Slavery in America: 2008
By Erick Posted in Culture | prostitution | Slavery — Comments (38) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
I have an article in the Macon Telegraph, my local paper, this morning about modern American slavery. It's a problem we don't like to talk about, but it is a growing problem in this country.
Because it is wrapped up in growing libertine values about sex and prostitution, the problem is frequently ignored. I would respectfully submit that we cannot turn a blind eye to the problem.
The most common route into slavery is kidnapping and smuggling. In 2006, the Department of Justice charged nine people connected to an international sex trafficking ring. The ring smuggled women into the United States either with promises of a new life or against their will. The women were forced to work in brothels, usually in Asian themed massage parlors or spas. The network ran throughout the United States. The profits were funneled back to the Northwest and funded Asian organized crime operations.
Between 2005 and 2008, there have been numerous raids across the nation turning up the same pattern: Women held against their will who are forced to perform sex acts under the cover of giving massages. The women are frequently abused or drugged and are told repeatedly that if they seek help or talk to the police they or their families back home will be harmed.
A Clayton County raid two years ago found a significant number of the women were illegal aliens smuggled across the border and forced to work. Fulton and Gwinnett counties have found the same pattern.
How can Macon be wholly unique - no slaves here, just sex? In fact, it is no different here, despite some in this community who would say "it's just sex between consenting adults." The weight of all the data shows at least one of the individuals is not consenting.
"Legalize prostitution," is the most frequent retort. The Netherlands has legalized it, Australia has legalized it, New Zealand has, Sweden has. It is time for a new argument. Those countries are now at the top of the slave importation list. In fact, all of these countries, libertine symbols for the pro-prostitution crowd, have begun dramatically curbing or ending legal prostitution because of the connection between legal prostitution and increases in human trafficking.
You can read the whole thing here (scroll down to the bottom).