Jul 13 2014

World Population Day – Management vs. Manipulation

Tag: Global CommentarySage @ 6:31 pm

From KHouse.Org

In order to stabilize world population, we must eliminate 350,000 per day.

— Jacques Yves Cousteau

On Earth Day, lovers of the environment focus on celebrating the beauty of the planet and protecting its resources. On World Population Day, however, there is no rejoicing over the abundance of beautiful people on the globe; instead, there is a focus on slowing, and even reversing, the growth of the human family.

In 1965, the global population had just passed 3.5 billion. Half a century later, the number of humans on the planet has more than doubled to about 7.2 billion, according to the U.S. Census population clock. In the interest of putting the brakes on the tendency we have to make more people, this year’s World Population Day (July 11) will be celebrated by focusing on the children we already have (and raising awareness to the importance of not having any more). This year’s theme is “Investing in Young People” by making sure they have access to reproductive health information and services. As John Seager at Population Connection wrote in 2012, “Our population is growing rapidly. Our Earth is not. Something has to give.”

Pamela Barnes, president of EngenderHealth, claims that more than 220 million women on Earth do not have access to the contraception they desire. She wrote recently in The Huffington Post, “If women and girls can access contraception, they are more likely to finish school, they will have fewer children by choice, and they are more likely to prosper.” Barnes may be truly interested in bettering the lives of millions of women, but what about those women who are proud to have babies, who long to have little ones in their arms? World Population Day isn’t celebrated with those women in mind.

A conference on “Investing in Young People” was held in Abuja, Nigeria on July 7 to focus on making the world a better place for the next generation. Nigeria is the most populous African country and the 7th most populated country in the world. It deals with the many challenges of feeding and hydrating, housing and clothing, teaching and providing plumbing for 175 million people. By improving literacy and by increasing education on contraception and family planning, the conference leaders hope to improve the health and economic situations of young men and women in Nigeria and around the world.

Seager wrote, “Adding 80 million people a year to the Earth’s population puts extraordinary strain on our natural resources. Experts project that in less than 50 years, we might add another 2 billion to 4 billion people to our planet. All of those people need food, water, clean air and space — necessities that are already running in short supply in many areas.”

It is easy to worry about the population of the planet when managing public sanitation in New Delhi or providing water for the explosion of humanity in Phoenix. It’s easy to feel angry when children die from malnutrition and contaminated water. According to the World Health Population, children in developed countries are 16 times more likely to survive past the age of five than children in sub-Saharan Africa.

Yet, is population control really as important as some think it is? Driving from St. Louis, Missouri to Seattle or from Magadan, Russia to Moscow, it is clear that there is still a vast amount of open space on this little blue planet.

Education, Not Manipulation

At a 2012 family planning conference in London, President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda called for people to be cautious about blaming poverty on population growth. Museveni pointed out that middle class women already tend to have fewer children, and he blamed poverty on socio-economic problems and a lack of development in poor countries. He encouraged promoting the spacing of children, but he also called for care to properly inform poor women and not push contraception onto them.

“Those administering family planning services to the uneducated should explain to them carefully what they entail so that they can seek out these services out of informed choices and not manipulation,” Museveni said.

The best thing African nations like Nigeria can do is improve infrastructure and keep young men employed and out of terrorist groups like Boko Haram. Promoting stability will go a long way to ensuring that all Nigerian children have food and clean water.

Wasted Food

There’s plenty of food and water on this planet, but we don’t make the best use of it. The United Nation’s Food and Agricultural Organization estimates that one-third of all the food produced for humans is wasted every year. According to the BBC, Europeans throw away 100 million tons of food each year, and only about 40% of the food we Americans produce ever gets eaten. We don’t have a population problem as much as a management problem.

Charities like City Harvest have jumped into the gap to take “imperfect” produce out of the hands of farmers and stores and get it into local food banks and shelter soup pots. Onion farmer Chris Pawelski can only sell a portion of his onions to grocery chains, because consumers want pretty-looking onions that have a certain size and shape. He’s started to donate the rest of his perfectly good but less physically appealing onions to City Harvest so they don’t go to waste. In 2014, City Harvest will rescue an estimated 46 million pounds of food.

