Slavery in America
John Walsh of America’s Most Wanted made a profound statement
on the show a couple of weeks ago: There are more sex slaves in
America than in any other democratic nation in the world. Wow.
Many of these slaves – sexual and otherwise – come into the United
States illegally. They are promised good paying jobs and a new
wonderful life in America, only to be pressed into servitude upon
arrival. For the sex trade, most are force-fed drugs until they
become dependent on the drugs, and are then under the command
of brutal pimps. Slaves in industry are kept in warehouses where they eat,
sleep, and labor without ever having contact with the outside world.
They are promised freedom once they’ve paid an exhorbitant fee
for their passage to the United States, but of course, they never earn
enough to pay off that debt. Slaves are further controlled by threats
of harm to their family members back in the country where they
came from if they don’t cooperate.
Of course, not all the sex slaves come from overseas. Many young
American girls are fed drugs and pressed into prostitution. Runaways
are a prime target of the pimps. Recruiters for the pimps are resourceful
in other ways. Over a period of two weekly shows, Mr. Walsh showcased
a young woman who thought she was being hired by a legitimate corporation
to travel to trade shows and demonstrate the application of eye make-up,
only to be drugged and forced into prostitution. Her movement was
tightly restricted, and she and other girls recruited in the same manner
were under the control of a very brutal pimp. She and the other girls
were kept in line with threats that, if they failed to cooperate, the pimp
and his associates would harm their parents and siblings. This young
lady finally made an escape, and her family was put under protection. After
years of searching, the pimp has finally been arrested, and awaits trial.
It bothers me greatly that at this moment, while I sit here at my computer
with a cup of coffee and waiting for a football game to start, there are
thousands upon thousands of individuals in this country locked up in
warehouses and restaurants and access-controlled homes without the
ability to enjoy even the most basic of human rights. And I am frustrated
because I don’t know how I can help them escape.
Every day, the newspapers and television broadcasts inform us of the
various projects our federal, state, and local governments are involved
in, or at least contemplating. Special-interest groups are pressing their
projects with vigor, and the politicians are listening.
So here’s an idea. How about making it a priority to ensure that every
human being in the United States has the freedoms guaranteed by the
United States Constitution. Search, identify, and destroy every individual
and group involved in human trafficing and enslavement. Prosecute and
punish perpetrators to the fullest extent of the law. And free the thousands
of captives now bound and gagged in forced servitude.
We are America. Land of the free. Home of the Brave. Let’s do the right thing.