50,000 Slaves Trafficked in America Each Year
Bill London, a Moscow local (and “intolerista”), recently wrote Doug Wilson an open letter, along with some information about the slavery problems we have in America today:
Human slavery continues today (see the WSU news release below about a workshop in Spokane on that topic).
In your booklet, “Southern Slavery, As It Was,” you clearly state that Christians can own slaves. See page 11–”a godly man could have been a slave owner” — or page 12, “The Bible permits Christians to own slaves.”
If it’s OK for you to own another person, and if there are people available for you to own (as this news release indicates), are you going to buy yourself a slave?
Sure, you say this is a stupid question, and one you will try your best to laugh off….but, the issue is real. You say the bible has no errors, and that the bible OK’s slavery. So, what is there to stop you, or one of your followers from owning another person? as you often say, by what standard could you call slave-owning evil and illegal?
John Goldman, Western Regional Institute for Community Oriented Public Safety (WRICOPS), WSU Spokane, 509/358-7593, goldman at wsu.edu
Stopping Slavery in the 21st Century Workshop set for Nov. 16
SPOKANE, Wash. ¬ A full-day conference entitled “Stopping Slavery in the 21st Century: Searching for a Faith-Based Response to the Trafficking of Human Beings” is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Whitworth Presbyterian Church, 312 W. Hawthorne Rd., Spokane……
About Human Trafficking
Human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery which imprisons more than 2 million people worldwide. The trafficking of human beings for profit in the sex industry or labor camps through force and coercion is not confined to Southeast Asia or Africa, as the popular understanding may have it. It is estimated that more than 50,000 people are trafficked in the United States each year.
Congress passed the Trafficking Victims Protection Act in 2000 and the abolition of human trafficking is a priority for the U.S. Department of Justice. More than 3,000 cases were investigated in 2005 alone, resulting in more than 1,200 indictments. 1,000 victims have been assisted in recent years and more than 30 federally funded task forces are now in existence to enforce the protection of law.
One such working group is located in the Seattle area. An article in the May 10, 2004 Seattle PI labeled Seattle as a “Hot Spot” for human cargo. The article went on to say, “Washington State’s Basic Law Enforcement Academy does not include any information about trafficking, and a number of local police departments say they don’t have the time and resources to set up special trafficking training.”
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