Adult sex workers are as much against child prostitution as anyone else, and are in an excellent position, out there in the trenches, to really do something about it. But all those Attorney Generals and their anti-prostitution affiliates want to throw the baby out with the bath water, they want to end prostitution altogether, which is a total waste of effort, a pointless and absurd endeavor, and it makes it harder for adult sex workers to hang in there taking care of their families the only adequate way they can. It also makes it nearly impossible for those same adult sex workers to bear witness to child prostitute pimps and coercers, and really help out with that issue.
Norma Jean Almodovar, the nation’s foremost fighter for prostitutes’ rights, is compiling a backlash of FACTS about the numbers of child prostitutes pimped on Backpage, and FACTS about the numbers of law enforcement people and other authority figures who have been found to sexually abuse minors themselves.
Here I quote Norma Jean:
Personally, I’d like to have a world without idiots, where the
politically correct BS artists don’t control the lives of millions of
adult man and women who are not sex slaves or victims of trafficking but are victims of the anti- prostitution crusaders. While columnists and investigative journalists post endless philosophical claptrap about slavery, the law enforcement agents whom you presume are working to free those poor victims are actually raping and extorting them for sexual
favors. You can find a number of such government thugs listed here:
http://www.policeprostitutionandpolitics.com/ look under the latest news for the links to the cops who are diddling children even as the States Attorneys General are insisting that backpage.com and other adult classified sites shut down their adult ads “to protect the children.”
Yes, human trafficking is a terrible thing when it involves persons who have not chosen to engage in domestic service, sweatshops, agriculture and other areas of forced labor, but it is criminal to conflate sex work with sex trafficking and disallow consenting adults from engaging in sexual labor. The majority of sex workers are no more victims of human trafficking than are the majority of those who work in domestic service,
garment manufacturing and other factory labor – and no one insists that we ‘end the demand’ for those services or that we punish anyone who employs a household staff member, seamstress, farm worker or any other type of labor into which persons are frequently trafficked.
Additionally, if you are concerned with the oppression of human
trafficking victims, why not also be as concerned about the 4.8 million victims of intimate partner violence each year, or the 400,000 to 500,000 rape victims across the US whose rape kits go untested because there are not enough resources available to test them as the cops are MUCH more interested in conducting undercover sting operations to arrest the non violent, non abusive clients of adult prostitutes as they get
federal funding to do that (human trafficking you know) but not the money to test the rape kits so they can put violent rapists behind bars where there was an actual victim who called the police, filed a report and underwent a traumatic procedure to obtain DNA and who never find justice. Unlike the theoretical victims of human trafficking which for some reason the US Government which funds all these organizations cannot
find: go to the US Bureau of Justice Statistics to find the recently published (April 2011) report “Characteristics of Suspected Human Trafficking Incidents, 2008-2010″ and the previous report from 2007-2008, which give some very interesting statistics. Rather than just relying on the numbers from local law enforcement agencies, these reports show a much different scenario than Ashton and the prostitution
abolitionists claim is the extent of child trafficking AND adult sex trafficking.
For the two and a half years covered in the most recent report, total number of incidents of found victims of human trafficking was 2,515, of which 2,065 were classified as sex trafficking. Of these, 30% were found to be actual cases of trafficking, 38% found NOT to be human trafficking and the rest were undetermined at the end of the study. Data in this report are from the Human Trafficking Reporting System (HTRS), which was designed to measure the performance of federally funded task forces.
HTRS is currently the only system that captures information on human trafficking investigations conducted by state and local law enforcement agencies in the United States. So while the abolitionists posit that there are hundreds of thousands of victims every year, the federally funded agency says that of the 2,065 cases (over the two and one half year span that this report covers), only 218 were confirmed to be sex
trafficking, 267 were found not to be sex trafficking and 229 were pending or unknown status. Where are the rest of the victims? Why can’t they be found?
Victim service providers (those agencies which get federal money) report serving more labor trafficking victims than sex trafficking victims. This report relies on information from task forces receiving federal support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).
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