Latest figures announced by Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton show that the amount of slaves in Ireland has topped the 20,000 figure mark.
The figure was seen as an integral part of the reason Ireland has now exited from recession, with latest data showing an increase in GDP overall.
The Irish slave trade has been so affective for businesses that the government is set to extend the scheme slave owners use to acquire them.
JobBridge is the portal for the digital recruitment of slaves and previously, only let slaves be owned by 2 owners. Now the extension to the program will mean that a slave can have 3 owners and be put to work for a total of 18 months.
After the 18 months, a majority of the slaves will be exported to Australia to be put to work on large farms in the outback, as part of the inter-governmental slave trade agreement between the Irish and Australian authorities.
Wiping large amounts of slaves from the books of the government is also a hugely affective way of reducing the cost to the country and absolving the government of any responsibility they have towards them.
Slavery has always been an important part of economic development throughout the ages. Everyone from the Egyptians, to the British Colonial powers and even large multi-nationals like Nike and Abercrombie & Fitch, utilise various forms of human slavery to meet their production and growth targets.
Ireland has been using slaves to aid economic recovery for some time now, but has faced a backlash from many people about the current program. Many other European businesses claim that it is not fair that Irish companies get their slaves for free and don’t have to pay a thing towards them.
They are arguing that Irish companies have 100% subsidised slaves and that is putting them at an unfair advantage in comparison to their European counterparts, who actually have to pay for their them.
Whatever the controversy surrounding the slavery in Ireland, it looks set to continue and help bring Ireland out of an economic black hole.