Large Families

It can even be said that large families are good for the world. Children from large families are often forced to manage their resources with serious efficiency. They learn to make the most of what they do have, taking every meal, every set of clothes, every bike and vehicle as far as they can make it go. There is little waste. There is little room for complaining about food they don’t like. Resourcefulness becomes an important, life-long skill. The world’s water problems, sanitation problems, food production problems may very well be put in order by the minds of people who came from large families.

Ultimately, the issue of population control comes down to a question of God’s wisdom and foresight. If we believe we are on our own, the product of millions of years of evolution, then we have a responsibility to make sure humans don’t overgraze themselves to death. On the other hand, if we believe in a God who values human life, a God who was able to look through time and see the vast number of people who would be born, we can trust He made the planet big enough to hold us all. Our job is to take care of one another and do our utmost to make sure that every child born is treated with the value we all have in Christ.

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    — The Huffington Post
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    Jul 13 2014

    Important News Headlines - 8th July 2014

    Tag: Global CommentarySage @ 5:56 pm

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    Jul 13 2014

    Jihad Watch: News Index - 13th July 2014

    Tag: Global CommentarySage @ 4:35 pm

    From Jihad Watch.Org

    Former OIC top dog, now Turkish presidential candidate: Islamic State is terrorist gang with no links to Islam

    Jul 12, 2014 07:17 pm | Robert Spencer

    As head of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), İhsanoğlu spearheaded a years-long campaign to intimidate the West into adopting Sharia blasphemy laws and criminalizing criticism of Islam. There is no reason to think that İhsanoğlu doesn’t want a caliphate, as he is clearly a Sharia supremacist; he just doesn’t want a caliphate in Baghdad. […]

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    BBC promotes lie that Israel is targeting civilians in Gaza

    Jul 12, 2014 02:06 pm | Robert Spencer

    The best friend of the “Palestinian” jihad is the international mainstream media, which eagerly promotes its jihadist propaganda as “news,” working hard to marshal world opinion against Israel. It has been marvelously effective now for decades. “BBC Promotes Lie that Israel is Targeting Civilians in Gaza (VIDEO),” by Hadar Sela, Algemeiner, July 11, 2014 (thanks […]

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    Australian Muslim who called on Muslims to wage jihad in Iraq and Syria arrested in Philippines

    Jul 12, 2014 01:02 pm | Robert Spencer

    Cerantonio said back in 2012 that “reestablishing the Islamic state is eventually going to be a military matter, and it is a matter that concerns a large part of the Islamic nation.” He enthusiastically endorsed the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and called on Muslims to join the jihad there. How did this convert […]

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    UN calls for Israeli- “Palestinian” cease-fire

    Jul 12, 2014 12:51 pm | Robert Spencer

    This was predictable. The UN is controlled by the 57-government Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which is why it constantly condemns Israel while ignoring genuine human rights abusers around the world, and the enemies of Israel want to stop the Israelis from doing significant damage to Hamas. “UN calls for Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire,” Associated Press, July […]

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    Gaza mosque containing weapons cache struck by Israeli military

    Jul 12, 2014 12:35 pm | Robert Spencer

    A mosque containing weapons? The mainstream media and Western government officials will almost certainly discount this as Israeli propaganda, since they all know that Islam is a religion of peace. But in reality, there is nothing unbelievable about it. We have seen mosques used to stockpile weapons in other countries in the past, and Hamas […]

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    US Muslim pleads guilty to providing material support to Al-Qaeda, Al-Nusra Front and Al-Shebab jihadists

    Jul 12, 2014 12:10 pm | Robert Spencer

    “A naturalized US citizen from India pleaded guilty Friday to providing material support to al Qaeda, its Syrian affiliate Al-Nusra Front and Shebab militants in Somalia after an FBI sting operation.” How did Gufran Ahmed Kauser Mohammed come to misunderstand Islam in such a way? When he immigrated from India, did U.S. officials make any […]

