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|Written by Norma Jean Almodovar|
|Thursday, 22 November 2012 15:41|
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Regardless of how you personally view prostitution or pornography, whether or not you think men/women/transgendered persons are being exploited for selling sexual services that they could otherwise legally give away to as many men/ women/ couples as they want; I must ask if you believe that it is MORE important to waste countless scarce and valuable resources and take away the freedom of individuals who may not feel they are in any way exploited, than it is to spend those same resources pursuing, apprehending, prosecuting and incarcerating those whose victims, like the thousands noted below in the FBI statistics, have sought help?
How much police corruption and abuse are you willing to tolerate to impose YOUR social or moral values on others? No matter how well intended a law is which prohibits and punishes the private, consenting adult behavior of others- laws which can only be enforced arbitrarily and selectively - always have and always will engender corruption of every agency which is charged with their enforcement... the cops, the courts, the prosecutors and the prisons. The laws not only destroy the lives of those who violate them, but those laws and the resulting unintended consequences destroy innocent victims of real criminals, the lives of the moral and upright, and the lives of those who enter law enforcement believing they will make a difference.
If these consequences are acceptable to you, then you have no right to claim you are concerned for the physical, emotional or spiritual well being of children or women or the 'exploited.' Your concern is solely for your own personal social or moral satisfaction, without a thought about those upon whom you inflict injustice.
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HOW MANY ACTUAL CALLS DID THE POLARIS PROJECT RECEIVE WHICH 'REFERENCED POTENTIAL VICTIMS' OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING? To see the Polaris Project Stats Compared to Rapes 2011, click here:2011 RAPE AND POLARIS PROJECT STATS STATE BY STATE
From the 2011 Criminal Victimization report, page 2- click on image to view full size- the report below was published prior to the completion of the arrest statistics... so the number of adults arrested for prostitution in 2011 was 56,371 and the number of juveniles (under 18) arrested in 2011 was 974.
Following the image below are the links to all the tables and reports as indicated on the chart above. Click on image below to view full size and compare the 2011 state by state rapes, arrests for rape, arrests for prostitution and disorderly conduct and the percentage of actual arrests of alleged rapists compared to the number reported by actual victims. Remember, when cops spend their time arresting prostitutes and persons they charge with "Disorderly Conduct," it takes away the scarce and valuable resources that could be better spent pursuing violent people who have victims that reported the crimes against them.
"Disorderly Conduct" is another law with which to charge 'suspected prostitutes' and their clients- such as R&B crooner D'Angelo, who was arrested in 2010 for soliciting an undercover cop- offering her $40 for sex, and in 2011, he pleaded guilty to a 'lesser disorderly conduct charge,' which his attorney stated "[It's} a violation, not a crime..." Initially D'Angelo faced up to a year in prison for the charge of patronizing a prostitute... he did not receive any jail time under the lesser count... Cops can't arrest enough of the real criminals to generate 'closed by arrest' stats, so they arrest people for NON crimes- 'sins'- which increases their 'closed by arrest' numbers and looks good on paper- although it doesn't do much for real victims of violent crimes. Julie Pearl (Hastings Law Journal) did a fantastic study on this in 1987 which explained how much it cost to make one arrest and that by ignoring real crime, the rate of arrest of violent criminals went down. )The study was " The Highest Paying Customers: America's Cities and the Costs of Prostitution Control."
Compare these 2011 rape statistics and prostitution arrests with the number of 'human trafficking' phone calls reported by the Polaris Project.... which receives millions in grants every year to take these phone calls... click on each state to view Polaris Project documents with state statistics-
ABOVE: Polaris Project Statistics for 2011- to see explanations for calls, click here to go to page
US GOVERNMENT STATS ON CRIMINAL VICTIMIZATIONS 2011:
[you can find stats on criminal victimizations on the other pages such as this:
Stats for previous years can be found on the FBI website and also on the pages for rape and prostitution arrests comparisons on this site.
AND THE 2011 REPORT ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN THE US: http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/pub/pdf/cshti0810.pdf
HOW MANY VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING OVER A TWO AND ONE HALF YEAR PERIOD DID LAW ENFORCEMENT INVESTIGATE? "
"Federally funded task forces opened 2,515 suspected incidents of human trafficking for investigation between January 2008 and June 2010.... Among trafficking incidents opened for at least one year, 30% were confirmed to be human trafficking, 38% were confirmed not to be human trafficking, and the remaining incidents were still open at the end of the study period. T he confirmed human trafficking incidents open for at least a year led to 144 known arrests." COMPARE THESE STATS TO THE NUMBER OF REPORTED RAPES/ SEXUAL ASSAULTS, CHILDREN SEXUALLY ASSAULTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS, COACHES, PRIESTS, PREACHERS, TEACHERS, BOY SCOUT LEADERS ETC. SERIOUSLY? ARE THESE VICTIMS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE VICTIMS OF CRIMES WHO REPORTED THE CRIME AGAINST THEM?
