It is to our shame that human trafficking continues to exist within the United States. The practice goes on in a highly secretive nature. In this author’s experience, investigating human trafficking and weapons trafficking are two hot subjects that greatly increase your odds of turning up in a ditch somewhere with a bullet in the back of your head. Beyond the secrecy, and the violence which these groups will use to protect their illicit trade, human trafficking continues for another reason. Virtually everyone agrees that human trafficking is appalling and that law enforcement should put a stop to it. However, even the trafficking of children gets pushed lost in the fray.
As long time child advocate Andrew Vachss has said in the past, kids don’t vote so the protection of children really isn’t on the agenda of any politician. Besides, what is human trafficking really? Is it a national security threat? Is it terrorism? Is it white collar crime? Despite its appalling nature it is none of these things. For these reasons and others cracking down human trafficking is not a priority. Maybe we can start to bring this issue to the forefront by dispensing with the clinical sounding term “human trafficking” and just call it for what it really is: slavery.
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