Former Fulton County (GA) magistrate judge William Garrett Jr., 72, his son Russell Garrett, 43, and his daughter-in-law, Malika Garrett, 42, were arraigned in federal court on a nine-count indictment that included human trafficking, alien harboring, witness tampering, and making false statements in what a federal prosecutor called a case of “modern-day slavery,” reports the Fulton County Daily Report. This press release was also disseminated by the office of U.S. Attorney David E. Nahmias:

“[A]ll three defendants conspired to encourage and induce the victim, a female Indian national, to enter the United States under false pretenses. …

“Malika and Russell Garrett later stopped paying the victim for her work as a nanny, significantly curtailed her freedom and ability to leave their home, and threatened to malign her to her family in India if she did not work for them.

“After the victim escaped [the couple] conspired to spread vicious, false rumors about her in her Atlanta neighborhood and her Indian community, and that they falsely accused the victim of theft to local authorities; reported the victim’s illegal status to federal authorities; and falsely accused the victim of engaging in terrorism-related activities to the Department of Homeland Security.”

The two men were released on $10,000 bond each; Malika Garrett, on a $50,000 bond.

Domestic servitude is more common in the U.S. than you might think, and the victims are almost always illegal aliens. In some cases, the slave masters are American-born, in others they are nationals from other countries – several African nations, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, in particular – where this heinous human rights abuse can keep generations of a family in bondage, and where people are bought and sold as slaves.

Rev. Jeremiah Wright built a high-profile (and lucrative) career excoriating whites over “the original sin” of slavery in the U.S., and obviously distains the penance done on our country’s behalf by 2.5 million Union soldiers – of all ethnicities and backgrounds, from newly arrived European immigrants to scions of elite families – who left their jobs, homes and loved ones to fight to free the slaves, 360,222 of whom died for the cause.

A recent Washington Post article about Trinity United Church of Christ and Wright’s successor Otis Moss III suggests that “black liberation theology” continues to be his guiding philosophy:

At the very core of its mission, Trinity seeks to reveal and broadcast racial inequalities. …

Last month, when asked why he wanted to preach at Trinity, Moss said: “This is a place where the struggle continues, where you can talk about real issues. We can recognize social injustice and then take it on.”

The best way Moss can “reveal and broadcast” racial inequalities and “take on” social injustice is stop looking backwards at a past that the vast majority of white Americans and their ancestors living in other parts of the world had nothing at all to do with – not as slave owners, abolitionists, Confederate soldiers or Union soldiers – and to focus on where and how blacks are being enslaved today, and join forces with modern-day abolitionists to stamp out slavery for good worldwide.

But don’t hold your breath waiting for Trinity and other black liberation churches to see the light. If you want to learn more – to do more – about modern-day slavery, your first step is to visit Several well-researched books have also been written on the subject. Here is a review of one of them, “A Crime So Monstrous,” by freelance reporter E. Benjamin Skinner.

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