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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

"Rights" superficialities obscure actual enslavement of women ─ Malkin

 Frivolous “rights” demonstrations eclipse human trafficking, modern- day slavery
Excerpt, editing by Carolyn Bennett

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Philippine citizens Rafaela, Michelle Malkin (née Maglalang) is an Oberlin College graduate in English who in college wrote for an independent, right-of-center student newspaper. Her journalism career has included work with the Los Angeles Daily News (columnist 1992-1994); Washington, D.C.-based Competitive Enterprise Institute (free-market, anti-government regulation, libertarian think tank) journalism fellowship (1995); Seattle Times and Creators Syndicate  (nationally-syndicated columnist (1996, 1999); contributor on right-of-center  radio and television programs; founder of websites “Hot Air,” an internet broadcast network, and “Twitchy.com,” a Twitter site (2000s). Malkin’s books include: Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists, Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces (2002); In Defense of Internment: The Case for ‘Racial Profiling’ in World War II and the War on Terror (2004); Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild (2005); Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies (2009).

While I do not consider myself of her political spectrum, I find “Slavery in America, Saudi-Style” (Michelle Malkin - July 19, 2013) most revealing. For the most part, spot on.

“…There is a war on women in America but it is not the phony ‘war’ that tampon-hurling feminists are always shrieking about ….” It is “a real war on women waged by Saudi royals and elites who have imported human trafficking and abuse of domestic workers on to U.S. soil.”

July 11, 2013, Human Trafficking News report (Guardian UK)

Prosecutors in southern California have charged a Saudi Arabian princess with human trafficking and accused her of bringing a Kenyan woman to the United States and holding her against her will as a servant.

The accused woman, Meshael Alayban, 42, brought the Kenyan to the U.S. in May and paid her $220 a month while holding her passport and keeping her confined to an apartment complex in Irvine, California, where Alayban lived, Orange county prosecutors said. The servant, whose name was not released, had to wash dishes, cook, clean, do laundry and iron, with no days off.

Police arrested Alayban early on (July 10, 2013) at her apartment, a day after the Kenyan woman escaped and flagged down a bus driver; Alayban is charged with one felony count of human trafficking.

Authorities also said they found four Filipino women in the home who may have had their passports seized by Alayban’s family. An investigation was conducted to determine whether others were involved in the alleged human trafficking scheme.  

While it is unclear “what exactly happened, who is responsible, and what are the consequences,” Malkin writes; and “the Department of Homeland Security has not responded to (her) follow-up inquiries … the recent cases must be set against the cultural backdrop of abuse and violence by Saudi royals and elites.”

Continuing and citing human trafficking cases from the 1990s through today, Malkin concludes that “while many Saudi enslavers and abusers have been charged, untold cases are abandoned. Brandon Darby, who worked with the FBI in an undercover capacity on anti-human trafficking efforts in 2011-2012, told (her) that

…‘the Justice Department, specifically the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office, have backed away from aggressively pursuing human trafficking cases.’

“Political correctness and diplomatic fecklessness,” she says, “are the handmaidens of women’s subjugation, right here in the US of A.


Real Clear Politics, http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2013/07/19/slavery_in_america_saudi-style_119292.html
The Guardian, UK, http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/2013/jul/11/saudi-princess-accused-slavery
Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michelle_Malkin]


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