Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Slavery today (contd.)

(To follow up this & this & this ... and much else.)

Jonathan Zasloff, at The Reality-Based Community, offers some timely thoughts for Passover.

Chag Sameach,
Jeff Weintraub

P.S. With a follow-up from Terry Glavin, a Canadian comrade and very righteous gentile:
Free the Slaves: Kevin Bales explains here how modern slavery works. It's a multibillion-dollar economy that underpins some of the worst industries on earth. He calculates the price of freeing every slave on earth, now.
Jonathan Zasloff (@ The Reality-Based Community)
March 29, 2010
Deliver Us From Egypt ...

... and Saudi Arabia, and the Congo, and Thailand, and Uzbekistan, and India, and the Philippines, and....

As we pause to celebrate Passover, and the liberation of the Jews from Egyptian bondage, it is well to remember that more than 27 million people worldwide today are enslaved. They are not building pyramids, but they are chained in forced marriages, conscripted as child soldiers, imprisoned as domestic servants, and — particularly grisly — forced as children to become the sexual playthings of their oppressors.

The Bible says that more than 600,000 Israelites were freed during the exodus. That pales in comparison to the current number.

Take a look at this report from the BBC, filed just a few months ago.

Then do something.

Chag Sameach.