Yesterday, the FBI announced that it had uncovered and arrested 42 child sex traffickers in New Jersey -- the Star-Ledger reported that the 42 were arrested as part of an FBI-led investigation into human trafficking. The charges against them included sex trafficking, child exploitation and prostitution.
The FBI declined to give a breakdown of the towns in which the arrests occurred, but said that six were made in North Jersey, three in Central Jersey and 33 in South Jersey. Officials said they did not want to provide the towns to "avoid criminal activity moving to another town." A total of 84 children were rescued during the operation.
Human Trafficking is modern day slavery. It is happening TODAY -- in the HERE and NOW!
But many Democrats don't want to admit that it is happening, because too many are in hock to contributions from special interests who benefit from the massive profits generated by everything from goods made with indentured labor to Internet porn. Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world, second to drug dealing and tied with arms dealing.
Some Democrats have chosen to ignore modern day slavery and -- in order to change the subject and appear virtuous while doing so -- they focus on the slavery of the middle 19th century and on monuments and other "symbols" of an institution that was happily eradicated long before radio, the telephone, or refrigeration were invented. Meanwhile, modern technology is rapidly expanding the means by which human beings are ensnared and trapped into modern slavery and then trafficked as though they were meat. Some recent stories:
"A 3-month-old girl and her 5-year-old sister were rescued in Colorado last week from a child predator, who was offering to sell the children for sex, the FBI said Wednesday."
"FBI and local authorities say they recovered 17 children in Colorado and Wyoming as part of a national operation that recovered 84 children and teenagers who were being sexually exploited across the country."
Child trafficking is a $32 billion-a-year industry and is on the rise in all 50 states, according to the U.S. government. 4.5 Million of trafficked persons have been sexually exploited and nearly 300,000 Americans under 18 have been lured into the commercial sex trade. The National Human Trafficking Hotline reported that in 2016, human trafficking in the United States increased by 35.7% -- in one year!
So why isn't Senator Bob Gordon on board with the Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation Prevention Act (S-2928)? A number of his colleagues are -- including some prominent Democrats -- but not Senator Gordon. Why hasn't Bob Gordon stepped up?
It is time to do more than just talk about pulling down statues or passing resolutions. It is time to address the problem of modern slavery that we face TODAY.
It is time to become aware of just who labors to produce the products we buy and the clothes we wear and the services we receive. It is time to be sure by buying American, buying union-made products, insisting on border controls which stop human trafficking, insisting that state and local police work with ICE to ask questions of undocumented individuals who may be victims of modern slavery, and by saying NO to sanctuary cities and states that are the allies of human traffickers.
And it is time for wealthy one-percenters like rich guy Senator Bob Gordon to step up and squarely oppose the slavery that we face TODAY. How about it?
Will you join your bi-partisan colleagues who care enough to sponsor the Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation Prevention Act (S-2928)? We're waiting for your answer.