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I start this post with the below link which I must warn you has horrific footage of the sickening reality of human trafficking.

I also urge you if you are not willing to live in a world where every year, millions of people are trafficked into the modern-day equivalent of slavery to download THE FREEDOM APP.

It is a problem in virtually every region of the globe and will probably always be a problem in our world consumer Societies.

There is no need for me to point out that the Planet has plenty of problems but this is a human crime so monstrous we can no longer say we had no idea that millions of already desperately poor men, women, and children are being subjected to the further indignity of being sold against their will for labor and sex.

Ask yourself what good is all our technology our intellectual power or political power, our Criminal Justice Systems when they are only two countries where there is no Slavery, Greenland and Iceland.

There are now double the amount of slaves that came out of Africa -27 million. 22% are in forced Prostitution, 10% in imposed state labor, 68% in forces exploitation creating the goods and delivering the services we all rely on every day.

At this moment, men, women and children are being trafficked and exploited all over the world.

Human trafficking is the third most profitable crime, after drug and arms dealing. Due to the nature of the industry, it makes it impossible to know the exact value generated, but estimates of worldwide forced labor and sex trafficking profits are as high as $200 billion annually.

It is an Industry that is engaging in behavior that goes against our morals, values, or fundamental beliefs about what is right and wrong, and what is a sin or a necessary evil.

Slaves carry bricks into waiting trucks in 18-hour stretches, at a kiln in Nepal. Photo: Lisa Kristine, Lisa Kristine ©

It is an Industry that created the wealth behind a many a family fortune during 1865 and there after by abolishment compensation payments. For example Gladstone the Prime Minister of England.

In the United States is has been 148 years (and 43 days) since former President Lincoln announced the Emancipation Proclamation, about 145 since Congress made it official with the 13th amendment, and we still have slavery rampant throughout its dream of Freedom.

Exploitation can take many forms including sex trafficking, forced labor, domestic servitude, and trafficking of children pornography and commercial sex.

It has moved online and towards the safety of fake names and accounts and rerouted IP addresses. Online prostitution is ruining lives.

Human trafficking is a harsh reality for millions of women, men, and children throughout the world every year. It oppresses and exploits without mercy, often using violence and power to exert dominance and demand submission of the victims.

The precise number of people being trafficked is difficult to estimate, but the Global Slavery Index (GSI) suggests 36 million victims worldwide are involved in forced labor and sexual exploitation.

This is particularly relevant to any and all conversations that take place concerning future relations between the United States and Asia, especially as it relates to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), because, according to the GSI, of those 36 million trafficking victims, nearly two-thirds are from Asian countries.

Humanitarian photographer Lisa Kristine emerges from an illegal gold mine in Ghana after photographing the enslaved miners who work inside. Photo: Lisa Kristine, Lisa Kristine Photography

Human exploitation in Asia is one of the most severe human rights problems of our time.  The GSI places India, China, Pakistan, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and Thailand in the top 10 countries with the highest number of trafficking victims in the world. The most egregious countries are India, which tops the list with 14 million victims of trafficking, followed by China at 3.2 million, and Pakistan with 2.1 million trafficking victims.

Trafficking, however, is not something that we can consider an isolated or restricted crime. Everyone must address human exploitation because trafficked individuals travel from 127 countries and are exploited in 137 countries, on every continent and in every type of economy. 

So the next time you go shopping think about where and what cost before you putting it in your shopping basket.

Perhaps the system of Capitalism we see that privatizes profits and nationalizes losses is impossible to justify, but the selling of humans for free labor is beyond the pale.  Some how Capitalism for the want of a better word, must be rescued from the Bankers.

If any one reading this post recognizes the bastards in the above U Tube video you know what to do.

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