by: Brent Smith
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Human trafficking, whether for slave labor or sex, is utterly abhorrent. And no matter how advanced or enlightened we claim to be, it may be worse than anytime in the past.
A few days ago the Wall Street Journal reported that, “President Trump on Friday signed an executive order aimed at combating human trafficking and online exploitation.”
It is estimated that between 18,000 and 20,000 victims are trafficked into the United States every year. Imagine an entire town near you being swept up and sold into slavery every year.
In 2011, “California passed a law to help with trafficking in the manufacturing industry. The law required major manufacturing and retail firms to disclose what they were doing to stop human trafficking in their supply chains. By 2015, however, less than a fifth of businesses had complied.”
“The Mexican state of Tlaxcala has been identified as the biggest source of sex slaves to the US. In 2015, five out of 10 of Homeland Security’s “most wanted” sex traffickers were from Tenancingo, in Tlaxcala. There were estimates that one in 10 people from Tenancingo were involved in trafficking.”