25 Sep '12, 10pm
President Obama says we should call human trafficking by its real name—"modern slavery"
President Barack Obama has denounced human trafficking calling it by “its true name: modern slavery.” Speaking to the crowd gathered at the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York City on Tuesday, Obama outlined new steps to combat the exploitation of men, women, and children both at home and abroad. “Now, I do not use that word, ‘slavery,” lightly,” he said, noting that it evoked a painful chapter in America’s history. Nevertheless, the global community needs to ramp up efforts to help the more than 20 million victims of human trafficking worldwide and put a stop to this “awful injustice” and “debasement of our common humanity,” he added.