Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Sex-Trafficing Charges Stun Minneapolis Somalis
Many of the Somali youth in the Minneapolis area, have resorted to gangs and drugs. Recently many of the members in the Somali Mafia and gangs have been charged with sex-trafficking crimes. Since 2007 there has been a series of problems from deadly shootings to Islamic extremists and now the sex trade. The community is angry with law enforcement and themselves for not protecting their kids better. A Somali sociologist at the University of Minnesota said that the past concerns about troubled youth have not been followed up with financial support or programs to help them. This is viewed by many Somali as an outrage and a scandal. The Somali youth need help. Although many Somali migrants are adapting well, most are living in poverty and their painful history creates extra obstacles for the Somali families. The migrant youth are more at risk than others. Most parents have gown up in Somalia while their children have grown up in the United States. Some have come here after spending their early childhood in refugee camps. Some parents speak little English and live according to their native culture while their children try to adapt to a very different American culture and not often have troubles belonging to either culture. A significant minority have dropped out of school only to spend their time on the streets. It is a travesty that these people have come so far, escaping and coming through all of their hardships, only to lose their children to gangs, drugs, prostitution and sex-trafficking.