Friday, April 28, 2006

The Human Trafficking Business

Bush addressed the United Nations on September 23rd, 2003. He had three main themes in the speech:
  1. The Iraq War to date - success, challenges, meaning, etc.
  2. WMD Proliferation - the challenge that presents to the world body
  3. The humanitarian challenge:
    1. AIDS treatment & prevention worldwide
    2. Famine mitigation
    3. Ending the human sex trade
There's another humanitarian crisis spreading, yet hidden from view. Each year, an estimated 800,000 to 900,000 human beings are bought, sold or forced across the world's borders. Among them are hundreds of thousands of teenage girls, and others as young as five, who fall victim to the sex trade.
This last point seemed so incongruous with the rest of the issues he discussed. But I'll save that for another day. Think about how it relates to the Immigration debate.

Many of the people who are brought into our country illegally are brought in a state of debt by coyotes from Mexico or packed into shipping containers from China, etc. This human trade is deplorable. This trade deserves the attention of President Bush. I think he would change his tune if someone reminded him of the moral aspects of this debate.

Trafficking in humans, whether for personal gain, to fill the sex trade or to bring in cheap labor for a US business owner is a disgusting, deplorable act. We should target it aggressively, end illegal border crossing, then figure out how to deal with the 10 - 12 million illegals already in the country.

First things first.

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