briankennedy contradiction no. 1:
The use of the death penalty is back in vogue now that Greasball and his various stooges have gotten all the political mileage they can out of the End the Death Penalty Plan.
feiren's rebuttal which bk never answered:
In the 1990s, figures were in double digits every year.
bk contradiction no. 2:
I am not saying Taiwan is some New Jerusalem of human rights; civil rights protections in Taiwan is horrible, especially for anyone who is not
If you are not in that category (i.e. you are an aboriginal, a woman, a foreigner, a poor person, a person sans connections or just a regular Taiwanese Joe Six Pack with blue rubber sandals) you could easily be fucked over. Put simply the law, fairness, justice---do not mean a fucking thing in Taiwan.
As to the idea that there is lots of human trafficking in women and children in Taiwan, that is utter nonsense. The US State department was bullshitted into believing that by a couple of Taiwanese fake NGOs (i.e. NGOs that are actually tax dodges for some husband and wife teams who want to form a little NGO to launder money and beat the taxes.).
This slave rescue center in Taipei is not a 501 (c) non-profit, registered in the US. Any donations made from the US to NGO’s in Taiwan are not tax deductible in the US or Taiwan. Furthermore, the fact that over 2000 escaping slaves are rescued every year by this mission alone, is indicative of the scale of the problem.
Human trafficking in Taiwan by Taiwanese and the enslavement, abuse and disappearances of thousands of migrant workers is a serious problem. The local authorities are unable or unwilling to address human trafficking in Taiwan. The most effective way to address this problem, is to do so in the US.
bk's response to eric- note the respectful and reasoned argument and how it so clearly addresses eric's points- n o t
p.s. the other major change is, when I was young most human rights advocates were basically sane, responsible adults---now human rights NGOs (in particular in Taiwan) seem to be a dumping ground for nut cases who seem to not even be able to hold jobs at buxibans. Of course I may just be getting cynical.
bk's only rebuttal to eric does not challenge the 2000 slaves rescued figure, it just says those ngos are greedy liars and eric is a 'nut case'. I've read eric's posts in the past: has he ever appealed for donations from forumosans? not that i remember. I've also read some of brian kennedy's posts. now being an arrogant, foul-mouthed foreigner big fish in a little pond is in and of itself not a crime and doesn't cause one's cred to go down, but talking in contradictions and not answering rebuttals with reason and evidence- does lead one to at least question the credibility of the source (ie, what is up brian kennedy's butt?). The Big Foreigner Fish in the Little Pond Syndrome, or BFFLP Syndrome. Know anybody else suffering from it? No one else comes to my mind at the moment. ____