Actually, I wish none of us had to know. But Senator Ted Cruz recently explained at a news conference on 15 July 2022 after once again leading a group of Republican Senators on a trip to the Rio Grande area of the U.S.-Mexico border.
“Rape Trees” are trees where drug and human traffickers hang the undergarments of women and girls whom they’ve violently raped. The trees serve as a kind of trophy display, or even a challenge, to other gang and cartel members. Amnesty International reports that some 60% of all women and girls trafficked north to be brought over the open U.S.-Mexican border are raped along the way. Parents send their girls off with ‘morning after’ pills, knowing perfectly well this is what will happen to them.
Worse yet, it is the Mexican drug cartels that are in complete control of that illegal flow of border crashers. The cartels charge each illegal thousands of dollars, depending on where they come from, to get across that border. Poor migrants have no source for coming up with such amounts of money. So, the boys and young men are forcibly recruited into the criminal cartel gangs that operate across the U.S. The women and girls all too often are trafficked into sex slavery to pay off their debt to the cartels.
And the U.S. government is directly complicit in that human trafficking, gang activity, and sex slavery because U.S. taxpayer dollars are used to bus and fly illegals to communities all over the country.
‘Rape tree’: GOP senators decry human smuggling cartels’ shocking sexual abuse of migrant women
According to an Amnesty International report, about 60% of the women and girls who make the trek to the U.S.-Mexico border are raped.
Mexican cartels are moving millions of people into the U.S. over the border, and “rape trees” are a reminder that the Biden administration isn’t doing enough to stop them, Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said during a news conference with a group of Republican senators who visited the U.S.-Mexico border.
“We heard multiple reports of something, I’ll be candid, I had never heard of before until today — something called a rape tree, which are trees where the traffickers would violently rape young women and then hang their undergarments in the tree as a trophy,” Cruz said on Friday.
According to Amnesty International, about 60% of the women and girls who make the trek to the U.S.-Mexico border are raped.
Cartels reportedly charge thousands of dollars to bring someone through Mexico to the U.S. illegally. Republican senators have noted that migrants who cannot afford to pay the fee end up working for the cartel to repay the debt once they enter the U.S.
“How do you think the young women pay off their 5, 6, 7, 8 thousand dollar human trafficking fee?” asked Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson. “I think we all know,” he said, referring to the “rape tree.”
This column was originally published at Defend the Border & Save Lives
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