the outskirts of Lahore. Modern slavery in Pakistan is primarily characterized as bonded labour. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images)

3. Eleven trafficked children were arrested by the police at the border between Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast. They were going to be exploited in cocoa plantations in the south of Ivory Coast. Enslaved women and children in Côte d’Ivoire are often subjected to forced labour and sex work. (Veronique de Viguerie/Getty Images)

4. A grandmother holds up pictures of her lost granddaughter, who she believed was forced into prostitution as a sex slave. In Nepal, modern slavery practices include forced labour and sex work. (Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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Last Meals of Innocent Men

Campaign for Amnesty International, displaying the final meal requests of prisoners executed on Death Row, who were later found innocent.

Photographed by James Reynolds

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In neighborhoods and schools across the U.S., 300,000 youth nationwide are at risk of being lured into the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC). A history of child sexual abuse and poverty are the two primary risk factors for domestic minor sex trafficking. Between 75 to 90 percent of kids who are commercially exploited have been sexually abused, often by someone they know and trust. Additionally, UNICEF ranks the U.S. second among industrialized nations for children living in poverty.
One survivor shares her story of her father selling her for sex to support his drug addiction. Read her story at The Daily Beast.

halftheskymovement:

In neighborhoods and schools across the U.S., 300,000 youth nationwide are at risk of being lured into the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC). A history of child sexual abuse and poverty are the two primary risk factors for domestic minor sex trafficking. Between 75 to 90 percent of kids who are commercially exploited have been sexually abused, often by someone they know and trust. Additionally, UNICEF ranks the U.S. second among industrialized nations for children living in poverty.

One survivor shares her story of her father selling her for sex to support his drug addiction. Read her story at The Daily Beast.

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People want to believe gender is something that’s essential, and people repeat these essentialist ideas all the time. “Oh, women do that” and “Oh, men do that” and the reality is that all women don’t anything. We as individuals do what we do, you know, and sometimes that’s informed by gender and sometimes it’s just who we are. And I think all that just makes people really, really uncomfortable because they don’t want to think about who they are.

They started sawing off my trees, cutting them down, even though they’re 60 years old, and they noticed the cistern while they were destroying the land, and they poured in cement and blocked it. Now I have to get water from a pipe and it’s too expensive, so I don’t farm any more. I told them to show me a paper to justify what they were doing but the soldier in charge said he didn’t have to show me anything.

White people are products of their own whitewashed, sanitized environment. Black people have been systematically excluded from white neighborhoods. Black stories rarely surface in popular culture. The history of race in high school textbooks has been boiled down to a handful of bedtime stories about Jackie Robinson and Rosa Parks. Try to tap into the average white person’s feelings on race and you won’t necessarily find feelings of hate and antipathy. You just won’t find much of anything, no fully formed or well-considered thoughts about race of any kind. There’s nothing really there. Even white people who want black friends don’t know where to start.

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Incan site “Tipon” in Cuzco, Peru. Llamas be chillin. #peru #inca #llama #indigenous #pachamama

Incan site “Tipon” in Cuzco, Peru. Llamas be chillin. #peru #inca #llama #indigenous #pachamama