Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Lowest of the Low

Of all of the horrific things I have had the unfortunate opportunity to read about in the news, a story I ran across yesterday really made my emotions boil.

It was about human trafficking in the UK (read England) but it is happening everywhere.

This one was especially stomach turning because it was about a young girl who was smuggled into Britain to have her organs harvested. Boldly enough, the article was titled: Girl smuggled into Britain to have her 'organs harvested'. I was appalled as the story unfolded about this being the first confirmed case of such an incident in the UK. But, the story reads, not likely the last nor even the only.

Another story states that there are 2.4 million victims of human trafficking worldwide. 

If we are looking for cause--here is one. I did not fully understand the magnitude of the problem. But the story I read about being trafficked for organ harvesting really caught my attention. I won't go down the mental road that the story took me--but, I will say, it really hit home with me that this stuff is real and real people are being hurt and even killed. Maybe the article resonated with me because it was about a young girl and I am the father of a daughter that I love very much.

I know we all thought that slavery and human trafficking had been abolished--but, sadly, it hasn't. Worse, it is happening in the U.S., too.

So, I'm sorry that this story isn't about the usual stuff I write about, it is not uplifting nor does it have a happy ending, but I urge you to read the two articles I linked and be disgusted enough to take action.

While we are struggling with government shutdowns and political infighting, millions of people worldwide are enslaved and dying. I offer this website from the FBI as a place for more information: FBI--Human Trafficking

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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