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May 4, 2014

Americans can combat human trafficking

I would like to inform the readers of an atrocity in the world today that most Americans are oblivious to. It once plagued our own nation and even divided it. It is slavery.

We now call it human trafficking or modern day slavery. It’s usually in the form of forced labor or sex trafficking. According to the International Labor Organization there are 21 million people in the world, mostly women and children that are in bondage and have lost their human dignity to this great evil.

If you could do something to end human trafficking, would you do it? If we were the ones in bondage to such evil people, we would want someone to help us. The majority of Americans have been blessed with much, especially freedom and liberty. Don’t take it for granted. Do something with it to help others.

There is something you can do and it’s very simple. Contact your member of Congress to support legislation to end it. Ask them to support H.R. 2283, which would give a stronger voice to the U.S. Department of State, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking.

Another way to help is to support organizations like International Justice Mission. To learn more about combating human trafficking or to support the cause go to IJM.org.

Tim Cherney

Mankato

Considine would listen well

I have found Jack Considine listens well. He may not agree with me, but he will listen. And he is willing to change his mind, when facts and circumstances indicate a different direction would be in order.

Combine good listening with strong faith and good ethics, and I believe you have the necessities for a state representative.

And I’m hoping my friend, Jack Considine, will become our next good legislator.

John Ganey

Mankato

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