A Solution to Human Trafficking, Child Prostitution, and Drug Crimes

If you're like me, you hear about stories of 'rape trees' (here's another link), human trafficking (another link), child prostitution, drug crimes, gang wars, and all the other horrors of modern social issues, and think about how dangerous and unethical life has become.

But is it really that simple? Is the explanation really just that people have decided to become less moral? If we were to ask people who partake in these god-awful activities, would they explain that, one day, they just up-and-decided to be evil? Or is there a more understandable, comprehensive explanation for it all?

This article will be a proposed solution - lord knows I can't solve everything! The arguments will be based off of liberty, the Constitution, and an economic understanding of human nature and action.

Why Are The Problems Problems At All?

This is quite possibly the most important question to ask. Many people, when dealing with the issues at hand, will talk about how we need to arrest more people, prevent X and Y, hunt down those responsible, and whatnot. But we need to ask ourselves why are these things problems to begin with?!

Drugs

Let's begin with drugs - why are these drugs so horrible? Certainly many people will argue that heroine, cocaine, crack, weed, cigarettes, alcohol, and many other drugs are bad for you.

But what is the major problem with drugs? Is the problem really just that they are immoral substances? Is it that people are just having too much fun with them? Or is the problem that people become addicted to them and they will end up ruining their lives to continue their addiction?

I think most people can argue that, indeed, the last argument - that people can become addicted - is the most likely candidate.

Indeed, addiction is a problem. I personally am already addicted to too many things - food, water, the necessary nutrients, sleep, a nice warm home, and my computer. Lord knows I don't want to add cocaine or tobacco to that list!

But addiction only really hurts the person who uses/abuses the substance. Why should I care if some guy in another state gets addicted to heroine? It's horrible, and I would feel sorry for him, but lord knows his addiction doesn't directly affect my life in any way.

The real reason I would care about someone else's addiction is that it would simply consume them - the high price of the drug would force them to commit crimes, or the fact that they can't "shoot up" at work might prevent them from holding a job, or, because the person needs to hide away in shame due to their addiction, they would be abandoning their family and friends and possibly becoming a leech on society (depending on welfare laws and the sort).

This is the biggest issue with illegal drugs - they cause people to give up on their 'societal duties' because they have to constantly be paying for their drug and hiding their addiction from everyone in their lives.

Rape Trees and Immigration

What are the problems with immigration? Becoming a US citizen (another link)?

Well, honestly, I'm sure that no one really has problems with immigrants. What's there to hate? They want to work, they work hard, etc. The only real problems are that they immigrate in massive numbers and that some people are afraid that their culture might be infringed upon. I personally can't argue whether this concern is founded or not (who can?), but I can argue, with ease, that just about everyone in the US either is or was an immigrant from a foreign state (My family came from Italy, Germany, Romania, and a bunch of other random places).

The real 'problems' with immigration are hard to pin down. Most people who dislike immigrants most likely do so because they have to compete over low-wage jobs, or because, perhaps (I'm not sure of the statistics), they might think that immigrants are more likely to commit crimes, or because they feel that illegal immigrants necessarily broke the law in order to come to the country, or maybe because they feel that a lot of immigrants are mooching off the welfare state. I'm not fully sure what the causes of the anger is, but I can only logically draw up these possibilities.

Do people actually hate immigrants just because they are immigrants? I doubt it, but then again, you never know.

I would think that some of the problems with human trafficking (not all of them) would pertain to immigration. Many immigrants try to come into America for the hope of a better future and a more promising life. Many go into horrible debt to pay for safe travel into the US, and there are groups of people who raid the incoming immigrants to abduct them and sell them into servitude.

Gang Crimes and Prostitution

Gang crimes and forced prostitution are both inter-related and separate from the previous issues, so I wanted to talk about them a bit separately.

Many gang crimes can be put under the heading of "Drugs". Of course not all of them can - many gangs require 'protection money' and other such things, but many gang crimes begin with drugs. The Mafia took hold and came to power thanks to prohibition. The major gangs committing crimes make a substantial chunk of their money through drug trafficking - you can see this in the wonderful book Gang Leader for a Day, by Sudhir Venkatesh, I highly recommend reading it (it's linked here through amazon.com), or in the numerous comedy sketches by Dave Chappelle, the stand up of Chris Rock, or by just visiting your local police station and asking them about drug crimes.

