Sex For Sale In The Shenandoah: Will The Trafficking Scandal Turn Rep. Goodlatte Into An Immigration Patriot?
March 23, 2015, 07:05 PM
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If Senate Republicans get their way, Loretta Lynch’s nomination for Attorney General won’t be voted on until Democrats agree to pass an anti-sex trafficking bill containing boilerplate abortion language that Democrats claim will take America back to the 19th century.[Sex-Trafficking Bill, Ensnared by Politics, Is Left in Limbo by a Senate Vote, By Jennifer Steinhauer, NYT, March 17, 2015]

Of course, Lynch should be blocked to protest Obama’s unconstitutional executive Amnesty—but it is significant that sex trafficking has become such a big issue, at least partly because of one big reason: illegal aliens. Helpfully, it’s spilling into the district of one key Republican who is in a position to do something about it: Bob Goodlatte, VA-6, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

Congress is considering 40 other bills that address trafficking. States are acting, too; 31 of them passed such laws in 2014. Recently the Virginia General Assembly passed a bill making it a Class 2 felony. [General Assembly Passes 1st Standalone Sex Trafficking Statute In Virginia, NBC29, February 27, 2015] The Senate and House of Delegates unanimously approved the legislation, sponsored by Sen. Mark Obenshain, scion of a distinguished Republican lineage.

Obenshain is in a position to know. The Shenandoah Valley district he represents, which overlaps with Goodlatte’s, is full of illegal alien criminals who provide cheap labor for the poultry industry. But they also provide chicks for the sex industry. So in this case Obenshain was less concerned about the illegals plucking feathers than the ones running prostitutes into the city to ply their trade for Latino pimps. Sometimes, the traffickers are the pimps.

Some of this trafficking appears to be old-fashioned pimping, but an awful lot of it has taken prostitution to another level, where the women are unwilling participants forced by debt or flagitiously beaten into submission. (Amazingly, immigration policy has also enriched us with cases of outright chattel slavery—for example, in 2013 ICE nailed six Togolese for labor trafficking: they brought 20 Togolese women into the U.S. to make them slaves in hair-braiding salons).

Thus in October a federal judge sentenced a Honduran scumbag named Elin Coello-Ordonez to 15 years in prison for conspiracy to sell sex in Virginia. In 2009, this criminal had been deported after cops collared him on a gun charge in D.C. Back in Honduras, he picked up a 17-year-old girl, whom he brought to Virginia, beating her until she agreed to let him pimp her out. She serviced as many as 30 men per day and worked in Maryland and Pennsylvania, too.

Two other illegals were in on the act. The three desperados “recruited” women from all over the U.S., and of course, Mexico and Latin America.

The three are supposed to be deported when they get out of prison. But for all we know, whoever is the president then will decide they’re DREAMers and let them stay. After all, they do the jobs Americans won’t do.

Which is precisely the point here. No one had ever heard of sex trafficking being a major crime problem in Virginia or anywhere else until the last few years. As night follows day, sex trafficking has increased with illegal and undoubtedly legal immigration. Google sex trafficking and see what comes back.

Ordonez isn’t the only sex trafficker in Virginia serving time.  In October, Joe Stanley Rodriguez, who looks like the same Joe Stanley Rodriguez convicted of molesting a 7-year-old in Texas, pleaded guilty to trafficking. According to The Virginian Pilot (which, faithful to its tradition of Political Correctness, called Rodriguez a “Norfolk Man”)

“[f]ederal authorities in Norfolk have prosecuted six child sex trafficking cases from around the area in the past 18 months. The cases stem from the formation of the Tidewater Human Trafficking Working Group two years ago. In the three years prior, no such cases were brought in federal court here.”

Norfolk man gets 5 years for pimping teen runaway, By Scott Daugherty, January 15, 2015 Emphases added.

In other words, trafficking is such a problem near Norfolk, the site of the U.S. Navy’s Atlantic Fleet, that authorities created an anti-trafficking task force. A private group in Virginia Beach fights trafficking, and a Facebook group in Northern Virginia is devoted to stopping it, too.

Back in the Shenandoah’s Harrisonburg, New Creation has formed to fight trafficking, and a local high school hosted the group’s founder on March 23 to speak about the issue. Nationally, there’s the national Polaris Project. That’s how bad trafficking has become.

Needless to say, Old Virginia isn’t the only state afflicted. ICE has prosecuted more than four dozen defendants in Georgia, New York, Florida, and Texas since 2009. According to testimony before the Senate’s homeland security committee in 2013, the FBI has arrested 480 and convicted 258 human traffickers (although these individuals were also selling slave labor). The feds also filed 336 informations (accusation of misdemeanor) and indictments.

The most important thing for us to know is this: ICE’s 10 most wanted list for trafficking is 60 percent “Latino,” with three Uzbekis (One, Two, Three) who are almost certainly Muslims, and one American black. In other words, it’s 90 percent immigrant. The American on the ICE list seems to be an outlier. Was human trafficking a problem in this country before the 1965 Immigration and Naturalization Act?

Where does House Judiciary chieftain Bob Goodlatte stands on all this? In the past, he has been an ambiguous Amnesty backer, despite protestations to the contrary. Goodlatte did write to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to denounce the Obama Amnesty’s “path to citizenship,” but he also supported former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s Kiddie Dream Act and Rep. Jeff Denham’s ENLIST Act, both providing pathways to legal status.

Ominously, Goodlatte has taken big bucks from the Silicon Valley tech crowd, who notoriously demand cheap labor from abroad. Goodlatte has received $6,200 from Mr. and Mrs. George Ekins, Ekins being a principal behind the American Dream Fund, an EB-5 visa backer. He has collected a ton of money from Facebook and another ton from Google, including $2,500 from Eric Schmidt, its chief executive officer.

And Goodlatte flatly told ABC News last year:

“The grand bargain here is, we need to have an agreement that if we find the appropriate status for people who have been here a long time and pay back taxes and pay a fine and do some other things … allow them to stay here, but for the future, there would be zero tolerance of illegal immigration.”
The ABC News report went on:
The United States should also focus on attracting skilled foreign workers, who are often educated at U.S. colleges and universities, Goodlatte told Karl.

“We want them to stay here and create jobs here,” he said. [Top Republican Refuses to Predict When Congress Will Vote on Immigration, by Erin Dooley, ABCNews, May 2, 2014]

No “we” don’t want them to stay.

But Goodlatte’s committee has just passed the Legal Workforce Act (H.R. 1174), mandating E-verify, and (last Friday) the Michael Davis, Jr. and Danny Oliver in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act (H.R. 1148), enabling states to help enforce federal immigration laws, in direct contrast to the Obama Regime’s efforts to cripple state enforcement.

Maybe the scandal of sex for sale in the Shenandoah will motivate Goodlatte to impose these worthy enforcement bills on the feckless GOP Congressional leadership.

Pádraic O`Bannon, [Email him] a writer and drinker like many of Celtic blood, thinks deep thoughts about politics, culture and religion.