With the horrific story unfolding in Cleveland of the three women who were held captive for almost 10 years, a new light is being shown on a growing issue in our world today, human trafficking. This subject never really got much press until the movie “Taken” came out in 2008. It depicted an ex-CIA agent’s daughter who was kidnapped by human traffickers while on vacation in Paris. A very good friend on mine also wrote a book in 2010 about the orphan girls in Moldova who disappear, being sold into the global sex trade when they are too old to live in the orphanages anymore. It is estimated that human trafficking has grown into a $32,000,000,000 industry worldwide and it is no longer a problem just outside of the US.
Chicago, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Memphis, New York, and Toledo, OH have all become major centers in the global human trafficking industry. In fact, the FBI has listed Toledo (my hometown) as one of the top recruiting cities for human trafficking in North America. That really pisses me off. Ohio’s Attorney General did an investigation in 2012 and honed in on who the “Johns” were who were fueling this industry. Many were surprised that although drug dealers and other various miscreants topped the list of Johns, there were also: businessmen, teachers, law enforcement officers, firefighters, social workers, lawyers, (the US Secret Service), and even pastors who were doing their part to make sure this industry stayed alive and well. Even worse is that many of the women being taken advantage of in the sex trade (even in the US) are underage girls who have been blackmailed and forced into the trade. These women aren’t living the life of Julia Roberts in “Pretty Woman.” Many are locked in dingy basements and apartments that should be condemned and are repeatedly abused by 30+ men a night.
I am not trying to preach to you, but if we on the Right are to stand for what is right, we must do so on all fronts. People from every walk of life are partaking in this debauchery and it needs to end. If there were no Johns, there would be no sex trafficking issue. That being said, an open hunting season on pimps might not be such a bad idea as well. Just saying.
*I want to thank The Blaze TV’s “On The Record” (aired 5/8/13): http://www.theblaze.com for much of the information I have listed above. If you do not subscribe to The Blaze TV, you should. They are one of the only major media outlets in the world that is not afraid to speak the truth.
Mr. Ags writes for Joe for America and welcomes your feedback: @blackswampfire & firstname.lastname@example.org
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