Another way gangs can make money is prostitution. This is mostly a problem due to morality issues and because the (usually) women are treated pretty horribly with no safety nets to protect them. If a 'trick' (is this proper use of the term? the person who pays for sex?) or the pimp (if she is able to get a pimp) beats the prostitute then there is little she can do - she obviously can't go to the local police station. In fact, many police would prefer to get free 'favors' from the prostitute instead of arresting them (discussed in Gang Leader for a Day)

Child prostitution, another disgusting and vile plague on our society, generally comes about when a child is abandoned, they runaway, they are pressured from parents, or just simply being abducted during immigration attempts. Usually the abandoned or runaway child is just simply trying to make ends meet, and the easiest way to make money is (likely) prostitution.

The Proposed Solution

My proposed solution is to simply follow our great country's history of immigration, and to follow the Constitution.

Believe in Immigration

Our country is founded by one simple word: immigration. There are few people who can claim that their entire family tree is made up of only natives (I don't really want to use this as an argument, but even the Native-Americans emigrated from Asia millennia ago).

The biggest problem with immigrants is that it's so incredibly difficult to become a citizen of this country unless you already work for a major company. If we just simply made it easier to become a citizen, or to just live and work here legally (I have numerous friends who want to live in the US and work there, but US law is strict and hard to overcome), the tremendous risks of immigrating would almost completely disappear: families wouldn't have to go into horrendous debt to get into the country and they wouldn't have to risk their lives just to have a chance to work here and make a better life for themselves. A large chunk of human trafficking in the US would vanish overnight (not all of it, mind you).

Follow the Constitution: End Welfare

A way to aide in accomplishing this (immigration problems) would be to end the welfare state. Many people will indeed have a problem with me suggesting this, but the idea that an immigrant can come in here and just mooch off of everyone is as disgusting to me as it is to anyone else...

...But... for some reason... we don't get as mad at the idea of someone who was born in the US doing this...

This is obviously hypocritical and illogical. If we get upset at the idea of a foreigner coming here to live off of welfare, then we must equally get upset at the idea of a citizen doing the same (to learn more about welfare, check out my "Evan's Easy Economics").After all, what's the difference between helping an American out if they're in between jobs and helping a foreigner out while they're in between jobs?... race?

Nowhere in the Constitution of these United States is the right to welfare defended, nor is the power to create welfare delegated to the federal government. It is, at best, a state's issue.

Follow the Constitution: End the War on Drugs

Before I begin - I DO NOT CONDONE THE USE OF DRUGS!!

Ending the war on drugs would almost immediately end the problems associated with drug use. The major problem with drugs is not that people get high, it's that they become addicted to the substance and, due to their high price and stigmatized nature, often have to resort to illegal activity to pay for it.

But marijuana and many other drug-plants are actually weeds that grow at such heinous rates that, if legalized, the supply would skyrocket - thus making prices decrease. Also, by making it legal to use and to sell would reduce the cost: how much extra work has to be put forth in hiding the activities involved with cultivation and sale?

With a sharp decrease in price, the number of illegal acts needed to pay for a "habit" would also be reduced. With a reduction in stigma attached to drug use, people could quit hiding their addictions and would likely be more forthcoming in asking for help.

There is no authority given to the federal government to authorize and engage in a war against drugs. The Congress does not have the authority to legislate on such subjects: it's a state issue. States would most likely make drugs illegal, but perhaps they wouldn't. And if they didn't then the issue would be up to the free market - If a company didn't want their employees using drugs, they would initiate checks against it (such as the current drug tests people undertake).

But, heck, who knows (have there been any studies on this?), if people could openly and cheaply pay for the addiction and freely administer the drugs, perhaps they wouldn't become so edgy and would still be able to undertake their work with minimal problems! People are addicted to tobacco, but because they can jump outside every couple of hours and smoke a cigarette they don't have horrible problems on the job. The problems would, at worse, be similar to alcoholic-problems, but surely this would be better than the current problems associated with drugs.

