Saudi Diplomats Trafficking Women?
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- 2013 May 02
A case of "possible human trafficking" at a Saudi diplomatic compound in Virginia is under investigation, Townhall.com reports. Agents from U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement/Homeland Security Investigations and Fairfax County police were called to a home in McLean overnight and, in the words of a source familiar with the situation, "rescued" two women. It's not clear if the women, who sources say are from the Philippines, called investigators to the home themselves or if someone else did. "Homeland Security Investigations D.C. did encounter two potential victims of trafficking and the investigation is ongoing," a D.C.-based spokesman for ICE/Homeland Security Investigations said. If the women are from the Philippines, there is a high chance they are being trafficked for sex, as Saudi Arabia has a history of using the sex trade in the Philippines. According to Townhall.com, "This story will most likely be treated as a local crime issue when in fact, it's a major international problem. The incident above didn't happen in the Philippines or in the Middle East, it happened in one of the most affluent parts of the United States. Not to mention, these women allegedly escaped from an official Saudi government compound."