Category archives: Human Rights

Sex Selection Abortion Hurts Living Women

by Sherry Crater

September 18, 2013

We have known for some time about China’s one child policy and the brutal consequences of that law for unborn females as well as living girls and young women. Now, Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey has alerted us to the consequences of sex-selection abortion and female infanticide in India.

In his commentary on “The Missing Girls of India” in the Washington Times on September 16, 2013, Rep. Smith informs us that India has a lopsided ratio of boys who are born to the number of girls born (126 boys for every 100 girls). The resulting shortage of females has led to increased trafficking in women, bride-selling, prostitution, child brides and even brothers sharing a woman.

It is time to connect the dots! The killing of girls in the womb and infanticide of baby girls in India has led to a shortage in the female population. That shortage of women, as Rep. Smith said, is resulting in young girls and women being trafficked, prostituted, sold, and shared to satisfy India’s disproportionately male population.

Who will defend the defenseless in the womb who are selected for death because they are girls? And, who will defend the living women who are being forced into unimaginable and horrific situations, clearly not of their choosing, because they lived and can be used? Who will speak up for the dignity, respect and intrinsic value of every woman?

Iran: Facing the Hard Truth

by Robert Morrison

September 12, 2013

While the world’s attention has been focused on Syria this week, the centrifuges of Iran’s nuclear program quietly continue spinning. And the determination of Iran’s mullahs to see a world without America, without Israel, cannot be wished away.

Today, Iran is poised to break through to the nuclear bomb. Iranians are working on Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles. They don’t need those ICBMs for Israel. The ayatollahs have said Israel is only “a two-bomb country.”They need the ICBMs for America.

At the Washington Summit of the Christians United for Israel (CUFI) organization earlier this summer, former Reagan adviser Gary Bauer appeared on a panel with CBN’s terrorism expert Eric Stackelbcck and Dr. Patrick Clauson, the director of research for the Washington Institute for Improving the Quality of U.S. Middle East Policy. Dr. Clauson, the author of many books and monographs about Iran, spoke authoritatively about the hostile nature of the Mullahs’ regime in Tehran. He holds no illusions about Iran’s Supreme Leader, the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, or about the newly installed president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, whom Western media reports term a “moderate cleric.”

Dr. Clauson believes that sanctions can help to increase pressure on the regime and that our best prospects for dealing with Iran would come from the successors to the Ayatollah Khamenei.

Of course, Rouhani has boasted that when he was Iran’s negotiator in nuclear talks with the West, Iran was able to make major gains surreptitiously. And so, it may be helpful to us now to know that Iran has officially installed as its puppet president their Dissembler-in-Chief.

The idea that economic sanctions could obviate the need for military action against Iran’s nuclear program has great appeal in Washington, in London, in EU headquarters and NATO offices in Brussels. Anything but having to fight Iran has appeal to war-weary Western publics.

FRC’s former president, Gary Bauer, did not go into detail about the nature of the Iranian regime. Instead, he spoke of our nature. Gary offered his version of the last minutes of Americans on board United Flight 93 over Pennsylvania on 9/11. Once the passengers became aware that their pilot, co-pilot, and flight attendant had been murdered by hijackers with box cutters, some of them assembled in the aft galley to decide what to do.

Gary envisioned the conversation aboard that jet. One of the passengers said: “This plane has to land somewhere. When they run out of fuel, they’ll have to land. That’s when a SWAT team can storm the jet and kill the hijackers. It’s our only hope for survival. Let’s just sit here and wait them out.” It was compelling advice, not unlike the counsel for tightening economic sanctions on Iran. Reasoned, moderate, and hopeful.

No,” said one of the passengers. “I’ve talked to my wife.They are taking these jets and crashing them into buildings. These are no longer aircraft. They’re weapons now.”

For those who heard those fateful words, they knew it was their own death sentence. And so, as a flight attendant boiled the water she would throw on the terrorist blocking the pilot door, other passengers readied the drink cart to ram into that door. Brave Todd Beamer said “Let’s roll.”

Those hijacked Americans responded with courage and honor to the challenge of their lives. They brought that jet down in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, sacrificing themselves to save our White House or our Capitol; they were not really sure what the terror target would be; they only knew it was America herself that was being attacked.

Gary Bauer’s presentation focused not on what the Iranians are, but on who we are. In that, he was like Winston Churchill, who tried valiantly to rally the British people at the time of Munich. Churchill wanted them to remember who they were.

