Let’s Talk Sex….Trafficking

Okay, so let’s talk sex for a minute here. I know, we just met and this is so sudden blah, blah, blah. But seriously, I wanna talk sex. Not the usual, run-of-the-mill kinda stuff, not even the more..adventurous type either shall we say, but the really horrible kind. The paid kind. The kind that comes with sleezy hotels and cash exchanges and pimps.

There’s this show called Our America with Lisa Ling that explores different walks of life and different aspects of American life. This particular episode is called 3AM girls. In it, Lisa Ling and her team traveled to our nation’s capital and attempted to shoot footage of the main strip. The girls are walking up and down the streets in micro-minis and sky-high heels. From the looks of some of those shoes, I’m pretty sure the height of the heels alone would severely slow down any girl if she wanted to bolt. Girls of all ages will be pimped out in cities all across the country tonight. It’s been estimated that anywhere from 14,000 to 17,000 women and children are pimped out annually but I imagine that even the 17,000 is well below the real number. I mean, what pimp–or jon, or whoever–in their right mind is going to fess up to prostituting (or having sex with) an 8-year-old? But at the same time, you have to have a screw loose or something to want to have sex with an 8-year-old, I don’t care who you are.

I’m not going to pretend like I know how pimps get into their line of work but I bet most of them are in it for the money. What’s it to them if one of their “workers” accidentally gets pregnant, or gets an STD? They can just throw them out and move on. The jons are sick, sometimes in more ways than one. Like if they request anything super-weird or kinky and I mean like the kind of stuff you’d see on a Law and Order episode (like the episode where the guy is a necrophiliac, where it’s more than your usual serial killer). But beyond that, a lot of jons are married. How bad or how stale does the bedroom have to be for someone to think that risking an STD and/or public humiliation if word somehow got out, is a good idea?

The saddest part of this whole underground, hidden world by far are the girls, the boys, the women. I know that not everyone who sells sex is forced into it but the majority are. And for many of them, once they’re in, there’s no way out. They’re the invisibles of the world. The ones that people have stopped looking for and the ones that have no one to look for them.

Now, seeing this show isn’t the first time that I’ve heard of this sex-driven underworld, nor is it the first time that I’ve heard about human sex trafficking. But it is the first time that I’ve ever seen it addressed on such a public scale. You never see anyone talk about that on TV, or anywhere really. It’s almost like it’s one of those stupid unspoken taboos. If we don’t talk about it, then that means it’s not there or it’s not real and we don’t have to acknowledge that it’s a problem. But not talking about something doesn’t make it go away; it just allows it to grow bigger. Like the drug cartel in Mexico. Everyone knows (and by everyone, I mean authorities that could actually do something) that the biggest player is Joaquin Guzman, also known as El Chapo. He’s the C.E.O if the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico. (cover story of the June 17, 2012 issue of New York Times Magazine.) But the authorities haven’t stopped the drugs which has only allowed the problem to grow. It’s the same with human sex trafficking.

I’m not intentially trying to rant or climb up on my soap box but does it not disturb anyone else that this happens? America was born because people in Europe wanted religious freedom. Millions upon millions of people immigrated to America and went through Ellis Island and Angel Island because they wanted a fresh start and believed in the dream that America had to offer. The land of milk and honey, where the streets were paved with gold and all that. But what does it say about us, that this total lack of freedom, the total opposite of freedom in a sense, is happening in our cities right under our noses and almost no one is trying to stop it?

❤ Rachel


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