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Feb 21, 2007 New fight, old foe: Slavery. Some 27 million men, women, and children are in unpaid servitude, the UN says – 200,000 of them in the US.

QUOTE: While slavery takes different forms today, the impact remains devastating to lives around the globe, according to UN and US government statistics. An estimated 300,000 children have been forced to serve as child soldiers in more than 30 conflicts. Each year, human trafficking for sexual servitude or forced labor moves 800,000 people across international borders, including some 17,500 foreigners trafficked into the United States.

Christian Science Monitor
Jan 07, 2006 Asia Keeps Burmese Industry Humming: Trade, Both Legal and Illegal, Blunts Effect of U.S. Economic Sanctions

QUOTE: Burmese industry and exports were on the decline in the 1990s as a result of progressive attempts by the United States to tighten economic sanctions on Burma, protesting its suppression of democracy. But the effort to pressure its rulers has been vastly undercut by the enthusiasm of other countries, especially Burma's Asian neighbors, to tap its cheap workforce and abundant natural resources...

Washington Post
Jan 06, 2002 Someone Tell the Kids

QUOTE: To counter [bin Laden's] authentic message of hate, you need an authentic messenger of progress, tolerance and modernism. But there are very few such messages or messengers in the Arab-Muslim world today.

New York Times