This post was inspired by an item over at the Electronic Village.
I am embarrased to admit that as an African, I always heard of slaverly in some parts of Africa but never thought that it was as rampant as the case in Mauritania.
I have heard of children being trafficked to the Arab world from Sudan.
So It appears that the Arabs started the slave trade of Africans and it has never stopped.
I have heard people justify American slavery by saying that it was practised in Africa. From my knowledge of my region this was never the case. You did have a servant class of people in some cultures but it was not chattel slavery as they try to make it appear. But alas slavery in its worst form still exists.