There is a hidden epidemic involving the border crisis. One most people don’t hear about. And that is the issue of children who are smuggled to be bought and sold for sex.
There have been over 34,000 sex-trafficking cases reported in the United States with 600 of those cases involving foreign nationals who smuggle men, women, and children across the border.
Last year the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York convicted five Mexicans who were residing in the U.S. illegally. The men were part of the Rendon-Reyes Trafficking Organization. This group smuggled young women and girls from Mexico and then forced them into the sex trade.
Some were as young as 14 and were either coerced or abducted, then smuggled across the border to be a part of the sex trade. Some victims were forced to perform over 45 times a day. These women were beaten, assaulted, and had their families threatened.
It is common for young men, women, and children to be forced into the U.S. through the border to be bought for sex or even forced labor.
With the influx of unaccompanied children coming through our borders the violence towards children will probably continue.