Britain plans to commemorate in a big way the 200th anniversary of its abolition of the slave trade. Already, the movie Amazing Grace depicts anti-slavery legislator, William Wilberforce's fight against the trade in the 1700s and 1800s. The anniversary has also given rise to calls for apologies from Britain for the slave trade, as indicated in this video. In the U.S., as Virginia prepares to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Jamestown colony, Virginia lawmakers have apologized for slavery.
What is the significance of commemorative activities and/or apologies? The UN, the U.S. government and various international organizations point to a resurgent slave trade -- trafficking, a form of modern slavery. And on Sunday, the New York Times reported Colorado's plans to use prison labor (at $.60/hour) to do the work that undocumented immigrants used to do before before the stricter enforcement of immigration laws.