The 'mainstream' media write about this issue a lot. And I suppose it's good that they do so, but it's bad that they often write about it in a rather less than honest way.
Generally, they do all they can to play down any racial aspects to these stories, although it's obvious to even the most dense reader that these horror stories involve 'diversity'.
''IN NEWARK, 20 young women and girls from West Africa were discovered working in hair-braiding salons for 14 hours a day with no pay. Their employer ruled over the victims, some as young as 10, with beatings, sexual assaults, and voodoo curses. Closer to home, five people were indicted in Quincy for operating brothels in rented apartments using immigrant women kept in a state of debt bondage with threats of deportation. In Danvers, a 13-year old runaway girl was offered to a group of men at a Motel 6 by a woman living at the hotel with her son.''
But as with all cases involving 'human smuggling', the illegals who enter the country this way are counted as victims and given special visas to stay in this country, ostensibly so they may testify against their 'victimizers.'
''Human trafficking is the fastest-growing illegal industry in the United States, second only to drugs. Federal authorities believe most trafficking rings are supplying forced labor — for domestic work, agriculture, manufacturing, hair and nail salons, and strip club dancing. But prostitution is close behind, and there can be a thin line between sweatshops and brothels.
Coerced prostitution is increasingly popular among criminal gangs because of its grim utility. An illegal gun or drug can only be sold once. But a girl’s body can be — and is — sold over and over again.''
The last two paragraphs quoted above play up the 'coerced' aspect of this situation. I have no doubt that there are such cases, where someone is forced into this kind of life, but I also believe that in cases of illegal immigrants, people may often agree to work for those who smuggle them into the country, in exchange for the latter's 'services.' But then the payment that is exacted may be something other than what was expected, or they may be forced to continue working indefinitely, under threat of being turned in to authorities. It seems entirely possible to me that many young women are aware of the 'work' they will be doing in this country, though maybe they are unaware of how little freedom they will be given.
I do find it a little surprising that the Globe op-ed questions the usual 'prostitution as victimless crime' attitude, as it is now viewed by many people, even by self-professed conservatives.
However, I think it is a way of life into which many young women enter with their eyes wide open. There are women who, lacking a moral grounding, see nothing immoral about it. I know a young woman who professes Christianity who tells me that some of her friends have become strippers and she sees nothing wrong with that; it's just a career choice where there is money to be made. Some young women see prostitution as just that, too, a way to earn a lucrative living.
So it may be possible that some of these enslaved young women were looking for 'economic opportunity' in this way.
And many of the people who are caught in raids on these kinds of activities are allowed to stay and may never have to return home.
But in a sense, isn't this whole picture what the illegal immigrant (and even legal immigrant) dream is about? Do whatever you have to do, legal or not, moral or not, to get to the streets paved with gold -- the ''better life'' we so often hear about?
Once upon a time, the 'American dream' meant something a lot more high-minded and honorable.