Prime Cut- David

Prime Cut is a movie made in 1972 and it is about sex slave trafficing in Kansas City, and all of the troubles that comes with it including the drugs, alcohol, and violence. Although it was made in 1972, it is more of a modern type of slavery that unfortunately still goes on to this day. The underground world of forced prostitution is very notorious, dangerous, and violent. This movie depicts this unruly world very well. This is an issue that is not adressed enough in this world, especially because of how prominent its industry is.

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Spartacus review- David

Spartacus was directed by Stanley Kubric and it recieved great praises not only for the content of the movie, but also its historical accuracy. Most scholars agree that Kubric did a great job portraying Ancient Roman life, and the story of Spartacus himself. It deals with slavery and how all of the slaves were treated during the Roman Empire, and depicting it flawlessly. The only part where scholars think that Kubric got his information wrong was when he said that Spartacus was raised by slaves, while scholars now believe that his family had some power. It is known as one of the most accurate stories that has ever been depicted into a film.

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Birth of a Nation critique- David

D.W. Griffith’s “The Birth Of A Nation” is known as an American classic, although it is all about the rise of the KKK. As controversial, risky, and racist as the film, it had groundbreaking technology for its time including color, zoom, and many other aspects. As important as this film was to the film world and society as a whole, it is highly inaccurate. Griffith portrays blacks as ruthless monsters, out to kill all of the white people. Film is a highly persuasive medium, and this film glorified the KKK in the South. Even president at the time Woodrow Wilson had a screening of this film in the white house saying this about it. “It’s like writing history with lightning. And my only regret is that it is all terribly true.” As you can see, this is a highly influential film, and it has made its place in American Film History, but its interpretation of black people is completely blown out of porportion, leading people to believe things that aren’t necessarily true.

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Bella Publico: Human Trafficking

Human trafficking

Definition: the illegal trade of human beings for purposes of commercial sexual exploitation or forced labor

It is modern day slavery and the fastest growing criminal industry in the world. There is a global market of $42.5 billion

Eastern and Western Europe:

Yields about $3 billion dollars each year for criminals, who control around 140,000

people at a time. They are forced to participate in either forced labor or sexual exploitation, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

The majority involved are young women who are subject to: violent, rape, imprisonment, drugging, and other types of abuse

Major countries involved are: Albania, Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria, Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine, Austria, and Greece.

The typical victim is a young woman born and raised in the developing South or from Central or Eastern Europe. She is lured to a rich country by a trafficker who promises her with a decent, well paying job. Once she has been smuggled to her destination, they take her passport and she is then forced to work as a prostitute to pay off the debt she gained in order to be smuggled into the country. That form of human trafficking/ slavery is called debt bondage.

Poor countries are a good source for traffickers because families are willing to send their children into labor for money. There are thousands of poor children and any opportunity of a better life is taken.

United States:

California is the top destination in the U.S for human traffickers that force women and girls into hard labor and sex trade. California is vulnerable to human trafficking because of the international border, ports and airports, the major immigrant population, and a large economy with industries that attract forced labor.

One case of slavery was: hundreds of Mexican girls between the ages of seven and 18, were kidnapped or were lured in by false romantic entrapment by organized criminal sex trafficking gangs. They were brought to San Diego County and were raped over ten years by hundreds of men each day in dozens of brothels.

A major industrial city is a popular place for transportation and selling of sex because of heavy labor, agriculture, tourism (demand hotels and restaurants) and clothing production.

The lack of security of the U.S and Mexico border is a hot spot for smuggling not only Mexican but Asian and European women and children.

There is an average of 2,500 runaway children each day, and they are very vulnerable to the sex trade and kidnapping.

Pre 1500:

The slave trade sprung in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries when European slave ships transported millions to the Americas and throughout Europe.

North African Pirates conducted Razzaids: raids on European coastal towns to capture Christians and sell them at slave markets in Algeria and Moroco. Berber tribes would occasionally raid agricultural communities for slaves who had been transported northward and sold through the Mediterranean. Some became soldiers and some domestic servants. 

