6.17.2005

Human Trafficking...The Irony

Human Trafficking…The Irony

The State Department just released its Human Trafficking Report last week. Officials rebuked several ally nations for not doing enough to combat human trafficking in their respective nations.

I’m thankful that the United States continues to voice human rights concerns and doesn’t hesitate to sanction its allies. It’s more than can be said about most nations. Far more. However, the irony in the matter of the value and consequent treatment of human life is striking. We frown upon the mistreatment of women and children, and rightly so. (According to the State Department, 80% of the victims are women and 50% are children.) No human being should be considered property. The permanent stain of slavery on the pages of our nation’s history will forever remind us. However, it appears we have lapses in our memory.

The nation scolding the world for degrading and defiling human beings for self-gratification and greed exploits women and children as the largest exporter of pornography to the world. The adult film industry produces approximately 6,000 movies each year and grosses over four million dollars, comparable to the annual gross revenue of the National Football League. (New York Post, September 25, 2003) If anything degrades and debases women, pornography does exactly that. The 80% of the human trafficking victims are women is not simply because women are such good domestic workers and nannies; the sex trade is rampant. It’s like pornography, the exploitation of a woman’s body for personal or professional profit. And with the internet, the industry is growing at an unprecedented rate. Where are the women’s rights advocates? Does the fact that women choose the degradation and humiliation make it any less a form of slavery? Does it demand any less of a response from human rights adovactes?

With the government’s blessing, abortion has claimed the lives of over 42 million victims. We virtually idolize a woman’s right to choose. In the name of ensuring the ‘right’ for women, we trample upon the most fundamental of all rights, the right to life, of all the girls and boys in the womb. If we can place a higher value on comfort, convenience, career and pleasure than on any life, why would it ever surprise us that we can place our own comfort, convenience and pleasure over the innocence and necessity to protect the body and soul of a child? If life is disposable, then nothing is sacred.

I’m dumbfounded at every report of a teacher abusing a student for sexual gratification. It’s sickening anytime, no matter the culprit. Those entrusted and expected to care for children disregard responsibility for their own base motives. The crime is so common among male perpetrators that those stories rarely make the national news cycle anymore. Is it an indication that we’ve lost our bearings as a culture? Or, have we created a culture of disposable children? If they can be aborted for selfish purposes, then why can’t they be otherwise used for selfish purposes? Now that female teachers have taken center stage with the perversion, the silence is deafening. Where is the outrage from the same voices who are the first to condemn the international community for ‘human rights abuses?’ Where are the voices who rightly condemned the prisoner abuses in our state-run Abu Gharib facility? These violations aren’t taking place at Neverland Ranch; they’re in the state-mandated education facilities.

We may look down on nations not fighting human trafficking. But, I propose we take a closer look at our own human rights violations. What happened to the vision of a ‘city on a hill’? What are we asking the world to emulate: The degradation and defiling of women and children? It may not technically be human trafficking. But, it’s the root of all human rights violations.

I’m not sure how seriously the State Department’s report is taken Saudi Arabia or Bolivia. But, if we don’t re-evaluate our own human rights practices, it may not matter. In his book Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville wrote, “America is great because she is good. If America ceased to be good, America will cease to be great.” It’s time that we restore good to the fabric of our culture. It’s time we restore the value of women, the innocence of children and the commitment to life.

2 Comments:

At 7/30/2005 08:02:00 PM, Anonymous LadyMcBeath said...

Lores, I've heard you on the radio with Sean. You're doing good work here. The questions you raise are critical to the survival of our nation. I believe the answers lie in what we are hearing from the left about Judge John Roberts this week. The rich and powerful in this country have bought into secular humanism in order to secure their positions of power. The Democrats have decided to reject Judeo-Christian values in order to support abortion rights. That is their entire concern. They have to support gay rights as well because the feminist organizations support gay rights. They can't take a stand against pornography and pedophilia because that would require a moral judgement. They can't take a stand against fetal stem cell research even though everyone knows it requires the destruction of human life and will lead to human cloning because that would require they acknowledge fetuses are human beings. Which would mean acknowledging that abortion is wrong. Which, for reasons absolutely unfathomable to me, they cannot do. They have rejected God. They have rejected the morality and worldview that made this country great in order to substitute a worldview in which everyone is right and no one is wrong. I guess they think people will vote for them now. I believe they are going to see that no one west of the Delaware wants to live in the world they are trying so hard to create. I pray every day that Americans will rise up and reject their world in which babies are legally murdered, sick people are legally starved to death, pedophiles have more rights than parents, and we spend more energy fighting each other than fighting the enemy. Sorry to be so long winded, but you really touched a nerve. God Bless you Lores. Keep us the good work.

 
At 7/30/2005 08:39:00 PM, Blogger Lores Rizkalla said...

ladymcbeath,
Thank you and please don't apologize for being "long winded." You are exactly right. And, we have lots of work to do. I'm glad to have you here. I hope you will comment often.

God bless!

 

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