This is the result of turning people into products, of using words that allow you to think of human beings as commodities, problems, objects.
As Nezua says:
If only this 17 year old girl had been seen as a human being, working hard for a future, and in need of certain care and protection. Like water. And shade.
Instead, she, like so many still are, was seen and treated like a modern-day slave, with no feelings or purpose beyond production.
It’s more noticeable because this woman was pregnant, because she was so young, maybe even because she was female. But regardless of all of those features, it happened because she was de-humanized. I don’t care how she got to where she was, I don’t care if she broke some laws to do it. She didn’t forfeit her humanity. Somebody else cashed it in.
Most likely somebody with a sunflower, who never knew her name.
(See also brownfemipower, who tries to explain why, in light of this ongoing, mass dehumanization, it’s difficult to feel “mournful” about Hillary Clinton’s individual, failed attempt to attain the status of highest sunflower in the land).