Chuck Colson

Why does President Bush give so much time and attention to this issue? For one thing, foreign human trafficking is moving ever closer to this country. As the president pointed out in his speech, ?A recent study by the Protection Project at Johns Hopkins University found that Cuba has ?replaced Southeast Asia as a destination for pedophiles and sex tourists.?? That makes it easier for U.S. citizens to participate in this vile trade. And this, whether it takes place within our borders or outside them, is a betrayal of everything our nation stands for.

?The American government has a particular duty,? Bush told his audience, ?because human trafficking is an affront to the defining promise of our country. People come to America hoping for a better life. And it is a terrible tragedy when anyone comes here only to be forced into a sweatshop, domestic servitude, pornography, or prostitution.?

But there?s even more to it than that. The president put his finger on the central issue when he stated, ?Human life is the gift of our Creator?and it should never be for sale.?

That?s why I?m glad the president keeps calling attention to human trafficking, and why we at BreakPoint will continue to do the same. Every person who believes that life is a sacred gift from God needs to take a stand against the buying, selling, and exploiting of human beings. This violation of human life and dignity is an offense to God. It?s a blot on our civilization, and it?s an evil all of us must resist.

For further reading and information:

?Remarks by the President at the National Training Conference on Human Trafficking,? Office of the Press Secretary, The White House, 16 July 2004.

Scott Lindlaw, ?Bush Says Castro Welcomes Sex Tourism,? Associated Press, 17 July 2004.

Michael Janofsky, ?Bush Assails Castro and Human Trafficking,? New York Times, 17 July 2004. (Free registration required.)

Dana Milbank, ?Bush Speech on Human Trafficking Targets Castro,? Washington Post, 17 July 2004, A02.

Fred Goodall, ?President Bush lauds Florida in fight against human trafficking,? Miami Herald, 16 July 2004.

?Castro denies Bush?s charges of sex tourism,? Cnews, 26 July 2004.

Gary Marx, ?Castro calls Bush a ?sinister character,? denies sex tourism charges,? Kansas City Star, 26 July 2004.

?US stands by Cuban sex tourism allegations after Castro denials,? Cubanet, 27 July 2004.

Read more about prostitution and human trafficking in Cuba at the Protection Project website. (On the menu at left, go to ?Human Rights Report? and then ?Country Report.?)

Also visit the website for the International Justice Mission, which seeks justice for the oppressed through case work and education.

BreakPoint Commentary No. 030929, ?The Other Terrorists: The President?s Resolve against Sex Trafficking.?

BreakPoint Commentary No. 030310, ?Enforcing a Good Law: Stopping Sexual Slavery.?

BreakPoint Commentary No. 021213, ?A Job No Woman Would Choose: Hillary and Her ?Sex Workers?.? (Archived commentary; free registration required.)

See BreakPoint?s Fact Sheet on the Problem of Sexual Trafficking.

Gary Haugen, The Good News about Injustice (InterVarsity, 1999).

Chuck Colson

Chuck Colson was the Chief Counsel for Richard Nixon and served time in prison for Watergate-related charges. In 1976, Colson founded Prison Fellowship Ministries, which, in collaboration with churches of all confessions and denominations, has become the world's largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners, crime victims, and their families.
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