Jul 7, 2014
The small town of Murrieta, California has become a hot bed of protest after opposing groups voiced their opinions on the federal government busing in illegal immigrants to a facility there. Angry protesters on both sides blamed the federal government for failure to regulate a system that has long been broken. One of the biggest a cons was the notion that the lack of border patrol breeds human trafficking. Mayor Alan along of Murrieta stated that, beyond poverty and violence, drug cartels have organized human trafficking rings that make millions by charging around $5,000 per person to get across the border. Also, he argued that the organizations are trying to “flood the zones and come in.” He estimated that traffickers have made $240 million on the 48,000 immigrants that have crossed the border illegally.
There is undoubtedly an issue with human trafficking in California as it is particularly vulnerable because of proximity to international borders, number of ports and airports, significant immigrant population and large economy that includes industries that attract forced labor. Although California is attractive for traffickers, recent statistics rank Atlanta, Georgia as one of the nation’s largest hubs for human trafficking. Atlanta is the No. 1 Major hub of human and sex trafficking in the United States. There are over 200 active brothels in Atlanta with two new opening each month. The city is home to more strip clubs and illicit spas than Las Vegas; these businesses serve as fronts for sex trafficking.
I can honestly say that I had no idea that Atlanta was the No. 1 hub for trafficking. With this new revelation, I’m inclined to think that the border debate in Murrieta has less to do with the threat of trafficking and more to do with the threat of the cultural unknowns and protection of their “American dream”. There are no international boarders in Atlanta. However, being the most populous city in the U.S.; one would think there would be some concern over immigration and trafficking there as well. However, there is none. In 2013, Murietta, CA was named by the FBI as the second safest city in the country. So is a Mayor Long really threatened by crime? I don’t think so. The mayor and citizens of the Murrieta are out to protect their homes and livelihood from “outsiders”. Which they have the right to do. However, you don’t have the right to deny anyone the chance of a better life. And most importantly, entrance to a place that was never rightfully obtained to begin with. Let’s be real. The U.S. was built on legal human trafficking ; slave trade. And those that weren’t brought over to the U.S. were already inhabitants and were forced out; by murder, trickery or war. So who’s really illegal here?
What are your thoughts?
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