Thursday, January 06, 2005
21st Century Slave Trade
The Tsunami and the Child Sex Trade "I don't think you could have a more vulnerable child on earth than a child in this situation," says Unicef spokesman John Budd. "A young child who has gone through what they have witnessed will be barely surviving in terms of psychological health." Unfortunately, predatory adults are already using the recent disaster to exploit these imperiled children. Indonesian authorities have even posted police guards at refugee camps in order to protect orphaned children from child traffickers. The UN confirmed two attempts to snatch children in Indonesia's devastated Aceh and that a text message was being sent around Malaysia offering three hundred orphans aged three to ten for illegal adoption. Such horrofic actions are all too common in the hidden world of slavery.
The number of children left parentless after the tsunami has once again brought the slave trade to the attention of the general public. Most people are unaware that there are more slaves today than were seized from Africa in four centuries of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Before the focus shifts to other news events, we should call attention to this pervasive, dehumanizing practice. In the 18th and 19th centuries, British and American evangelicals were the leaders of the abolition movement. It’s time that 21st century evangelicals follow our forefathers example and take our place in the struggle against modern slavery.
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