Perpetuating the Problem of Poverty
How Saturating a City with Employment Agencies
Facilitates Social Degradation and Financial Hardship.
I must also address the term- ‘Human Capital’, because it relates to the Social Degradation in this article. I saw this terminology used quite a few years ago, and it has never sat right with me since. The term 'Human Capital' is often used in marketing material by employment agencies, and, it’s becoming a popular term in the corporate sector these days too.
But to reclassify, or more treacherously, to declassify a human being into a ‘sub-human’ category such as ‘Human Capital’, is a very dangerous label to give anyone in society. It allows for dubious individuals & enterprises to tread far too firmly on the fringes of human rights violations.
To not regard a person as an Individual, or even a Human Being, makes it more palatable to treat them as a commodity, as an item to be bartered or traded, and as unfit or unworthy of basic respect and dignity- which ultimately puts every citizen at risk of abuse & neglect.
For once we remove the human element from humanity, it makes it very easy to be inhumane. And, by declassifying a human being into a commodity (human) for the purpose of profit (capital), we open up the doors to making ‘Human Trafficking’ acceptable in our society.
What is Human Trafficking?
*As described by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC):
Article 3, paragraph (a) of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons defines Trafficking in Persons as: the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.
To simplify, in regards to employment agencies;
Trafficking in Persons is defined by the UNODC as: “the recruitment1 or receipt of persons, by means of use of force2, or other forms of coercion3, of deception4, of the abuse of power5, or of a position of vulnerability6, for the purpose of exploitation7. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, forced labour8, or services9, or practices similar to slavery10, or servitude11.”
Although, in this case, our Canadian workers aren't being shipped into this country on an overcrowded boat, or hidden inside a ship container, or snuck across the border under a tarp in the back of a pickup truck; it does not mean that they're not still being victimized within the employment sector. This stereotyping and dogma only serves the interests of agencies that use our ignorance to operate autonomously in plain view of our communities, and the law.