The whole article is really disturbing, but this in particular made me have to stop reading and take a deep breath. I don’t want to judge the family without knowing the situation–who knows whether the traffickers gave them little or no choice, for example–but that the world is a place where it is possible just to imagine treating anyone’s daughter like this doesn’t simply turn my stomach. It fills me, as I sit here waiting for my wife to get her new eyeglasses adjusted, with a helpless rage that makes me want to cry:
Some of the women are sold into the business by their families, Mr. Cortés said. The police came across one case in which Colombian traffickers were paying one family $650 a month for their daughter. She managed to escape, he said. But when she contacted her family, they told her to go back or they would send her sister as a replacement.
Note also where the article mentions a woman whose traffickers tattooed a bar code on her and the amount of money she owed them. Read the whole thing here.
Cross-posted on It’s All Connected.