How many cases of actual human trafficking did the US Government report occurred during this two and one half year period? 754 (2515/30%) so per year there were 301 cases vs. 90,000 reported rapes and 12 MILLION estimated incidents of intimate partner violence. Meanwhile, between January 2011 to November 2012, there were over 300 law enforcement agents (federal, state and local) who were caught having sex with minors or with child pornography.
November 26, 2012
Calif. DOJ highlights need for law
enforcement specialization in human trafficking
[my comment- for all other victims of labor trafficking, the police do not conduct random raids of hotels, motels, restaurants, garment manufacturing factories, big box stores or other locations where such victims are to be found, nor do they go door to door looking for domestic servant/ slaves employed by the well-to-do, so of course those cases would be underreported... and unlike prostitution, law enforcement officers do not arrest the alleged victims and then force them to 'admit' they are victims by threatening them with incarceration or deportation... if the cops did that to ANY OTHER TYPE OF 'VICTIM,' no doubt there would be justifiable outrageous against such unconstitutional action. But for prostitution? The attitude is "if she isn't a victim, then she is a criminal, so we will assume criminality first and if we can 'turn her' then we will arrest her pimp or her clients. And then we will rehabilitate her and teach her to sew and she can make minimum wage just like the rest of the uneducated masses" ]
Of victims whose country of origin the task forces could identify, 72 percent were from the United States. The report says that may be because task forces are more likely to encounter domestic victims, and that more research* is needed to determine their actual proportion."
* "MORE MONEY- WE NEED MORE MONEY TO STUDY THE PROBLEM... IF YOU GIVE US MORE MONEY WE PROMISE WE WILL FIND MORE VICTIMS EVEN IF THEY CLAIM THEY ARE NOT VICTIMS AT ALL!"
Here is the 2011 California Report on Human Trafficking:
'trafficking' in other states? On August 8, 2012,
the Ohio State Attorney General’s office released a report
it had commissioned on domestic sex trafficking in that
state. Newspapers across the US touted the ‘ground
breaking research’ based on interviews with a very small
number of underage
and adult people (328 ) involved in the sex
industry. Although other researchers had previously stated
what prostitutes of all ages and nationalities have told
them, this report was based on research conducted at the
behest of the state government.
The above is an example of what the prohibitionist laws allow law enforcement officers to do to prostitutes- regardless of whether you believe all prostitution is trafficking, is this the type of consequence you expected? This occurs around the world, wherever adult prostitution is illegal, and also where underage persons who are engaged in survival sex are arrested or can be threatened with arrest. While we do not condone underage prostitution, it is totally inappropriate for law enforcement to treat minors like this:
"According to women like Evann Gastaldo, arresting children for prostitution actually saves their lives... "Why We Must Arrest Child Prostitutes: IT MAY SOUND CRUEL, BUT IT COULD BE THE ONLY THING THAT SAVES THEM." And when minors are arrested and incarcerated, what happens to them? many of them are raped by guards: according to a May 5, 2011 article in the Economist, "Sexual abuse in prison is distressingly common: the Justice Department estimated that more than 217,000 prisoners, including at least 17,000 juveniles, were raped or sexually abused in America in 2008."
Is this what was intended as a way to teach these minors a lesson?
2011 NYPD Detective Wayne
Taylor was arrested and pleaded guilty to attempted kidnapping and promoting prostitution in 2008, according to the complaint and to contemporary news reports. He served more than 3 years before he was paroled in January. H.H. says Taylor, a longtime NYPD officer and detective, "was known by the defendants NYPD and city to have had improper relationships with prostitutes, including prostitutes who were minors. Indeed, prior to the events at issue in this complaint, Taylor was disciplined by the NYPD in relation to having had an improper relationship with an under-age prostitute."
adds: "Taylor had been assigned to the NYPD's Organized
Crime Control Bureau, a notoriously corrupt and poorly supervised
bureau that was scandalized by the arrests of dozens
of its officers for corruption and worse." But
the city kept Taylor on the job despite his shady
record, H.H. says.
She says she met Taylor and his
girlfriend, Zalika Brown, in January 2008. She says
Taylor was accompanied by other women, "named 'Crystal,'
'Honey,' and 'Muffin,' who appeared to be
The complaint continues: "At the
time, H.H. was 13 years old.
"Thereafter, Taylor told H.H. that she had been 'sold'
to Taylor and Brown for $500.
