Saturday, October 30, 2010
Hillary Clinton – op-ed on human trafficking
by Larry Geller
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has just been in Hawaii on her way to a 10-nation Asia/Pacific tour, putting the state in the spotlight. Coinciding with her visit, an op-ed on the subject of human trafficking has surfaced, though it has seen limited distribution and the date of origin is unknown. She did include Hawaii in her statement, putting us in the spotlight again:
The estimates vary widely, but it is likely that somewhere between 12 million and 27 million human beings are suffering in bondage around the world. Men, women and children are trapped in prostitution or labor in fields and factories under brutal bosses who threaten them with violence or jail if they try to escape. Earlier this year, six ”recruiters” were indicted in Hawaii in the largest human trafficking case ever charged in U.S. history. They coerced 400 Thai workers into farm labor by confiscating their passports and threatening to have them deported. [Bahama Islands Info, Op-ed by Hillary Rodham Clinton: An end to human trafficking, 10/30/2010]
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