Fox 5 had an unusual segment on last night’s broadcast about what’s going to happen with illegal alien prostitutes that seemed to suggest that special treatment would be given to any illegal alien who is suspected of being a prostitute, just in case they happened to be the victim of coercion. They interviewed an attorney in Arlington and Nancy Lyall of Mexicans Without Borders for the story, who gave their somewhat unique interpretation of Prince William County Police Chief Deane’s comments. How legitimate concern for prostitutes who were being held against their will by slavers could somehow morph into special protections for any prostitute who happened to be an illegal alien is beyond me, at least until I ran across this when trying to figure it out:
With our own voice we have defended the hammer and sickle of the Communists, the A of anarchists and libertarians, the skinheads, punks, goths, la banda, la raza, organizations dedicated to self-determination, sex workers, those who advocate abstaining from voting or dissolving the vote or those to whom it does not matter if the people vote or not, the work of the alternative media, those who use and abuse the power of the word, the intellectuals who have joined the Other Campaign,… (SubCommandante Marcos, as quoted in “Narco News“)
The Zapatista Army of National Liberation apparently has a contingent of “sex workers” associated with the EZLN’s “Other Campaign” of which Mexicans Without Borders has openly pledged their solidarity and assistance. While this doesn’t mean at all that Mexicans Without Borders has their own contingent of “comfort women” to relieve the stress of their soldiers, it does help provide some context to what Nancy Lyall was doing the other evening when her intent was quite obviously to protect all illegal alien prostitutes from being deported by law enforcement rather than protect them from the human traffickers who enslave them. This isn’t about protecting these women from the human scum that abuses them on a daily basis, it’s about protecting them from the police, who are the only ones likely to deliver them from this living hell.
As I watched the segment last evening, I kept waiting to see Nancy Lyall describe the horrific plight of women who are either sold into slavery at a young age and exploited as prostitutes, or the women lured across the border with promises of the great American promise only to find themselves trapped in the clutches of human trafficking syndicates. These syndicates imprison these women and girls and force them to service dozens of clients a day at $30 a pop so their slaver can earn tens of thousands of dollars in profits a year. It never happened. Instead, Lyall brushed past any of this and implied that every illegal alien prostitute should automatically be considered the victim of coercion, and be given blanket protection from any efforts to even ask them about their legal status. It’s a perfect means to ensure that illegal alien prostitutes who aren’t legitimately being abused can get a chance to disappear and pick up their trade elsewhere.
This could have been that rare and magic moment when opponents on the immigration issue could have found at least one piece of common ground. I couldn’t imagine anyone not immediately leaping to condemn sexual slavery and urge that law enforcement do everything they can to put an end to this despicable outrage, but there it was. The huge tragedy got short shrift so that Mexicans Without Borders could advocate against law enforcement efforts to reduce prostitution within the illegal alien community and deport those responsible for it. What a lost opportunity.
I suppose that any organization that says that the United States is the greatest terrorist nation in the world (which is pretty laughable when their membership is largely made up of people so desperate to get here that they did so unlawfully) might also hold some rather unusual policy positions about “sex workers” and the appropriate level of legal restrictions that should apply to them. The media should ask Mexicans Without Borders about this, although I’m just about certain they never will. It would be against their interests to upset feminists by pointing out that Mexicans Without Borders might be supporting the sexual exploitation of women.
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