Commentary: Combating trafficking in human beings: a cause that must transcend politics

Commentary: Combating trafficking in human beings: a cause that must transcend politics

In recent weeks, President Joe Biden has canceled – or put on hold – much of the Trump administration’s immigration and borders security Strategies. No one doubts the new team is roaming the field, looking for other Trump administration policies and initiatives to reverse. But tackling the scourge of human trafficking is certainly a part of Trump’s legacy that should be spared. Indeed, this is an area where Biden’s Homeland Security Department should seek to continue and build on the work of the previous administration.

There really can be no political difference of opinion on the virtue of dismantling the criminal networks that prey on the innocent. In the case of trafficking in human beings, the breakdown of these networks is also a matter of security. The same cartels that are destabilizing Latin America and the United States with their multi-billion dollar illicit narcotics trade are also raking in huge profits from human trafficking.

It’s not just a sideline for them. Among violent Mexican cartels, people are the third most trafficked commodity, behind only drugs and guns. and 17,500 – and that was 15 years ago. The number is surely much higher today.

Activists estimate that 75% of Mexican cartel victims …

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