The Price of Sex

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.

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I love sports. I don't love the hype, homerism, ratings talk, self-important egomaniacs, bias or any of the other nonsense you get with the national media. Nor will you get the two clowns on sports talk radio who stage phony arguments. It doesn't make it entertaining. It makes it time to turn on your iPod and jam instead of listening to white noise generators. This is the sports blog for you, the ones who don't like everything Los Angeles or New York. Just because the sporting media is based there doesn't mean we have to like their teams. We do treat them fairly, though. That means if one of those cities has an average QB who plays particularly well...we'll note it. If they're garbage, we'll say so. Instead of crying "why, why, why" like a certain sports media homer did in his radio broadcast. This isn't my job...I have a real one. Nevertheless, I'll post here when I make an observation. Common sense in sports is nearly dead. Now we're attempting to bring it back.
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