You probably think of people from 200 years ago picking cotton down south, getting whipped and beaten if their master doesn’t like how much they picked. Right?
Here, near the border with Mexico, human trafficking has many faces, many of them disguises. For some, it is the live-in 24/7 “house-keeper/child care provider/cook” who never earns enough to pay off her employer who brought her to this country. For some it is the “wife” (who matches the previous description” and is also expected to perform “her marital duties”).
For some, it is the Tijuana prostitute whose primary customers come from North of the border. Ride the trolley any afternoon to the border and you will probably see some of her “customers”.
For some it is the group of Hispanics waiting alongside the road for people to pick them up to work for cash. Some of them are here legally. Many are trying to pay off the person who smuggled them into the country and who is providing them subpar housing at above-market prices. When we pick them up and pay them a few dollars for their work and threaten to call immigration when they complain, we too are complicit.
Human trafficking masquerades as meeting our needs at a price we can afford in a tough economy. It is one of those issues most of us would like to pretend does not exist, at least not where we live.
There are millions of such human trafficking victims around the world today, and even here in the United States, “the land of the free.”
What are you doing to stop modern day slavery?To learn more about Human Trafficking and sex slavery, check out some of these posts:
Human Trafficking Posts
- Sex Slaves
- Would You Fight Slavery?
- Rescue Russian Sex Slaves
- Rescue Russian Girls from Sex Slavery
- Stop Her Nightmare
- Another Girl Rescued Today
- Girls for Sale
- Goal Reached!
- I Want to be a Prostitute
- $52,000 raised!
- 31 Million Sex Slaves
- Renting Lacy
- More Than Rice
- Human Trafficking Ring Busted
- The Other Big Game
- Sex Slavery, Planned Parenthood, and Your Tax Dollars
- How to Minister to Prostitutes
- Wisconsin Woman Held as Sex Slave in Brooklyn
- Coked-Up Whore
- Human Trafficking has Many Faces
- Into an India Brothel
- You Need a Girl?
- Human Trafficking Media
- The Son of God is Selling Children
- My Girls Raised $300 to help stop Human Trafficking
- Rape for Profit
- Human Trafficking Statistics
- Help Rescue Girls from Forced Prostitution