"Taylor threatened H.H.
that if she would not do as he directed and work as a
prostitute, performing sex acts for money, he would use
his power as a police officer to have her arrested for
prostitution, and that if she did as he instructed she
would have no problems with the police.”
For more cops who abuse/ rape/ extort prostitutes of ALL ages, click here: Rape- Sexual Assault -Solicitation of prostitutes by by Law Enforcement Agents
and here http://www.policeprostitutionandpolitics.com/pdfs_all/PDFS%20for%20Maxine%20Prop%2035/PROP_35_FINAL3.pdf Scroll to the bottom of the above document and see several of the stories about cops who rape and extort prostitutes... but there are so many more that I did not have time to include.
investigation of the Wilmington Police Department’s
narcotics enforcement team revealed inadequate
documentation of funds, poor and ineffective supervision
of the operation and a “code of silence” cover-up of a
March 2012 undercover prostitution operation.
So a 'citizen' makes a complaint about possible prostitution activity? How would they know unless they were there? This was not a case of street workers- but of escorts working in private places... so unless the complainant was there, or peeping in the window (which is a crime) why would the cops spend all that time and money investigating for a non violent, private 'crime'? Who was the victim, other than the prostitutes who were arrested?
If the federal government admits that actual statistics do not exist for giving a realistic estimate of the number of victims of human trafficking, how is it possible for the average person to know what the truth is and how many victims there really are? The numbers vary significantly from one news report to another:
2.4 million? 27 million? 30 million? 12 million? 600,000 to 800,000.... What is the correct answer?
The CORRECT ANSWER IS THAT NOBODY KNOWS! ALL THESE NUMBERS ARE FABRICATED BY PEOPLE WHO STAND TO BENEFIT FROM THE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS THE GOVERNMENT AND GULLIBLE DONORS GIVE TO THEIR NON PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS!
The media claims that ‘human
trafficking is the fastest growing enterprise in the
According to the US GAO,* the
‘estimates’ of victims of human trafficking are not
based on any real evidence.
Who benefits from the use of hyper-inflated guestimated numbers of victims? Certainly NOT sex workers!
including those which promote the abolition of all
SEE HOW MANY DIFFERENT AND CONTRADICTORY STATISTICS YOU CAN FIND - EVERY DAY THERE IS A NEW STORY ON THE EVILS OF SEX TRAFFICKING AND WITH EACH NEW STORY COMES A DIFFERENT SET OF GUESTIMATES!
To convince the public that there is a crisis, the prostitution abolitionists are fond of misquoting previous studies of juvenile prostitutes. According to federal and state laws, the use of a minor in prostitution is automatically considered sex trafficking, regardless of consent. Therefore, if those abolitionists can convince politicians and the public that the majority of adult prostitutes were originally trafficked into prostitution as minors... then they can extrapolate that adult prostitutes could not and did not originally consent and therefore were 'brainwashed' by their pimps or traffickers to believe that they now consent as adults. This supplies the abolitionists with the moral/ social imperative to 'rescue and rehabilitate' those poor victims, which necessitates hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer money to make those rescues.
One of the most widely quoted and yet completely fabricated 'statistic' - which is used to prey upon the emotions of the public - is the claim that "the average age of entry into prostitution is 12 or 13 or 14." [NOTE: the original statistic quoted was '14' but when that didn't get as much response from society, the prostitution abolitionists lowered that stat to 13 and then 12... whatever gets the most donations!] Surely no one wants to see young girls be recruited into prostitution and forced to have sex with adult males- especially for money. This 'statistic' is one of the cornerstones of the entire anti-sex trafficking movement, which generates the greatest amount of sympathy, concern, outrage - AND MONEY$$$$$$$$$$$$$$- for the prostitution abolitionists. This claim is followed by another unsupported statistic, that the 'average age of death for prostitutes is 34.' Wow! Get 'em young, work 'em hard and kill 'em off! Who wouldn't become outraged on behalf of those poor victims?
Here's the problem with that 'statistic'- the study to
which they refer was a study of JUVENILE
prostitutes, and NO ONE over 18 participated in
that study. By leaving out that very
important little piece of information, it changes
the entire meaning. Recently we finished
compiling the actual arrest statistics from the FBI
Bureau of Criminal Statistics- for the past 30 years
(1981-2010), by age and gender. You can view the raw data and the
graphs and charts we created from the data to show
how this underage statistic is quite unlikely.