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    Genocidal Hamas military song calls on “Palestinian” Muslims to “exterminate” the Jews

    Jul 12, 2014 11:50 am | Robert Spencer

    “Wipe out all the Zionists…burn soldiers and their bases.” “Exterminate the cockroach nest, expel all the Zionists.” “They are startled by death and hide behind walls and protection.” “Rain upon them many rockets. Make their world into a horror.” And the supporters of these genocidal jihadists still have the audacity to claim the moral high […]

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    Egyptian Muslim cleric endorses genocidal hadiths: “Not a single Jew will remain on the face of the earth”

    Jul 12, 2014 11:33 am | Robert Spencer

    “Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the […]

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    New York: “Palestinian” rally features genocidal, anti-Semitic jihad chant

    Jul 12, 2014 11:15 am | Robert Spencer

    Last Wednesday I attended a pro-Israel rally in front of Israeli Consulate in New York City. Across the street raged an ugly, hate-filled pro-”Palestinian” rally, at which — as you can hear in the above video — demonstrators chanted, “Khaybar, Khaybar, ya Yahoud, jaish Muhammad saufa yaoud.” That’s “Khaybar, Khaybar, O Jews, the army of […]

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    UK: Muslim arrested at Luton airport on suspicion of jihad terrorism

    Jul 12, 2014 10:58 am | Robert Spencer

    Just another day in the UK. This man’s jihad terror aspirations are the fruit of the labors of Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, David Cameron, Jack Straw, Jacqui Smith, and Theresa May, among others: the architects of the demise of a once-great nation. “Man held at Luton airport on suspicion of terrorism,” the Guardian, July 11, […]

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    New York: Muslim who beat his wife to death for not serving him goat dinner says he had right to “discipline” her

    Jul 12, 2014 10:44 am | Robert Spencer

    “He maintained she ‘disrespected’ him by swearing and believed he was entitled to ‘discipline’ his wife of 21 years.” And he was: “Men are the managers of the affairs of women for that God has preferred in bounty one of them over another, and for that they have expended of their property. Righteous women are […]

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    Hamas to Israel: If you invade Gaza, we will kidnap your soldiers

    Jul 12, 2014 09:20 am | Robert Spencer

    The jihadis have seen how effective kidnapping can be: they can exchange one kidnapped soldier for hundreds of jihad murderers, as in the Gilad Shalit deal. Thus it is an increasingly popular jihadi tactic. “We will kidnap soldiers if you invade, Hamas warns Israel,” by Robert Tait, The Telegraph, July 11, 2014: GAZA CITY — […]

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    Jul 12 2014

    PJ Media: News Index - 12th July 2014

    Tag: Global CommentarySage @ 2:01 pm

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    House Drafting Statement to Arrest Lois Lerner for Contempt (Resolution Text Added)

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    Jul 12 2014

    Jihad Watch: News Index - 12th July 2014

    Tag: Global CommentarySage @ 1:53 pm

    From Jihad Watch.Org

    Video: Robert Spencer and Michael Coren on jihad and dhimmitude

    Jul 11, 2014 03:21 pm | Robert Spencer

    Last night on my regular Jihad Watch spot on Michael’s Sun TV show. Topics include the jihad against Christians in Nigeria; the UK dhimmi Lord Scott’s recommendation that Christians marry Muslims so as to ward off “Islamophobia,” the jihad plot to destroy the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, and the escalating jihad against Israel. Video […]

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    Canada: Muslim found guilty of terror charges, eyed Canadian targets

    Jul 11, 2014 03:14 pm | Robert Spencer

    “Crown lawyers said during the trial that Ahmed was a ‘committed jihadist’ with an eye on potential Canadian targets, pointing to a bag in his basement they alleged held bomb-making materials.” Where did Misbahuddin Ahmed learn this outrageous misunderstanding of the religion of peace? Why do so many Muslims misunderstand it in the same way? […]

