Child Soldiers in Somalia Essay

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Child Soldiers in Somalia Over the course of many years the now “illegal” slavery has gotten much worse throughout the world. Beate Andress said, “We must ensure that the number of victims does not rise during the current economic crisis.” We all must stop the growth of slavery before it gets any worse. Nearly 21 million people are victims of forced labor into jobs that they can’t leave. The most populated type of labor throughout the world is in the sex industry. Out of 1,000 people worldwide every third person is forced into hard labor today. There are 1,500,000 victims of forced labor in the United States alone. 11,700,000 people are enslaved in China. 26% or 5.5 million of those people are under the age of eighteen years old. 11.8 are subjected to forced labor in their place of origin or residence. There are over three million people enslaved over in Africa and most of them are soldiers. Child soldiers. “The number of children that are in the Somali army is unclear, but a plan to be developed by the Somali government will help establish the extent of the problem.” Said Radhika Coomaraswamy a representative of the U.N. for the children in armed conflict. Children as young as 10 years old are sent out into the battle fields to fight he civil war that has been going on the Somalia for over 20 years now. The children receive no pay for fighting in the war but they often times loot the dead bodies looking for valuables. The treatment of these children is horrible many