People sometimes ask why I write about sex trafficking as one of the great human rights abuses of modern times. Here's why. These seven stories of survivors sum up why this issue is important, and why we need to spread the word.
Americans are pretty thick-skulled about what they do to the world, so I'll put my response to Mr. Kristof's OpEd in another way: it's crocodile tears. As long as the US persists in economically subjugating other countries into the dirt, then those countries are going to do dirty things. Mr. Kristof's articles preserve the mythology of a benevolent US while leaving you mystified by the consequences of its malevolence. For example, while the US persists in raping the countries of Latin America, why should you be surprised that American citizens rape Latin American children? Rape has always been part of the Standard Operating Procedure of conquering nations. If you want people to stop bleeding---and this mass rape of children is only one aspect of a much greater problem--stop putting Band-Aids on the wounds. Stop shooting.
If fewer Johnny's were born it would also go a long way to reduce the cycle of poverty.
The public policy we should be pursuing is one of reducing birth rates and immigration. Is there any way we could get young men and women to sign on for 10 years of contraception in exchange for a college education? And how do we reduce pregnancy rates of the poor (to match the rich) without raising the spectre of eugenics?
My column argues that the best way to tackle sex trafficking--a huge human rights challenge in the US and abroad--is to start arresting customers. I tell what happens when I observed such a police sting operation.
+Knight Fu Thank you for your reply. I do not mean to dismiss the seriousness of the sex trade, human trafficking, or any of the myriad other problems that result from America's relation with its client states. It is certainly kind-hearted and correct to offer Band-Aids for these problems, but it would be much more effective to stop the shooting.
My kids' elementary school has a pilot program in place to offer a nutritious breakfast in the classroom every morning and a fruit or vegetable in the afternoon before school lets out. The effect has been an introduction to fruits and vegetables to kids that most parents have never even heard of. I had not seen a star fruit before this program. My youngest son now wants broccoli in his lunch everyday. If you bring it, maybe they will eat it??