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    Netanyahu: “No international pressure will prevent us from acting with all power”

    Jul 11, 2014 02:46 pm | Robert Spencer

    It is good that he said this. For decades now, Islamic supremacists, jihadists, and their Leftist allies have brought tremendous pressure to bear upon Israel to get it to end defensive measures prematurely. For years now, this has worked quite well. But now, perhaps because Netanyahu knows that Obama is not in his corner and […]

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    Boston Marathon jihad mass murderer spoke of martyrdom before attack

    Jul 11, 2014 02:16 pm | Robert Spencer

    Here is still more evidence that the Boston Marathon jihad mass murderers were motivated by Islamic texts and teachings — specifically, the Qur’an’s promise of Paradise to those who “kill and are killed” for Allah (9:111). The mainstream media will continue to ignore all this, of course. To recognize it and call for effective action […]

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    Australia: Jihadi got welfare benefits for two months after leaving for Syria

    Jul 11, 2014 01:42 pm | Robert Spencer

    Australia has recently moved to stop this from happening again — which is more than other Western governments have done. Meanwhile, it is ironic that Khaled Sharrouf was disabled in Australia but able-bodied enough to wage jihad in Syria, but it is no surprise. In the jihadis’ view, it is the duty of the kuffar […]

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    India: Muslims bomb food plaza to stop Hindus from eating during Ramadan

    Jul 11, 2014 01:27 pm | Robert Spencer

    “Muslim terror groups may attack food plaza and favourite eateries to register their protest as Non-Muslims take foods openly by ignoring roja (fasting) timings on Ramadan.” Remember: in Muslim countries, you must conform your behavior to Islamic sensibilities. And in non-Muslim countries, you must conform your behavior to Islamic sensibilities. Otherwise, you never know when […]

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    Robert Spencer in Truth Revolt: Glenn Greenwald Enraged That Muslims With Terror Ties Under Surveillance

    Jul 11, 2014 01:11 pm | Robert Spencer

    Over at Truth Revolt I discuss the notorious Leftist propagandist’s latest exercise in jihad-enabling victimhood posturing: Glenn Greenwald and his fellow jihad-enabling “journalist” Murtaza Hussain on Wednesday published a major exposé, “Under Surveillance: Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On,” about Muslim leaders who are being spied upon by the […]

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    Netanyahu rejects Obama’s offer: Ceasefire “is not even on the agenda”

    Jul 11, 2014 12:42 pm | Robert Spencer

    It has been the pattern for decades now: whenever Israel starts to defend itself, the U.S. President tries to get it to stop. But now that Israel is dealing with a fanatically and consistently anti-Israel President, more and more Israelis (and pro-Israel Americans) are realizing that Israel is on its own against the jihadi onslaught. […]

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    Audio: Robert Spencer on KNUS Denver’s Peter Boyles Show on Israel and more

    Jul 11, 2014 12:32 pm | Robert Spencer

    This morning I was once again on KNUS Denver’s Peter Boyles Show, discussing the various warring jihadist factions in the Middle East, the jihad against Israel, and more.

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    Taliban: “Muslims should avoid extremism in religion”

    Jul 11, 2014 11:56 am | Robert Spencer

    The Taliban, in saying this, demonstrate that they don’t consider themselves to be “extremist.” This word is thrown around everywhere, but like “moderate,” no one bothers to define it precisely. Everyone assumes that its meaning is obvious, but it isn’t. It would be useful and illuminating to have a debate between Muslims who support the […]

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    Pakistan: Wanted jihad terrorist leads seminar at Lahore High Court

    Jul 11, 2014 11:37 am | Robert Spencer

    His group has been declared a terror organization by the U.S., but our friend and ally Pakistan lets him roam around freely, and even address a seminar at the Lahore High Court. Not a penny of U.S. aid should be going to Pakistan — but of course the jizya will keep flowing. “Lashkar Founder Hafiz […]

