Many trafficking victims’ living quarters are infested by bed bugs
Human trafficking really is at the lowest point of human activity. It really is because not only do you have exploitation, people are also inhumanely treated to do work that is so dirty, so dangerous, and really demeaning.
Now, it’s one thing for people to want to do this type of work. For example, there are some people who want to have sex all day, every day. But let me tell you, they are vastly outnumbered by most other people.
Most people don’t want to lie on their backs having sex with random strangers that they have no control over. Most people don’t want to do that. But there are a few, percentage wise, where that is not only perfectly okay, but preferable, okay? Let’s assume that that’s the case.
But the vast majority of people would not want to do that. And that’s where trafficking comes in. Basically, you force people through some sort of arrangement to do things that they would not normally do. And to add insult to injury, you pay them very, very little money.
And this is why human trafficking really is at the bottom of the human totem pole of activities. It is evil, it is messed up, it is very destructive, and it causes all sorts of social harm.
Regardless of what kind of pathology you can think of, it’s there. Regardless of what kind of spiritual dysfunction you can point at, it’s there. It really is the lowest of the low. And to make matters worse, as if things could get any worse, you need to pay attention to their living quarters.
I’ve had the distinct displeasure of investigating a human trafficking den in Southeastern Los Angeles, and it really turned my stomach when I did the investigation. It still actually makes me want to vomit today.
I visited the hilltop concrete box called home by 200 Thai women. These women were from the distant mountainside provinces of Thailand, and none of them spoke a lick of English. They were put on a plane with fake visas, they got in the United States, they got their passports taken away, and they were put in that box for several years.
Their job was to sew clothes all day, every day. We’re talking about starting at 4:00 a.m. and calling it a night at 9:00 p.m. day after day. No breaks, no weekends. There are only two meals given every day. Crazy.
But a lot of these women basically don’t want to go back to Thailand. They’d rather go through that hell because they are hanging on to the hope that somehow, some way, their slavers, and that’s really the word for these barely human people who control the show, will let them go.
And interestingly enough, some women were let go of “their contract” after 8 years. That’s 8 years of working for less than 1/10th of minimum wage. Not the minimum wage in the United States, mind you, but in Thailand. Crazy. And on top of this, their beds were crawling with bed bugs.
Now, when I first saw these bed bugs, it made my stomach turn. I know that these bed bugs could easily have been exterminated with a quick visit to www.merkem.ca, but this went beyond a mere technical fix to me.
This is not just something that you pick up the phone, call a bed bug extermination specialist, and take care of the problem. Instead, this revealed to me the systematic injustice and oppression of the system that takes the hopes and dreams of these poor women and grinds them. That’s how barbaric, soulless and evil this was because there was no contract.
The women were not told, “Okay, you’re going to be making this rate. Do you want it or not?” No. There was none of that. It’s all basically a lie.
They said, “okay, you’re going to be making this amount,” and when they get there they get hit with all sorts of penalties and forced to live like slaves.