Obama Outlines Steps To Fight Human Trafficking, NO WAY OUT BUT ONE

September 26, 2012 Comments Off on Obama Outlines Steps To Fight Human Trafficking, NO WAY OUT BUT ONE

Clinton Global Initiative: Obama Outlines Steps To Fight Human Trafficking

NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama called human trafficking nothing more than “modern slavery,” outlining new steps on Tuesday to combat the exploitation of workers and children in the United States and abroad.

Obama said in an address to the Clinton Global Initiative that he was not using the term of “slavery” lightly, noting that it evoked a painful past for America. But he said the U.S. and international community need to step up efforts to help more than 20 million victims of human trafficking around the globe, calling it an “injustice” and an “outrage.”

Human trafficking, Obama said, “must be called by its true name: modern slavery.”

The president said the trafficking of people contributes to “the debasement of our common humanity,” ”tears at our social fabric,” endangers public health and fuels violence and organized crime. He listed victims ranging from workers who toil for little pay, are abused and barred from leaving their jobs, young boys who are turned into child soldiers and forced to kill, and impoverished girls who are sold into the sex trade….



In 1994, Holly Collins felt she had run out of legal options and there was simply no other way to keep her children safe. So she kidnapped her own kids and went on the run. Hunted by the FBI, she and the children lived in the shadows with the help of a loosely organized “underground” that helped victims of domestic violence and abuse find safety. Holly ultimately found safety in the Netherlands. There she became the first American to be granted asylum by the Dutch government as a result of domestic violence.

“NO WAY OUT BUT ONE” examines how Holly’s efforts to protect her children from her abuser were by blocked by the very courts charged with keeping them safe. The film reveals a shocking national scandal: In the American family court system, loving parents can lose custody of their children simply because they seek to protect them from abuse….


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