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    Obama’s approval rating higher among Muslims than any other religious group

    Jul 11, 2014 10:47 am | Robert Spencer

    This couldn’t have anything to do with Obama’s foreign policy aiding the agenda of Islamic supremacists around the globe, could it? This couldn’t have anything to do with Barack Obama’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and for pro-Sharia jihadists in Libya and Syria, could it? This couldn’t have anything to do with Obama’s […]

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    Islamic jihadists now firing rockets from Lebanon into Israel

    Jul 11, 2014 09:28 am | Robert Spencer

    Although this AP story is about rocket fire from Gaza striking a gas station in southern Israel and seriously injuring one person, and rocket fire from Lebanon into Israel, all the accompanying pictures and video were of Israel strikes in Gaza, Allahu-akbaring “Palestinians” burying their dead (presumably killed in an Israeli strike), doe-eyed “Palestinian” children […]

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    Islamic State forces 30,000 to flee, crucifies nine men

    Jul 11, 2014 09:04 am | Robert Spencer

    “Indeed, the penalty for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive upon earth [to cause] corruption is none but that they be killed or crucified or that their hands and feet be cut off from opposite sides or that they be exiled from the land. That is for them a disgrace […]

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    Just another day in the UK: Muslim charged with jihad terrorism offenses

    Jul 11, 2014 07:57 am | Robert Spencer

    A story like this one, bereft of detail and in the BBC version, of any indication other than his name that Abdul Rahman Benhammedi may have been up to Islamic jihad activity, is utterly routine and unremarkable. Abdul Rahman Benhammedi is one of thousands in the U.K. who are interested in waging jihad and up […]

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    Jul 11 2014

    PJ Media: News Index - 11th July 2014

    Tag: Global CommentarySage @ 4:50 pm

    From PJ Media.Com

    Breitbart (and PJ Media) vs. Shirley Sherrod

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    Gaza War Continues: Hold the Hudna

    By Roger L. Simon
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    We’ve all built our Arabic vocabularies a touch since 9-11, but the definition of words can often be problematic.  The meaning of concepts like, say, jihad, are notoriously difficult to pin down, even when they shouldn’t be; I think deliberately. One of those elusive terms is hudna, meaning a temporary truce or “quiet.”

    Estimate of UAC Border Crossings Jumps

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    Jul 11 2014

    Jihad Watch: News Index - 11th July 2014

    Tag: Global CommentarySage @ 4:17 pm

    From Jihad Watch.Org

    Obama: U.S. willing to negotiate cease-fire between Israel and Hamas

    Jul 10, 2014 06:56 pm | Robert Spencer

    Netanyahu should not accept this, if he can possibly avoid doing so. Obama will only press Israel to make more disastrous, self-defeating concessions. “Obama: U.S. willing to negotiate Israel cease-fire,” Associated Press, July 10, 2014 (thanks to John): President Barack Obama is telling Israel’s leader that the United States is willing to negotiate a cease-fire […]

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    Nigeria: Imam arrested for stockpiling guns at mosque

    Jul 10, 2014 06:51 pm | Robert Spencer

    Here yet again we see a Muslim cleric misunderstanding the Qur’an’s peaceful teachings and somehow getting the crazy idea that jihad involved violence against unbelievers. This misunderstanding of Islam (that’s what we’re constantly told that it is, anyway) is global in scope and motivates violent terror groups around the world, yet nothing — nothing! — […]

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    Hamas spokesman encourages Gazans to serve as human shields

    Jul 10, 2014 11:27 am | Robert Spencer

    Yet even after this open avowal, the Western media, Barack Obama and the United Nations will continue to pretend that Israel is racking up civilian casualties with callous disregard for human life. Their moral myopia is unconscionable. “Hamas Spokesman Encourages Gazans to Serve as Human Shields: It’s Been Proven Effective,” MEMRI, July 8, 2014: Following […]

