We have spent billions fighting the war on drugs, billions on fighting Islamic terrorism abroad, billions on education, welfare, healthcare, and other things. All of these dollars are important. But how much have we spent to fight human trafficking?
Consider this. There are more slaves on our planet today than at any other time in history.
Estimates place the number living in slavery at somewhere between 21 and 30 million people. And there is nowhere on earth that is untouched by slavery… not even your own back yard. While most of the world’s slaves today live in South East Asia, there are thousands of people living in slavery in the United States as well.
Today, that number is about 170 fewer than it was a couple of days ago.
Nearly 170 victims of child sex trafficking, many of whom had never been reported missing, were rescued in the last week as part of an annual nationwide crackdown, the FBI said Monday.
Besides the 168 children rescued from the sex trade, 281 pimps, including two in Philadelphia, were arrested during the same period on state and federal charges.
“These are not faraway kids in faraway lands,” FBI Director James Comey said in announcing the annual enforcement push known as Operation Cross Country. Instead, he added, “These are America’s children.”
This is the eighth such week-long operation, which this year unfolded in 106 cities. The FBI says nearly 3,600 children have so far been recovered from the street.
Do you get the gravity of that statement from the FBI? In just the last year, almost 4,000 children have been rescued from sexual slavery in AMERICA. This should hit us like a punch to the stomach. This should cause us all to weep in pain and anguish for what is happening. If the greatest nation the world has ever seen – both economically and philosophically – cannot protect these kids… what is happening everywhere else?
In regions like West Africa, South East Asia and in countries like Brazil, India, Malaysia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, slavery is rampant. Little children are forced into sexual slavery every day – many times a day… and we do NOTHING. We spent exponentially more money on arresting and imprisoning marijuana users than we do on destroying human trafficking. Let me ask you – which crime deserves more attention — marijuana use or human trafficking?
Praise the Lord the FBI was able to save these 168 children last week… I only pray that we will soon do more to end the suffering of the other 21 Million + people who are currently living in slavery the world over.Notes:
- We’ve written about Operation Cross Country before and praised the men and women of the FBI for the good work their doing fighting child sex trafficking! [↩]
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