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Slave Labor Drives the Soccer Ball Industry

While we watch the FIFA’s World Cup Soccer games there is something quite sinister right in front of our faces the whole time, yet we give it no thought. It’s an ugly part of the very wealthy in which we are so unaware of fathoming or even understanding.

As we watch the soccer ball being kicked back and forth down the field, drinking beer or coffee for that matter, having fun with family, friends, yet we just can’t seem to keep ourselves sober enough to take it all in and see the ugliest part of it all.

The soccer balls we watch in this tournament are made by people who’s quality of life is so bad we would all be ashamed if we could just picture it. Soccer balls made by women and men who could not even afford the beer or coffee we drink. Yet we are so civilized but could it be we are just dumb and blind?

The environment of slavery has changed much over the years since the 1600’s when Africans were sent to build America through newly discovered modern slavery. What the rich in American discovered through American Slavery was the tremendous heart that exists among slaves. They discovered through slave revolts that people were willing to fight, die or kill their own children in order to escape the harsh conditions of living a life as a slave.

A new profession called psychology grew from the study of why many slave revolts occurred based upon theories of various American physicians and thinkers. These men studied how love, fear or a reward system can drive a man or a woman, much like a horse if directed properly. There would be no need to pay money to house or confine a slave if they worked long hours out of love to provide for their family or other stimuli.

A recent New York Times article by Jere Longman discussed the the manufacture of soccer balls made in Brazil. Prisoners are getting paid approximately $243 dollars a month or about .023 cents a ball and getting days taken off of a drug offense sentence in exchange for making soccer balls.

However the soccer balls being kicked around the World Cup didn’t come from Brazil. The soccer balls used for the World Cup in Brazil are made in Pakistan.

Mostly women work in Pakistan making soccer balls. Pakistan is known as the capital of soccer ball manufacture. Pakistan women are paid around $87 dollars a month for making soccer balls. Brazilian prisoners are paid $156 dollars a month more than women making balls in Pakistan.

Some say in Pakistan they would be starving and beggin on the street if they couldn’t make soccer balls. Their desire to feed their children and protect them from being homeless drives them to work for a pittance.

Here is United States we can purchase one of these slave labor soccer balls for $30 dollars or if you like an official World Cup soccer ball for $160 dollars.

Along the profit trail of these soccer balls you will find profits shared among the Pakistani overseer, these days the owner of the manufacturing facility who was lent money by bankers with an agreement to produce so many soccer balls a month to keep his manufacturing business. If the overseer fails to produce enough soccer balls he would be penalized with bank fees and a higher interest rate. The heavy pressure being placed upon an overseer along with the fear of not being homeless himself motivates him to increase the hours of workers place additional pressure upon them to work harder and faster.

Another piece of profit is shared with the shipper, another industry created by early slavery in the 1500’s. The art of placing as many slaves as possible onto a ship grew the thought of placing tightly configured shipping containers onto ships. This technology made it possible for slave labor to be based anywhere in the world as reflected by soccer balls made in Brazil being used at the World Cup verses balls manufactured in Pakistan. The increased profits derived from unit sales of soccer balls throughout the world due to lower manufacturing costs in Pakistan was more than likely discussed in corporate board rooms when making the decision made on which balls would be used at the World Cup.

Last in this brief summary are the bankers who profited from this devilish game, with no labor of their own, just the thought of exploiting the less fortunate and paying nothing but typed in figures on a balance sheet from stocks(pieces of paper) invented during modern slavery in the late 1500’s. In 1602 the Dutch East India Company printed these things which today we call stocks, securities or as politicians call them interests for their particular country.

As with the modern slave trade these pieces of paper, the whole house of cards are held together no longer by the slave master who once held the whip but instead by soldiers, armies, bullets, bombs and more. Such is the life of today’s modern slave trade which we all fail to see or though our own desires to watch a great soccer game are simply too blind to see.

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