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    Nigerian Christian leader: West ignores Boko Haram’s Islamic motives

    Jul 10, 2014 10:37 am | Robert Spencer

    For a long time, Okoh said, “the United States did not come out to say anything about Boko Haram. They kept talking about economic problems, [saying] that Boko Haram is fighting because of economic problems. That is not true … The United States deliberately ignored the fundamental issues of religious ideology.” Indeed — and even […]

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    British Lord says Christians should marry Muslims to combat “Islamophobia”

    Jul 10, 2014 10:23 am | Robert Spencer

    Lord Scott is no doubt unaware that Muslim women are forbidden to marry non-Muslim men, and even if he is aware of this element of Islamic law, he almost certainly doesn’t realize its supremacist intent — that the non-Muslim community is meant to decline while the Muslim community flourishes. In any case, if he thinks […]

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    Jul 10 2014

    Human Trafficking Estimates and Statistics

    Tag: Global CommentarySage @ 5:57 pm

    From American Thinker.Com

    The U.S. State Department released the 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP Report) in June and included a warning to reporters to be careful when doing stories about human trafficking. One of the subjects the State Department raised a red flag about was “numbers.” Here is the cautionary statement:

    “Numbers game. Reporters often lead with numbers, but reliable statistics related to human trafficking are difficult to find. Human trafficking is a clandestine crime and few victims and survivors come forward for fear of retaliation, shame, or lack of understanding of what is happening to them. Numbers are not always the story. Pursue individual stories of survival, new government initiatives, or innovative research efforts until better data are available.”

    Concerned Women for America has been urging caution for several years about using any of the numbers purporting to show the scope of the problem. CWA’s report, “Children in Prostitution: How Many Are There and What To Do,” traced the origins of most of the numbers of child victims in the U.S. commonly touted today and found that all are based on “guesstimates.”  In the United States, the bottom line is that no one knows how many child and adult victims of human trafficking are here.

    In the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2005 (see Section 201), Congress mandated the U.S. Department of Justice to undertake a study of the illegal commercial sex industry. The TVPRA 2008 reiterated the mandate to undertake the study because the 2005 mandate had been ignored. To date, it still has not been done.

    So where do reporters get the figures they cite? Since the early 2000s, a quick review of U.S. government sites provided some figures, but lately the numbers have been disappearing. Here is a sample of what is offered now. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services states that, worldwide, there are between 12 million and 27 million trafficking victims.

    Seventeen government departments and agencies collaborated to create the “Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States 2013-2017,” which states, “While it is difficult to measure the magnitude of human trafficking, the International Labour Organization estimates that more than 20 million men, women, and children are victimized by forced labor and sex trafficking worldwide, including in the United States.” Two pages later, it states, “Current statistics on human trafficking are limited.” Interestingly, the plan to help victims in the U.S. gives no estimate as to the scope of our nation’s problem. The plan, instead, states at the beginning of the section dedicated to improving the means for research, “Due to the hidden and complex nature of the crime, the full scope of human trafficking in the United States is unknown.”

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) however, includes this statement in its training material for school administrators and staff, “Each year, as many as 100,000-300,000 American children are at risk [emphasis mine] of being trafficked for commercial sex in the United States.” During the past decade, the State Department estimated 14,500 to 17,500 people are trafficked into the U.S. each year (TIP Report 2004) and the Justice Department estimated 293,000 minors in the U.S. were at risk [emphasis mine] of commercial sexual exploitation (U.S. Attorneys’ Bulletin, 2004).

    Where can reporters go for actual data? There are a few sources: the Federal Bureau of Investigations’ (FBI) Uniform Crime Reports, the FBI’s Innocence Lost National Initiative, and the U.S. State Department’s Trafficking in Persons reports.