Also, legalizing drugs would cripple gang related violence and international drug cartels by making the product readily available to the thousands of people who could easily grow their own supply. Prices would plummet, and so would the income generated for the crime syndicates.

A further bonus to drug legalization would be better quality of product. There would be a sharp decrease in deaths due to contaminated or impure drugs.

The benefits of drug legalization is dealt with in Defending the Undefendable by Walter Block (linked through amazon.com).

Follow the Constitution: Allow Prostitution

The main problem with prostitution, the oldest profession in history, was that it results in horrible conditions for the woman. If it were legalized, the women could be protected through their pimps or mistresses, or whatever the CEO of a company of "ill-repute" would be called. If it were legal, then the prostitutes could go seek legal aid when dealing with abusive clients, business partners, or managers.

Legalizing prostitution would reduce gang related violence by reducing the income of gang syndicates.

If it were legalized the supply of prostitutes would likely increase, and thus prices would naturally lower. This reduction of prices would reduce incentives to prostitution-related ills; perhaps it might even reduce child prostitution.

The issues of legalizing prostitution is dealt with very well in Walter Block's Defending the Undefendable. I highly recommend it, it is easy to read, humorous, and logical (a link to amazon.com is provided). The issue of how prostitution is currently dealt with is shown with Sudhir Venkatesh's works Gang Leader for a Day and Off the Books (both are linked through amazon)

No where in the Constitution is the power to outlaw prostitution granted. It is, at best, a state issue.

Follow the Constitution: End Minimum Wage, and Child Labor Laws

Now, this is the section where I'm going to get yelled at the most! But hear me out!

If we end child labor laws then runaways, castaways, and abandoned children will be able to work in legitimate industries instead of only having the options of prostitution, drug trafficking, or other illegal activity (indeed, with child labor laws, any job a youth takes is illegal). Most children finding themselves in a dire situation would be better off getting a real job and trying to earn a living - indeed, many children in foreign countries readily admit that their choice is either working in a sweat shop or working as a prostitute (here's the story of Wendy Diaz)

I know that not everyone is going to hop on board with the entire "end child labor laws" thing, but the reason that child labor was ended in the US had nothing at all to do with the labor laws. The labor laws were mostly passed at the behest of women's labor unions who didn't appreciate the competition of low-wage labor provided by children. If you would like to learn more about it, instead of vilifying me in the comment section (I'm still trying to figure out how to let the comments just appear without me having to agree to them... until then I promise to post any comments posted to this article), you can read an article by Jeffrey Tucker, or you can read more in my "Evan's Easy Economics". Child labor ended because the increased capital (machines and other production increasing equipment) led to a reduced need for labor. This is why, when you think of child labor in the US, you think of big machines - the big machines were needed to slowly push children out of the work place.

Minimum wage laws also have an unintended consequence on the market. If a child, an immigrant laborer, or anyone in general just isn't productive enough to earn a wage above the completely arbitrarily decided minimum wage, then they won't have a job for very long (if they can even get a job).

For example, if for whatever reason I can only produce about $10 worth of oranges for my company each hour, and it cost them $5 in raw materials and other costs to grow and harvest the oranges, then I can only hope to make at most $5 an hour. If the minimum wage law is $7, then the company is not going to hire me - who wants to lose money on labor?

But, if I'm willing to work for $3 an hour, and the company is allowed to hire me at $3/hour, then I can work. It might not be a wonderful standard of living by comparison to other workers, but at least I'll have an income!

To bring my argument back to the Constitution, there is no authority anywhere in the Supreme Law of the Land to initiate a federal minimum wage. States can do so, but not the federal government.

This would provide a wonderful alternative to child prostitution and other horrible jobs.

Conclusion

I hope, at the very least, I've given you something to think about. I'm sure not many readers will agree with what I've written, and some will absolutely detest what I've written (once again, I promise to post any pertinent comments that people write. Does anyone know how to allow comments to be posted without me needing to approve?)

