'Rape Tree' Found Near Texas-Mexico Border
This photo appeared Tuesday night on the Texas Border Volunteers Facebook page. It shows a torn black bra and a small purse hanging from a tree in what is said to be a "rape tree" -- a place where Mexican drug cartel members and coyotes who smuggle humans across the border rape one or more of the women among them. Rape trees have been known of since at least 2009, but they tend not to feature in any discussions of comprehensive immigration reform.
Border activist Linda Vickers took the photograph near her home in Brooks County, which is in the Rio Grande Valley southwest of Corpus Christi. It is not on the border, but it is on the pathway between Hidalgo County, other border counties, and points north.
Vickers posted these comments along with the photo.
Rape tree and increase in illegal alien traffic abounds in Brooks County.
Rape trees in Brooks County are becoming overly abundant. This is not the first one I have found on my property or on surrounding ranches. Nor is it the only one I have heard about recently.
I spotted this(torn black bra and an empty little purse) across the fence on my neighbor’s property on the 13th of December. The proper authorities were called and the information passed along to law enforcement. This is way too close to my home and tackroom. Illegal alien traffic is off the chart in this area of my home. It is overwhelming and every day that passes....I feel less and less safe. In the last few weeks, this feels like a legitimate invasion that we are experiencing in Brooks County, Texas.
A friend told me that he called in 50 illegals that he had a visual on. Border Patrol could not send anyone!!!! Not their fault since they are undermanned and many times they have large drug busts at the BP checkpoint.
The Governor of Texas, Rick Perry, is right that the Feds should be protecting our borders and doing something about this, because they are constitutionally obligated. But they don’t care, and the Federal Government isn't going to do anything but give us lip service and tie the hands of Border Patrol. It’s time, hell it’s past time, for Texas to take care of Texas. This insanity needs to stop!