The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

The human slave trade

Jan 10, 2005

As if nature had not inflicted enough tragedy on the peoples caught in the tsunami, human vultures played their part to enlarge it. Reports tell of organized gangs preying on the huge number of orphaned children to kidnap and sell them into slavery and prostitution.

U.S. authorities expressed horror and outrage at the reports. But those same authorities are well aware that human slave networks function throughout the U.S., providing a steady supply of sex slaves and "domestic help" for those who can pay. "Every 10 minutes, a woman or child is trafficked into the United States for forced labor," writes author Gilbert King.

Humans are the third most lucrative commodity traded illegally, after drugs and guns. And it's because the commodity is so lucrative that authorities pretend to be outraged at one moment – only to wink at the human slave trade the rest of the time.