    The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports show how many minors are arrested for “prostitution and commercialized vice” each year in the United States. The 2013 report is due out in September, and it contains new data that was the result of an amendment Concerned Women for America authored in the TVPRA 2008 bill (section 237). That amendment disaggregates the figures in the category into three categories: pimps/traffickers, buyers of sex and sellers of sex. In previous years,the category is aggregated so some minors may have been arrested for pimping or buying sex, but there is no way to tell. (Beginning in the 2013 report, the FBI will also collect data on offenses and arrests for sex trafficking and forced labor.) For the past five years, the number of minors arrested nationwide for prostitution and commercialized vice offenses has been steadily declining:

    The FBI’s Innocence Lost National Initiative strives to eradicate the commercial sexual exploitation of children in the U.S. The website states that as of June 2013, 2,700 children have been rescued since the initiative began in June 2003. That is an average of 270 children rescued a year through this FBI effort. The Innocence Lost program runs Operation Cross Country’s (OCC) three-day nationwide efforts to rescue minors in prostitution and goes after those who are exploiting them. The OCC website states the 3,600 children have been rescued since 2003 through Innocence Lost efforts. It is not clear why these numbers differ.

    During OCC VII in June 2013, 106 children were recovered “in 76 cities nationwide, utilizing 47 FBI divisions, and more than 3,900 local, state, and federal law enforcement officers from 230 agencies.” In OCC VIII in June 2014, 168 minors were rescued in a nationwide effort that spanned 106 cities, utilized 54 FBI divisions and local, state and federal law enforcement personnel from 392 separate agencies. In both operations, more pimps/traffickers were found than minors. In 2013, 152 pimps were arrested; the number rose to 281 in 2014.

    The 2014 Trafficking in Persons report contains global law enforcement data that show how many victims have been identified worldwide. Secretary Kerry in his introductory note stated there are more than 20 million victims of human trafficking worldwide. The chart shows data obtained from law enforcement around the world of the number of victims identified from 2008-2013 (which the report notes are estimates, due to a lack of reporting uniformity):

    • 2008:   30,961
    • 2009:   49,105
    • 2010:   33,113
    • 2011:   42,291
    • 2012:   46,570
    • 2013:   44,758

    As for the number of aliens in the U.S. who are victims of trafficking, the number is unknown. However, between fiscal year 2002 and fiscal year 2012, there were 3,269 T-visas approved. T-visas were created by the TVPA 2000 to be issued to aliens who are victims of severe forms of trafficking, enabling them to stay in the U.S. for up to four years. After three consecutive years, they may apply to become legal permanent residents. The victims must be physically present in the U.S., cooperate with reasonable requests from law enforcement regarding their trafficking cases, and be in danger of harm if they are removed from the U.S.

    These are the data available for the number of human trafficking victims. The difference between the estimates and the numbers of victims found is enormous. If the estimates are to be believed, less than one percent of victims have been identified and rescued. Perhaps that is why the State Department prefers that reporters not use numbers and instead focus on individuals’ stories.

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    PJ Media: News Index - 10th July 2014

    Tag: Global CommentarySage @ 5:49 pm

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    I Am Man, Hear Me Roar: Dr. Helen Smith Attends the International Conference on Men’s Issues
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    Jihad Watch: News Index - 10th July 2014

    Tag: Global CommentarySage @ 5:41 pm

    From Jihad Watch.Org

    French police foil jihad plot targeting Eiffel Tower, Louvre, nuke plant

    Jul 09, 2014 03:54 pm | Robert Spencer

    “The suspect, identified in the newspaper report as Ali M, reportedly said he would target French landmarks including the Eiffel Tower, Louvre and ‘cultural events that take place in the south of France in which thousands of Christians gather for a month.’” Remember: opposing this is “hatred” and “bigotry.” “Terror plot targeting Eiffel Tower, Louvre […]

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    Hamas caught using civilians as human shields in Gaza

    Jul 09, 2014 02:56 pm | Robert Spencer

    Israel tries to avoid civilian casualties. Hamas tries to maximize civilian casualties. In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat jihad. Are you in New York today? If so, go to this rally in support of Israel. GO. Click yes, join. Be at the Israeli Consulate […]

