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    It appears from that link that most of the kidnap victims are undocumented immigrants themselves, people who cannot pay the coyotes or who can be trapped in some way by their immigration status.

    Which brings up a question:  Is it better to simply deport everyone and let God sort it out, or is it better to address the actual problem, which is criminal gangs making money off of trafficking humans.  There's a difference between trafficking and smuggling.  Trafficking is the holding or transportation of persons against their will for purposes of work or some other financial gain. If someone signs on to a coyote and then can't get free, is kidnapped or forced to repay some huge debt under threat of force, then that is trafficking and not kidnapping.

    The US has laws against trafficking and a lot of experience dealing with this problem. The first rule?  Make it easy and safe for victims to get free, report the crime, and participate in the prosecutor's case.  If a woman is forced into prostitution, even if she voluntarily gets into sex work and is then forced in such a way that she cannot leave, the answer is not to throw her in jail, it's to make it easy for her to get out and come forward.

    The Arizona law is particularly bad because it conflates victims with criminals.  I know a thing or two about this as the non-profit I work for is involved in projects to assist victims of trafficking - which some of the kidnap victims in Arizona appear to be.  The new AZ law will actually make the situation worse.

    "Die Stimme der Vernuft ist leise." (The voice of reason is soft)

    by ivorybill on Sun May 02, 2010 at 09:23:15 AM PDT

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