Saturday, May 05, 2007

Cinco de Mayo

In the late ’70s Ellen Kahaner recruited a number of Columbia MFAs to work on Unmuzzled OX. One was Valerie Sayers, now a widely-honored novelist. Another I will call Susan; she was a frail and pretty girl with thick glasses. She worked diligently for two months and disappeared. Six months later Ellen breathlessly reported that Susan had gone to Mexico with a boy who promptly sold her into a brothel. It took four months for her to escape.

6 Comments:

Blogger Kirby Olson said...

Isn't that like a federal crime or something -- to sell someone to a brothel? What happened to all these people?

8:10 AM  
Blogger Kirby Olson said...

Still tapping Ming fingernails and waiting for an update.

4:33 PM  
Blogger Michael Andre said...

After Ellen told me the story, we went silent at the horror. The three of us had been buddies. I don't know if she even returned to Columbia. I think the man who took her to Mexico planned the whole thing from the start. He would be a trafficker and con man.

Sexual slavery is common. Some years ago, waiting for a friend with business in the courts in Luxembourg, I had lunch in a cafe where a half-dozen women loudly expressed their discontent; they had ended up as whores after an immigration fraud. Their story, unlike my friend's, was no secret. The laws of Luxembourg are capricious. But are sex workers everywhere foreign-born?

2:33 PM  
Blogger Kirby Olson said...

Ask Natalie Holloway.

I think there's a reason they can't find the body.

7:35 AM  
Blogger Michael Andre said...

Travel is exciting when it is dangerous. Some trips, of course, leave you a wreck. But, all in all, is there a greater adventure than travel? In Peru my wife thought she might die from altitude sickness. Then, in Bolivia, I fell victim to the Inca's Revenge.

Like I say, travel can leave you a wreck.

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