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  • legit-i-mate, and: philosophically immune, and: Sex Trafficking Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl in the USA (or, The Nation's Plague in Plain Sight)
  • Evie Shockley (bio)

legit-i-mate

legal measures gave us the rule of thumb.antebellum legislation made a clean sweepof lawful unions in certain quarters. some menaccumulate wives religiously, a practice whichfrequently goes unstated. government outlawedloving in virginia. a president once proclaimed,ask not what your relationship can do for your country—there's no telling. the marriages with the mostsanctity immigrate to the homeland with the mostsecurity. dear john, your proposition ate my californiamarriage license, so my honest woman can't makean honest woman of me. fair trade act: the governmentstays out of our bedrooms, and in exchangeour bedrooms stay out of the tax code.there's been a separation of church and state,but perhaps it's time for a formal divorce. [End Page 220]

philosophically immune

can i deduce the nature of humanity from the relationship of american and multinational pharmaceutical corporations to african women with hiv? ~ is it natural to test pharmaceuticals on people who are citizens of less powerful nations, members of a devalued gender, representatives of a maligned race? ~ is it logical? ~ is it cost-effective? ~ is the nature of the relationship of american and multinational pharmaceutical corporations to african women with hiv economic or human? ~ economic or humane? ~ are african women with hiv human? ~ are african women human? ~ are africans human? ~ are american and multinational pharmaceutical corporations human? ~ are american corporations human? ~ are americans human? ~ are american corporations citizens? ~ are africans american? ~ are african americans multinational? ~ can humans have a relationship to american and multinational pharmaceutical corporations? ~ are corporations corporeal? ~ are corporations real? ~ are corporations corpses? ~ are corporations gendered? ~ are women representative? ~ are humans incorporated? ~ are humans pharmaceutical? ~ is hiv pharmaceutical? ~ is nature pharmaceutical? ~ is nature humane? ~ is nature natural? ~ are nations natural? ~ are nations raced? ~ are nations corporations? ~ are nations cost-effective? ~ is nationality a test? ~ can i deduce the humanity of the reader from the relationship of the reader to american and multinational pharmaceutical corporations? ~ can i deduce the nature of the reader from the relationship of the reader to african women with hiv? [End Page 221]

Sex Trafficking Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl in the USA (or, The Nation's Plague in Plain Sight)

And now, reader, I come to a period in my unhappy life, which I would gladly forget if I could. Asia Graves looks straight ahead as she calmly recalls the night a man paid $200 on a Boston street to have sex with her.

The remembrance fills me with sorrow and shame. "If you want attention and you see that you're getting it, you just follow your feelings," senior Araceli Figueroa, 17, said. "It's sad."

It pains me to tell you of it; but I have promised to tell you the truth, and I will do it honestly, let it cost me what it may. A plague more commonly associated with other countries has been taking young victims in the United States, one by one.

Though the scope of the problem remains uncertain—no national statistics for the number of U.S. victims exist—the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children says at least 100,000 children across the country are trafficked each year. Globally, the International Labor Organization estimates that about 20.9 million people are trafficked and that 22% of them are victims of forced sexual exploitation.

I will not try to screen myself behind the plea of compulsion from a master; for it was not so. "They give you money, drugs and a fun time, but in the end they want your dignity and your self-respect," she said. "It's invisible chains that these kids are tied with." [End Page 222]

Neither can I plead ignorance or thoughtlessness. By day, she was a school girl who saw her family occasionally.

For years, my master had done his utmost to pollute my mind with foul images, and to destroy the pure principles inculcated by my grandmother, and the good...

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ISSN
2151-7371
Print ISSN
2151-7363
Pages
pp. 220-229
Launched on MUSE
2013-09-05
Open Access
No
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