Gary’s and my great chief, Ronald Reagan, endured many briefings on Soviet affairs. His advisers, too, were deeply learned men. They came to him armed with massive three-ring binders, ready to impart their vast knowledge of the Soviets to Ronald Reagan.

Before we start, let’s get this straight” Reagan famously told his briefer in 1977, four years before entering the White House, “my idea of U.S.-Soviet relations is this: We win; they lose.”

Economic sanctions have always had an appeal. Churchill’s predecessor, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, was dragged reluctantly intoWorld War II. For the first winter of “the phony war,” (1939-40) Chamberlain ordered the Royal Air Force to drop leaflets on Germany, urging the people tooverthrow the Nazis. Chamberlain’s advisers had convinced him that Germany would collapse economically as a result of the British blockade and the isolation of the continent.

Reagan was not averse to using economic warfare against the USSR. But he also invaded Grenada and put pressure on the Communists militarily, politically, and diplomatically. He openly called for regime change—and got it.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the CUFI gathering via satellite. With the greatest resolution, he said: “Iran will not be allowed to have a nuclear weapon.” If the Obama administration will not act to stop Iran now, then we can only pray that the Israelis will do it. We should thank God when they do.

[Full disclosure: Robert Morrison attended the CUFI Summit as a guest of Gary Bauer’s group, American Values.]

How Does Your State Rank on Human Trafficking Laws?

by Krystle Gabele

August 14, 2013

Polaris Project released their 2013 State Ratings on Human Trafficking Laws today, which examined the progress that states have made in passing legislation that will combat human trafficking (sex and labor).  This report ranked states as Tier 1 (meaning they have passed significant measures to combat trafficking and should continue to persevere in upholding these laws), Tier 2 (they have passed measures, but need to strengthen them), Tier 3 (made some effort in passing laws and should work to improve them), and Tier 4 (state has not made any efforts in combating human trafficking through legislation). 

According to the report, 39 states have passed new measures to combat human trafficking since last year, while 32 states are now in Tier 1 status, which was an increase from 2012.  This is good news, as these states have worked to help with assisting victims and placing tougher measures against those who are traffickers.

Meanwhile, there are a few states that could work and improve human trafficking laws. South Dakota was ranked as a Tier 4 state, as they only have provisions against labor and human trafficking, yet has not placed measures to fund programs that could help with identifying, protecting, and providing services to victims. 

While there are 32 states in Tier 1, 11 states and the District of Columbia in Tier 2, and 6 states in Tier 3, more work needs to be done in terms of identifying victims and providing them with the resources to assist them in their recovery.  Hopefully, this report will help Washington with creating national benchmarks towards abolishing this crime against humanity.  

Free at Last: 105 Children Rescued From Prostitution Ring

by Krystle Gabele

July 29, 2013

This morning, a news headline came across the wires that caused me to pause for a second, and it was the news that 105 children were freed from the chains of modern day slavery and from being trafficked for sexual acts. USA Today and multiple news outlets shared reports that the FBI had also arrested 150 traffickers or “pimps.”

The FBI conducted the raid, Operation Cross Country, which was a massive nationwide sweep that targeted domestic minor sex trafficking. You can see some of the video below of the operation. This raid was coordinated by federal, state, and local agencies in 76 cities.

”Child prostitution remains a persistent threat to children across America,” said Ron Hosko, assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, in a press release. “This operation serves as a reminder that these abhorrent crimes can happen anywhere and that the FBI remains committed to stopping this cycle of victimization and holding the criminals who profit from this exploitation accountable.”

While this is a step in the right direction, there are still traffickers in this country and around the world for those who steal the innocence of women and girls. FRC has published a booklet, “Modern Slavery: How to Fight Human Trafficking In Your Community,” which provides ways to identify human trafficking in your community. Click here to download the booklet and share it with those in your community.

Sowing and Reaping: China’s “One-Child” Policy Fosters Human Trafficking

by Rob Schwarzwalder

July 22, 2013

The U.S. State Department, experiencing a rare spasm of moral rectitude, has issued a new report downgrading China from being a Tier 2 sex trafficking nation to a Tier 3, the lowest possible rating (Trafficking in Persons Report 2013).

