Friday, October 15, 2010

Human Trafficking Consequences

The words "human trafficking" has a broader meaning than it did just a few years ago. That is not to say that a few years ago the problem did not exist.  But today, when you talk of human trafficking, you are talking about a broad range of subjects that were not considered as part of one major problem.  Indentured servitude is a major part of what is considered the slavery problem, and thus the human trafficking problem of today. But, it does not take much thought to realize that, no matter how you slice the pie, slavery is slavery.

The following paragraph was copied from a FBI web site:

They are trapped in lives of misery—often beaten, starved, and forced to work as prostitutes or to take grueling jobs as migrant, domestic, restaurant, or factory workers with little or no pay. We’re working hard to stop human trafficking—not only because of the personal and psychological toll it takes on society, but also because it facilitates the illegal movement of immigrants across borders and provides a ready source of income for organized crime groups and even terrorists.

In my travels there have been several instances when I knew that the girls working the lots at truck stops and public rest areas were not runaways whose predicament was forcing them into prostitution. There were instances when it was apparent that the childs parents were involved. I will only say that a few years back truckers had a different way of settling the matter. After we took our turns with the abusers we would turn them over to the police. Those abusers seemed to have a bad habit of falling down stairs. Just bad balance, I guess.

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