I’m reading more investigative reporting from Central America, and I so so wish every nice, kind person who is wailing about toothbrushes in detention camps, cheering for dispensing with detention and agitating against a wall could read it.
One report I read is about gang rape in El Salvador. More often than not, the gang rapists are not adults. The adults are in jail or left (and often directing the rapes by phone). The rapists are usually boys. Ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen years old. Doing unimaginable atrocities for fun. Raping in groups of ten, fifteen, twenty. There are also girls, often very young girls, who encourage and facilitate the rapes.
El Salvador, which is not the most violent and gang-ridden country in Central America, has the population of 6,000,000. Do you know how many people are associated with the gangs as participants, aspirants, facilitators, family members and sympathizers? About 400,000.
There is another report about women gifting one of their children to a relative or acquaintance who needs a kid to cross the border.
And so on.
The journalists who wrote the reports are all local. Which is why the articles are all in Spanish. So no, I didn’t hear any of this on Fox News. Nobody at Fox News reads Spanish and is remotely aware of the scope of the problem.
People are well-meaning but spoiled and clueless. They chatter endlessly to make themselves feel noble and heroic. I just read a devastating report about a girl called Magaly who was gang-raped by 18 boys – not men, boys – from her school. And what’s really confusing is that the same people, it’s always the very same people, who are into affirmative consent, #MeToo and feminist Disney Princesses are unstoppable in the drive to import what happened to Magaly here. Because it makes them feel better, because they believe they will be immune. Because they have the kind of magical thinking that any two-year-old would envy.
Again, these are leading Central American journalists writing for readers in Central America in Spanish. This wasn’t invented by any of your favorite bugbears on the US right.