Human trafficking is one of the great evils of our time, but in China it is exacerbated by the government’s “one-child” policy. This coercive initiative has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of millions of unborn baby girls and nearly 40 million Chinese men of marrying age who cannot find wives. That the State Department admits this is striking, even as the report itself is disturbing: “The Chinese government’s birth limitation policy and a cultural preference for sons, create a skewed sex ratio of 118 boys to 100 girls in China, which served as a key source of demand for the trafficking of foreign women as brides for Chinese men and for forced prostitution.”

The report continues that the Communist government has not done nearly enough to stop the trafficking of women and girls throughout the country caused by the “one-child” program: “The government did not address the effects its birth limitation policy had in creating a gender imbalance and fueling trafficking, particularly through bride trafficking and forced marriage.”

A nation, like a person, reaps what it sows. China has created not only a demographic crisis of unprecedented proportions through its “one-child” policy, but in carrying this policy out has consigned millions of unborn babies to death through abortion and thereby left millions of men without the possibility of marriage. This has, in turn, fostered a demand for women and girls who can be sold and purchased like commodities.

Let’s pray that somehow, a “culture of life” - even if driven by sheer economic self-interest - will take root in China and that abortion in that ancient land becomes as unthinkable as it should be.

Looking Towards Freedom: An End to Human Trafficking

by Krystle Gabele

July 15, 2013

Human trafficking has once again found its way into the media spotlight. Whether it is a Saudi Princess allegedly holding women against their will and forcing them to work against their will or a sex trafficking sting in Mexico City, which freed 74 women from captivity, we continue to learn more about the victims who have escaped from this horrible crime against humanity.

Whether the trafficked victim was forced into prostitution or into pornography, the psychological trauma that many victims endure has a long lasting impact. In a recent article in Verily Magazine, Mary Rose Somarriba describes the emotional toll and the need to end this crime. Somarriba interviewed several former victims, as well as organizations that assist trafficking victims, to bring awareness to the link between sex trafficking and pornography.

One theme that stood out was a victim who was trafficked, sold into prostitution and pornography. This victim, who has escaped the crime, indicated that being exploited in pornographic materials is far more damaging, as the photos still remain online long afterwards.

Other victims of trafficking who were forced into pornography also note the trauma of being exploited. Somarriba also notes an interesting statistic that the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children provided:

The U.S. government considers all minors exploited in pornography to be victims of human trafficking, by virtue of their youth and inability to consent. And child pornography is a booming business. “With the advent of the Internet,” Allen notes, “the problem of child pornography has exploded … with that sense of anonymity and the ability of people to connect with each other, like-minded individuals, and trade images.”

The Department of Justice and NCMEC “both recognize that pornography is an element that adds to the serious problem of sex trafficking,” notes Elaine McGinnis in her 2004 report The Horrifying Reality of Sex Trafficking. “Many traffickers are found with filming equipment and cameras to create and sell pornography.”

This is a particularly sad statistic, and one that should outrage society as a whole. What can we do to prevent this crime from occurring? What can we do to protect the innocence of youth everywhere?

Although the Trafficking Victims Protection Act was enacted in 2000, this crime still occurs, partly because people do not recognize the signs of trafficking. Many of this could be contributed to not having the resources available to recognize those who are victims and ensuring that law enforcement is actively trying to get the traffickers off the street.

However, it is up to each state to ensure resources as well. Shared Hope International provides a valuable resource in identifying how your state ranks in preventing human trafficking. This resource tracks each state legislature and what they are doing to prevent domestic minor sex trafficking in terms of legislation.

It is time to stop girls and young women from being sexually exploited through the grim acts of trafficking. It must be the mission of professing Christians everywhere to advocate tirelessly for a society that is free of this horrible crime.

U.S. Is Helping Fund China’s “One-Child” Policy

by Rob Schwarzwalder

July 5, 2013

If you doubt it, read this post by Steven W. Mosher and Anne Roback Morse:

A few of the eye-popping, soul-discouraging, indignation-inspiring nuggets:

  • China is currently short more than 37,000,000 women as female infanticide, sex-selective abortion, and neglect have ripped through the female population.”
  • The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) spent $4,861,000 in China last year for “population dynamics programs,” “family planning,” and other population control programs. The United States gave $30,200,000 to the UNFPA last year.”
  • Over the past two decades, Population Research Institute has repeatedly sent teams of investigators into China. We have thoroughly investigated UNFPA ‘model family planning counties,’ and found that local UNFPA representatives are working hand-in-hand with the Chinese government. If anything, forced sterilizations and forced abortions were more prevalent in the UNFPA’s so-called ‘model counties’ than in the rest of China.”

