I do want to set forth the point that not only did European colonial powers reshape slavery into something generational and race-based, they also increased the demand for trafficked slaves in many colonised regions. For example, through colonialism and the sexualisation of Asian women, the French and the British made human trafficking rates skyrocket in “Indochina” (Cambodia, Laos, & Vietnam) and South Asia, respectively. When the British outlawed certain traditional dance forms in South India and labelled their practitioners “prostitutes”, they actually pushed many of these women into dangerous forms of sex work and drove up a demand for sex workers which has made modern South Asia one of the world’s biggest hubs for human trafficking. While they did eventually denounce slavery themselves, colonial powers also created frameworks which worsened the global slave trade to this day.

Software engineer; emerging author; almost certainly not a changeling. I write about the uncomfortable parts of Indian & American history & culture.

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Aditi Ramaswamy

Software engineer; emerging author; almost certainly not a changeling. I write about the uncomfortable parts of Indian & American history & culture.