By Alyssa Rosenberg

There's a fairly pedestrian article in the Washington Post today about Burma's dysfunctional economy which is interesting not so much in and of itself, but for one of the people the author interviews. After he rose and fell in one business by working corrupt government channels, he's about to start another career as a human trafficker. William Finnegan had a terrific article on countertrafficking in the New Yorker back in May. While he blames the Bush administration for lack of real or serious committment to its anti-trafficking initiatives, both Finnegan's piece and this Washington Post article left me with the same impression: as long as there are significant economic dead zones in the ocean of the world economy, trafficking is inevitable.