Minutes ago a lady scholar who was famous in sex work industry studies uploaded this link on twitter, regarding campaigns of human trafficking in Montana area, in hope for more awareness and assistance on combating the matter.
However many sex workers and scholars were asking this question: Do I feel like a slave? Do I feel like a slave when I sell my body? Some say they would, some say the job would be much better than other ones available and LEGAL. If you ask me, I would say – slavery is everywhere, especially in labour, especially in areas where people have to take less desirable duties. For example working in McDonald’s or cleaning.
I am more than sure that Karl Marx would absolutely agree, since
“The worker becomes all the poorer the more wealth he produces, the more his production increases in power and size. The worker becomes an ever cheaper commodity the more commodities he creates. The devaluation of the world of men is in direct proportion to the increasing value of the world of things. Labor produces not only commodities; it produces itself and the worker as a commodity – and this at the same rate at which it produces commodities in general.” – Karl Marx, Estranged Labour
In this quote Karl Marx pointed out that workers no matter how much he/she produced in work, they would never be the actual receiver of the benefit they produced. In this passage workers become nothing more than the product they produced, they were not just de-humanized because of the work they gave, but work to them seemed no longer share any meaning but to survive in a way.
“(the work) does not belong to his intrinsic nature; that in his work, therefore, he does not affirm himself but denies himself, does not feel content but unhappy, does not develop freely his physical and mental energy but mortifies his body and ruins his mind. The worker therefore only feels himself outside his work, and in his work feels outside himself. He feels at home when he is not working, and when he is working he does not feel at home. His labor is therefore not voluntary, but coerced; it is forced labor. It is therefore not the satisfaction of a need; it is merely a means to satisfy needs external to it. Its alien character emerges clearly in the fact that as soon as no physical or other compulsion exists, labor is shunned like the plague. External labor, labor in which man alienates himself, is a labor of self-sacrifice, of mortification. Lastly, the external character of labor for the worker appears in the fact that it is not his own, but someone else’s, that it does not belong to him, that in it he belongs, not to himself, but to another. Just as in religion the spontaneous activity of the human imagination, of the human brain and the human heart, operates on the individual independently of him – that is, operates as an alien, divine or diabolical activity – so is the worker’s activity not his spontaneous activity. It belongs to another; it is the loss of his self.” – Karl Marx, Estranged Labour
In this very passage Marx pointed out few things – 1) Workers feel no enjoyment nor stimulation toward the work he or she was doing, I could also argue the lack of appreciation also fuel the possibilities toward worker’s lack of enthusiasm on their work. 2) many people did not go into labour by own will, but instead being FORCED into the scene based on own situations, such as family’s reliance upon them for the living.
And so it goes, for the campaign it ought to hesitate and think about the possibility that the idea of slavery can be different within people. While some would believe the historical idea of white people ruling black people equals to slavery, for others the idea might relate deeply to personal happiness being restricted or being put aside for other matter. As every human was so different in thinking and understanding, so it is important for us to take note on that.