These proposed solutions will not necessarily completely end the problems, but I have full confidence that, if initiated, they would at least reduce the problems.

(Please keep the angry comments civil at the very least!!!)

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Chaotic Chica 6 years ago

Fantastic!!!!! Great points of view, all thoroughly explained. One does not have to agree with you to see that you make many valid points. Bravo and two thumbs up!!!


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ripplemaker 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Whew what a heavy topic! I had to slow down and pause to reflect on what you have written. Coming from a country with people who want to migrate to the USA, I was kind of in a questioning state that are certain number of people out there who hate them for it. That must be tough to live with - neighbors who hate you. Very valid points you made here and thank you for sharing the many sides to it. :)

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Sage Williams 6 years ago

A dynamically written and powerful hub. Extremely interesting and thought provoking to say the least. Congratulations! on being nominated for a HubNugget. I enjoyed reading your hub.

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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain

A lot of it is about biases. Some people prefer to hate for the sake of hating. The people are just an object to take it out on.

Biases can really hurt. I took a kidney patient who told me that he was offered a kidney for transplant - until he was told the guy was gay, then he refused. This is the level of hatred and deep seated biases.

Immigration isn't the fault of the immigrants - they are just doing what we all try to do (eat, roof over head, survive), the problem is the rules and regulations surrounding it.

As you quite rightly say, criminalising an activity leads to other social problems. The answer? I dont know but I do know that we need a one world where there is equality for all and people have the same rights. Standards of those in poverty need to be brought up so people are no longer desperate for the basics in life.

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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

I agree with shazwellyn, a lot of the issues or questions you asked is just sure biases, ignorance of what the truth is, and listening to facts bases on fallacies. Congrats on being selected as a Hubnuggets Wannabe and good luck to ya! :)


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rocknrodeogirl 6 years ago from The Columbia Gorge

I read once where when there is a "war against" whatever cause, that cause is already lost. The war mindset seems to take away any chance of finding a real solution to a problem (and usually someone is getting heavily funded for the problem...so why should it be solved). Interesting views, great hub! Congrats on your hub nugget nomination and good luck! ;)


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justamber 6 years ago

Good stuff! I just read Slave Hunter by Aaron Cohen and it really opened my eyes to this.


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rescueachild 6 years ago from San Jose, Ca

Great job


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susanlang 6 years ago

Very detailed informitive and riviting info here. Much of what you wrote sends a hard message to so many in the world..I hope this story receives tons of reads. Rated up.


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Evan G Rogers 6 years ago from Dublin, Ohio Author

it's up to 1300 or so... whoo hoo!


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jerseys4kids.com 6 years ago from Vancouver / Bangkok

very interesting read !


jea_17 6 years ago

thank you for this great and remarkable solution for these problems.. you made my research work great.. tnx again and god bless:))))


JacksBlogs 5 years ago

Wow, I don't now what to say. Conservative, progressive, liberal - if nothing else you would be a polsters nightmare. In my case I am angry about the way trafficking is so over the top with outrageous sensationalism and exaggeration. Legalizing prostitution, as you said, and achieving a real legal solution to pedophilia without falling under the spell of the "castrate them" crowd would be important. Having America mind its own business regarding trafficking in other countries is important too. Sometimes America looks foolish overseas regarding issues like trafficking. Keep up the good work. By the way I grew up in Ohio, but further north. - from JACK


RonMexico 4 years ago

You cant get rid of minimum wage.. companies would take advantage of people... come on


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Evan G Rogers 4 years ago from Dublin, Ohio Author

Actually, they won't.

If "companies will take advantage of one another without minimum wage" then why do many people who work for companies make a DRAMATIC amount more than minimum wage?

The reason? Competition. I COULD work somewhere else, so the companies have to pay me more.


William 4 years ago

that's easy for you to say as you have a good skill set that would allow you to find another job however those who do not have that and can only be hired in a select few places and would most likely be taken advantage of. Bashing the poor or uneducated is easy to do but by doing it, you have proven just how ignorant you are of the problems and difficulties other people have.


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Evan G Rogers 4 years ago from Dublin, Ohio Author

@ william: I love that you assume to know me. I have received no greater benefits than most average people in the US.

