WASHINGTON – On Nov. 1, American Urban Radio Network’s White House correspondent April Ryan asked Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders if President Trump believes slavery was wrong.
“I think it is disgusting and absurd to suggest that anyone inside of this building would support slavery,” Sanders responded.
The next day on CNN, April Ryan accused Sanders of not answering the question. CNN’s Don Lemon backed her up.
Today they got their unequivocal answer as President Trump has declared war on slavery like he did on ISIS.
With an estimated 25 million people suffering in slavery and as victims of human trafficking, President Trump has declared January as “National Slavery and Human Traffic Prevention Month.”
Perhaps you haven’t heard about the announcement.
That’s because none of the following news agencies have deemed it worthy of reporting: The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, nor any other major newspaper in America or around the world. Neither have any of the major broadcast or cable networks even mentioned it – including CNN.
Similar announcements by previous presidents received widespread coverage, with laudatory expressions of hope they might make a difference in the fight to end the scourge.
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“Human trafficking is a modern form of the oldest and most barbaric type of exploitation,” said Trump in a statement released by the White House. “It has no place in our world.”
Sex and labor trafficking enslaves as many as 25 million people, the White House said.
“Instead of delivering people to better lives, traffickers unjustifiably profit from the labor and toil of their victims, who they force – through violence and intimidation – to work in brothels and factories, on farms and fishing vessels, in private homes, and in countless industries,” said Trump.
In announcing the decision to dedicate next month to combating modern slavery, the Trump administration touted its efforts to address the problem over the past year, including the creation of an interagency task force aimed at developing new anti-slavery policies and the signing of an executive order that targets criminal organizations that have trafficked humans.
“This month we do not simply reflect on this appalling reality,” said Trump. “We also pledge to do all in our power to end the horrific practice of human trafficking that plagues innocent victims around the world.”
The Trump administration’s announcement follows the release of a voluminous report by the State Department including state-by-state assessments of the situation around the world.