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Published: Saturday, Dec. 10 2011 1:00 p.m. MST

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what exactly is the punishment for those found to be doing this?
Personally, I think that they should be put in prison and treated as slaves themselves!
I know that we have laws against this.. but sometimes I get so angry that so many of them just get a slap on the hand compared to the misery that they they have inflicted. Maybe if the punishment were of such a measure that it was really scary to do this and get caught that there would be less of it in this "Land of the Free"!

safety dictates, ID

I never feel so helpless as when I read stories like this. What can be done? I grew up poor but I never felt like no one cared.

Henderson, NV

I recently watched as Lisa Ling on Our America exposed the sex trafficking occurring just blocks from our White House in D.C. The juxtaposition of the Obama daughters with other very young black girls enslaved in such a manner was horrific, but powerful, and hopefully a wake up call to individuals and police forces across this nation. One does not need to travel to Asia to find this abomination; one can find it across town. And slavery it is. Its one thing when a woman (or man) willingly chooses prostitution. Its another when a childs innocence is stolen.

Wayne Rout
El Paso, TX

Most problems can be laid at the foot of the Democrats. Failure to control the boarders makes this and other crime possible. Liberal judges cause further enforcement problems. There is no hope until we really clean house in Washington with both parties.

Tooele, UT

As the article points out, we punish the women for prostitution but not the men lurking in the shadows forcing them to do it. Heaven forbid we take prostitutes off the streets, give them real jobs with livable wages, get them the financial and social help they need to get on their feet and free the slaves!

But that would be too liberal, some say. That would take time and money. It doesn't teach "values." As if any man or woman wants to make a living that way.

Clearfield, UT

Wayne Rout. I read the article. Nothing mentioned about illegal immigration. The solution is to treat the women working in the sex trade business as victims, not criminals. Putting them in jail is a waste of resources. Go after the customers and the men who are exploiting them. Getting the women to cooperate with the police is a solution. It can be done. Compare this to drugs. Prosecute the suppliers, not the addicts.

Clearfield, UT

One more comment. Wayne Obama has deported more illegals than Bush. You see everything as liberal vs conservative. It's not that simple.

Sierra Vista, AZ

The article for the most part is very enlightening.

Nevertheless, the article contains an inordinate amount of sheer, willful ignorance through one statement: 'it's not like giving a ride to an immigrant across the border.'

Is the journalist so naive to think sex trafficking isn't rampant on the border? Perhaps her focus is only one aspect of sex trafficking, but the way she quotes above leads me to suggest she doesn't think the problem on the border is significant. In reality we can't know how terrible the problem of sex trafficking is on the border because no one is for sure how many people are crossing or who the people are that cross!

Then there are people that are slaves in other ways on the border: forced to haul marijuana as passage to the U.S.; traffickers demanding money from you after you've paid for your passage and reminding you they know where your family lives; paying for passage through the U.S. with sex--you aren't being trafficked for sex necessarily, that's just how you pay the fare.

And this says nothing of the outrageous violence so prevalent on the border against many innocent people!

Journalistic integrity, please!

Ventura, CA

sad really sad............and to think older males buy children......sad just sad.....I would not want to be in there shoes and stand before the Lord and try to explain what they have done...but in the meantime...the girls.....are forever scared.......just breaks my heart every time I see/think of them.!

South Jordan, UT

"Failure to control the boarders makes this and other crime possible."

Might I recommend reading more than the headline before commenting?

very concerned
Sandy, UT

I would say, unbelievable, but unfortunately, it is believable. It IS outrageous, alarming, and terrible.

And where is the responsibility of the one who frequents prostitutes. Where is his culpability? Apparently it is a thriving trade. But it requires customers as much as participants and kingpins.

Eureka, UT

It's sad to have human trafficking and sex slavery here in the United States. But the issues are much more complicated then just sex. When corporations move jobs from the US to sweatshops in Asia is it the same kind of philosophy that justifies that. We don't see the problems and we get our goods back made much more cheaply and the profits grow for the corporations in the process. Finally there was a lot of smoke and mirrors during the Civil War for the South to cast the fight against slavery as a fight against "States Rights." What I wonder is how much of the use of "States Rights" as a justification against health care, immigration, or any number of other issues is really mask against greed where people can get labor or the costs of labor at the cheapest possible price, much like slavery years ago.

