Human trafficking continues to be a popular black market industry in Mexico. According to the Social Development and Assistance Study and Research Center, 21 of Mexico’s 32 states are points of origin and destination in the trafficking of women and children who are usually poor. Organized criminal enterprises have approximately 100,000 women and children caught up in their network of selling humans for labor and sexual exploitation with an estimated 16,000 of them being children.
Drugs, weapons, and human trafficking are the top three sources of profitability for organized crime in Mexico. Since the majority of government authorities are corrupt, there is little to no recourse to put a stop to it. Oddly enough, places frequented by U.S. citizens or where U.S. corporations are located have the highest occurrences of the trafficking. For instance, after NAFTA was passed in 1993, several U.S. companies moved right across the border to Juarez for cheap Mexican labor. Once they established their factories, incidences of the murder and kidnapping of women shot up drastically in the cities of Juarez and Chihuahua, which is a few miles away.
Humans are trafficked to Mexico from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and South America, according to the U.S. State Dept. Many of them end up in the United States via illegal immigration networks to be sold for cheap labor or to the underground sex industry here by smugglers called “coyotes.” The coyotes rape and threaten the women to keep them in line. Since these men know where the women are from and where their families live, the women are afraid to cooperate with authorities to protect their families from harm.
With the prevalence of drugs, illegal weapons, human trafficking and gangs spilling into our country from Mexico, is it any surprise Americans were overwhelmingly against the latest immigration bill?
But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners…For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers [kidnappers]…and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; (1 Timothy 1:8-10)
–posted by Harry A. Gaylord–