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Tuesday, October 25, 2005Human Trafficking...
Here in the U.S. we’re taught in school that slavery ended in 1865. However this is not true. The fact of the matter is that modern day slavery is one of the great human rights challenges of our time. Modern day slavery is now known as Human Trafficking, different singer same song. Slavery today covers a variety of human rights violations. These abuses include the sale of children, child prostitution, child pornography, the exploitation of children for labor, the use of children in armed conflicts, debt bondage, the traffic in persons and in the sale of human organs, and prostitution. Last night I watched as Life Time cable movie “Human Trafficking” that left me saddened and wanting to learn more.
In a 2003 report Colin Powell said, “It’s estimated that 800,000 – 900,000 people per year are trafficked per year. Nearly 20,000 of those are sent here to the United States.” However the CIA’s figures differ; they believe that fifty thousand women and children are being trafficked into the United States annually.
Like the slave traders of centuries past human traffickers use what ever means possible to obtain their “merchandise”. The recruitment, clandestine transport and exploitation of women as prostitutes, and the organized prostitution of children of both sexes in a number of countries is well documented. A link has been established in some countries between prostitution and pornography. Especially involving children, and the promotion and growth of tourism. Visit the sites below to learn more about the problem and what is being done about it and of course how you can be part of the solution…
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