Murtoa Australia, Victoria

Wayne Rout | 6:03 p.m. Dec. 10, 2011
El Paso, TX

Most problems can be laid at the foot of the Democrats. Failure to control the boarders makes this and other crime possible. Liberal judges cause further enforcement problems. There is no hope until we really clean house in Washington with both parties.

Exactly how can this problem "be laid at the foot of the Democrats?" This problem has been around since George Washington was President. It is not a political problem or even an immigration problem, it is a problem of greed among truely selfish, criminal elements. Laws are being broken that are hard to prove and enforce when these are such hidden crimes. Fear plays a huge part in these crimes on the part of the victim, they are reluctant to testify against the perpetrator.

It is the states not Washington that need to look at their laws and tighten their anti-slavery laws, lets lay this problem at the feet of those that can really make a difference, the states and not make it another political football.

Waianae, HI

As a Mormon, I cannot handle the lack of outrage on this topic. Also the mind set that this happens to other people and that these are "Bad" girls.

The girl rather be on the run then at home under the control of an abuser. Sometimes a sexual abuser.

They see their alternative at least at first as safer, perhaps fun. They would rather be on the Street then Detained and there is No Where to Detain them and no laws to detain them under.

I have some personal experence in this, this summer as the my Foster Sons Girlfriend in very close to this situation and could have been in it. If not for some intervention and the situation is still in flux. She is lucky to have sisters who are on their own, the boyfriend, and support from my family weather she hangs with him or not.

So many are in the street because they want to escape their home or there is no home. Parent is a crack head living on the Beach. Or the men that visit her mother see the daughter and want her.

There except by the Grace of God Go You.

Salt Lake City, Utah

@ skiwampis: Huh? The statement you "quote" appears nowhere in the article. The idea you reference is when the reporter is comparing trafficking to smuggling and talking about how much more horrendous trafficking is. The author displays no ignorance about the subject. And although the article focuses on the most common form of trafficking that occurs, it in no way ignores other forms of trafficking.

@ Wayne Rout: Texas state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte is a Democrat. Blaming this on anyone other than the perpetrators only increases the problem - it does nothing to combat it.

Thomas Smith
Sandy, UT

JediToby,and the rest of the commentors, The stories presented hear are in deed absolutely deplorable. However,Slavery in the U.S. is goes way beyond the these conditions, and should include the refusal to pay a living wage. Taking a prostitute off the street will simply change a $150 trick with an $8 job. Corporate America is just as guilty, or perhaps more so. The article state 150,000 people-- there are millions who will never be able to pay the deposits on a rental without assistance. Never accumulate a down-payment for a home purchase. If one can afford a car, they can't pay for the insurance. A marriage will never be supportable or sustainable. Who are the kids that go hungry every night and yet live with a parent. Under-employment-- how many $60,000 jobs were replaced with a $17,000 job. America wants to tear down Unions, but this simply turns a $25 an hour union employee into a $9 an hour day laborer.

West Valley, UT

We're all living in slavery. Slaves to our corporate masters. They own our government... all our money goes to them. The sooner America wakes up and realizes this the better off we will be.

Huntsville, UT

There are some really despicable people in this world.

Not only those who are forcing people into slavery, but those who patronize them are despicable as well.

Still Jim
Bountiful, UT

This has been going on for some time. Slavers must be punished but they seemingly get off with light sentences. In the case of this story no one was ever punished and no one seems interested in an investigation.

Wayne Rout
El Paso, TX

Thank Obama. Thanks liberal Democrats. When we don't want to control our borders or deal with illegals we allow this to happen. When will we learn that behind every problem like this or poor schools or something else we can always find Democrat policies. Problems are pretty easy to solve if we want to do it...but we seem to never want to find solutions.

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