- Published: Wednesday, 23 May 2012 17:16
At the symposium held at Yale University earlier this year on the topic of human trafficking, Ambassador Luis CdeBaca stated, ‘it will take a creative community – law and government agencies, civil, art, academics, LEO’s, NGO’s – to eradicate this crime’. I loudly applaud his next statement: ‘what we need is a cultural shift…where we reject the notion that boys will be boys!’
In light of the scandal, or should we call it for what it is, exploitation of women, involving secret service men caught with prostitutes and visiting strip clubs, I continue to look for the words 'human trafficking' to enter the same headlines with 'secret service men caught'. President Obama, addressing this humiliation, stated, "I expect us to observe the highest standards." He also stated, "The agents represent the United States and are supposed to conduct themselves with the highest levels of dignity anywhere in the world. Obviously, what's been reported doesn't match up to those standards".
The question to ask is who sets those high standards? And from where does the definition of dignity derive?