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9.25.2008

21st Century Slavery

Since moving to San Jose, Costa Rica I have heard some disturbing facts about 21st century slavery. Slavery, in the 21st century, is young girls being sold into prostitution. It is estimated in San Jose, alone, there are $2,000 girls sold as sex slaves. What can you expect in a country that prostitution and pornography is legal? What is really sad is that most of those girls are bought by American tourist. Costa Rica remains number one in central america for sex tourism. Go to this link if you would like to read more about this problem in Costa Rica (http://www.iabolish.org/slavery_today/country_reports/cr.html). There is hope and we can fight with our prayers and making people more aware of this situation. A great article about a girl who come out of a brothel can be read here http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/09/25/opinion/edkristof.php. The article ends with great words saying, "If we defeated slavery in the 19th century, we can beat it in the 21st century."

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  1. This is an issue that has been disturbing me ever since I watched an episode of The Shield that confronted the topic. Problem is, most organizations that 'combat' this basically purchase girls and give them better lives. While this may seem like a good idea on the surface, it exacerbates the problem and causes the demand to go up. I'm not sure there is a clear answer to this issue, but no doubt it should be pondered.

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