Human Trafficking on the BBC

The BBC is currently doing a several part series on Human Trafficking which highlights various forms of trafficking children around the world.  It looks interesting and, unlike many reports, does no focus solely on sex trafficking or sex tourism. Moreover, one of the children highlighted is a Cambodian girl. More info here: (Bill III, thanks for the pointing me in the direction of the article)

Also more information (including the write up of the Cambodian girl’s story) can be found here: This blog is dedicated to orphans and vulnerable children. It has some interesting articles.



  1. Rick (Mer's Rick) said,

    March 21, 2007 at 7:54 am

    What is sad is that the people who make this all possible don’t know or even care about any of these people. If there was no demand for cheap designer clothing, a hoarding of wealth, or the need to maintain such a competitive edge all of the time, most of these situations would go away thus freeing up resources to mitigate the situations when such atrocities take place. Something to think about when purchasing the $59.00 DVD player from Wal-Mart or the “Tommy” jeans from Macy’s. A buddy and I have a draft economic concept that we called “Social Universalism”, which touches on the need for social responsibility, but then I’m just as much of the problem as the next guy.

  2. Clare said,

    March 21, 2007 at 10:15 am

    Would you care to elaborate on your social universalism?

  3. Rick (Mer's Rick) said,

    March 22, 2007 at 8:34 am

    Without cluttering up your blog box, I’ll do my best to give you a quick summary. If you ever feel like coming to AZ to visit us I’ll (curves, math, scenarios and the whole bit). An economic model where personal acquisition of wealth is not the driving force, at least not in the traditional sense. Wealth is measured in terms of items such as social achievement, technological advancement (on a local or global scale), medical breakthroughs, artistic accomplishments etc… The point is personal gain is in terms of what you give back to the world. Not the “prudent self interest” theory in capitalism or the “each according to their needs” principles of communism. It would not be entirely free market (but could evolve to that) and not a command economy (but some command principles could apply in the beginning such as price caps and market collusion). I know you’re thinking that this is starting to sound like the five steps to the Marxist utopia. Not quite no utopia. Only a sustainable planet where we are not mass consumers only tenants of the earth. One of my principles is reduction of greed through cultural socialization or “economalization” (my term). This meaning that people grow up being taught that resources are precious and everybody of the planet is entitled to them through equal distribution. I have several models of this I could draw out but maybe another time. Next question where’s the incentive to try. Simple, there are some free market principles attached. A nuero surgeon can earn more than a dishwasher, but not exponentially less than a pro athlete (and I love some sports), but there are behaviorally imposed limits. Examples if A-Rod earned 1 million as opposed to 252 million that 251 could be applied to other areas. People who excel contribute skill and knowledge for planetary improvement and limit personal gain. They do more because they can and it is the right thing to do. Anyways I hope that gets you started because I’m a long way from done. Mer says hi and she misses you…

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