When Amanda Berry, Georgina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight were rescued from the house where they had been held captive for a decade, America’s reaction was two-fold: Joy over their rescue and contempt for their captors. That contempt was also expressed by the uncle of the three men responsible.
Via Daily Mail:
Also struck by the allegations, the suspects’ uncle, Julio Castro, told CNN: ‘I never want to see them again. For me, it’s bad on one side and good on the other side.’
Moreover, it’s not just that the bad guys are rightfully demonized, even by family members in America. It’s also that those who come to the aid of the victimized are rightfully recognized as the good Samaritans they are. Here is a local ABC 5 reporter in Cleveland interviewing Charles Ramsey, the man who rescued the young women (notice it’s gotten nearly half a million views in less than 24 hours):
Contrast that with the case of Homaidan al-Turki, a Saudi national who is currently serving time in a Colorado prison for essentially doing to a young Indonesian girl (minor) what was done to the three ladies in Cleveland. She was enslaved.
Yet, in Saudi Arabia, it is al-Turki who is held up as the hero to the point of prominent, wealthy Saudis calling on Barack Obama to release the convicted sex offender: