[TRIGGER WARNING: SEX TRAFFICKING]
That's a lot of fucking missing women. It also represents a clear racial disparity. 40 percent of all missing people are black when they make up only 12.2 percent of the total population in the U.S.
I'm starting to see alerts pop up regularly on Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter about black women and girls who have disappeared. This keeps happening despite campaigns to call attention to the problem. There's a fear that sex trafficking rings are targeting young black women and girls due to the fact that the general public doesn't seem to much care about them and therefore won't make any effort to find them. Or they're blamed for it because it's assumed that if a black person goes missing it must be because they were involved in some kind of criminal behavior, no matter how young they are. Not that criminal activity should stop people from caring if a person has been abducted.
This is a national emergency. Sex trafficking is a $32 billion dollar industry in the U.S. - and when I say sex trafficking, I mean people being forced into sex work against their will. There's nothing wrong with sex work. There is something wrong with slavery. Yet despite this huge underground slavery industry, very little is said by the federal government and not nearly enough funds are allocated to combating the problem. Of course, since Lord Dampnut's own modeling agency may very well be part of that industry, I highly doubt that's going to get better any time soon, especially since many of these women and girls are black, Latina, and/or Native.
You can see for yourself and keep track of news about missing people on Twitter by search the hashtag #BringThemHome. You'll see that a strong majority of the missing are young black teens. It's heartbreaking. But we need to look at it. We need to do something about this. Don't let these children suffer just because their skin is dark.