The Constant Gardener, Think Slavery Is a Thing of the Past? Think Again

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The Constant Gardener
In John le Carré’s novel “The Constant Gardener” capitalism is brought to the table. A huge pharmaceutical company cares more about money and profit for themselves, than they do about human lives in Africa when they are testing a new drug for tuberculosis with deadly side effects.
The activist Tessa, who is married to a British diplomat, is digging into it but it unfortunately leads to her own death. Her husband Justin who has always been avoiding conflicts and tried not to get involved in anything controversial, is now taking over what Tessa started.
This all happens in the third world, and this novel takes place in Kenya. Since the drug business is so huge and the people there are so desperate, they test their drugs on them. And for the indigenous people to be able to get any medications they have to be willing to volunteer to try out the new drug, which mostly ended in their own death instead of getting rid of their disease.
The long fight to get to the bottom of this unfortunate case against the pharma-giant and their “corporate greed” also ended with Justin’s own death, so we can only imagine how much power the drug companies have.

Think slavery is a thing of the past? Think again
In the article “Think slavery is a thing of the past? Think again” the writer Emily Dugan presents different stories about agricultural work, sex trafficking, child smuggling, drug trade and domestic slavery. There are so many people all over who want to start a better life, being able to start over and create the life they have always wanted.
In this article Dugan writes about being trapped in low-paid jobs and gives examples of those who want to create a better life for their family but are instead being used, which is very similar to the text we read in module 3 “long nights, low pay, no play” where we met Wasim. He traveled to England as an…...

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