"Must Read" Articles on Human Trafficking
(FASTEN staff, 2004)
A Tragic Statistic:
After drug dealing, human trafficking is tied with the illegal arms industry, as the second largest criminal industry today, and it is the fastest growing.
From the Department of Health and Human Services
"The greater the awareness, the more likely cases will be reported and prosecuted," according to Terry Coonan, Executive Director of the Center for the Advancement of Human Rights at Florida State University. "This is almost an invisible crime because the victims are kept out of the public eye. We need to crack this code of silence."
Social service practitioners may come into contact with victims of human trafficking more than they realize. Church activists involved in ministries of mercy, justice, and advocacy may be unaware of the extent of the problem of modern-day slavery and especially of the problem of human trafficking in the U.S. The following list of informative and gripping articles from the religious and secular press can help faith leaders better understand the problem and how they can be engaged in efforts to serve victims.
"Sex Slaves on Main Street," by Peter Landesman, The New York Times Magazine, January 26, 2004.
"Sex Trafficking Runs Rampant, Experts Say," by Karen Long, The Christian Century, January 27, 2004.
"Obstruction is Charged in Sex Slavery Case," by William Glaberson, The New York Times, February 3, 2004.
"Slavery in 2004," by John R. Miller, The Washington Post, January 1, 2004.
"On Human Bondage," by Matthew Continetti, The Weekly Standard, October 6, 2003.
Peter Landesman Discusses His Article in The York Times Magazine on Sex Slave Trade, NPR Interview on Fresh Air with Dave Davies.
"Sex Trade Uses Bay Area to Bring in Women, Kids," by Carolyn Lockhead, The San Francisco Chronicle, February 26, 2003.
From Catholic News…
"The Franciscan office at the UN in Geneva has successfully introduced a UN document, its major points of concern on human trafficking and exploitation…" Read more at: http:// www.cathnews.com/news/308/94.php
From Christianity Today
"Up to 100,000 eastern European women have been trapped into forced marriage, labor or prostitution by traffickers who lure the women to European Union countries, an international consultation has found…."
From U.S. Catholic Bishops
"…Each year approximately 45,000 to 50,000 women and children are trafficked into the United States, most to perform essential unpaid labor in manufacturing or to be forced into prostitution. By some estimates, a third of these victims are under age 18…."
From The Institute on Religion and Democracy
"The following resolution was drafted by the Institute on Religion and Democracy for the 74th General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Minneapolis, MN…"