One of the darkest and dirtiest secrets about illegal immigration is how much of it ensnares young men, women, and children in sex trafficking.

Many illegal immigrants are forced into sexual slavery by “coyotes” – those who illegally smuggle people across the U.S.-Mexico border – who kidnap them. Several pay with their lives if they ever try to escape.

Those who support illegal immigration and who speak deceptively about how we must be full of compassion when it comes to dealing with illegal immigration will never want you to know exactly how evil the connection between illegal immigration and sex trafficking has become.

Legal Immigrants For America (LIFA) knows the truth behind this terrible secret. Here is one story:

Ana Maria (not her real name) was a young girl in Nicaragua. She badly missed her mother, who had received political asylum to enter the United States during the time of the Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua. Ana Maria desperately wanted to join her mother in the United States. Her mother then made a terrible mistake, and paid “coyotes” to smuggle Ana Maria across the U.S.-Mexico border. Instead of reuniting Ana Maria with her mother in the United States, the “coyotes” kidnapped young Ana Maria and made her a sex slave in Mesa, Arizona.

Ana Maria was forced into sexual slavery by her “coyote” captors. She was “rented” by the hour and forced to service male clients all day and all night long in a house in Mesa. Many other sex slaves were in the house with Ana Maria, including little girls as young as 8 years old.

Ana Maria was a sex slave for 11 years in that house. She became pregnant by one of her johns. Her “coyote” captors would then use her baby to force her into even greater slavery, claiming that they would sell her baby if Ana Maria ever disobeyed them.

Finally, after 11 years of hell, Ana Maria placed her baby in a suitcase and fled the home, running away as fast as she could. The “coyotes” saw Ana Maria as she tried to escape and they shot her in the head. Miraculously, and only by God’s grace and mercy, Ana Maria and her baby were still able to escape her “coyote” captors, even with a bullet wound in her head!

Americans finally rescued Ana Maria and her baby and brought them to local authorities. Ana Maria recovered from her wounds, was sent to nursing school, and became a productive citizen. Both she and her daughter are now thriving – legally – in the United States.

Most sex trafficking victims are not as blessed as Ana Maria in terms of her ability to finally escape from her hellish conditions. Most sex trafficking victims are eventually killed by their “coyote” captors, just as Ana Maria’s captors tried to kill her.

Ana Maria asked LIFA to share her story, and LIFA is privileged to do so. Ana Maria’s story is a cautionary tale for every illegal immigrant. Ana Maria’s message to anyone who is considering entering the United States illegally is a simple one: “It is not worth going through hell to get to the United States.”

Ana Maria knows this better than anyone else.

May her hellish story serve as a severe warning to anyone trying to cross the border illegally.

Legal Immigrants For America (LIFA) is a 501 (c) (3) organization.

All donations to LIFA are deductible as charitable donations for income tax purposes.





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