The Southern border crisis might have been buried under the numerous other dilemmas facing the Biden administration, but for states like Texas, the influx of illegal immigrants at the border has been a constant struggle. Former Jackson County, Texas, Sheriff A.J. Louderback even accused President Joe Biden of being an accessory to human trafficking. On top of Louderback’s intense accusation, journalist Lara Logan sat down with The High Wire and detailed what it was like speaking with survivors of human trafficking. The Biden administration has been adamant about doing away with Title 42, which allows migrants to be turned away due to a public health emergency like COVID-19.
Recalling what it was like, as can be seen in the video below, Logan stated, “I interviewed a trafficker who told me he was 12 when he first went with his father and his grandfather to a very poor area of Mexico, and they bought a whole bunch of girls. They have a festival once a year, where they literally take all the new girls, and they do this. They parade them around town. The whole town comes out. Men get to select the new virgins who they are going to rape that night. And that was one of the worst things that I’ve ever, ever, ever sat through in my life.”
The journalist admitted, “I realized I’m sitting with these two young girls, one was 17, and one was 22. The 17-year-old had been sold when she was 12. And the 22-year-old had been sold when she was 12 or 13. And what I realized at that moment, and I just felt disgusted, was that everything I was talking to them about was going to happen that night. And it was still going to happen the next day. And I couldn’t help them. And I became a journalist because I believe that when people know the truth, they do the right thing. And I know that’s true. And I had to sit there. And I realized for the first time, I’ve been a journalist for 35 years, but I realized when I’m talking to people, they’ve been rescued from the Islamic State, or they survived the bombing, or the massacre or whatever because they’re alive to speak to me.”
As for what the Biden administration is doing to combat human trafficking, just a few weeks ago, Vice President Kamala Harris said in a statement , “As a nation, we must require serious consequence and accountability for those who commit these crimes. And we must work to stop these crimes before they happen. Our plan centers on the key pillars of U.S. and global anti-trafficking efforts: prevention, protection, prosecution, and partnerships…There is a clear line that runs throughout our Administration’s work: We are focused on the most vulnerable.”
Former Sheriff Louderback had a different take, writing, “It’s horrific that our own government would human traffic into the United States and be a party to the sexual abuse. The human trafficking part of this [is] especially horrific. It’s something that the U.S. government is actually participating in that and is a party to that. We’ve never done that before. This administration and the lawlessness that they represent is hard to believe, and yet here is happening, and it’s been going on for over a year in the United States.”