Written by V J Willis Jr
Human trafficking is definitely NOT an issue confined to the United States of America. Indeed, without exception, every nation in the world battles constantly against it. The Global Estimates of Modern Slavery: Forced Labour and Forced Marriage, published from Geneva in September 2017, estimates that “At any given time in 2016, an estimated 40.3 million were in modern slavery, including 24.9 in forced labor and 15.4 in forced marriage.” The estimated population of Texas at that time was around 28.3 million. That means that the number of people worldwide in forced slavery at the same time exceeded the population of Texas. 4.8 million victims were in forced sexual exploitation; 99% of those were women.
However, it has only recently been an issue that our Congress was willing to address on an official basis. As recently as 2000, Congress enacted the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act. In spite of these staggering numbers, Socialist and Communist influencers in the United States have continually made unlimited immigration into the United States of America a pivotal part of their agendas. Let’s explore why.
Like so many other criminal activities, Human Trafficking exists primarily for two reasons, money and power. According to the Texas Attorney General’s Office of Human Trafficking and Transnational/Organized Crime Section (HTTOC), there are in excess of 234,000 victims of labor trafficking in Texas at any given time. HTTOC also reports that there are in excess of 79,000 victims of youth and minor age sex trafficking in the Lone Star state. In short, there is a lot of money in this heinous and elicit business. Where does the power come into play? For starters, consider for a moment, that the consumers of this slave labor would certainly not want the fact that they are involved in slavery become public. This provides a rich pool of blackmail and extortion victims, i.e., I need you to do this favor for me, after all, it wouldn’t be good for proof of your involvement in slavery to become public knowledge. So, not only do these dredges of humanity make money exploiting human slavery, but they also hold the power of discovery over their customers.
What about the victims? How is this form of slavery any less evil than that in wide practice prior to the end of the Civil War? The victims are, by far, less well cared for and at least no better off in terms of freedoms. Yet, too many of us turn a blind eye to this modern form of slavery. We look at nations, like China, that widely and openly allow modern slavery. We act morally outraged at their promotion of these practices and worse, yet we haven’t cleaned off our own back porches.
When was the last time you read, heard, or saw an American Socialist or Communist denouncing modern slavery? Ironically, the very tenants of their movements deplore the exploitation of the masses. What about this form of exploitation? Maybe the answer lies in the fact that they exhibit a huge amount of influence on how these victims vote. Yes, I said vote. Countless evidence of voting by non-citizens, in this last election alone, came to light over the last several months.
If you are one of the 11 million plus illegal immigrants in this nation, and one party is pushing for amnesty of you, such that you will no longer live in fear of being arrested for your illegal status, who are you going to vote for? As conservatives, we vote for those office seekers who are most likely to fight for the issues most important to us. The major difference here is that illegal immigrants are illegal because they entered this nation in violation of the law. If residents of this nation can safely ignore this law, why can’t they ignore other laws? The answer is, they can and do ignore other laws. Let’s leave further exploration of that issue for a future article.
While we would have to concede that we aren’t very likely to completely eliminate Human Trafficking in the United States of America this year, we can at least curtail its prevalence. How? By keeping our eyes open, by reporting what we see and hear, and by making others aware of what to look for, we can throttle this heinous abuse of our fellow human beings. Here are a couple of resources to explore. The national hotline number is 1-866-347-2423. Another number is 1-800-BE-ALERT. Wouldn’t it be a great idea to put one or more of these numbers in your phone right now as contacts? The federal website for reporting is http://www.ice.gov/tips . You should bookmark that one. Training classes regarding how to recognize the signs are readily available from federal sources, as well as programs by most state governments.
All that is great for dealing with the existing atrocities, but how do we prevent their spread? The answer is to unshackle the laws we already have on the books, the laws that are being interfered with by our current executive branch leaders. Conversations with several federal law enforcement officers, who are unwilling at this time to be named, all say that they have the laws they need to combat this problem. They just need to be free to do their jobs. They say that we need to know who is coming into our nation, before they enter it. They say it breaks their hearts to see the hundreds and thousands of minor children crossing into this nation with adults that are obviously not their parents, children who will likely end up as victims of sexual exploitation.
Take action today. Let your elected officials know that you will not tolerate this situation to go unchecked. Get involved in your local voting precincts. Be sure that candidates who are in your party’s primaries address the issues such as Human Trafficking. Check out the voting records of those who currently represent you. Let them know, that if their voting records do not represent your values, you will be supporting primary candidates who will.