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Last week, a Pennsylvania judge was sentenced to 28 years in prison for selling teens to prisons.
This is only the tip of the iceberg. Inmate slave labor has been used for a long time, but now that prisons have been “privatized” as for-profit corporations, they have joined the business world in its search for cheap labor. Such is the nature of Babylon, which advocates prisons while rejecting the biblical principle of restitution.
Prison labor is now big business, and many big corporations use this slave labor to increase their profits.
Once slavery was abolished in 1865, manufacturers scrambled to find other sources of cheap labor—and because the 13th amendment banned slavery (except as punishment for crimes), they didn’t have to look too far. Prisons and big businesses have now been exploiting this loophole in the 13th amendment for over a century.
“Insourcing,” as prison labor is often called, is an even cheaper alternative to outsourcing. Instead of sending labor over to China or Bangladesh, manufacturers have chosen to forcibly employ the 2.4 million incarcerated people in the United States. Chances are high that if a product you’re holding says it is “American Made,” it was made in an American prison.
On average, prisoners work 8 hours a day, but they have no union representation and make between .23 and $1.15 per hour, over 6 times less than federal minimum wage. These low wages combined with increasing communication and commissary costs mean that inmates are often released from correctional facilities with more debt than they had on their arrival. Meanwhile, big businesses receive tax credits for employing these inmates in excess of millions of dollars a year.
This article lists seven large US corporations that utilize inmate slave labor:
This corrupt practice will be abolished when the Stone Kingdom crushes the image on its Babylonian feet.