Slavery did not end in the last century

As if the recent tsunami disaster wasn’t enough, we soon had reports of man’s inhumanity to man in the form of trafficking in human beings. Some despicable characters were taking advantage of the destruction and breakup of families to scoop up young women and children for use for labor and illegal sex. Unfortunately, this is not the only time and place this is happening.

According to a recent report the Justice Department estimates that 600,000-800,000 people are trafficked globally across international borders, while millions more are trafficked within countries. Trafficking provides organized crime with annual profits in the range of $8-10 billion.

I don't have a partisan point to make and I think we can all agree that this is a terrible problem. I write this post only to call attention to a problem that just seems to fly under the radar. We all are vaguely aware of its existence. We hear about some immigrants who die of heat stroke trapped in a truck in Arizona or read about some western perverts going to Thailand to molest children, but it takes a dramatic event for it to be really brought to our attention.

Posted by Jack at January 6, 2005 2:53 PM