Thursday, June 02, 2011

Slavery is alive and well

I am no fan of the New York Times and especially not of the Gray Lady's editorial folks but I wanted to direct you to this editorial by Nicholas Kristof. When it comes to economics and politics, Kristof is wrong pretty much 100% of the time but he is right to raise the issue of underage forced prostitution in India and around the world. His editorial, She’s 10 and May Be Sold to a Brothel, is must-read material and ends with these heartbreaking statistics:
What I do know is that it is surreal that these scenes are unfolding in the 21st century. The peak of the trans-Atlantic slave trade was the 1780s, when just under 80,000 slaves a year were transported from Africa to the New World.

These days, Unicef estimates that 1.8 million children a year enter the commercial sex trade. Multiply M. by 1.8 million, and you understand the need for a new abolitionist movement.
This is an issue that Christians need to be doing something about. I am not sure what to do but just as Christians led the abolotionist fight in England, we need to be speaking up about this horror with the same zeal we do abortion and gay marriage.

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