One of the ugly undersides that attends the illegal immigration problem in the area is trafficking in human beings, often enslaving young women into lives of prostitution, abuse, drug dealing and untold other human horrors. Swimming in a sea of an illegal alien subculture, predators turn the young, naive and desperate into slaves that enrich human traffickers, organized crime syndicates, drug cartels and other assorted vermin. The News & Messenger touches on a panel discussion which included FBI experts that was recently presented in the county, and the conclusion of that panel is that right here in our community, slavery is alive and well more than 140 years after so much blood was shed right here to end that horror.
Agents from the FBI wouldn’t go into specifics, but said that human trafficking occurs in all of Northern Virginia, including Prince William County.
FBI Agent Greg Bristol joined a panel discussion on human trafficking Wednesday at the ECPI College of Technology in Manassas.
Bristol’s supervisor, Pam Vanderburg, said the problem is more prevalent in more populated areas of Northern Virginia, but is not restricted to population centers.
“As a general rule we have had a range of trafficking cases in all of our five county responsive areas,” said Vanderburg, a special agent for the squad that handles civil rights and human trafficking in Loudoun, Fairfax, Arlington, Prince William and Fauquier counties.
“In the more populated areas we have more of a concentrated effort,” Vanderburg said.
“It’s happening in Northern Virginia. It’s happening in Maryland. It’s happening all up and down the east coast,” Bristol said.
Were this swamp of an illegal alien underclass not present these vermin would have no place to hide, and far fewer opportunities to profit from this despicable behavior. Since federal, state and local authorities are a bit less than diligent about preventing the unlawful presence of illegal aliens in the community, there’s a ready supply of lonely day laborers eager to find a thirty dollar enslaved twelve year-old hooker called a “triente”, or unscrupulous employers who are happy to get cheap workers without wanting to know why their cheap foreign-born domestic servant is so clearly trying to hide something about herself.
Illegal immigration is bad enough. The effects of it range from an annoying diversion of taxpayer dollars to those morally, if not legally entitled to receive them, to making it possible for paramiliatry forces working for the drug cartels to operate in the United States and kidnap and murder American citizens in border areas. In this case the victims are often as hidden and unknown as the criminals who prey on them, but they are no less deserving of our concern and support than any other victims created by this outrageous state of affairs. Were these illegal aliens back in their home countries, among their families and within a culture they understood and can effectively function within, it is unlikely so many would be consigned to an existence as sexual slaves.
Stopping illegal immigration is the humane answer to a horrible problem. The majority on Tim Kaine’s Virginia Immigration Commission steadfastly ignore this, ensuring that more innocent young girls will become enslaved prostitutes, imprisoned domestic workers, and trapped in the drug trade right here in our community. Had they any compassion at all rather than a political agenda, they’d end the circumstances that lead to so many shattered lives.
To demonstrate the urgency of this situation, right when this panel briefing is presented, there’s another example of human trafficking in our area. Unsurprisingly, the commission is utterly silent in regards to this problem. One can only speculate as to why.
There are thousands of women who are trafficked every year in the United States. The majority of trafficked women are found in the sex slave trade, but in the Washington region, experts say foreign diplomats, and others, are known to hire illegal immigrant domestic help and then trap them through devious means.
Over the past eight years, the State and Justice departments have heightened their focus on combating human trafficking, a wide-reaching term that includes the sex slave trade, child soldiers and, much like the women held in Lubis’ home, involuntary domestic servitude.
On Wednesday, Mark Logan, who heads the State Department’s efforts to combat human trafficking, told an audience in Bern, Switzerland, that “under the guise of legal and beneficial migration, traffickers are grossly exploiting the aspirations of thousands of poor women and girls, luring them with promises of jobs … and delivering them through force, fraud, or coercion.”
Authorities learned of Lubis in 2006, when a relative of a woman living in his basement contacted U.S. diplomats in Jakarta, Indonesia, seeking help. Over the next two years, authorities met with four women who said they had lived with Lubis at various times starting in 2001.
Encouraging further illegal immigration will only exacerbate this problem. Shame on those illegal alien apologists on the Immigration Commission who seem so unconcerned with this problem.
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