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Scepticism and the sceptics have done a good job at demonstrating that those things are not only bogus but also dangerous. What they have failed at is to look at the reasons why predominantly women fall for them. Instead they often go for the easy answers: It’s because they’re women.
It is not an accident that most of the victims of immigration control across the Western world are people of colour from developing countries. Here in Britain, it is striking to contemplate how many of the people held in immigration detention facilities come from countries which Britain itself once colonized and plundered in the era of the British Empire: as some activists have put it, “we are here because you were there”. In many former British colonies, many of the most repressive laws still in force – including the criminalization of gay relationships, still a reality in much of Africa – are direct legacies of colonial-era legal systems imposed by Britain itself. Global poverty, likewise, is not an accident but a product of economic oppression over the course of centuries, and the inequality between the richest and poorest countries in the world can only be described as staggering. And yet we continue to punish people for fleeing poverty, violence and instability and seeking a better life in another country.