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[NSFW] Who is the worse type of person who enslave another?

Asked by Hypocrisy_Central (21354 points ) September 10th, 2011

[NSFW] Every now and then, a story busts out in the media about an ongoing ghost of a crime of human trafficking. There seem to be two main forms, sex, or gain. Either the enslaved person is utilized for cheap labor to manufacture something their captors can sell or to make the labor of what they are selling cheaper, and those who enslaved for sex. A small number are enslaved just to punished, tortured, or controlled, just for kicks. Which slaver is worse, and which form of slavery dips slightly worse than the rest, since they are all bad? [NSFW]

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Hibernate's avatar

I’d go with the torture.

DrBill's avatar

the worst is torture.

But in fairness I have known some slaves who wanted to be slaves…. (BDSM)

CaptainHarley's avatar

I’m not sure I believe in “degrees” of wickedness.

HungryGuy's avatar

Uhm…. Er…. Well…

gailcalled's avatar

How does slavery dip?

Barbarism is barbarism; there are no qualifiers.

athenasgriffin's avatar

I would say that to assign degrees of badness you would have to isolate some factor that makes certain people worse. I would use degree of perversion from average human belief and behavior systems. All people are greedy, and greed has its place. So slavery for forced labor is the least, in my mind, because it is just an extreme of the average. Next, most people are lustful, but as we only consider sex appropriate when both parties are consenting. Plus, because sex as a whole has more of a stigma associated with it that labor forced sex is more shocking than forced labor. Now, sadism is not a basic human need or impulse in my mind, and is not helpful or positive in any situation. So taking that and intensifying it makes it the worst.

Ayesha's avatar

I agree with @CaptainHarley. I can’t seem to decide which one is worse, even if the one, had a slight difference over the others (not the case though).
Just horrible, all of them.

marinelife's avatar

That is like saying which murderer is worse. Who knows? It depends on the individual. I imagine that they are all horrible.

everephebe's avatar

What is it 25% of all those imprisoned in the world are in America? Talk about slave labor. And the majority of inmates are black. Imprisonment by the government is has to be up there too.

All forms of slavery are horrendous.

digitalimpression's avatar

All those who enslave others are equally worthless.

HungryGuy's avatar

What if the enslavement is consensual? The slave wants to be a slave?

Ayesha's avatar

As in role-play?

CaptainHarley's avatar

Simply because we cater to the weakness of others while enjoying ourselves at their expense, does not forgive the behavior.

ucme's avatar

Someone who is always losing their keys?

incendiary_dan's avatar

I’d say that the forms you mention are the most horrendous (and I’m not sure which among them is the worst), and that other forms exist that are less obvious and less severe, like wage-slavery, debt-slavery, and the legalized imprisonment-slavery @everephebe mentioned. Put another way, any outright attempt at ownership of another human is ghastly, and indirect or manipulative ways to functionally enslave are less so.

koanhead's avatar

All slavery is bad, and I’m not going to attempt to make a distinction among its various forms- but I will point out that we pay for and promote slavery whenever we purchase goods from companies which engage in its use. I’m not going to name names directly, as it’s easy enough to find this information on the Web. Anyone who cares enough can look it up; and conversely, if you can’t be bothered to look it up then you know you don’t care enough. Most of the hits I found related to forced labor rather than sex slavery; but I have occasionally seen evidence of companies engaging in the latter.

Before we presume to judge others, we should make sure our own hands are clean.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@everephebe Two main factors contribute to America’s ballooning prison population: excessive mandatory minimum sentencing laws and paternalistic and overreaching legislation. [sarcasm] How dare you have the audacity to point out the US, Leaders Of The Free World secret that they have the most people not free. [sarcasm] People who get into office don’t care about doing much that is right, they care about staying in office, or obtaining a higher one.

Were it not for outrageous sentences, America would be nowhere near the top of the incarceration rate list: several European countries, for instance, deal out more convictions, but with shorter sentences. [sarcasm] Shorter sentences? Against those heathens who stole from us and left needle in our neighborhoods? [/sarcasm] The US has to have those long sentences, it show those thugs that they can’t get away with something. In the US justice equals vengeance. Something happened, and someone has to pay; to be punished. That is why so many were pissed that Casey Anthony walked free, someone killed doe-eyed Caylee and didn’t get the smack down for it; most people believe it was her own mother. Many would have lauded Casey if she decided to wipe out poor Caylee 30 moths earlier; but then, no one seen those big doe eyes so she wasn’t worth as much.

Seventeen inmates crowded in a makeshift basement factory in that facility crank out over a million dollars’ worth of office chairs per year, in exchange for wages ranging from twenty cents to $1.50 per hour. It is OK to reintr0oduce a secret Slave Trade, if you can do it under the radar and out the back door. If that was doe by a nation Uncle Sam did not favor, oh what would be said of them. Did I just hear a big window break in the Oval Office or Uncle Sam’s bedroom?

In California, prisoners who refuse to work are moved to disciplinary housing and lose canteen privileges, as well as “good time” credit that slices hard time off their sentences. Well, they can’t use the cane or the whip anymore, so ah la Gambino, or Genovese family, cohesion and intimidation works. Dangle a puny carrot (a mostly rotten one at that) while holding a very large stick.

Many prisons in the United States are overcrowded. For example, California’s 33 prisons have a total capacity of 100,000, but they hold 170,000 inmates.[57] Many prisons in California and around the country are forced to turn old gymnasiums and classrooms into huge bunkhouses for inmates. They do this by placing hundreds of bunk beds next to one another, in these gyms, without any type of barriers to keep inmates separated. In California, the inadequate security engendered by this situation, coupled with insufficient staffing levels, have led to increased violence and a prison health system that causes one death a week. [sarcasm] That is part of the plan, crowd them in like sardines so when one gets shanked you have no idea who done it. If it happens enough, you will not have overpopulation anymore. Why should we care? Those heinous thugs, let the animals kill themselves, the moment they were found guilty they became subhuman troglodytes. The death of one is 180,000 too few. [/sarcasm] There are no more Soviets, someone has to be the lock up king, I guess Uncle Sam has need to be the leader in everything.

gailcalled's avatar

@Hypocrisy_Central: Shorter sentences is the most important phrase.

And second in line is proofreading.

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