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shemp
19th July 2005, 11:24 AM
Otherwise, we might have to invade them in the name of freedom!

'Modern Slavery' Flourishes (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/07/19/world/main709900.shtml)

In June the US State Department listed Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) among 14 countries that do little or nothing to stop human trafficking. Washington lowered all four to its Tier 3 category, which could eventually lead to economic sanctions if these countries do not act to stem the flow of trafficking across their borders.

The State Department says that 600,000 to 800,000 men, women, and children worldwide are victims of trafficking - the recruitment, transportation, or harboring of people by means of threat, force, coercion, fraud, or deception for the purpose of exploitation and forced labor.

There are no raw numbers on how many of these trafficked persons - who can end up being maids, factory workers, camel jockeys, or prostitutes - come to the Middle East. But the Gulf boasts one of the highest populations of expatriate labor forces in the world, with more than 10 million. In Kuwait, there is an average of one maid for every two Kuwaitis and in the UAE, 1.6 million people, or 80 percent of the total population, are expatriate workers.

Washington accuses the Arab Gulf states of failing to "comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and not making significant efforts to do so." The US lambastes Kuwait and its neighbors for failing to "take significant steps to address trafficking, particularly efforts to prosecute trafficking crimes and protect victims."

Of course, none of this matters as long as no Americans are enslaved, and the oil keeps flowing.

demon
19th July 2005, 11:46 AM
shemp:
"Otherwise, we might have to invade them in the name of freedom!"


Yay! Let`s bomb Mecca!
(wouldn`t be a problem to fly Bush`s cronies out before the nuke went off, would it?)

Jocko
19th July 2005, 11:50 AM
Originally posted by shemp
Otherwise, we might have to invade them in the name of freedom!

'Modern Slavery' Flourishes (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/07/19/world/main709900.shtml)



Of course, none of this matters as long as no Americans are enslaved, and the oil keeps flowing.

What would you suggest as a course of action? Note, that's action, not words.

Dan Beaird
19th July 2005, 12:03 PM
Originally posted by Jocko
What would you suggest as a course of action? Note, that's action, not words.
Why propose a bill funding a study to investigate options of course!

Then tell the State Department to make sure those states get the old, worn-out, dirty foreign aid money instead of the new crisp and clean stuff.