Monday, December 11, 2006

Human smuggling and slavery

Many Americans were recently shocked by reports that a baby kidnapped in Florida may have been taken because the new parents did not finish paying off the smugglers (NBC-2.Com). Most Americans have no idea of the magnitude of the atrocity of human smuggling and slavery. According to a recent report in BPNews:

"Annually, 600,000 to 800,000 people, mostly women and children, are used as modern-day slaves and trafficked across national borders. These numbers do not include the millions trafficked within countries, according to the U.S. State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. It is estimated as many as 20,000 people are trafficked into the United States each year. The State Department’s 2006 Trafficking in Persons report analyzed the work of 149 countries on an issue that involves prostitution, child sex tourism and forced labor. The report showed an increase in convictions worldwide for trafficking-related offenses to more than 4,700 from 3,000 the previous year."

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