The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself, with desire for what its monstrous laws have made monstrous and unlawful.
– Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
The state is entrusted to uphold, protect, and promote human rights, but the state is also the greatest violator of human rights. Some states, however, do more harm than good – states based on the rule of law that enshrines international human rights principles are less likely to violate human rights than those which are not based on the rule of law (in theory and practice) or based on legal systems that do not adhere to international human rights principles.
Slave and child brides all over Asia are not new to me – but “slave husbands“? Hong Kong may be glittering with modern capitalist vibe, but behind it is a cruel system that abuses the unfortunate. Here is a sad article from the South China Morning Post.