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Prevention and Action
Sojourners published another great article on human trafficking: “Enslaved at the Border” (June 2013), by Curt Devine. However, the Convention on the Rights of the Child was not mentioned. Nothing will stop human trafficking, but this international treaty could greatly reduce it. The treaty must be ratified by our Senate to become official. If you are serious about preventing human trafficking, tell your readers what they can do about it.
Treaty Against Trafficking
The fact that the February 2012 issue contained three articles about human trafficking (“Humankind’s Most Savage Cruelty,” by Stewart Burns; “Here?” by Abayea Pelt; “Works of Mercy” by Sylvia Yu) is encouraging. However, none of them mentioned the International Convention on the Rights of the Child. Nothing will completely stop the evil of trafficking, since it is so profitable, but the Convention has potential for reducing it more than any other device or activity. The Convention was developed in 1989, and 194 U.N. countries have ratified it.