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The author, Max Kutner, reports that people run these operations from metropolitan areas, especially Queens, and then transport the women to areas of male-dominated industry, such as fracking and migrant farming, to sell themselves.
Hayes Jr. The piece focuses on one woman, known only as Janet. She grew up in Tenancingo, Mexico, largely considered the sex trafficking capital of the world. There, her boyfriend forced her into prostitution and then moved them to Queens. About twice a month, a van takes Janet and other women, some as young as 12, to Charlotte, North Carolina, where they're forced to have sex with complete strangers.
Traffickers choose Queens specifically because of its proximity to many other cities along the East Coast and a huge client base within New York City itself. Then, pimps take women to farms from Vermont all the way down to Florida, trapping them in a "city-to-farm sex pipeline," as Kutner puts it.
Since , prosecutors have dealt with two separate cases of women from Queens being transported to Vermont farms for sex. Then, at night, they'd go to work at brothels in Charlotte — but not before calling their pimps to report how much money they made on the farm. Newsweek notes that experts can't specifically say how many women are being trafficked in city-to-farm pipelines, though they know that the problem grows every year.
In any case, migrant workers provide the perfect clientele. Because many of them have undocumented status, "they are set up to be invisible," Renan Salgado of the Worker Justice Center of New York told Newsweek. They rarely leave their farms, making them bored, lonely, and dependent on middlemen for almost everything. While the Mexican Consulate in New York City finally freed Janet from her nightmarish life, she spent 11 years enslaved.