But without that lynchpin 'statistic,' raising money for the 'rescue and rehabilitation' of the thousands of poor, ignorant woman- child victims would doubtlessly be much more difficult. If the public knew that the majority of sex workers were adults and did not want or need rescuing, how could the hundreds of millions of dollars thrown at the 'problem' be justified? How could the States Attorneys General who want to 'shut down' backpage.com [because they found 50 children over three years and in 22 states]-and related adult ad venues make their point if this one incredibly prejudicial 'fact' was NOT TRUE? Never mind that if 'shutting down' adult ad websites was a viable solution to stopping the sexual exploitation of minors, we would have to 'shut down' the Explorer Scouting Program (a subsidiary of the Boy and Girl Scouts of America- where teens interact with cops as a means of steering the male and female teens into future careers in law enforcement), as that is the primary source for predatory law enforcement agents to meet their victims. And then we would also need to abolish school sports programs for both boys and girls, as there have been numerous coaches who have found their victims from those students with whom they have close and unsupervised relationships. And how do we protect the victims of pedophile teachers, preachers, priests, boy scout leaders, babysitters, parents and step parents, siblings and others who are much more likely to be the perpetrators of sexual crimes against minors than someone looking for adult companionship on a website with adult ads? Because the US Government itself says that 90% of all cases of child sexual exploitation are at the hands of someone whom the child knows and trusts... while ONE child out of 10 MAY be the victim of sex trafficking. More on the actual statistics can be found here: http://womensissues.about.com/od/girlsteensyoungwomen/a/10-Facts-About-Child-Sexual-Abuse-Statistics.htm and here: http://pediatrics.about.com/od/childabuse/a/05_abuse_stats.htm
These 'statistics' are presented time and time again by supposedly neutral journalists, just as Lisa Collacott. According to a 2012 article she wrote for "OurColoradonews.com," "Human trafficking is not just a problem in other countries. Trafficking for sex or labor exploitations is increasing in the United States at an alarming rate." What do they consider 'an alarming rate'? And who and where are the victims? Collacott further states "There are approximately 100,000 to 300,000 human trafficking victims in the United States. Korth (Michelle Korth, founder and executive director - is a victim pimp who runs a rescue and restore group called Restore Innocence, which plans to take all those alleged victims who are arrested by the cops and given no alternative other than to be 'restored to some religious concept of innocence) said 90 percent of all human trafficking victims in the country are American children with the average age being 13. About 70 percent are deemed throw-a-way kids — those who have run away, are in foster care or are neglected by their parents. Some kids are even sold by their parents for drugs. Only one percent of child trafficking victims are kidnapped."
But why can't those victims be found? In December 2012, Atlanta Journal- Constitution journalist Willoughby Mariano wrote: "Despite millions spent, human trafficking’s scope is unknown" in which he pointed out that many law enforcement agencies 'exaggerate' human trafficking problems in their cities in order to get federal funding. "the situation was dire, police warned. The City of Atlanta was under siege by human traffickers. Some 1,000 Asian women and girls ages 13 to 25 were being “forced to prostitute themselves” in the city, a 2005 internal police email said. Many of the victims, police said, were Korean. To free them, police forged ahead with a $600,000 task force. Had agency leaders questioned the estimate, they would have found it defied common sense. If it were true, one in eight of the city’s Asians would have been sex slaves. Perhaps, then, it’s little wonder that the program had such poor results that it drew scrutiny from the U.S. Department of Justice. An initial report said Atlanta police had found more than 200 victims, but auditors could only confirm four."
what about other cities which also exaggerate
their sex trafficking problems? "The City of Los
Angeles, for instance, identified 49 victims
and the Metropolitan Police Department of
Washington, D.C., found 51. Auditors
confirmed none of them. Auditors also found
that nearly $32 million in federal funds for
victim assistance groups aided far fewer people
than expected." So where did the
What does the government say about its accounting method for determining estimates of alleged victims?
GAO: Government Accountability Office
*“The U.S. government estimates that 600,000 to 800,000 persons are trafficked across international borders annually. However, such estimates of global human trafficking are questionable. The accuracy of the estimates is in doubt because of methodological weaknesses, gaps in data, and numerical discrepancies. For example, the U.S. government’s estimate was developed by one person who did not document all his work, so the estimate may not be replicable, casting doubt on its reliability. Moreover, country data are not available, reliable, or comparable. There is also a considerable discrepancy between the numbers of observed and estimated victims of human trafficking. The U.S. government has not yet established an effective mechanism for estimating the number of victims or for conducting ongoing analysis of trafficking related data that resides within government entities.”
So where do the prostitution abolitionists even come up with such numbers of alleged trafficking victims? Ummm, we're fairly certain that they make it up as they go along.
who are really victims do not need to be convinced
of their victimhood.
