Human Traffic Watch

Barack Obama on Human Trafficking

In Awareness, Human Trafficking on February 7, 2013 at 8:57 am
President Obama talked of the world's need to crack down on human trafficking at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting in New York on Tuesday.Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

President Obama talked of the world’s need to crack down on human trafficking at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting in New York on Tuesday.
Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

“… It ought to concern every nation because it endangers public health and fuels violence and organized crime. I’m talking about the injustice, the outrage of human trafficking, which must be called by its true name, modern slavery.

“Now, I — I do not use that word, ‘slavery,’ lightly. It evokes, obviously, one of the most painful chapters in our nation’s history. But around the world, there’s no denying the awful reality. When a man desperate for work finds himself in a factory or on a fishing boat or in a field, working, toiling for little or no pay and beaten if he tries to escape, that is slavery. When a woman is locked in a sweatshop or trapped in a home as a domestic servant, alone and abused and incapable of leaving, that’s slavery. When a little boy is kidnapped, turned into a child soldier, forced to kill or be killed, that’s slavery. When a little girl is sold by her impoverished family — girls my daughters’ age — runs away from home, or is lured by the false promise of a better life and then imprisoned in a brothel and tortured if she resists, that’s slavery. It is barbaric and it is evil, and it has no place in a civilized world.”

Source: NPR

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