Saturday, February 23, 2019

This just in: Nation not transfixed by tragedy of human trafficking

In the Nation


By Ida Tarbell
Investigations Unit with 
A.J. Liebling, Meta-Content Generator

Billionaire Patriots owner Robert Kraft has been implicated in a massive human trafficking scandal that has ruined thousands of lives in a shocking case which has ignited exactly zero media attention.

The news broke in a non-avalanche of no coverage on all TV channels, social media pages, and newspapers.  According to the few media accounts that have seen the light of day, the human trafficking scandal involves all NFL teams, hundreds of institutions in which the victims of the trafficking scandal are held in involuntary servitude, and a feeder network of thousands of alleged public schools concentrated in Texas, Arizona, and Florida.

News media sources say if NFL trafficking victims
looked more like this, they would give a toss
The unfortunate victims of this sordid scandal come from largely poor backgrounds in predominantly minority communities.  Early in their teenage years they are “groomed” for a life in the human trafficking rings by supposed “coaches” and often-bribed adults in the community.  These coaches in turn exploit these helpless teenagers by forcing them to compete in dangerous games of “football” which feature violence that lays the foundation for  lifelong brain injuries.

These corrupt coaches are in turn paid off by a well-organized and well-financed ring of conspirators who use the cover name “NCAA,” but, according to informed insiders, operate largely autonomously.  The institutions, which establish legitimate fronts known as “universities,” in turn compete for luring these victims into four years of unpaid dangerous involuntary servitude.

The ringleaders of these so-called “universities” earn millions from the grueling unpaid labor of these miserable victims, who are forced to live in segregated “dormitories” cut off from real students and denied the right to leave pursuant to the terms of their so called “scholarships.”'

In fact, victim advocates say, these fake “scholarships” do not provide the trafficked individuals with either an education or a diploma, leaving them with no alternative but to enter a virtual slave auction for future employment at the highest level of the trafficking ring, known as the “NFL.”  If chosen in this auction, the trafficked victim has no choice but to indenture himself to the team that “drafts” him.

What these victims aren't told however is that only a few will be given the opportunity to do even more permanent damage to their brains and bodies and that the vast majority will be dumped on the streets without any means to earn a living after having been exploited for years.

Even worse, experts say, the cumulative result of working thousands of hours without adequate protection ruins the lives of millions of these victims through traumatic brain injuries, metabolic disorders, and injuries to knees and other joints that can leave these brutalized individuals immobile and destitute.  Despite the toll that that these years of involuntary servitude take, no law enforcement official has expressed any interest whatsoever in holding any of the traffickers criminally or civilly liable.

in fact, sources tell the Spy, leading traffickers operate openly using names like “Ohio State,” “Clemson” and “Alabama.”  In almost all cases, these massive entities regard themselves as immune from legal challenge despite the lifelong harm they do to their victims.

Among the few reports published by the largely uninterested news media is this sordid account of the tragic fate of one young victim from the New York Times:

A standout at the University of Washington who played four years with the Philadelphia Eagles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers until 2013, Te’o-Nesheim was 30 when he was found dead in a friend’s house last October with a mix of alcohol and painkillers in his body. Neuroscientists later found chronic traumatic encephalopathy — the degenerative disease linked to repeated blows to the head — in his brain.
Te’o-Nesheim, who grew up in the Seattle area and in Hawaii, is not the youngest former N.F.L. player to be found with C.T.E., which can only be diagnosed posthumously. Nor did he have the most severe version of the disease, which has been found in hundreds of athletes and veterans. 

The link between this form of human trafficking and traumatic brain injury has been scientifically established:

Dr. Ann McKee, a neuropathologist, has examined the brains of 202 deceased football players. A broad survey of her findings was published on Tuesday in The Journal of the American Medical Association.
Of the 202 players, 111 of them played in the N.F.L. — and 110 of those were found to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E., the degenerative disease believed to be caused by repeated blows to the head.
C.T.E. causes myriad symptoms, including memory loss, confusion, depression and dementia. The problems can arise years after the blows to the head have stopped.
Yet despite the irrefutable human toll this form of human trafficking takes on the thousands of victims trapped in the system, law enforcement has conducted zero large-scale sting operations to track down the traffickers and has brought no criminal charges against the traffickers and those who profit from them, like NFL owners.

The failure to prosecute these human traffickers has led to no public outcry or calls for action, and no commentators have sententiously called on the NFL to clean up its act.  In fact, millions of Americans, mostly but not exclusively men, are known to patronize the traffickers and gain enormous pleasure from the agonies of their victims.

No TV news crews have staked out the mansions of the trafficking ringleaders or asked random passers-by what effect they think the trafficking charges will have on their view of the owners and coaches who profit from it.

As a result of the massive lack of public interest, it is expected that thousands more victims will face a lifetime of crippling illnesses brought on for no purpose other than to satisfy the lust of millions for violence.

In other news, Robert Kraft paid for a blowjob.

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