Wednesday, April 17, 2013

re: "More profitable than drug dealing — selling humans" (B.C. courier Times, 4/14/13)

Kudos to Laurie Mason Schroeder and the Courier Times for the April 14th piece on human trafficking ("More profitable than drug dealing — selling humans").  Bravo!  The author of three anti-trafficking laws, no one deserves more credit for raising awareness and combating  human trafficking, than Trenton Congressman Chris Smith:
  • "Every year, between 600,000 to 800,000 people—mostly young women and children—are forcefully and fraudulently transported across national borders. Millions more are trafficked within their own countries. They are stripped of their dignity, robbed of their human rights and forced into bondage and sexual servitude. They are modern day slaves...

    "Much work remains to be done if we are to fully eliminate this scourge. Too much demand enabled by crass indifference, unbridled hedonism and misogynistic attitudes has turned people, especially women, into objects valued only for their utility in the brothel or in the sweat shop. Society has helped perpetrate this heinous crime by allowing it to remain in the dark. However, it cannot survive when brought to the light.

    "For at its core, human trafficking is a gross violation of human rights that when understood, will not be tolerated. When light is shed on this evil—every tool, best practice and well-honed strategy can be focused to win the freedom of the slaves and to spare others the agony of slavery. " (

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