First, this entry has nothing to do with I-275 through Tampa or the Howard Franklin causeway on a bad day. I do have opinions about that also but it is hardly relevant. The traffic of which I speak has to do with the horrible sin, and crime, of human trafficing. It may surprise you to know, as it surprised me very much to learn, that among the fifty states, Florida is third highest in the number of persons who have been illegally brought into the United States for purposes of exploitation, prostitution and modern day slavery. Such human traffic of persons is not only against the law of civilized society but it is also against God’s law.
The bishops of Florida in concert with other bishops throughout our country have begun a public education campaign to make people like myself more aware of the scope and significant of this sin which cries to heaven for vengeance. Soon, we Catholics in Florida will be made more aware of the depth of this evil in our midst in the hope that more and more people will become aware of this modern day slave trade, report instances of it to the authorities and seek more enforcement and investigation to attempt to stop it. Material which we have already prepared can be accessed by clicking here for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and and here for the United States Department of Health and Human Services. I will have more to say on this topic in the coming months.
I found it interesting last night when I stumbled onto what must have been the inaugural showing of the new, revised and much “spiffed-up” TV show of my young adult days, HAWAII 5-0, human trafficing was a major sub-plot of the first episode. The more we learn and know about this topic, the more alert we can become and the police and law enforcement people can root them out, arrest them and then, “book-em, Danno!”