What’s the going rate for a trafficked life these days?

February 8, 2012   |  

A local (to me) story made world headlines this week. The kind of

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thing you hear out of India or Russia or some other over-populated mess where there’s little regard for human life.

Eleven people were killed when a 15-person passenger van ran a traffic intersection and was T-boned by a tractor-trailer. The truck driver, the van driver and 9 of his 12 passengers died.

The 12 people in the van were “migrant workers,” who toiled at a nearby chicken processing plant.

“Migrant worker,” as we all know, is PC code for “trafficked human slave.”

Look, I am as against illegal immigration as the next conservative. I’ll rant and rail against people sneaking in to take jobs that locals should be taking in this collapsed economy. But there’s so much more to it than that.

I won’t pretend I give a damn about the nine dead slaves. There will be 20 more to replace them next week. That’s the point I’m trying to make. There are human brokers out there now, just as there were 160 years ago, trading in human flesh.

As (North) Americans, we should not just be against illegal immigration for the cost to our economy, but also for the cost to our souls.

If you are for protecting the passage of illegal migrant workers, you have to know that you are also for the practice of slavery.

Pick your own damn lettuce, and no one will get hurt.

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