Slaves were very important in Rome. They were musicians, tutors, artists, laborers, cooks, and cleaners. Their treatment varied according to owner and job occupation. Some slaves would protect their owners from danger out of gratitude and respect; and some were subject to severe punishments, abuse, and hard labor. Few ran away in search of a better life, even though there were strict laws against hiding slaves. There were even cases of slaves revolting against their owners and killing them (Spartacus). It mostly occurred with the rich landowners who had hundreds of slaves. In the Roman Republic, it was a badge of prestige to own many slaves.

Slavery originated not with the coming of Europeans, but it had been practiced in Africa since ancient times. It is said to come from the prisoners of war who were faced with perpetual servitude. It was common in ancient Egypt and became popular in the new Kingdom, when slave expeditions brought thousands of captives from the upper Nile and were used for labor gangs and as human sacrifices. The use of captives was very common in African societies for forced labor on the south and eastern coast.

-Duiker, William J., Spielvogel, Jackson J. The Essential World History. Boston: Wadsworth, 2005. Print.

-Golsby, Jr., Charles M. “Latina women and child at risk.” 2010. Web. 7 December 2010. <>

-Qieroiz, Mario. “News and Updates.” Human 2010. Web. 7 December 2010. <>

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Cassie Jones- Human Trafficking in Africa












South Africa is one of the more modern places in Africa. However, unemployment remains very high. Economic problems keeping down pouring, like poverty, and shortage of transportation. To this day, Africa is the poorest continent on earth. Africa is a continent where majority of the people live on one dollar a day. Africa is a continent where people die for lack of food, potable drinking water, and against common preventable diseases. It is a continent where malnutrition abounds and few children under the age of five survive the menace of the six killer diseases. It is a continent where child mortality is high and life expectancy is low. It is a continent where people walk several miles for water and children have no access to education and medical care. It is a continent where rural life is nothing but a condemnation to poverty, misery, desperation and hopelessness. It is a place where people live in mud/thatched houses with bamboo/raffia leafs as roofing sheets.

South Africa is also a place, where human trafficking of men, women, and children happen. Children are trafficked within the country from poor rural areas. They take children for labor. They go after girls because of commercial sexual exploitation and domestic servitude. Boys are trafficked for force street vending, food service, beginning, crime, and agriculture. Both boys and girls are trafficked for “Multi”. This is the removal of their organs for traditional medicines.  “Ukuthewala is where they force young girls at the age of 12 to marry adult men. It’s not just in South Africa; they are doing this all over Africa, also in Kenya.  An estimate of 1000 women and children are being trafficked across the Mozambique border into South Africa alone, each year. They actually have markets, where people would actually go out and try and source children for sex. In some cases cash does not always have to be exchanged in order for
trafficking to take place, nor does the exploitation have to involve sex. Currently the South African Law reform is in the final stages of [a] draft bill dealing with trafficking. It is hoped this legislation criminalizing human trafficking will be promulgated (punished) in the next two years.

This is a movie clip about a girl who gets kidnapped into human trafficking.

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Ancient Greece Slavery

Slaves played a crucial role in ancient Greece. Historians believe that there were more slaves than free people in ancient Greece. They worked many jobs from servants to shipmates, and also as factory and farmworkers and everything in between. Usually slaves were either born into slavery, or taken as prisoners from the many battles that Greece was having during that time.

Some of the more wealthy families would have anywhere from 10-20 slaves in their household. Household slaves usually worked as cooks and maids or worked in the fields. The slaves that wee owned by the state worked on public construction projects. The slaves that were fit, young, and obidient were sold for up to 10 minae ($180), and the old and weak slaves were sold for as little as half a minae ($9).

A lot of the work that the slaves of Ancient Greece did is still around to this day. Most of their famous architecture was build by the slaves, leaving their lasting impact. Greece wouldn’t be where it is today without the use of their slaves in ancient times to make them one of the most dominant nations of that time.

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