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 Post subject: ... Human Trafficking Victims Out in the Cold
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Obama Administration Leaves Human Trafficking Victims Out in the Cold
October 3, 2012
by Elise Hilton

Imagine a teen girl: After a fight with her mom, she takes off. It happens a lot; maybe her mom drinks too much. The teenager’s winter afternoon walk leads nowhere in particular, until a man in a car stops. He asks if he can buy her something warm to drink, telling her she is too pretty to be out alone on a cold day. The compliment is enough to get her in the car. She’s just become a trafficked person, snared into the sex trade.

Child or human trafficking is one of the fastest growing crimes in the world. The Department of Justice notes the average age of a child for entry into the sex trade is 12, and 300,000 American children are at risk annually for this crime.

Most of us enjoy an economy where we can purchase with ease the things we need and enjoy. However, there is no moral justification for the commercialization of some things; human beings are not products to be bought and sold.

On September 25, President Obama launched a $6 million effort aimed at trafficking. "When a little girl is sold by her impoverished family -- girls my daughters' age -- runs away from home, or is lured by the false promises of a better life, and then imprisoned in a brothel and tortured if she resists -- that's slavery,” he said. “It is barbaric, and it is evil, and it has no place in a civilized world.” He praised faith-based organizations that combat trafficking.

There is a sick irony to this. ...

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