The President of the United States has the authority, under legislation passed by Congress and signed into law by President Reagan, “to stop funding ‘any organization or program which, as determined by the President of the United States, supports or participates in the management of a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization’.”

Let’s pray that God would work in Mr. Obama’s heart to exercise his authority on the side of life.

Mind-Boggling Abortion Statistics from China

by Chris Gacek

March 18, 2013

The Financial Times has been doing excellent reporting related to Chinese demographics problems.  Of particular interest is China’s aging population which has been brought about in large measure to its zero-growth population policies that have been in place since the 1970s.  The most important aspect of these policies is the “one-child policy” which mandates forced abortions and sterilizations.

In a front-page article in the FT’s weekend edition Simon Rabinovitch, a reporter in the paper’s Beijing bureau, presented population data obtained from the Chinese health ministry:

China’s one-child policy has been the subject of a heated debate about its economic consequences as the population ages. Forced abortions and sterilisations have also been criticised by human rights campaigners such as Chen Guangcheng, the blind legal activist who sought refuge at the US embassy in Beijing last year.

China first introduced measures to limit the size of the population in 1971, encouraging couples to have fewer children. The one-child rule, with exceptions for ethnic minorities and some rural families, was implemented at the end of the decade.

Since 1971, doctors have performed 336m abortions and 196m sterilisations, the data reveal. They have also inserted 403m intrauterine devices, a normal birth control procedure in the west but one that local officials often force on women in China.  (my emphasis).

The magnitude of these figures is staggering.  By comparison, at present there are 315 million people living in the United States.  Rabinovitch does not really tell where the data came from within the Chinese government, but these are pretty specific numbers that make sense.  In short, we are talking about a maximum of 336 million Chinese who would be under the age of 42 – the peak working years.

The Often Ignored Global Crisis

by Krystle Gabele

January 8, 2013

Every day upon arriving at work, I open my internet browser only to find news on the economic crisis or what celebrity got busted for a criminal act.  It is kind of alarming, when the media forgets to shed light on a global crisis, such as human trafficking.

According to a recent report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, human trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal acts worldwide.  It is a crime that impacts men, women, and children around the world, whether it is through prostitution rings, forced labor, or even the trafficking of human organs.  

This weekend, there will be a prayer effort across religious denominations to bring awareness to human trafficking.  Weekend of Prayer will take place January 11-13, and it is a time to pray for the victims and survivors of this horrible criminal act.  It is time to lift those who have been impacted by human trafficking and bring awareness to this issue.

Also, Family Research Council is having a panel discussion on human trafficking and what can be done to prevent this crime from occurring around the world.  Former Congresswoman Linda Smith, President of Shared Hope International, and Mark Blackwell, Founder and President of Justice Ministries will discuss how state legislatures can enact stronger laws to address human trafficking and what you can do to bring awareness to this vital issue.

No man, woman, or child should ever have to go through what the victims of human trafficking endure.  It is time to stand strong for human dignity.

Racism at the Times

by Rob Schwarzwalder

December 20, 2012

Tim Scott, an African-American, serves as a Congressman from South Carolina. He has been designated by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) as the successor to retiring Sen. Jim DeMint, who is leaving the Senate to lead the Heritage Foundation.

John Steele Gordon is a historian widely recognized for his erudition. He wrote for that notorious conservative rag American Heritage (yes, that’s sarcasm) for 18 years.

Mr. Gordon has written about Rep. Scott’s appointment to the U.S. Senate in response to a shocking article by University of Pennsylvania professor Adolph L. Reed Jr. Writing in today’s New York Times, Mr. Reed conveys near apoplexy that such persons as black Republicans exist, let alone that one was appointed to the nation’s highest legislative body. As Mr. Gordon summarizes, “If you’re black but not liberal, in Professor Reed’s worldview, then you’re not really black.”

That’s why Mr. Gordon has titled his article on Mr. Reed’s remarks “Racism at the (New York) Times.” It is well worth taking a few minutes to read.

Suggesting that one’s race should incline him to a particular political point of view is tantamount to saying that almost all Russians must have innate Communist sympathies, or that their experience in life has been so universally consonant that for them to affirm political liberty as a value is incongruous.

I don’t think even the group-thinkers at the Times would argue that. Well, I don’t think they would …

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