Someone told me yesterday that a smuggler of people had been apprehended and his “cargo” released. Among those in his care was a 12 year old Honduran girl who was being held against her will. Two explanations come to mind: The smuggler is holding her for ransom, or the smuggler has “buyers” for young girls for the sex industry.
Yesterday the Senate passed a bill broadening legal powers to find and release people held in the sex industry against their will, and to castigate those who hold them. A fund of millions of dollars is being set up to pay for medical and psychological help for those released. And the vote was highly unusual for our Government. It was unanimous.
That gives me hope that at least there are some corners of our world where unanimity for justice and compassion rises to the surface. Maybe, just maybe, that kind of heart can now extend to those who are fleeing mortal violence their home countries against their will can get a just and compassionate response when they arrive on our shores.