Is it because they aren’t dressed in lion costumes? Or that the perpetrators aren’t dentists from Minnesota?
Greta Van Susteren is extremely frustrated, to the point of having “knocked my head against the wall” in trying to generate public interest in the global crisis of child slavery and human trafficking.
On her website today, the Fox News Channel host decried the lack of sustained attention to the issue, even though the end result of their forced labor ends up on dinner plates and in pet bowls here in America.
Pointing out that child trafficking is not just occurring in Southeast Asia, but in the US as well, Van Susteren lamented the low ratings her most recent special generated. She also noted that in addition to young boys being sold into slavery on the high seas, girls are often “purchased” by men for nefarious purposes:
Why do you think it is so hard to get viewers to watch a show about Human Trafficking? It does impact everyone — even the cat food you buy for your pet is the product of floating labor camps – and of course there is selling of little girls to men
When I was in Cambodia in January with my husband, Reverend Franklin Graham (Samaritan’s Purse) and Griff Jenkins, we visited villages which have been ravaged by human traffickers. Each story we were told was worse than the next — it would break your heart to hear these victims talk about what has happened to them or is happening now to their loved ones. The crimes against these innocents is indescribable and unthinkable.
When we returned, Griff and I put together an hour special and Fox Business aired it (and thank you) but it did not draw a lot of viewers. Others in the news business have likewise tried to put a spotlight on human trafficking (it happens here in the USA, too, ask Senator Corker or Cindy McCain).
It really is an uphill battle to put a spotlight on human trafficking since viewers don’t want to hear about it, don’t want to watch anything about it. You can practically hear them hitting the remote for another television channel.
Unless we put the spotlight on this crisis, no one will ever try to fix it…but how do you put a spotlight on it if no one will watch it?
I have knocked my head against the wall trying to come up with an explanation — why don’t people want to learn about it? Is it too awful? Maybe that is it.
I can understand that since I had a hard time listening to the stories when I was in Cambodia. It is hard to look someone in the eye who is telling you in very graphic details the most incredible cruelty.
[Here] is a link to a NYT article which is exactly what I saw and was told.
In the comments section of her site, responses included a feeling of fatigue at the constant stream of bad news out there, a lack of global political leadership and yes, the lion obsession:
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