|Slavers throwing overboard the Dead and Dying|
- Typhoon coming on ("The Slave Ship") 1840
The people traffickers of the world
are the vanguard of world capitalism,
and like the slave traders of old who they copy,
they know the limits of the value of their charges.
Once a person is bought
or passage is paid for
it does not really matter
whether the boat stays afloat
or if it reaches the shore,
In Turner's time insurance for the boats
was worth more than the cargo,
which meant that as slaves died
when the ship sank then the owners
of the ship would still be remunerated
for their loss. The value of the life a slave
was never to the slave, only their master,
so it did not matter when or how they died.
There is no such reward for the owners of ships
with modern people trafficking, and every reward
for using shoddy craft which will easily capsize.
How better to pay for wars than by fleecing those
escaping the conflict for a place on a leaky boat
which for being overloaded with escapees
capsizes whilst they are out at sea?
Wars have to be funded and won somehow....