Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

From the Editors

Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

From the Editors

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IT'S ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE to read his torian Stewart Burns' compelling article on the global slave trade in this issue without being moved- if not to action, then at least to tears. Burns, as well as authors Sylvia Yu and Abayea Pelt, describes the unmitigated evil of modern trafficking, telling the stories of young children and adults- mostly female - who are cruelly exploited, often over many years, for the pleasure or profit of others.

But in some ways it's the sheer magnitude of the evil that makes it so hard to confront. That's true in numerical terms: Millions of people around the world suffer as sex or labor slaves or child soldiers. But perhaps even more daunting are the spiritual and psychological obstacles - the understandable temptation to avoid the pain of facing this kind of inhumanity by denying the horrible realities or by turning our attention elsewhere.

In the midst of this stand the inspiring stories of people - from China and Cambodia to the streets of Washington, D. …

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