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Saturday, November 6, 2004

U.S. slavery still a reality

The Seattle Times reported:

Federal officials yesterday rolled out a public-education campaign about the victims of human trafficking, a group estimated to be entering the U.S. at a rate of between 4,500 and 17,500 annually.

These are foreigners brought into the United States and forced into domestic servitude, prostitution or factory work.

"Many think slavery was a thing of the past, but slavery still exists in great numbers," said Ambassador John Miller, director of the State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.

The worldwide human trafficking problem is much worse. OrgKrimminal.org just reported:
The head of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, Tim Carlsgaard, announced on Nov. 1, that the number of human trafficking victims had been estimated at around 700,000 persons worldwide, annually.

Speaking at a press conference in Belgrade, Carlsgaard said that certain international organizations had even estimated the figure at around two million victims a year.

During the presentation of a new media campaign of the Belgrade-based Astra organization and the U.N., Carlsgaard also said that this widespread problem required action at the local level, stressing that the U.N. alone could not fight the problem.

He also said that Serbia was a country of origin, transit, and a destination for human trafficking victims.

links:
Officials say U.S. slavery still a reality [Seattle Times]
New campaign against human trafficking [B92.net]

related:
Sex Slaves on Main Street [TJN]

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