Arizona – Roughly 30 miles away from the United States-Mexico border sits a city of roughly 700 citizens called Arivaca. The city is no stranger to drug cartels, undocumented immigrants crossing in their backyards, or human trafficking. Although a wall currently exists, it only runs 25 miles before it’s replaced with barbed wire fencing that has been penetrated by the cartel.
According to the Human Trafficking Search, “Human trafficking and migrant smuggling can be linked, for example, through the high costs demanded by smugglers for the journey across the border, leaving poor migrants vulnerable to debt bondage.”
Debt slavery is linked to sexual exploitation, forced labor, or being kidnapped because they cannot afford to pay the full price of being smuggled. Unfortunately, ‘debt bondage’ or ‘debt slavery’ is becoming more prevalent at the border due to illegal immigrants paying the cartel (who own the right to cross certain roads and paths) to be smuggled across the border.
Ranchers, like Arivaca’s Jim Chilton, who have lived in a border town for 31 years believe more border security means less illegal immigrant and cartel traffic. If the President receives the full funding from Congress for the border wall it will ensure human trafficking and modern-day debt slavery slow down significantly.
For Chilton, the approach is having an up-to-date border wall that will allow ranchers to do their job without wondering how many immigrants or cartel members crossed into the U.S., and whether a barbed wire fence was destroyed or penetrated.
Having stronger Border Patrol security checkpoints to enforce vehicle and immigration entry to the highest of standards, while simultaneously disallowing any caravan or vehicle to detour from border checkpoints is critical.
Having up-to-date technology such as heat sensors and cameras will allow for a more secure border.