Another aside from sports, folks. I watched a documentary involving Eastern European women being tricked by human traffickers, and sold into sex slavery. Generally speaking, these women were sent to Middle Eastern countries.
It’s extremely sad, and quite unnerving. These traffickers find young women, typically broke, desperate and wanting to make good money. They are told they will get their papers, they are shipped off to a Middle Eastern country and then are sold into a type of indentured servitude. They have to work off debt incurred when they eat, sleep, shower or do anything for themselves. Occasionally they work off their debt, but since they are totally in the sex trade, they continue doing it for money.
Human trafficking is a huge problem. When I was in the U.S. military, the services mandated active duty, reserves and government civilians take courses on human trafficking and how to recognize it. They also published video on human trafficking.
Occasionally the U.S. military is accused of human trafficking due to the actions of contractors and sub-contractors. On other occasions, military members conducted the actual trafficking operations themselves.
Here in San Antonio, there’s a significant human trafficking market. Much of this is due to our proximity with the U.S. – Mexico border. From what I’ve been told, a lot of this operates in the local community underneath our noses. There has to be some truth to it, because it’s one of those things…like the drug trade…if you’re not looking for it, you won’t find it.