Our Correspondent’s big break came finally with a chance meeting in Cairo, Egypt, with a local sex trafficker who in turn introduced him to yet another marketer of women known only as Yusuf.
This Saturday, some 100,000 Iranian exiles will descend on Paris for the annual Free Iran Gathering, sponsored by the National Council of Resistance of Iran.The delegates are gathering at a time when every measure of the coming end of the Iranian regime is moving in the right direction -- in numbers, effectiveness, attention and even the gravitas of the speakers.In the summer of 2014, the Congressional Tea Party caucus held a meeting on Capitol Hill and invited the leaders of about 20 Tea Party groups. As the meeting wound down, the door to the meeting room opened and in came Sen. According to reports, the Lebanese are corrupting the Beirut airport and facilitating the smuggling of weapons and drugs, and enabling the transition of pro-Iranian fighters to other countries from the civil wars in the Middle East.My larger goal was to write a serious, thought-provoking piece of literature that would seek to explore the balance between human instinctive behavioral predisposition and the influence of social customs and mores all people are taught to be appropriate expressions of “civilized” human behavior.As an aside, I had also sought to address some of the more obvious logistical difficulties involved in establishing and maintaining a secret organization premised upon the sexual exploitation of women in this modern age of international travel, the Internet, global positioning satellites and instant telecommunications – problems, frankly, that never seem to be adequately addressed in these website stories but yet must be satisfactorily resolved unless the reader is to be expected to wholly abandon all physical and political realities. Foreword by the Editors ____________________________________________ Every few years a newspaper or magazine article will be published, or perhaps a television documentary will be aired, seeking to expose the sordid operations of the so-called “white slavery” business: The illegal trafficking of women sold into a life of exploitation and involuntary prostitution.Generally they are poorly clothed and fed, receive little if any medical attention, and are frequently whipped and tortured in order to ensure their obedience and to reinforce their feelings of degradation and absolute hopelessness.The death rate among the victims of white slavery is staggering: Few women survive into their thirties the physical and sexual abuse to which they are subjected on a daily basis, and those who do manage to escape the horrors of the brothel remain psychologically and often physically scarred for life.Particularly in the underdeveloped Asian countries of Cambodia, Thailand, and Indonesia, a significant number of preadolescent girls are sold to the sex traffickers – often by an uncle or grandfather, a neighbor, or perhaps a “trusted family friend” – and once purchased these unfortunate children are repeatedly required to perform sexual acts long before they have even attained puberty.The women and young girls held in sexual bondage live at all times under the total domination of their captors.Official estimates vary, but between 1.2 and 2 million women and young girls are believed to be currently held as captive sex slaves throughout the world; however, despite the concerted efforts of several international humanitarian organizations such as AFESIP (Agir pour les Femmes en Situation Précaire, or “Acting for Women in Distressing Circumstances”), the POPPY Project in Great Britian, and the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe), tragically only a comparatively small number of women over the years have been successfully rescued from their lives of cruel sexual servitude.This is indeed the “face” of white slavery in the 21st Century, as depicted until now by the international media.Not knowing what to expect, but having been assured that “all questions [would] be answered” upon his arrival, our Correspondent did as he had been instructed, and indeed was met at the airport by an unassuming black sedan and its enigmatic male passenger.He soon found himself aboard a private jet aircraft, and while flying high above the Gulf of Mexico received an extraordinary invitation to document in detail what is undoubtedly the most well-organized and lucrative bordello in the world. Chapter One ____________________________________________ You will not find the place marked on any published map, and no one you know can provide you directions to it.I’ve already started sketching out the outline for another story – not a sequel, though – but frankly I would prefer to receive some more reader feedback before deciding whether it would be worth investing much more time or effort into the new project.