But there are some signs of hope out there- for example, this video from on youtube shows "Andrew Boff quizzing Sir Bernard Hogan Howe on why the Met spent £500K on preventing trafficking for sexual exploitation in the run-up to the Olympics when no evidence exists that suggests it was ever going to happen..."
Even as there are hopeful signs of intelligence out there, unfortunately there are even more media postings with exaggerated statistics, adding to the climate of hysteria over a mostly non-existent problem:
"Hundreds of Cases of Human Trafficking Reported in Wisconsin" January 25, 2013 by yet another ill-informed, ideologically biased 'journalist' Jennifer Wilson.
She states "Advocates
say education is the key to help these victims." She
is right about that- education of the public IS the
key to stopping this nonsense. Unfortunately, the
continued propaganda that is pumped into the
public's brain about this issue is NOT educating
The Polaris Project reported a grand total of 6
crisis calls and 5 calls 'related to potential
victims...' in Wisconsin in 2011. There are no
other reports available that we could find which
indicate a huge rise in the number from 6 to
"hundreds" so without documentation, we can conclude
that this too is a fabricated statement.
QUOTES FROM ABOLITIONISTS:
Click on image to view article from 2007 or click here
Really? We are all victims and have no right to say otherwise? Is that why you infantilize all adult women who say they choose to engage in sex work? Who are these people who disallow adult women, men and transgendered persons the right to speak for ourselves?
VICTIMS DON'T KNOW THEY ARE VICTIMS! WE MUST CONTINUE TO ARREST THEM UNTIL THEY ACCEPT THEIR VICTIMHOOD! http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/cypresscreek/news/non-profits-county-work-to-rehabilitate-human-trafficking-victims/article_7975cd41-f524-5067-89f3-4b1a054ae71d.html
What to do if victims won't recognize they are victims? Well, the good folks in New Jersey think "Most victims will have a constant fear and an array of disorders..." and so "The best way to deal with these issues would be medication and cognitive behavioral therapy..." until they understand they are victims? Ironically, many abolitionists and others who wish to eliminate all prostitution claim that ALL prostitutes are on drugs- 'to anesthetize themselves from the emotional pain' of providing pleasure to men. So, apparently the solution is to MEDICATE these poor victims of PTSD, and force therapy on them as a way to ensure these helpless, hapless women and children become clear about their status in life. They are NOT to reach above their station and earn MORE money (for 'spreading their legs') than academics and politicians who have degrees and are working for the public good. HOW DARE THEY! It is JUST not right!
Sex workers who have experienced positivity in their work do not deny that there are victims of sex trafficking anymore than wives who have only experienced a loving relationship with their husbands would deny that domestic violence exists. We know it does. The problem is that both society AND the law/ law enforcement conflate the two and ignore the fact that the majority of sex workers, like the majority of wives/ husbands are NOT victims of coercion or abuse. What if we presumed that all wives were victims and all husbands were abusive? What if we didn't bother to ask the wife if she was a victim and just arrested her and threatened her with incarceration if she did not admit to being a victim? How would that help REAL victims of domestic violence, which the US Government estimates there are over 12 MILLION incidents of intimate/domestic partner violence every year, and over 1 MILLION incidents of intimate partner rape each year? How could any of the real victims be helped if we wasted time and money pursuing situations in which the wife was NOT a victim of abuse? Where would we put all the non- violent, non abusive husbands while the husbands who DO abuse their wives go unpunished... like the many law enforcement officers who are themselves abusers?
Men/ women and girls/ boys who are victims of sexual abuse at the hands of strangers or parents - be it rape or sexual assault, KNOW they are victims and are often afraid to go to the police because they are not believed. They realize that even if they file a report, the likelihood of the police pursuing and arresting the individual(s) who perpetrated the crime against them is small, and their will rapist will most likely go unpunished. Every year, we add more and more outstanding rapists to the already massive list of predators, to the ever expanding list of untested rape kits which, a few years ago, was estimated at between 400,000 to 500,000. If the police do not have the resources to test those kits, to pursue and apprehend the perpetrator and the prosecutors do not have the resources to prosecute the perpetrators, nor is there space in the overcrowded jails and prisons for convicted predators if the cops apprehended them.
Cops are being trained to 'spot' victims of human trafficking, and here are some of the 'symptoms' they are told to look for: (Click on image to view full size)
And remember, according to abolitionists, ALL PROSTITUTES OF ALL AGES AND REGARDLESS OF CONSENT are to be considered victims of human trafficking and their alleged pimps ought to be prosecuted under the more stringent sex trafficking laws...
MORE SEX TRAFFICKING ARTICLES- NEW ONES EVERY DAY!
