Dirty – yes; secret – no.

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

Ms. C

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I teach at NDSU...but I remain a student of life with all the enthusiasm that entails. My favorite saying is, "Sometimes you have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down." In the new forty that is what I am doing...building my wings.
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2 Responses to Dirty – yes; secret – no.

  1. Paul E. Cline says:

    Common sense (nor a grasp of simple economics) is not that common. You cannot have your cake and eat it too.

  2. tim haering says:

    Ms. C, sounds just like any kingdom in the “Game of Thrones” series I’m reading. Only it’s illegal in your kingdom of North Dakota. Think of all the lost tax revenue. Maybe legal marijuana will lend its momentum to another civil liberty. Or is selling sex an uncivil liberty? Happy ever after in the market place.

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