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  • SUDANESE SLAVERY
Winning Issue » SUDANESE SLAVERY


Sudan's government is responsible for supporting raids into Southern Sudan to kidnap and enslave Dinka women and children as well as members of other ethnic groups. These captives, many of them Christians, are sold to Northern Sudanese households, forced to convert to Islam, and compelled to work as laborers, servants and concubines. These people are offered for sale in Sudan's slave markets for as little as $10. One recent account describes Sudanese slavery as a result of hostilities between Islamists to the north and those in the south, many of whom are Christian converts, saying "The Arab slave-takers pick their victims based on race, ethnicity and religion and consider the blacks in the South to be inferior infidels." Many tens of thousands of South Sudanese have been abducted. In 2008, it was estimated that at least 35,000 people were enslaved on the borderland of Northern and Southern Sudan. Abductions continue to this present day. A few non-government organizations have established slave buyback programs which have freed a number of the enslaved. However, others warn that paying ransoms for kidnapped people will only encourage and enable more kidnappings.


Pending Legislation:
S.553 - End Modern Slavery Initiative Act of 2015



Polling Options

  • I oppose reforming current Sudanese slavery policy and wish to defeat S.553 - End Modern Slavery Initiative Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support reducing the prevalence of modern slavery by building the capacity of foreign governments to deter perpetrators of modern slavery; establishing the End Modern Slavery Initiative Foundation to work with government, civil society, and private institutions in partner countries and key jurisdictions of other countries supported by the Foundation with a high prevalence of modern slavery to identify and fund successful strategies to combat modern slavery; identifying other foreign governments providing Foundation support to provide additional support for projects in partner countries, and wish to pass S.553 - End Modern Slavery Initiative Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committee of Sen. Bob Corker (TN) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option

  • I support reducing the prevalence of modern slavery by building the capacity of foreign governments to deter perpetrators of modern slavery; establishing the End Modern Slavery Initiative Foundation to work with government, civil society, and private institutions in partner countries and key jurisdictions of other countries supported by the Foundation with a high prevalence of modern slavery to identify and fund successful strategies to combat modern slavery; identifying other foreign governments providing Foundation support to provide additional support for projects in partner countries, and wish to pass S.553 - End Modern Slavery Initiative Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committee of Sen. Bob Corker (TN) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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May 28, 2020
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