Orphans too often sold into slavery for $$ and drugs
How often have I tried to start a discussion about the slave trade is the same amount of times I have been dismissed. Time magazine addresses the issue, a prime mainstream news source of the west. Time to take the issue seriously, people. Do not overlook this article, you will learn about how the world works and what actions are being taken to start fixing the problem. Not enough is being done by a long shot when countries are more interested in investing in war rather than stopping slavery.
The New Slave Trade by E. Benjamin Skinner Monday, Jan. 18, 2009
“As Sindiswa told me her story, her voice trailed off, and the man who brought me to her — Andre Lombard, 39, a pastor of the Christian Revival Church — laid his hands on her. Lombard had a penetrating gaze and a simmering rage toward men who abuse women. His father, a brutal drunkard, had beaten his mother regularly. Lombard became a born-again Christian at age 17, then served in South Africa’s élite special forces for 11 years
He began a street ministry in April 2006 and recruited some 60 volunteers to distribute food, blankets and Bibles to the dozens of women and girls selling sex within a 10-block radius of the stadium. They also preached to clients and traffickers. Fights were commonplace. Lombard allowed his volunteers to carry firearms, and several wound up in the intensive-care unit of the local hospital. Lombard acknowledges that most of the prostitutes were not enslaved. Still, in a controversial move, he purchased bus tickets home for more than two dozen women as a way to “escape the streets.” With no comprehensive rehabilitation, however, several wound up back in prostitution. Mainstream antitrafficking organizations often decry such tactics as reckless. In response, Lombard says, “I’m a goer. If you drive by and just talk about it and don’t do anything, you’re actually justifying it.”
Skinner is the author of
A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery (Free Press, 2008), which was recently awarded the 2009 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for nonfiction. This investigation was supported by a grant from Humanity United
Ending Slavery by Kevin Bales