Posted on | March 31, 2014 | 13 Comments
Smugglers who don’t respect U.S. borders and U.S. laws also don’t respect the basic humanity of their Mexican victims:
Faced with the prospect that they may be raped by their guides — also called ‘coyotes’ — or fellow travelers as they cross border and travel through the desert, women crossing illegally into the United States have turned to birth control injections to avoid becoming pregnant by their rapist.
Writing for Fronteras, Jude Joffe-Block interviewed several women along the border who have recently tried to cross the border looking for work or to join their husbands, parents, or children already in the country.
Pharmacist Maria Jaime Peña explains that women often come to her asking the same question.
“What can I do in case I’m raped, and I don’t want to get pregnant?,” Peña repeated in Spanish. “What can I use?”
Peña advises getting an injection for 48 pesos — less than $4 — that protects women from pregnancy for a month and is available in Mexico without a prescription.
Sometimes, Peña explains, it is the coyotes who suggest their female clients go on birth control.
Maria Salinas, a 43-year-old who recently tried crossing with her 18-year-old daughter, stated that a guide offered her and other women birth control pills before they began their journey.
“Because the coyotes know what they are going to do in the middle of the desert,” she said in Spanish.
Salinas described how she fell behind during the trip and couldn’t keep up. One coyote volunteered to wait for her on the condition that she let him have sex with her daughter.
“If I gave him my daughter, then he’d wait for me,” Salinas said
When she refused, she was abandoned in the desert only to later be rescued and returned to Mexico by the Border Patrol.
“It’s awful,” Salinas said about illegally crossing the border as a woman. “I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.”
Exactly why this is being publicized by a left-wing site like Raw Story, I’m not sure. The most obvious lesson would seem to be that illegal immigration fosters a dangerous condition of lawlessness. Illegal immigration is a crime, and the people who abet this activity are criminals. But I suppose liberals will blame America for this, the same way they blame America for everything else.