According to Fr. David Nix of Denver Colorado, the trafficking of women is assisted by abortion and contraception. Nix claims 800,000 people are trafficked across international boundaries, the UN has estimates that vary from 700,000 to 4 million, depending upon the source data they use. Whatever the exact number, it is unquestionably a serious problem. Nix is correct to campaign to bring this to the attention of the public, but he goes seriously off the rails when he ties abortion and contraception as being at the root of the problem.
He describes a 2004 raid in Plainfield, N.J. where the police:
found girls ages 14 to 17 who were Mexican nationals with no documentation living in what was described as a “squalid, land-based equivalent of a 19th century slave ship, with rancid, doorless bathrooms; bare, putrid mattresses; and a stash of penicillin, ‘morning after’ pills and misoprostol, an antiulcer medication that can induce abortion.”
“Honestly, whose life do you think is made easier by the morning after pill: the 14 year-old girl who is taken ten or twenty times a night, or her 40 year-old trafficker?” Fr. Nix asked the crowd.
“Contraception and abortion,” he told CNA in a later interview, “are the new slave ships upon which children are trafficked.”
Somehow he thinks that without access to modern, relatively safe methods of reproductive care, these young women would be better off, and perhaps not trafficked at all. He talks about how the criminals have absolutely no respect for the lives of their victims. Does he not realize that the abortions would happen anyway and more would die from back-alley methods? In addition, if pregnant, the girls would be discarded, or their infants would be very soon after birth. There is no world in which these girls lives would be improved without access to medical care in whatever form it takes.
There is no doubt that these women and children are being forced into having abortions, but the way to help them is not through banning safe abortions altogether.
The solution? Why, prayer and the Catholic Church, of course.
Evangelical and Protestant groups, Fr. Nix pointed out, have had more success in freeing victims from slavery than any government organizations, as the award-winning 2011 documentary, “Nefarious,” details.
This is not because Christian groups are “better at what they do,” but rather because “only the Cross of Christ can go as deep as those wounds.”
This is because “the shame of a girl who has been raped tens of thousands of times by the time she is 15 years-old is nothing money or education can fix.”
However, Fr. Nix said, without the Catholic Church, they will not be able to end trafficking….
The Mass is essential, the priest said, because it “makes un-bloody reparation for this bloody child-sacrifice that is demon-based.”
The intercession of the Virgin Mary is needed, he explained, because “whatever she asks – God gives!”
I agree that any woman rescued from the slave trade will need extensive counselling, but I can’t see how a religious based approach and giving mass would be nearly as productive as proven psychiatric techniques for post traumatic stress disorder.
This is a perfect case of ideology blinding a well-intentioned individual to the harm of his campaign.