Clinton promises action against slavery

As I wrote last week, I’ve recently become increasingly interested in the myriad problems related to human trafficking — or, as it is often aptly called, modern-day slavery.  Among the most egregious forms of trafficking is sex slavery, which has  been discussed in heart-wrenching detail in a recent series of articles and blog posts by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof.

I was greatly encouraged to hear that Hillary Clinton spoke passionately about fighting slavery, trafficking, and violence against women as Secretary of State during her confirmation hearing the other day.  Kristof quoted her on his blog:

I take very seriously the function of the State department to lead our government through the Office on Human Trafficking, to do all that we can to end this modern form of slavery. We have sex slavery, we have wage slavery, and it is primarily a slavery of girls and women. […]

So we’re going to have a very active office on trafficking, we’re going to be speaking out consistently and strongly against discrimination and oppression of women, and slavery in particular. Because I think that is not only in keeping with American values, as we all recognize, but American national security interests as well.

Kristof’s post is definitely worth reading in full.  And I’m excited to see what Clinton can do for the people suffering from human trafficking around the world.


~ by h.e.g. on January 15, 2009.

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