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That Dangerous John Ashcroft and His Good Works

An e-mail:

Ms. Lopez,

In light of your postings today regarding Bush’s work on sex-slavery, here is a link to an AP article published at sfgate.com (the on-line site of the San Francisco Chronicle) about a succesful prosecution of a slavery ring in the US.

In particular, I was impressed by the end of the article:

“Attorney General John Ashcroft said Thursday said busting this ring and a forced-labor ring in American Samoa showed prosecutors were making inroads against human trafficking.

There have been 83 convictions or guilty pleas since the Justice Department launched the initiative in March 2001, a threefold increase over the preceding three years, officials said. Prosecutors have 142 open investigations, the most ever.”

This is a part of the Ashrcoft Justice Department that rarely get any press.