Might the eagerness of people from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar to engage in this kind of activity be related to the Qur’anic allowance for slavery, and failure of reformers to address this head-on and reject slavery on principle? From Reuters, with thanks to Davida:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States accused its Arab allies Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar on Tuesday of being among the world’s worst offenders in permitting the sale of people into the sex trade and indentured servitude….
The others in this category were Algeria, Cuba, Equatorial Guinea, Iran, Malaysia, Myanmar, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Uzbekistan and Venezuela….
“Trafficking in persons is a modern-day form of slavery,” U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said in an introduction to the report….