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For the poor, COVID-19 also means debt and slavery

By Mark A. Bonta / April 15, 2020 / Comments Off on For the poor, COVID-19 also means debt and slavery

The world’s impoverished people already shoulder heavy burdens of personal debt. Then came the COVID-19 pandemic, and jobs everywhere evaporated. Although this pandemic-driven wave of unemployment is temporary, the financial position of poor people has become even more precarious, making them prey for debt collectors, loan sharks — and slavery. The scourge of debt collection […]

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Don’t go snooping around Mexico’s capital city of sex trafficking

By Mark A. Bonta / January 9, 2020 / Comments Off on Don’t go snooping around Mexico’s capital city of sex trafficking

In the lurid promotional video, a Fox News reporter and her team are confronted on the streets of Tenancingo, Mexico, by a cluster of local police SUVs. Leave, the police say, or you’re going to get lynched. Sadly, Fox reporter Lara Logan is only the latest of a string of journalists who have been threatened […]

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Church leaders accused of enslaving homeless

By Mark A. Bonta / September 16, 2019 / Comments Off on Church leaders accused of enslaving homeless

Missionaries — or slavers? An extraordinary case of “involuntary servitude” targeting the homeless has come to light in southern California with the arrest of twelve Imperial Valley Ministries leaders. The organization styles itself as providing “missionaries to the drug addicts.” The so-called church’s method, officials says, was used across the American Southwest since 2013: Entice […]

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