Slavery is a very old human institution. Its end in the west was spearheaded by William Wilberforce of Britain. This is a very interesting article on the subject:The Scourge of Slavery.Now naturally we think of a cruel and inhuman institution that was mainly American. This due in no small part to our civil war. And then I began reading. Of all the slaves shipped to the western hemisphere less tha 5% went to North America (mainly the American Slave States).
I found out that the slave trade to the west comprised about 10% of the trade. The vast majority went to the countries of Islam. In transporting the slaves to the Americas about 10% died in transit. In transporting slaves to Muslim countries 80% died in transit.
Although the slave trade has ended in the west it still continues in Islam. Here is a recent (June 10, 2005) reminder close to home:
A Saudi Arabian couple is charged in federal court with keeping an Indonesian woman in her early 20s as a virtual slave in their Aurora home for four years while the husband regularly raped her.Welcome Roger Simon readers.
A federal grand jury in Denver returned an indictment Thursday against Homaidan Al-Turki, 36, and his wife, Sarah Khonaizan, 35. Both were living legally in the United States and are now in custody.
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update 22:06z 19 July 05
Mike Huggins of Irvine, CA sends a couple of links
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