IF PROSTITUTION IS DANGEROUS, WHY DOES THE MEDIA PUBLISH THE NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF SUSPECTED PROSTITUTES? AND IF IT IS ABOUT RESCUING THE CHILDREN, WHY ARREST CONSENTING ADULTS FOR ENGAGING IN SEX WITH OTHER CONSENTING ADULTS? http://beaconnews.suntimes.com/16731801-417/26-charged-in-aurora-prostitution-sting.html That's like wanting to protect victims of pedophile priests by arresting adult homosexuals (whether or not priests) for engaging in consenting adult sex with other gays... HOW DOES THAT HELP THE CHILD VICTIMS? WHY NOT ARREST THE ACTUAL PREDATOR WHO HAS SEX WITH A MINOR, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER OR NOT THEY 'PURCHASE' THE SERVICES OF A CHILD? The US Government says that 90% of the cases of child sexual exploitation are at the hands of someone whom the child knows and trusts... like cops and priests and preachers and teachers and coaches and boy scout leaders and parents... pillars of the community... not men who are seeking the paid sexual services of children whom they find on adult ad venues. 2000 Sexual Assault of Young Children as Reported to Law Enforcement: Victim, Incident, and Offender Characteristics..
"We want to protect the children" According to many articles, sites and abolitionists "the average age of entry into prostitution is 12 to 14." Surely every one would want to stop CHILDREN from being trafficked into the sex trade... right? No one would support selling juveniles... (unless they are cops and they threaten the juveniles with arrest if they don't do as they are told, like Detective Wayne Taylor and Ronald Miko... among others...) but what if this 'statistic' didn't tell the whole truth?
See: Unpacking the myth: “the average age of entry into prostitution is 13″ http://eminism.org/blog/entry/62
Where did this 'statistic' (lie) come from anyway? Well, there was a study of JUVENILE PROSTITUTION conducted by these researchers back in 2001, and guess what? Since it was a study of JUVENILE PROSTITUTES, they left out ANYONE OVER 18.... so if you EXCLUDE EVERYONE OVER 18 from your research, HOW WOULD YOU KNOW WHAT THE TRUE AVERAGE AGE OF ENTRY INTO PROSTITUTION WAS? If you simply leave out that bit of information when you cite this study, ARE YOU LYING? Not technically, no.
Unfortunately this is the way the prostitution abolitionists spread their propaganda... and without knowing the truth, many people believe that all of us adult sex workers were 'recruited into prostitution' when we were minors. Which would mean that the adult sex workers arrested who were in their 40s and 50s and even 60s have been working for a very long time, thus debunking the other lie told by the abolitionists that the 'average age of death for sex workers is 34...' "Prostitution has always been risky for women; the average age of death is 34, and the American Journal of Epidemiology reported that prostitutes suffer a “workplace homicide rate” 51 times higher than that of the next most dangerous occupation, working in a liquor store." http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2011/07/17/the-growing-demand-for-prostitution.html
What they don't tell you is that this 'workplace' where the homicide rate is high is on the street- even though the overwhelming majority of sex workers do not work on the street- and is primarily because the prostitutes ARE OUTLAWS AND CANNOT ACT TO PROTECT THEMSELVES... Obviously if working in a liquor store is that dangerous, we must not permit women to work in them. What about the military- why are we now going to allow WOMEN to engage in COMBAT? THAT'S JUST TOO DANGEROUS FOR WOMEN! WE MUST NOT ALLOW ADULT WOMEN TO TAKE ANY RISKS.. (but marriage is far riskier than prostitution--- particularly for women who marry law enforcement agents: according to some reports, 40% of law enforcement families are the recipients of intimate partner violence, compared to 10% in the general population... SO LET'S OUTLAW MARRIAGE TO PROTECT WOMEN AND CHILDREN FROM VIOLENT HUSBANDS AND FATHERS!)
But if they are truly concerned about 'the children' and want to shut down adult ad venues on the internet to prevent child sexual exploitation, why are they not at all concerned about the over 300 law enforcement agents who, since 2011, have been caught having sex with minors or with child pornography? Or the 246 minors involved with law enforcement officers in 2010, as noted in the "2010 National Police Misconduct" report? Instead, the States Attorneys General are MORE concerned 'over 50 cases of child sex trafficking over three years from 22 states' and believe that it necessitates the closure of all adult ad venues to prevent that from happening... rather than continue to allow the police to monitor adult ads for the telltale language of an ad for a MINOR! If you shut them down, does the 'sale of minors' go away? Or do those who are willing to risk it simply find other means to do so?
