Our Problem Too

MSNBC has a terrible reminder for us that human trafficking is happening not just in far-away lands, but right here under our own noses.

Pimps force Mexican women into prostitution in U.S. tells of Tenancingo, Mexico, a poor town where an estimated 3000 of the 10,000 inhabitants are directly involved in human trafficking to U.S. cities.

The town provided the perfect petri dish for forced prostitution. A heavily Indian area, it combines long-standing traditions of forced marriage or “bride kidnapping,” with machismo, grinding poverty and an early wave of industrialization in the 1890s that later went bust, leaving a displaced population that would roam, looking for elusive work.

You can read more in this article which seems to illustrate much of what is argued in Half the Sky, but what I find most shocking is how it is being perpetuated through the next generation:

Dilcya Garcia, a Mexico City prosecutor who did anti-trafficking work in Tenancingo, confirms that many boys in the town aspire to be pimps.

“If you ask some boys, and we have done this, ‘Hey what do you want to be when you grow up?’ They reply: ‘I want to have a lot of sisters and a lot of daughters to make lots of money.'”

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