the Night (and Lunch)
Perhaps it IS just another word for nothing left
to lose, but freedom, the theme of freedom at
least, rang loudly for a lunchtime crowd in Union
Square on March 3rd as a troupe of activists (People
for Sale) played music and spoke about the pernicious
trade of human trafficking.
in persons is described as the recruitment (by
any means, but be assured they are all cretinous)
and control of people for the purpose of forced
labor and sexual exploitation.
a gathering crowd of curious onlookers, local
musicians belted out original compositions with
the injustice of false imprisonment resonating
from their core.
At the base of
General Washington's hulking bust, the band played
on as a scattering cloud of activists became walking
sign posts (Would you buy me?) while disseminating
literature that attested to the pervasive evils
of a thriving commerce in human flesh.
you might suspect, on some alien terrain beyond
the jurisdiction of law and order, but throughout
the modern civilized world, including here in
illusions of the promise land or stolen outright
from their families like a villager on the shore
of Renaissance-era Gambia, the spirits of these
victims are subsequently crushed by the ominous
servitude of the most heinous vermin that somehow
manages to pass for human; the traffickers.
reveals tellingly that "modern slaves",
seemingly an anachronistic term and yet not, are
expendable commodities with a $100 per-person
the cost of one iPod Nano, these victims, mostly
impoverished women and children, will expend two
full lifetimes of grief in the vile provenance
of modern day flesh peddlers and their slime-riddled
believe that slavery retreated in the dawn's early
light at the close of the civil war, think again;
within the United States alone nearly 200,000
people answer to a slave master. Where Land of
the Free is both patriotic declaration and national
identity, an additional 17,500 victims are herded
in annually to reinforce the front line, like
some broken army of the walking dead.
past year as we have witnessed the burgeoning
astonishment of our populace with regard to the
first viable African-American and female presidential
candidates, that awe is usually qualified by the
sentiment of something long overdue in our country.
pause to consider things long overdue in 2008,
would you have imagined that ending slavery would
be an issue still necessary to add to this list?
and join the campaign to Stop Human Trafficking;
start with their website: www.thefreedomproject-ywam.com