One of our international associates presents a document which ignores completely the voices of adult women in Cambodia who do not believe they are victims- except for being victims of the abolitionist agenda which seeks to 'eliminate all prostitution' and thus deprive them of their livelihood. "This 2008 ILO report draws on surveys to paint a picture of the Cambodian sex industry that is at odds with accounts provided by sex workers. It conflates sexual exploitation with trafficking, refers to sex workers as Commercial Sexually Exploited Women and Girls and fails to distinguish between adults and children." Claiming to reject the term 'sex work' as political the report is infact highly politicised using an 'abolitionist' conceptual framework. From the PLRI- the Paolo Longo Research Institute (Paolo Longo was a one time sex worker and activist in Brazil who fought tirelessly for our rights and who passed away unexpectedly in 2004 from a long time heart ailment) http://www.plri.org/sites/plri.org/files/CSEWG%20ILO%20report%20final.pdf This document is a prime example of how patronizing and condescending the prostitution abolitionist movement really is.
There must be many people who truly believe that sex workers are completely uneducated and cannot use a computer or read the hideously ignorant comments about us. Fortunately, the majority of us are quite computer literate, articulate and can READ... Unfortunately, when we speak, our voices are not heard- because of the campaign against commercial sex which is supported by the media, politicians and even the internet. However, we will continue to respond to the ignorant comments made by people who haven't a clue about who we are or what we do. In many cases, it seems to be a case of pure jealousy- "why should a stupid whore make all that money spreading her legs when I have a degree/ am a good Christian/ am an academic/ etc. It isn't FAIR!" So, rather than try to understand that for many of us that sex work is a very good JOB- and it is a JOB, not a "life," they do their best to denigrate us and our work by making untrue allegations about us and our work. Is sex work MORE dangerous than other very dangerous types of employment? And if it weren't outside the law, wouldn't it make the work SAFER, if concern for our well being is truly behind their blatantly pathetic comments? You will find that any article which gives pro- sex worker rights a voice, will have many posted comments which show the true intent of these people... and it isn't making our lives or work safer!
"Being a sex worker is more dangerous than they want to admit, because they want to keep doing it stubbornly, and they HATE to be wrong. They really do. You could go on forever about why they shouldn't do what they do, and they will keep throwing ridiculous argument after argument at you. I could write an essay about why it's wrong but I don't want to take up an entire comment page. HumorousLOL in reply to jxsilicon9
My response to this mentally impaired person: "Being in law enforcement is far more dangerous than being a sex worker- so should we forbid women from taking any work that is dangerous? We are even going to allow women in the military to go into combat- talk about DANGEROUS WORK! The bottom line is that YOU have NO right to tell other adult women what risks they can take and what they can't. Ever seen the stats for domestic violence? Talk about DANGEROUS! Marriage is FAR more dangerous for women than SEX WORK!" The statistics from the US Government on intimate partner violence and rape more than adequately demonstrate that.
Additionally, OSHA reports that the most dangerous profession is driving a taxi- but interestingly and not surprisingly, the stats for just HOW dangerous also vary from one document to another. Some sites claim that the rate of homicides for cab drivers is 20 to 30 % above the national average:
If it is such a dangerous job, shouldn't we prohibit women from driving a cab, to protect her for her own good? Isn't that why we want to prevent women from being prostitutes- because it is dangerous?
Driving a taxicab is legal- and for the most part, it is easy to count the number of licensed cab drivers in each city... so, if having access to the number of cab drivers and rates of homicide still doesn't allow for accurate statistics, and given that prostitution is outside the law so there is no way to count the actual number of sex workers in one city much less the state or country, how would it be possible for ANYONE to know how dangerous or safe sex work is, or the ages of sex workers in any given city? People want to know "how many..." so those with the most to gain (funding for their 'rescue and rehabilitation schemes), make up numbers that are impossible to verify.
I could, for example, pull
a number out of thin air and state that "there are over
10 million prostitutes in NYC alone, and that 99% of
them are 12 years of age or younger." I just made up
those numbers but I wonder if anyone came across this
site and saw those numbers, if they would repeat them as
fact. I would not be a bit surprised if they did. So if
in the future you read somewhere that "there are 10
million 12 year old prostitutes in New York City who
need to be "rescued and rehabilitated" you will
know that somebody out there is lying, just as they are
with all the other made up statistics on the ages and
number of victims of sex trafficking. Follow the money.
Some abolitionists want to criminalize our clients and decriminalize the prostitutes- whom they call 'prostituted women...' Why do sex workers find that system so offensive and harmful? By what right do these abolitionists impose their terminology on us? Would it not be offensive if the religious right insisted that we call gays and lesbians "fags" and "lesbos" and accept that homosexuality is a 'choice' which one can easily not chose? Should we not allow every group of marginalized individuals to define themselves?
