Most of these women are young, and that's one of the reasons they're targeted, aside from the fact that they're just women (see femicide definition). While a minority do face precarious situations here, it's a patent falsehood that most are sold into slavery, unsupported by anything other than the words of a commenter who lashes out anonymously, i.e., purports to discuss ideas, yet lacks the courage to disclose his own identity. The very few who are allowed to stay are given an opportunity to build a life for themselves, and they are not only visibly grateful for it (as expressed with uncomtralable tears of relief in most cases), but they take advantage of it, i.e. work hard, don't commit crimes and contribute to our economy. The situation in Central American is nothing short of a humanitarian crisis. These countries are definitely at fault, and overwhelmed by gang violence, combined with cultural issues that, for whatever reason, allow men (including law enforcement) to violently enforce warped gender stereotypes. Maybe they'll do something when too many of their women of child bearing age start getting safe haven somewhere else. In any event, most of them ARE sent home, so whoever that commenter is has nothing to worry about for the foreseeable future. Compare that to countries neighboring Syria for instance, like Jordan, that are taking in thousands of refugees, in part because international refugee law says they have to do it. We have signed on to the same treaties but seem to be immune to their enforcement. Some of the places these women come from are nothing short of a war zone, it just happens to be a war against women. Of course men and boys are killed too, but the cause of those killings is not gender. Oh wait, speaking of gender stereotypes, I just realized the commenter's name is Urban Cwhore. Now I get it.
The point is, these are discouraging stumbling blocks, especially for people who don't have cars, may already feel alienated from the political process and therefore aren't that motivated to vote in the first place. And that's precisely what right wing politicians are banking on when they put these stumbling blocks in place. In a family with inter-generational poverty and lack of education, few adults are willing to bother with taking an 18 year old kid through this crap, thus making it harder for these kids to step into the mainstream as early as possible. Sure, they can do it later on their own, but sometimes (in fact, oftentimes), the motivation to join the mainstream just dwindles.
By Micaela Watts
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