Judging solely from the amount of time international organizations—like the United Nations and the Holy See—have been devoting to it, human trafficking appears to be an another example of the old observation “their hearts in the right place, but their minds are in the wrong place.”
Consider the United Nations. Recently, it declared the moral equivalent of a global war against human trafficking. Yet, this is nothing new, despite the mainstream media’s interest in promoting it:
- Efforts to ban the practice in the late-19th century concluded in 1901 when an international convention adopted the “International Agreement for the Suppression of White Slave Traffic. That didn’t work.
- The League of Nations’ tried again in 1921, issuing its International Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Women and Children. Exactly the same outcome.
- The UN then issued its Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and Exploitation of Prostitution of Others in 1949. More of the same.
- Then again, in 1964, the UN issued its Convention on Consent to Marriage, Minimum Age for Marriage, and Registration of Marriages.
Even the Holy See appears to be smitten with this misguided notion. For example, the Holy Father met with the Archbishop of Canterbury a couple of weeks back. According to the Independent, the two agreed to:
- a joint project that will utilize the global reach of their churches to combat the global trade in human trafficking;
- pressure 50 top multinational companies to free their supply chains of forced labor by 2020; and,
- “slavery proof” investments as well as the purchases of churches.
With more than one century’s worth of white papers, jetting here and there to convene high-level conferences, international agreement after international agreement, the question is: What’s there to show for the effort? The evil has grown into a $150B+ global industry that Kevin Bales in his 2004 book, Disposable People, estimated to involve 27M human slaves. Today, some believe it’s 35M.
So much for caring. It doesn’t win global wars.
Given these facts, when it comes to global trafficking in human beings, the left’s outrage de jour and #hashtag diplomacy isn’t just mindless. It’s also insincere. Sincere people would have been marching on the White House as far back as 2012 when President Obama bypassed Congress and stopped the certain deportation of illegal aliens. Instead, the President granted work permits to ~800k younger illegal aliens.
That policy opened the floodgates for an unprecedented number of illegal alien children to be imported into the United States. The facts:
- In FY 2013, Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (HHS-ORR) served ~24.7k children, almost double the ~13.63k from the previous year.
- In FY 2014, ~60k children are expected to come to the United States. Most will be from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. That’s a 243% increase!
This iteration of the global war on human trafficking is doomed to failure. Fueled by their hearts and not by their minds, the very people who decry human trafficking can’t seem to figure out whose policies sent an open invitation for human traffickers to practice their trade in the left’s own front yard…at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
To read the Independent article, click on the following link:
To read the International Labour Office’s 2014 statistics “Profits and Poverty,” click on the following link:
To read the Boston Globe article about President Obama’s policy, click on the following link:
To read The Motley Monk’s daily blog, Omnibus, click on the following link: