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Boka Haram, Human Trafficking and Real "Illegal" Immigration.

Updated on May 21, 2014

Justice must be for the least of these.

Tough choices on who is victim and who is criminal.
Tough choices on who is victim and who is criminal. | Source

What is Human Trafficking?

This group seems to be doing a great job and we borrow some information from there. http://www.polarisproject.org/human-trafficking/overview Human trafficking is modern-day slavery. People profit from the control and exploitation of less powerful human beings. There is actually a definition. As defined under U.S. federal law, victims of human trafficking include children involved in the sex trade, adults age 18 or over who are coerced or deceived into commercial sex acts, and anyone forced into different forms of "labor or services," such as domestic workers held in a home, or farm-workers forced to labor against their will. Clearly physical bondage and using humans as whores is the most graphic and horrendous. What each of these situations have in common are elements of force, fraud, or coercion that are used to control people.

Here is a US list by state as to how you can get involved and help stop the horrendous industry. http://www.polarisproject.org/state-map

Now in the US a man born in 1860 could easily have been born a slave, in 1890 he could have had a child that in 1960 would have been a 70 year old child of a sl

What is slavery really.

It is not so easy to say that slavery is the forcing of labor without proper compensation. We need look no further than low paying jobs that are lousy for people with nothing better, to realize that 1/3 of America are slaves. And there is much merit in that current argument among our people. And make no doubt that a case can be made that it is financial coercion that forces folks to work.

But when we think of slavery we think of physical force and for "slavery" that is probably correct. Or at least some force that would physically threaten the well being of the slave.

It is no stretch to say that a man smuggled into the country with fraud and then forced to work or be deported, that he would be a slave. Especially if deportation would mean death or long term imprisonment in a slave type environment. Christians from China comes to mind.

What kind of work just seems to fit into hard physical labor type categories from sweat shops to field work on farms.

Sex slaves seem to fit but it is so heinous that the term "sex" must be used as a qualifier.

Drugs and pimping really do seem to be normal means of force.

At any rate slavery always suggests a loss of human rights and freedom and bad working conditions.

Just a silly old,,, well, billion year old rock.

At the very bottom. See in the lower/middle left, the gray rock line going through the red rock. That is very old lava coming up from the core of the earth.
At the very bottom. See in the lower/middle left, the gray rock line going through the red rock. That is very old lava coming up from the core of the earth. | Source

BoKo Haram

“The kidnapping of hundreds of children by Boko Haram is an unconscionable crime, and we will do everything possible to support the Nigerian Government to return these young women to their homes and to hold the perpetrators to justice. I will tell you, my friends, I have seen this scourge of terror across the planet, and so have you. They don't offer anything except violence. They don't offer a health care plan, they don't offer schools. They don't tell you how to build a nation; they don't talk about how they will provide jobs. They just tell people, "You have to behave the way we tell you to," and they will punish you if you don't.” -- Secretary of State John F. Kerry

If you take out the flowery politician language and even maybe forget it is John Kerry ;-), you see that terror is used to enslave people. If you do not think that an entire "nation" of people can be enslaved just read the Old Testament or ask a Jewish person.

Their leader is a complete sociopathic freak of nurture and nature. He is Abubakar Shekau, also known by the alias Darul Tawheed. Nothing much is known about him but he has a 7 million dollar bounty on his head. It does appear that he was born and has a human mother, but nothing about the father is known --- could be the evil one?

He got involved with the previous leader in what appeared to be a brutality competition and he clearly one as the other is dead.

But the importance for this article is that they enslave people with fear. Fear of some fates "worse than death" the abduction of parents' children. And they actually sell people into slavery.

Did you know?

Did you know that it is entirely possible and likely that some girl abducted there could be a sex slave within a mile of your home.

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How precious; our children and our freedom.

Oceans are jailed by land, man is not meant to be.
Oceans are jailed by land, man is not meant to be. | Source

The problem with "black market" immigration.

No one ever doubts the desire for a person to immigrate to a better life. America stands as a beacon of that better life. Who would not want to come here, that lives in poverty and oppression elsewhere? Not to say they may not rather go to Norway or England. Some even flee for their lives to America. Some do it in illegal fashion. Even discounting the lies, many believe that they are coming here legally when they are being duped.

Because of their illegal status they are now at the hands of the very criminals that smuggled them here in the first place. The resulting work for pay to pay off their illegal transport to the US and beyond is slavery by coercion. That is a horrible situation and requires that we do more to prevent that atrocity.

That brings us back to the map up above by link: http://www.polarisproject.org/state-map which allows you to go and find a group that reports these dirty rotten scumbag bastards and to groups that you can work with to help. It also gives you tip lines to report bad stuff. Hey if you know of a crack house with whores -- count on it, the women working there are at least in part slaves and subject to human trafficking -- report it.

Now we have in this country horrible human rights violations. They are just run by criminals now. Making it illegal has only increased the violent nature and violence used to keep the operations quiet.We must stay vigilante. On Tuesday next this author goes for an orientation as to how to help. I hope you will look at the list and do likewise.

Just stick a needle anywhere and you will find human trafficking.

We do not need one more hero, we need thousands to free the people!

Past wrongs, current pundits and courage.

Make no doubt that it is important for us to review and make reasonable reparations for past gross institutional slavery. Reparations must come in the form we are now taking and not some "land grab jackpot". We must move forward and learn from our mistakes. We must not repeat them.

We must not however let these talking and writing heads whine us into an oblivion. That oblivion comes in the form of only thinking that slavery is in the past. And that problem is just like the problem that allowed institutionalized slavery to prosper for generations. That being in the problem of the past and not the solutions of the present. If we just get one large minister type protagonist of past wrongs to look to and be in the here and now and pound the podium about today's slavery we would make progress.

Pressure you peoples and pressure them hard to act and be more public and make a bigger scene out of this horror against each of us.

Legal claims: I stole all this stuff fair and square.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Grand old Lady, our vulnerable are the measure of man, for how we treat them says who we are. Truth is often sad.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      Human and sex trafficking are terrible realities of the world, no matter where you are. I appreciate your passion in writing this and bringing home the point that this happens closer to us than just in Nigeria. I once tutored five street children and they told us that foreigners are kinder to children they adopt than Filipinos. The oldest girl was adopted, but her Filipino family used her as a maid (without having to pay her) for the family and their five children. Fortunately, the girl had the choice to leave and go back to the adoption family. But value for life and for quality of life is something every human being should respect in one another.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Your "at will" article found here: http://ologsinquito.hubpages.com/hub/Hourly-Worker...

      Scares me to realize that fine line between what we can accept and what we cannot. I imagine your manager would feel just fine with "slave" labor.

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      You did a great job raising the awareness of the crime of human trafficking, which really is happening, even though we don't like to think about it.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      WrenchBiscuit, you speak well but I am afraid my philosophic than activist. I have lived in such a way that you speak of. It is fantastic but not so much for wife and children. So it is in our very nature that that which we seek for security and society for our most vulnerable is exactly what causes our insecurity and sick society. A problem monumental.

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      Ronnie wrenchBiscuit 3 years ago

      I agree with both responders."I,me,mine" has been an ailment of mankind since before we figured out the wheel. Concerning morality,I'm all for it.Prayer in public schools too.What kind? Any kind will do that focuses on the golden rule; most major world religions do.

      We prayed when I was a kid in school and guess what: It didn't hurt a bit! However, although many of my contemporaries do not accept Christianity because of it's ties to colonialism, and the horrors that it wrought upon us, I do not subscribe to that outlook.

      The teachings of Jesus are sound teachings that have nothing to do with enslaving people,stealing their land,or forcing children into "Indian Schools" in order to erase cultural identity.Such acts were perpetrated by,and sanctioned by, those who were Christian in name only.

      And so it goes today,many so-called Christians will sit idly by while young Nigerian girls who had a future,are kidnapped and made into sex slaves,not to mention the global trafficking that continues to flourish.And so what are we to do?

      The war that must be fought must begin here. As a nation we cannot help these unfortunate girls or the next ,or the next,until we turn away from materialism.It is only by turning away from materialism that we can even hope to change the hearts and minds of the majority; a change that would place human life and dignity above capital gain.

      Once we have succeeded at winning this particular battle, the nation and it's leaders can then move in a global direction to annihilate this cancerous growth of inhumanity.But just as Jesus said, we must first take the plank out of our own eye. Until then, selfish materialistic interests will continue to be the focus here in America,and the only cause that will be great enough to unite millions of Americans will be the next Superbowl.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much Jason for this great addition to this hub. Great food for thought. I have two elder children that recently rejected the "religion" of college. I am afraid Obamacare had much to do with that :-) Around here we do not get 1 million views or act like heroes, we just plod along hoping to make a difference if that is needed. In these issues it definitely is needed.

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      Jason R. Manning 3 years ago from Sacramento, California

      To Billybuc and Eric; gentlemen, would we or do we depend on the masses to make logical or reasonable assumptions? Please understand that I hold all my leaders in contempt, they are media whores and over paid mouth pieces. San Francisco is a joke, it has always been a hot bed of human trafficking, the politicians know it, the authorities know it, so why does it prevail? Morality is the problem and the cure, we’ve removed morality from the public schools and replaced it with Hope and Empathy, not exactly Teddy Roosevelt toughness. Activism only happens when someone gets upset enough to change something, or as a religion in college to worry about the planet and not fellow human beings. Climate change is more important to the left than human rights. Even worse, I do not know what motivates conservatives anymore…

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      You hit the nail on the head Bill, they show it all the time of cop shows. So people just must not want to "get involved". Sad really.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      The problem with human trafficking is that most people don't want to hear about it, until, of course, their own daughter is snatched from the street and sold, and then suddenly one finds some righteous indignation about it. I hope articles like this one raise awareness soon.