Asian Sex Slaves: The Forgotten Immigrants
May 17, 2010
May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month in the United States, and a prime opportunity to take a hard look at the stark truth behind the dirty little secret of our nation’s failed immigration policies.
Each year, as many as 17,500 victims of human trafficking come into this country, according to State Department estimates. No one knows for sure how many of those end up in the sex slave industry, because human rights groups, ethnic organizations, labor unions, and other religious and social entities, who are first in line to declare racism and discrimination when defending people who voluntarily sneak into this country, refuse to acknowledge the overt abuse and degradation of foreign sex slaves in America.
Let me share two examples of this political hypocrisy. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi issued a news release in which she said this observance provides the opportunity to honor the contributions of these ethnic groups to our culture, economy, and history. “Overcoming decades of prejudice and discrimination, those from Asia and the Pacific Islands have become essential threads in the fabric of American society.”
She also noted that these immigrants and their children helped make her hometown of San Francisco a true, international city. And, not one to miss an opportunity for empty political rhetoric, Pelosi added: “Few achievements will benefit AAPI (sic) families more than comprehensive health insurance reform.”
Somehow I do not believe physically abused Asian sex slaves, giving happy endings in dark and dingy rooms, place comprehensive health insurance reform high in their daily thoughts and prayers.
Pelosi may not see the disgrace in her international city, but it makes Mayor Gavin Newsom’s stomach turn, at least for members of the news media. “It makes me sick to my stomach," he told the San Francisco Chronicle in 2006. "Girls are being forced to come to this country, their families back home are threatened, and they are being raped repeatedly, over and over.”
The United States, Japan, and Australia are the top three destination countries for sex traffickers, according to the paper. In the U.S., sex slaves end up most of the time in California, New York, Texas, and Las Vegas.
Evil women recruit vulnerable females for sex slaves, according to U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents. They promise their victims jobs as models and waitresses, not explaining their modeling jobs are in the nude and their table service involves rape.
And here’s what the immigration pimps do not want you to know about the holes in our nation’s immigration laws and enforcement. Immigration agents say sex slavers fly their victims to Canada or Mexico (transit countries), then herd or drive them into the U.S. (destination country). The route from Canada crosses Indian reservations where U.S. Border Patrol agents cannot go. From Mexico, sex slaves follow the same trails carved by Central Americans illegally entering our country.
Some of the people complaining about Arizona’s new immigration law have not read it, because they cannot read English. Others prefer to follow blindly the lead of rabble rousers on both fringes of the political spectrum.
The new law allows an Arizona cop to check the immigration status of any person who might be involved in an illegal activity, which could be a traffic violation, a murder, or even prostitution. If Texas had such a law, Houston police officers could sit at their desks and find enough probable cause to put a major dent in the city’s sex-slave industry fueled by 24-hour massage parlors and spas found in nearly every neighborhood.
The cops could start with the Houston Press, which each week carries scores of display ads for these places, most featuring photos of Asian girls. The online version has more blatant ads, such as: 2 NEW pretty SeXy Asian Girls, or Full Body Massage! Asian Girls.
Maybe, as with a restaurant, you would prefer a review so you would know what you are getting into, so to speak. No problem. From the same site: “This location in SW Chinatown is economical ($35.00 per hour base rate, plus tips) and the girls are friendly, but plain. The place also looks a little dirty. They have a shower, but I wouldn’t use it because it’s a little dirty. The gals keep clean though and they give good happy endings. A good place for a guy on a budget.”
Civil rights activists say enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws might violate the rights of a hard-working person who is in this country voluntarily, and illegally. Or, could it be that immigration pimps and self-serving politicians do not care about the rights or plights of Asian sex slaves in their cities, because these women will never get to vote, and, therefore, have no political currency?
John David Powell writes his Lone Star Award-winning columns from Shadey Hill Ranch in Texas. His email address is email@example.com.