The Bakken’s “dirty little secret” is out as reported by WDAY’s Kevin Wallevand – sex trafficking is a big issue with the influx of oil workers. Hmmmm…dirty – yes; secret – no. Of course sex trafficking is an issue in the Bakken.
Although I appreciate the story being told, it is hardly news that the demand for such things is up a hundred-fold. This isn’t the same North Dakota you’ve known in the past folks – the state is changing. North Dakota was not a high trafficking area before the current oil boom.
Now, far be it for me to blame all the woes of Western North Dakota on oil – but this nastiness can be tracked right back to the classic supply and demand construct – where there is demand, supply will rise up to meet it. And demand there is – with an influx of transient oil men, big paychecks, and a whole lot of testosterone. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this one out, my Magic 8 Ball could have predicted this future with a flick of the wrist.
So here we are in North Dakota learning that sex trafficking – hard core, potentially mafia-related sex trafficking – has become a big problem. This is the North Dakota redesign that has been crafted by the choices that have been made about big oil. We cannot go back – get used to the dirty North Dakota because as long as the oil men, paychecks, and testosterone are here, so too will there be sex trafficking. That’s no big secret.
Day one thousand four hundred and sixteen of the new forty – obla di obla da