Slavery has been around since time immemorial and can be described as the abuse of labor. Slavery is the act of one person or organization formally known as the master forcing another person or group of people to work for him for the so-called master to attain maximum gain with a reduced expenditure or no expenditure at all on the human resource remuneration.
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In history, there is evidence all over which shows that in earlier times even up to date there existed slavery. The slavery that existed or exists today takes many faces from one part of the world to the other. In all the cases of slavery, there has been one common thing which is that all the involved slaves were denied their rights. Hence slavery on social economic grounds is a form of nonfree labor. In the modern world, we are living in today slavery has been condemned and prohibited with the formation of multinational legal instruments to check and control it.
It is not surprising from several findings that this vice still exists in various parts of the world; it has also shown that slavery exists in numerous forms around. Slavery prohibition is covered under article four of the international Declaration on Human Rights.
The Cuban governance style is that the state owns the people except for the president and his clique. This kind of scenario logically means that the state has all the control and stands out to misuse its citizen in whichever manner it wants, this leaves the Cubans in a compromised state with les and less voice over their rights. One of this such misuse of the people and treating the people of Cuba as slaves is when almost two decades ago the president, Mr. Fidel Castro comfortably traded with the eastern bloc and sold to them at least eighty thousand Cubans to be utilized as laborers in those countries, this Cubans who were sold, were given promises that, there lives and the life of Cuba will drastically improve because of this program. These promises never come to see the light of the day (Servando, pg 8).
When the state of Cuba sold some of its citizens to countries abroad in the pursuit of creating employment for the numerous jobless youth in Cuba, the innocent Cubans who were sold never knew of the bad outcome that could result from this program. These individuals thought that they were going to earn money for the president’s idea.
When the Cuban workers who were sold out, arrived at their countries of work, they were either told that they would benefit from the industrial technical training which would enable them to gain more skills and ended up being misused and was given hard labor that even the natives in this eastern bloc countries could not even do. They were promised good accommodation and housing conditions in these countries of work but were packed more than enough people in a room. They were also told that that put of their wages would be banked back in Cuba but when they come back to Cuba there was nothing on their accounts. There has also been a case where the Cuban government has forced the salary deductions from employees in order to cater for unreasonable emergencies which have always turned out to be lies.
All in all when all this happened the Cubans have never known that the state regarded them as slaves and Mr. Castro was benefiting alone from the sweat of many Cubans who worked abroad and in Cuba thinking that they could better their livelihood.
Servando, G. The Secret Fidel Castro: Deconstructing the Symbol. Caribbean: EarthLink, 2003.