If you are referring to my not being handicapped, then... Sorry that life isn't fair, but putting a minimum wage for a mentally handicapped individual would ensure their unemployment.


Karen 4 years ago

Ending welfare...... do you know what that would do to this country? To these people? No one is leeching off of your precious dollars.. most people on welfare are in a CYCLE of poverty. Taking away the money they use to eat would make some very happy I guess but what world are we living in then......


Karen 4 years ago

I want you to tell me how many people are even really LIVING & THRIVING off of minimum wage... & then tell me how much better it would get if they could be paid only 3$...


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Evan G Rogers 4 years ago from Dublin, Ohio Author

Minimum wage is a bar that the poor have to jump over in order to start a job.

If you're worth $7/hr, then a minimum wage of $7.15/hour will ensure that a robot will replace you.

Thriving off of minimum wage? No one is. Of course not. But many kids who want experience probably aren't getting the jobs because they can't compete with minimum wage.


Jay 4 years ago

Hey I am an uneducated person with unskilled labor. I went to work in the oil field. I now make 100K. I never went to college or to a trade school. But i do work 90 or more hours a week and I am proud and happy to do it. I love the oppurtunity to work and earn. So if someone is making minimum wage it is because they are too lazy to work hard and make more money. No one is going to pay you well to do something that is easy. Yeah my work takes no skill, but it is hard. I'll do the hard work cause i like my paycheck.


nari cambodia 4 years ago

Yes. It is good of you that you earned to much money from your work hard and many hours, but ei think that the best way for you to do this work perfectly and decrease you time you should go to skills school to continues your study to be a prifessional skill people.


Nick 4 years ago

Child labor? How many runaways do you think would actually go out and take one of those great jobs? You are aware that not all runaways are fleeing an abusive home and many are just thick headed stubborn adolescents who think they know all about the world and view their parents as their "oppressors". Your's is truly lala land fantasy thinking. Our children are our most valuable resource. They do not exist in order to enrich men via their use as a source of cheap labor. If you wish to live in such a place then move to one, don't try to turn us into one.


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Evan G Rogers 4 years ago from Dublin, Ohio Author

And yet, adults DO exist in order to enrich men via their use as a source of cheap labor?

Your argument is clearly flawed due to your inability to look beyond your emotions.


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gmwilliams 4 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

You have aptly demonstrated that good old fashioned commonsense is alive and well. You have stated what many people secretly feel but are afraid to do so because of societal conventions. You are indeed an independent thinker. Voted up and useful hub!


Laine 4 years ago

First of all this is stupid, I realize you are just putting your ideas out there but you have a pretty twisted way of thinking. Taking away minimum wage is ridiculous, there are people out there barely surviving off 7.15 (which doesn't necessarily mean they are too lazy to get a better job Mr. Jay). Take what little they make and they have nothing left to live off of, same goes for wellfare, people need that to eat and knowone has the right to take that away. Second, who in the hell taught you that child labor is ok? I have no doubt that if it was legal I would have never gone to school and ended up supporting my greedy parents as soon as I could walk. That is no life for a child and it would just justify human trafficking. Third, that whole "Your argument is clearly flawed due to your inability to look beyond your emotions." thing is B.S. News flash, emotions are what makes us human beings, and this comment was longer than I thought it would be.


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Evan G Rogers 4 years ago from Dublin, Ohio Author

@laine

Newsflash, indeed. Humanity relied on child labor for about 30,000 years or more.

Having children be educated instead of working is a new luxury that has only existed for about 100 years.


kwanele 2 years ago

yes indeed its a brilliant idea,


Rotschild 4 weeks ago

You must be Asian. Only Asians are in favor of child labor. So disgustingly greedy and money hungry people from China think that way. Take aeay the minimum wage? Hey people, look this way! Another Mao supporter in America. I do believe some people should never come to America. Like the Chinese, who want to corrupt our society with the heroin, their fat ass buda arms crossed thinking, arrenged marriages and child labor to pay for their lazy parents. They come and live off welfare as soon as they arrive in containers.

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