I just read a deeply disturbing story about a "house of horrors" in Schiller Park where homeless women were lured, hooked on drugs, beaten, starved, handcuffed, locked in rooms and forced to prostitute.
--In a press conference, State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez referred to the operation as a “sex trafficking house of horrors” and said the half dozen women were supplied heroin and crack cocaine on “a silver platter” to keep them addicted to the narcotics and beholden to the ring's leader," according to the story in the Chicago Tribune written by Bridget Doyle.--
Involved were two men and a woman.
And yes there are many more God-awful stories to be read.
What is going on with people?
Where is the concern, care, love for another human being? What happened to these three individuals who tortured these women? What happened to them along the way that this sick treatment of these poor women was somehow acceptable?
At one time these three individuals were innocent babies, right? Isn't that how we all start out? So, what went wrong?
After reading such horrible, disturbing stories, I must force myself to focus on the love, the good, the kindness, that does exist elsewhere in this world.
I must focus on the love and goodness inside my own home.
We all must do that. But we cannot turn a blind eye to the horrors suffered by innocent women, children, animals - the innocent in this world.
We cannot ignore the evil that surrounds us.
I know Schiller Park is an urban neighborhood, there were, I'm sure, neighbors near this house. There were, I am certain, people who saw the ugliness cast upon these poor helpless women. There were people who likely felt something was going on that wasn't good. We all have that pit in our stomaches that alerts us to something going on that is not good.
If we see evil, it is our duty to put an end to it.
We are each in this world as each other's friend, protector. We have to do better.
I thank God the women have been rescued and are now being cared for by social services.
But there are others still out there who need to be rescued. We need to keep our eyes open.
There are whole organizations such as Women At Risk International, or WAR, that go around the world rescuing women and children from the sex slave industry. While interviewing the founder of this non-profit group, Rebecca McDonald, a few years ago, she said there are suburban homes young girls are lured on a regular basis.
Young girls who think they are going to a party at a "popular" kids house in the "safety" of a subdivision, never to be seen again. Never seen because, in fact, where they went was actually a recruiting house for sex slaves. And this is just one way innocent women are tricked into bad situations then never heard from again, she said. I learned from McDonald and the FBI that human trafficking is even more lucrative and popular for criminals to get into then drug dealing.
And you know why? It's simple. When someone buys and uses drugs, the drugs are used up and they are gone. When someone buys a young girl for her body, she can be used over and over and over .... . It's disgusting. It's sad. It's deplorable. And it must stop.
We need to do better. We need to look out for our neighbor. And when not doing that, we must wrap ourselves up in the love and kindness, the good in our lives, and not take that for granted.
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