The war on drugs has become more and more controversial over the years as many Americans see it as an excuse to control the American populace, to spend an enormous amount of money without tangible results for that spending, and to disproportionately lock up minority men.
All of these may be true, but a new group of victims of the war on drugs are beginning to come to light, and it’s not for the reason that you probably think.
Women are the new victims of the war on drugs, and not women who are drug users or in a relationship with men who are drug users. No, these are women who are looking to pay for college in an economy where it is becoming increasingly more difficult for a young adult to get a job. Justin Gardner writes,
“[Shoshana] Walter [in an investigative report] relays the tales of female ‘trimmigrants’ who trim cannabis buds during the June-to-November harvest. Some of them attend Humboldt State University, and others are attracted from farther away with the promise of good money to be made.
“The investigation reveals a disturbing reality where some owners of pot farms, which are often located far from any town, force their trimmigrant workers into sex and sometimes don’t even pay them for work. One teenage trimmer described being locked in an oversized toolbox with breathing holes if she threatened to run away.”
Gardner further notes,
“Just as astonishing as the rise in sexual exploitation and the number of girls who go missing, is the stance of law enforcement. Rather than devote their resources to solving the real crimes of underage sex trafficking and slavery, cops focus on raiding grow operations – legal or not – to seize cash and assets for financial gain.”
Now, whatever your position on marijuana use, the fact of the matter is that the war on drugs makes more money for the government than does fighting human trafficking. The reason that these women are in this situations is completely beside the point. The point is that these women are being held as slaves, often as sex slaves, and law enforcement is focusing on making money, not on freeing human beings, many (if not most) of whom are American citizens.
Where is liberty and justice for all in this?
What do you think of this “unintended consequence” of the war on drugs? Do you care or not and, if not, why not? Tell us below.