Is City to Farm Sex Trafficking Making Farm to Table Freshness Possible?

Farm to table food is all the rage in America. Has anyone feasting on that freshly harvested kale or tender, just-picked Brussels sprout considered what happens on American farms dependent on male dominated farm labor, besides the growing of precious food? Chew on this tasty morsel of information as related in a recent Newsweek cover story:

“Sex trafficking flourishes in areas of male-dominated industries, such as fracking and oil boomtowns, military bases and, as a slew of recent court cases and victim accounts show, farm labor camps. The U.S. Department of State estimates that traffickers bring some 14,500 to 17,500 people into the United States each year.”

Here’s one girl’s story as related in the Newsweek article.

“Janet was forced into prostitution in Mexico by a boyfriend named Antonio in 1999; coyotes brought them across the border the following year, and they went to live with Antonio’s family in the borough of Queens in New York City, where she was put to work in brothels. Every couple of weeks, a van would take her and other women and girls—some as young as 12—to Charlotte, where she would spend a week or more, forced to have sex with strangers at a brothel by night and at farm labor camps by day.”

“One by one, the men paid $30 to rape Janet and the other women. Most of them, having gone a long time without sex, lasted only a few minutes with Janet. Some were so violent she was sure they would have seriously hurt or even killed her if it weren’t for Ricardo, watching over the operation. She remembers seeing that happen once, to a woman who came without a driver or a pimp; she says the farm workers threw the body in a dump.”

We want our food to be fresh, non-GMO, and organic, but at what cost to the lives of innocent girls and women forced into lives as sex slaves to those who plant and cultivate and harvest that good-for-you food? We may be avoiding the toxicity of pesticides, but what about the toxic energy of rape and violence against women? Do we want to consume and ingest that behavior with our broccoli and Swiss chard?

I AM A FORCE4GOOD is working to educate girls and women in America and around the world who have been the victims of violence. We are giving them real skills that will help them start, run and manage their own businesses so they are not vulnerable to the empty promises of those looking to prey upon their innocence and force them into lives as sex slaves.

 

Discrimination against women is not just happening down on the farm. It’s happening in the highest and most hallowed halls of the high tech industry where women are paid less for their ideas and expected to lavish the men who place themselves on pedestals with sexual favors. Sex trafficking and sexual discrimination happens every day in this country, from coast to coast, from north to south, from the perceived highest of professions to those that are perceived to be the lowest. I AM A FORCE4GOOD is calling for increased awareness and consciousness of this crime against women which is in essence a crime against humanity.

 

According to the Newsweek article, “Officials don’t know how many women are trapped in this city-to-farm sex pipeline, but experts say the number is growing every year. Keith V. Bletzer, an adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University who has studied prostitution in agricultural areas, says that until recent years, women went to farm labor camps on their own to sell sex out of financial necessity. Now, however, there is an organized crime element, with “other people recognizing that this might be a viable” source of income, he says. Rather than women selling sex to make a living, it’s traffickers bringing them to farms as part of larger international operations.”

The next time you insist on that fresh farm to table dining experience remember this, “The United Nations says criminals who once trafficked weapons and drugs have made women their latest commodity. “It’s hugely profitable,” says Lori Cohen, director of the anti-trafficking initiative at Sanctuary for Families. Smuggled drugs are quickly sold, but with a woman, “you bring her across the border once and you just keep using her body over and over again until she breaks down,” she explains.”

When are we as a species going to break the cycle and recognize that each one of us can be a force for good instead of forcing other human beings to do things that only cultivate inhumanity? I AM A FORCE4GOOD now. Please join me.