Saturday, April 30, 2016

In Her Own Words: Hillary Clinton's Plan to End Modern Slavery

During this election cycle,  a great deal of attention is being placed on domestic issues, and to listen to the Republicans, the rest of the world can go to blazes. Hillary Clinton not only has experience out there in the larger world, she also knows that closing doors, erecting walls, and wearing blinders against the rest of the world do nothing to eradicate global problems. Human trafficking is a global crime. No other candidate is speaking out against this widespread and malignant phenomenon. No one. It is not alien to us. It happens right here in this country and across borders. It touches all of us.

Here is Hillary's essay on how, as president, she intends to address it.

Here’s How I Plan to End Modern Slavery

Here’s How I Plan to End Modern Slavery

In 2012, I visited a shelter in Kolkata, India. There, I met a 10-year-old girl who had been born in a brothel. Her mother had been held there after she was sold into prostitution. Miraculously, they escaped, and now lived in a shelter for survivors of human trafficking.

Theirs was an inspiring story. That day, the little girl exuded confidence and energy. She even asked if I wanted to see her karate moves. (I did!) She and her mother were safe and on a better path.

But their story was also a harsh reminder that slavery still exists in our world, and we have to stop it.

Today, more than 20 million men, women and children are trapped in modern slavery. They’re trapped in prostitution… in fields and factories under the threat of violence… and in the homes they clean and serve. It’s one of the great evils of our world. And it happens just about everywhere on Earth — including in big cities and small towns across America. So it’s not a remote problem. It’s part of our lives, our economy, our communities.

Ending modern slavery is one of the great challenges of our time. And it can’t be done without American leadership. It also can’t be done by America alone. We have to partner with governments, businesses, civil society, faith communities, universities, student groups and so many others. That’s the only way this problem gets solved.

Make no mistake — this is the moral thing to do, but it’s also about our own self-interests. Human trafficking fuels other criminal activities. Its profits fund terrorism. We can’t afford to close our eyes to this, or hope it goes away.

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