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Obama, human trafficking and teachable moments on a difficult topic

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(Read caption) President Obama spoke this week about human trafficking as one of the world's biggest human rights problem that includes such things and the sex trade. Here 16-year-old prostitute Maya applies lipstick in front of a customer inside her small room at Kandapara brothel in Tangail, Bangladesh, March 5, 2012.

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Here, parents, is a teachable moment for your kids:

Earlier this week, President Obama gave what advocates are calling a “landmark” speech about human trafficking, a growing human rights concern in the United States.

The president focused pretty equally on labor and sex trafficking, and announced a number of new US efforts to combat what he called “the injustice, the outrage, of human trafficking, which must be called by its true name – modern slavery.” 

Somewhat predictably, though, the most vocal response here to the speech has come from those involved in the anti-sex-trafficking movement.  “Sex trafficking” is a subset of human trafficking, one that has gotten a lot of domestic attention recently, from politicians to nonprofit organizations, celebrities to church groups. The stories that these groups tell of victims are horrific – of young girls, many of whom are American, being kidnapped or tricked, and the subjected to all varieties of violence and cruelties while pimps sell them for sex.


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