Is Slavery Making a Comeback?
Daniel Pipes's recent article, Saudis Import Slaves to America, gives many examples of this practice happening here once again in the good ol' US of A. And it's frightening. But apparently it's not rare for Saudis.
Although slavery was abolished in the kingdom in 1962, the practice still flourishes there. Ranking Saudi religious authorities endorse slavery; for example, Sheikh Saleh Al-Fawzan recently that "Slavery is a part of Islam" and whoever wants it abolished is "an infidel."
It's one thing if they want to break laws and do horrible things to fellow humans in their country but doing it here? The initial couple profiled in the story, Homaidan Ali Al-Turki and his wife Sarah Khonaizan, are thankfully facing life in prison. That is, if nothing goes wrong. Apparently interference has happened in the past.
... Saudis know they can get away with nearly any misbehavior. Their embassy provides funds, letters of support, lawyers, retroactive diplomatic immunity, former U.S. ambassadors as troubleshooters, and even aircraft out of the country; it also keeps pesky witnesses away.
Sounds like the Mafia if you ask me. Let's hope the government is able to stick to their guns with the prosecution of this pair.