Seasons in Hell: The Brutality of America’s Modern Day Slave Trade
Cold indifference to the plight of these women and children is what makes this exploitation possible.
January 7, 2012 - 12:11 am
The witness didn’t know Carina, although both women knew Massey causally. Carina was known to be a drug user – including hard drugs like meth and coke — but police say she wasn’t otherwise involved in any criminal activity. Since Massey was a dealer, it’s likely he kidnapped her while she was buying; she was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
It is a story as horrific as it is common. These gangs lurk in the shadows of our cities, using the drug trade to help run the more lucrative and dangerous sex slave rings that are ubiquitous in any major metro area. Often the dealers recruit victims after hooking them on hard drugs, but it is far more common that known drug routes are used to transport illegal aliens into the country. Those illegals are billed exorbitant amounts for the trip which they can never hope to pay off and are given the option of “working” off their debts. For women and children, this means forced prostitution; for men, it is sometimes literal slave labor.
In Oklahoma, there are whispers that this gang is responsible for more than just Carina Saunders’ death. Nineteen-year-old Kelsey Bransby was found murdered on October 27. She had attended the same high school as Carina and had similar drug problems, but friends say she had gotten clean and was trying to leave that life behind. After that decision she was shot in the face in her own apartment.
Seventeen-year-old Alina Fitzpatrick’s nude body was found dumped on a rural Oklahoma City property. Alina had been home schooled because of bullying, and had complained prior to her disappearance that a “suspicious” man had been following her and had somehow gotten her cell phone number. The last person to see her alive was a friend who had given her a ride to an apartment that Alina was vague about who lived there. Pretty and blonde, Alina looked much younger than she was and some speculate she was targeted by traffickers.
Oklahoma, however, is not the only place where modern day slavers kidnap and pimp out women and children.