Raging against human trafficking

Opinion  |  S Thayaparan
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COMMENT | I have been following The Star's R.AGE group of young journalists for some time. Admittedly, the growing pains of this outfit were painful to observe in the early days. However, I always thought The Star was on to something when they started this.

The recent nomination of the team’s work for a Peabody Award (the second) under the category of “Public Service” is something they should be congratulated on, but more importantly, everyone should help spread the word on the subject matter of their documentary.

Concerning the subject matter of their documentary, I am biased. I consider human traffickers the lowest of the low when it comes to a criminal enterprise. Check that. I consider politicians who are in league with these criminals as the lowest of the low. I even despise the term “human traffickers”. These cretins are “slavers”.

The R.AGE team’s documentary and feature story on the web of predators, survivors and business connections from Bangladesh to Malaysia highlight the corruption of the system and the reality that activist groups like Tenanganita have been confronting for decades...

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