Hillary Clinton Pledges to Fight Slavery During Confirmation Hearings

New York Times writer Nicholas Kristof posts some words from Hillary Clinton uttered during her confirmation hearings yesterday:

I take very seriously the function of the State department to lead our government through the Office on Human Trafficking, to do all that we can to end this modern form of slavery. We have sex slavery, we have wage slavery, and it is primarily a slavery of girls and women. So I look also forward, Senator, to reviewing your legislation and working with you as a continuing partnership on behalf of these issues we care so much about.

So we’re going to have a very active office on trafficking, we’re going to be speaking out consistently and strongly against discrimination and oppression of women, and slavery in particular. Because I think that is not only in keeping with American values, as we all recognize, but American national security interests as well.

“We’re seeing the rise of a new foreign policy agenda — side by side with the old one,” Kristof writes, “consisting of issues like human trafficking, the environment, genocide. They are every bit as important as the traditional agenda.”

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