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Saudi Arabia is a destination country for men and women trafficked for the purposes of involuntary servitude and, to a lesser extent, commercial sexual exploitation. Men and women from Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Sudan, Ethiopia, and many other countries voluntarily travel to Saudi Arabia as domestic servants or other low-skilled laborers, but some subsequently face conditions indicative of involuntary servitude, including restrictions on movement, withholding of passports, threats, physical or sexual abuse, and non-payment of wages. Women, primarily from Asian and African countries are also believed to have been trafficked into Saudi Arabia for commercial sexual exploitation; others were reportedly kidnapped and forced into prostitution after running away from abusive employers.

Some Saudi men have also used legally contracted “temporary marriages” in countries such as Mauritania, Yemen, and Indonesia as a means by which to sexually exploit migrant workers. Females as young as seven years old are led to believe they are being wed in earnest, but upon arrival in Saudi Arabia subsequently become their husbands’ sexual slaves, are forced into domestic labor and, in some cases, prostitution.  - U.S. State Dept Trafficking in Persons Report, June, 2009...

I am biased. Against Saudi Arabia. Against cultures which do not repudiate slavery, human trafficking and the oppression of women.

Also, I am opposed to the assassination of public officials. Especially in my country. And this is why I found a recent item by Rachel Maddow very compelling.

The connections between Homaidan Al-Turki, the dead Evan Ebel, and the assassination of Colorado prison chief Tom Clements are tenuous at this time, but the unbounded arrogance of Homaidan Al-Turki — a sexual predator who kept a young Indonesian woman in servitude for 4½ years in Aurora, who is seeking to be transferred from the Colorado Department of Corrections to Saudi Arabia, where he will almost certainly soon go free -- I don't ever want to see this extremely ugly-acting man out of the clink.

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  •  So much to be outraged about. So few ways to DO (0+ / 0-)

    anything about it.

    Thank you for flagging another horror that cries out for attention and action.

    Just to put it in perspective, and with the caveat that stuff like what's linked here is so often consigned to "CT" or "Chicken Little" status and snickered at, lookie here: http://www.theguardian.com/...

    Right in line with your diary's focus: the reality that there's an "elite" that has figured out how to control and leverage all the real and imaginary wealth of most of the planet, and now has the power to strip the rest of us of our little savings and income (and freedom, in your example), pushing us all down to subsistence level or below. And the process is like an aggressive metastatic cancer, like the one that killed my mother -- silent until the tipping point of untreatability was reached, the tumors were all-powerful in sucking up all her body's resources, enlisting and enslaving her physiology into growing massive new arteries feeding just the tumors, hiding in plain sight from the immune system that should have stopped them, until they finally killed themselves along with the rest of her wasted tissues. But the tumors were warm and cozy and comfortable and still growing, right up to the very end when respiration and circulation and perfusion finally ceased, in a soft dose of Demerol.

    It's a struggle, a battle actually, to just try to keep the old carcass alive, and un-enslaved.

    "Is that all there is?" Peggy Lee.

    by jm214 on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 06:51:04 AM PDT

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