Human Trafficking: 'An $8 Billion International Business'

Between my house and downtown Macon, Georgia, which is a seven minute trip in traffic, I pass seven Asian themed spas, an impressive one per minute. You wouldn’t really notice these places during the day, except for one. They have generally drab exteriors in run down strip malls and they really are not lit up and packed until around eleven o’clock at night.

While my libertarian friends have no problem with these places, knowing full well they operate more for the happy ending than the back rub, these places are more often than not a sign that slavery did not die in this country with the passage of the thirteenth amendment.

According to the Central Intelligence Agency and State Department, approximately 17,500 women are smuggled into this country annually as part of human trafficking operations. A March 2001, report by the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women documented that many of these women and children go on to be held against their will working in asian themed spas. The report, compiled with a grant from the Department of Justice, paints a disturbing picture that includes women marrying American servicemen in Korea being sold into slavery once relocated to the United States.

The problem has gotten so bad, even progressive San Francisco has cracked down. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, “Sex trafficking is now an $8 billion international business, with San Francisco among its largest commercial centers.” Even more troubling is the growing trend of kidnapping American children and putting them into the human slave trade. That is, after all, what it is — a modern slave trade few people want to pay attention to.

Of course, the counter argument is that if we legalized prostitution this would all go away. In fact, just the opposite happens. The Netherlands, for example, has seen a massive influx of human trafficking cases. Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, and other countries with permissive attitudes on prostitution are at the top of the human trafficking list.

In the United States, human trafficking is a growing problem. The next time you pass a massage parlor you might want to remember that in several recent raids in the United States, more than fifty percent of the women arrested for prostitution were held against their will.

Barack Obama: Stupid or Willfully Ignorant

Speaking to a crowd of true believers in Oregon, Barack Obama said, “Iran, they spend 1/100th of what we spend on the military. If Iran ever tried to pose a serious threat to us, they wouldn’t stand a chance."

On October 23, 1983, 241 American servicemen and 58 French servicemen were killed when Hezbollah, with the backing and support of Iran, blew up the Marine barracks in Lebanon. Iran didn’t directly strike us, they used a surrogate.

On September 11, 2001, over 2,000 Americans were killed by Al’Qaeda which has no gross national product to even calculate how much of it is spent on war.

Venezuela has been fighting a war by proxy with Columbia to advance the drug trade. All the while it openly supports terrorist training camps within its borders. It too spends very little on actual war production.

Obama’s statement shows either a profound naivety or a willingness to ignore troublesome facts that clash with his world view. Either way, we should not be surprised to see a profound increase in American deaths by rogue regimes should President Obama move into the White House.

At War With Home-Schoolers

First it was California declaring open war on home-school families. California passed a law providing that home-schooling is illegal unless the teacher in the home is certified to teach at the grade level being taught. Now Tennessee has joined the war. The State Board of Education has invalidated diplomas from religious based schools that are home-school affiliated.

The Tennessee Board of Education ruled that when a job requires a diploma, home school affiliated diplomas will be unacceptable. As Blue Collar Muse notes, home school students in Tennessee routinely perform better than public school students on standardized tests and in college. The Board claims it does not know what home school students are being taught, but with increased frequency studies show public school students do not learn what they are taught.

Inch by inch, state boards of education are trying to shut down alternatives to government schools. It is, however, pathetic that this should happen in Tennessee, a state not known as a hot bed of liberalism.