Illegal immigrants are often victims of human trafficking, who have been “purchased” into “safe spaces” by buyers who want to take advantage of them. Human trafficking is a daunting issue primed to explode in the media, if the media ever decides to start reporting on important issues.
These people are promised better lives if they cross the border. Once at their “safe space”, they are told they must work off their debt to their sponsor. Just a few weeks ago a sex trafficking ring was brought to justice about 60 minutes from my hometown in Indiana. It was a couple who was prominent in the community who owned a “massage parlor” taking advantage of young illegal immigrant women. The women were taught to trust no one for fear of being deported. They didn’t know English…they likely couldn’t have asked for help had they wanted to. They were paying off their “debt” to this couple at which time the couple promised to help them gain citizenship.
Imagine the booming business in a place like California, just a hop and a skip away for these coyotes. Imagine how if you were a prominent city official or businessman who needed cheap labor, how “buying” these illegal immigrants with the promise of citizenship at some undisclosed price might line your pocket. Does it make sense now why these illegal immigrants are given exemption status on so many laws citizens must abide by? Human traffickers are in high places, and they need ambiguity. One day, this will come to a head in some kind of “me too” movement, I’m sure. Until then, these people take advantage of immigrants, of you and me, and are being praised as heroes.
Illegal immigration is a humanitarian crisis. Illegal immigrant traffickers are facing harsher laws, thank goodness. But, we as a people, need to stop pretending that open borders is the answer to this humanitarian crisis. These folks need detained and sent back. They need a good reminder of why they should never come back, and the coyotes need long, long prison sentences. Illegal immigration isn’t about a boy in a cage, it’s about us turning a blind eye to human trafficking because the media is making it to be something it is not. Say no to illegal immigration.