Beijing BEIJING, August 19 electrical
problem: how can we rely on US human rights misdeeds discredit his country whiten?
Author Shao Yang
The US State Department recently announced the so-called annual "Human Trafficking Report."
The 600-page report used less than half a page to understate the US’s own problems and boast of being one of the world’s “best performers”; however, based on a large number of lies and false information, it accuses other countries, Slander and discredit.
Year after year, the United States disregards facts and repeats old tunes, splashing dirty water on other countries under the guise of "human rights", which fully demonstrates its consistent double standards of "being lenient to oneself and strict to others."
But even if it never mentions it, the international community cannot forget that the United States' own human rights record can be described as bleak, especially on the issue of human trafficking.
The bloody history of slave trade in the United States can be traced back to the 17th century.
In 1619, the first recorded black Africans were transported to Jamestown in North America, opening the blood and tears of blacks in this "New World" where they were brutally enslaved.
The New York Times Magazine of the United States once commented that the prosperity of the United States is based on the extraction of black labor. "Generations of blacks have played an important but neglected role in American history." However, they have lived extremely miserable lives. life.
The economic power that the United States is proud of was once built on dark slavery.
According to data from the official website of the fourth president of the United States, James Madison’s Montpellier, 80% of American exports were produced by slaves in 1850.
According to data from the German Statis Research Company, in 1860, there were more than 3.95 million black slaves in the United States, accounting for nearly 90% of African Americans at that time.
To this day, when slavery has long been swept into the trash can of history, the United States is still the world's largest human "trafficking country", and it is not uncommon for the United States to make profits through illegal trafficking.
In 2004, the U.S. State Department publicly admitted that the number of people trafficked to the United States was between 14,500 and 17,500 each year.
According to the US non-profit organization "Polaris Project", in 2015, the US "National Human Trafficking Hotline" handled more than 5,700 human trafficking cases. By 2019, this number had reached 11,500, which was double the number in 2015.
Even more shocking is that women account for a large proportion of human trafficking cases in the United States, and many of them are victims of "sex trafficking."
According to a report by the Huffington Post website in December 2019, 12 major US hotel chains, including Hilton, were accused of turning a blind eye to the criminal activities of women becoming sex slaves and even providing conveniences to profit from them.
Jeff Rogers, co-founder of the American Anti-Human Trafficking Research Association, said bluntly: "The United States is the world's number one sex consumer, and it is our society as a society that drives up demand."
In terms of the "forced labor" that the United States has repeatedly used to attack other countries, it itself is a typical negative teaching material.
According to statistics from some industry associations, there are still about 500,000 child laborers engaged in agricultural work in the United States so far. Many children start working from the age of 8 and work up to 72 hours a week. Child labor deaths occur frequently.
In the past five years, as many as 100,000 people were trafficked to the United States for forced labor each year, and half of them were trafficked to "sweatshops" or subjected to domestic servitude.
Why is the phenomenon of forced labor in the United States so hard to stop?
American University of Denver scholar Chrissy Barkley said that on the one hand, because of the high profits, on the other hand, the risk of perpetrators being prosecuted is small because of the weak legislation and inefficient law enforcement in the United States.
The most common areas of forced labor are housekeeping, agriculture, industry, and pornography. There is a high demand for cheap labor, and US laws rarely or even do not require supervision of working conditions in these areas.
From 1619 to the present, the 400-year dark history of human trafficking and forced labor in the United States is probably far beyond what a few reports can tell.
In the face of hard facts, the United States needs to understand that the self-appointed "human rights judge" is not qualified to criticize other countries, and it is impossible for its own stigma to be whitewashed by discrediting other countries. Instead of continuing to divert its attention and slander the blame, it is better to reflect and reflect. Take practical actions to correct mistakes.
Otherwise, when the dark corners under the "Human Rights Beacon" are clearly seen by the world, the United States will eventually find that the clown is itself.