Sex Trafficking Exaggerated

On July 11, 2011  a senator told the U.S. Senate that sex trafficking is the number 2 crime in the U.S., with many of the victims being 12 or 13 year old girls.  The fact checkers gave her the lowest possible score for truthfulness; a four Pinoccios.  The study that referred to 12 and 13 year old girls as the date of entry only surveyed teenagers. There was no information to back up her overall claims.   The country has been spending a lot of money having police arrest adult, voluntary escorts, a popular activity around election time.

I’ve saw a documentary on P.B.S. in which the police claimed they were trying to free sex slaves, trafficked from Asia.  The women insisted they were not slaves, and in the case detailed,  she was deliberately feeding her otherwise starving parents.  The policeman arrested her on a trumped up charge “dressing improperly” a lie.  My book is not about sex trafficking, but it seems that any time a prostitute is arrested these days it’s called “sex trafficking”.  I think real sex trafficing should be severely punished.  Those forced into prostitution amount to 6%, instead of around the 80% claimed, according to what I’ve read, but there is no way to properly measure prostitution.  One slave is too many, but by a twisted logic, the laws punish all sex workers, make them afraid to call the police to protect against rape or other crimes, and keeps police from doing important work.

There are many places where it is legal to be a prostitute, but to discuss ways to protect themselves from predators or police by warning others – that’s illegal.

James Tugend

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