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    Hamas: “All Israelis have now become legitimate targets”

    Jul 09, 2014 12:49 pm | Robert Spencer

    Are you in New York today? If so, go to this rally in support of Israel. GO. Click yes, join. Be at the Israeli Consulate at 800 2nd Ave, New York, New York 10017, at 5:30 pm. The supporters of the “Palestinian” jihad will be out in force; we need defenders of the truth and […]

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    Jihadi in Syria admits training British Muslim teens for jihad terror

    Jul 09, 2014 12:30 pm | Robert Spencer

    He says, however, that while jihadis see their jihad in Syria as “something holy,” they won’t risk prison by committing a jihad attack in Britain. But why can’t a jihad in Britain be “something holy”? Nasser Muthana, who has warned the British that he will commit jihad mass murder in Britain if he returns, seems […]

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    Hamas to Israelis: “Wait for suicide attacks on every bus, café and street”

    Jul 09, 2014 11:59 am | Robert Spencer

    This is an open avowal that the jihad terrorists of Hamas will be targeting civilians. And remember: Hamas is part of the “Palestinian” unity government, and so this genocidal taunting and threatening is the responsibility of Obama’s friend, the “moderate” Palestinian Authority President Abbas. “Hamas to Israelis in Hebrew: ‘Wait for suicide attacks on every […]

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    Islamic State to FIFA: Cancel the World Cup or we’ll bomb it

    Jul 09, 2014 11:45 am | Robert Spencer

    “Allah did not create man so that he could have fun. The aim of creation was for mankind to be put to the test through hardship and prayer. An Islamic regime must be serious in every field. There are no jokes in Islam. There is no humor in Islam. There is no fun in Islam. […]

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    Glenn Greenwald enraged that Muslims with terror ties under surveillance

    Jul 09, 2014 10:51 am | Robert Spencer

    Here is more about the new Glenn Greenwald/Murtaza Hussain “exposé” that complains that honest, upstanding, loyal, patriotic American Muslims are under FBI and NSA surveillance (not to worry; they won’t be for long, now that this piece has been published). Greenwald and Hussain make their case by glossing over the very real reasons why surveillance […]

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    All educated, professional women are “unoriginal and common,” says Egyptian sheikh

    Jul 09, 2014 10:12 am | Raymond Ibrahim

    In order to expose the Islamist and Salafi mindset, Egyptian journalists continue posting and commenting on the assertions and observations made by the various clerics during former President Morsi’s one year reign and earlier, when the “radicals” felt especially free to speak their mind. One of these, Sheikh Yusuf al-Huwaini—who earlier justified buying and selling captured […]

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    Shock horror: Hamas-linked CAIR’s Nihad Awad under surveillance!

    Jul 09, 2014 09:37 am | Robert Spencer

    Glenn Greenwald and his fellow jihad-enabling “journalist” Murtaza Hussain have a major exposé out today about Muslim leaders who are being spied upon by the FBI and the NSA. The thrust of the article is that each one is as pure as the day is long, with the one sin of opposing U.S. government policies. […]

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    In Canada, defending girls from Islamic honor killings is “racist”

    Jul 09, 2014 07:41 am | Robert Spencer

    Over at Breitbart, my AFDI colleague Pamela Geller explains what happened when we tried to help girls threatened by honor killing in Canada: “In Canada, Defending Girls from Islamic Honor Killings Is ‘Racist,’” by Pamela Geller, Breitbart, July 7, 2014: In Canada today, helping Muslim girls is “racist.” Edmonton Transit last year caved in to […]

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    Raymond Ibrahim: Jihadi Rhetoric — Tiresome but Deadly

    Jul 09, 2014 06:08 am | Raymond Ibrahim

    I just spent the better part of the day reading and listening to sermons by the leaders and jihadis of the new “caliphate” in Mesopotamia, the Islamic State (formerly “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria”). I did so in the vain hopes of learning something “new.” But it was absolute déjà vu—taking me back to […]

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