Poverty, Exploitation and Modern-Day Slavery
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This paper discusses how poverty in America, like everywhere else in the world, prevents access and opportunities for higher education that makes the poor obtain and retain low-paying menial work that leads to cyclical abuse, exploitation and modern-day slavery. Poor people find themselves unable to financially support their basic needs, health and education. Resources are tight and immediate needs beckon. The paper also looks at how education takes a backseat and jobs poor people acquire in desperation remains the same, sometimes for a lifetime. The paper contends that without higher education, advancement is virtually non-existent and that poor people become enslaved low wage earners with no way to go but down.
From the Paper:"Education and salary go hand in hand. Statistics, as provided by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2006, shows that a high school graduate earns an average of $24,900 whereas, someone who had earned a Bachelor's Degree could earn $39,000 annually. However, this computation is based on an hourly earning of $12.50, 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. Everyone, legal residents or otherwise, have equal access to elementary, middle and high school public education. It gives equal opportunities to acquire basic skills. However, after high school, not everyone proceeds to go to college. Opportunities become unequal because of various circumstances which maybe extrinsic or intrinsic in
nature. The poor proceed to getting whatever work that they can be qualified for and more often than not, start with the basic per hour rate as mandated by law. They work long hours, more days and still cannot afford to put a roof over their heads let alone go back to school to further their careers. So they stay in their jobs and hope for salary
increase through their hard work. "
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