Abigail Hagler, M.D.
Wednesday, February 19, 2020,
The Arizona Senior Academy Building
“Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking” will be the fourth in the 2020 ASA series of Discussions based on materials prepared by the non-partisan Foreign Policy Association (FPA). Now in its second century, this nonprofit was formed “to serve as a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding, and informed opinion on U.S. foreign policy and global issues.” For each of our eight 90-minute sessions, an Academy Village resident will summarize the issue to be discussed based on briefing material in the Great Decisions Briefing Book and his/her own research, show a short video provided by the FPA, and lead a group discussion. This selection is designed to develop awareness of the current pan-global crisis of slavery in all its forms.
Today’s presentation will elucidate some of the ambiguity of the terms used to discuss slavery and its many manifestations: slavery, slave-like conditions, trafficking/smuggling, abuse, sexual slavery, exploitation, child soldiering, and others.
Worldwide, victim trafficking has almost tripled since 2008. Many of us unknowingly see or interact with victims. Yet there are ways to cut into this dismal commerce. Globally, many governments are working successfully to diminish, if not eliminate, victimization. There also are simple choices we can make in our daily lives that will lower the profits of slavery manufacture. There are abundant signs that all should learn which can help us recognize a possibly trafficked or captured person on sight. Lastly, many accessible organizations are working to fight slavery, and they will take any information you can give them regarding possible victims.
The moderator is Abigail Hagler, M.D., a retired internist with personal exposure to real persons existing in conditions of enslavement both in the U.S. and abroad.