First of all, why would we want the police to arrest the non violent, non abusive clients who make it possible for us to pay our rent, buy food, take care of our children, attend college, buy a house, a car or any of the other things we do with our money that our NON VIOLENT, NON ABUSIVE clients pay us? When cops who RAPE us are not punished- even when we file a report and are willing to risk retaliation from his fellow officers by testifying against him- the prosecutors are reluctant to take these cases to court.... because they say that a jury will not believe a prostitute was raped by a cop... why would we PREFER that the COPS arrest MEN, WOMEN AND COUPLES who HAVEN'T RAPED US?
Second, in order to secure a conviction against a non violent, non abusive client who paid a sex worker for something he could otherwise legally get for FREE (if he found a willing sex partner), the prosecutor needs the prostitute to testify against him... and how do the cops force the 'poor victimized prostitute' to testify against the men who pay her for her sexual services? They THREATEN THE PROSTITUTE if she doesn't cooperate... And again, if the prosecutors do not want to take a COP WHO RAPED A PROSTITUTE to trial (See the case of San Diego Police Officer Daniel Dana) WHY would the prostitute want the jury to convict a man who makes it possible for her to earn a living?
THE SWEDISH LAW TO CRIMINALIZE CLIENTS: A FAILED EXPERIMENT IN SOCIAL ENGINEERING http://rightswork.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Issue-Paper-4.pdf?utm_source=RWI+Contacts&utm_campaign=674f4f7c77-Issue_Paper_44_3_2012&utm_medium=email
Laura Agustin : Nordic/ Swedish Models 12/12/12 http://www.lauraagustin.com/nordic-models-laws-criminalising-the-purchase-of-sex
More articles- pro and con- can be found in this folder: Swedish Model
What do Swedish Sex Workers have to say about this? Why doesn't it count when they speak for themselves?
"As Susan Cohen says in the The Guttmacher Report on Public Policy -February 2005, Volume 8, Number 1 - "Sex trafficking is one component of the broader problem of trafficking in persons—an internationally recognized human rights violation and a crime in the United States. It would appear, however, that from the perspective of many social conservatives both inside and outside the Bush [and now the Obama administration as well] administration, human trafficking is problematic largely to the extent it involves trafficking for sex. And since these advocates view sex trafficking and prostitution as inextricably linked, if not for all intents and purposes identical, the U.S. government's global anti-trafficking program in many ways has come to resemble a global campaign against prostitution.”
For more information on the Swedish model and how it impacts the lives of sex workers in Sweden, you can find this and much more information on 'human trafficking' at Anthropologist Laura Agustin's website: http://www.lauraagustin.com/
Dr. Marty Klein on the boogeyman of sex trafficking: http://sexualintelligence.wordpress.com/2010/09/06/craigslist-sex-trafficking-the-next-moral-panic/
The Symbol of Asia Pacific Network of Sex Work Projects- rejecting the 'rescue and rehabilitation' of the 'faith based' organizations who want to kidnap women and children from brothels and force them to learn to sew- so that they can then work in the sweat shops like the one which burned in Bangladesh and killed well over 100 mostly female employees who were unable to get out because the fire escapes were blocked, preventing escape. More than 500 Bangladeshi workers have died in garment factory fires since 2006, points out the New York Times.
SEX WORKERS AND DISABLED CLIENTS:
MORE TO COME
First- some good news- “HIV and
Sex Work Collection”: Innovative responses to sex work
and HIV in Asia and the Pacific
But then the bad:
The next time someone tells you that we need to keep prostitution illegal to protect the women and children from exploitation and a life of degradation, please consider sharing the following in response to their imbecilic comments:
SEX WORKERS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES NOT ALLOWED TO ATTEND THE 2012 AIDS CONFERENCE IN WASHINGTON DC... Actually they are not even allowed to enter the United States if they have ever been a prostitute- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtKeSSri5Dg&feature=g-crec-u WHY? Because the US Government believes they are all victims of human trafficking- so we cannot allow them to attend an AIDS Conference to speak about the need for governments to stop signing the "PLEDGE" which the US Government forces them to sign if they want any of the PEPFAR money to help stop the spread of AIDS/ HIV.... http://sexworkandhiv.org/ http://epidreamiology.posterous.com/pepfars-blueprint
If that wasn't bad enough, law enforcement officers routinely confiscate condoms from suspected prostitutes to use as evidence against us- while in Los Angeles County, the voters approved a measure that MANDATES condom use for porn movies....
July 15, 2012 NY TIMES Distributing, Then Confiscating, Condoms
"While public health departments spend millions of dollars promoting and distributing condoms, police departments are harassing sex workers for carrying them and using them as evidence to support arrests. Many of the women we interviewed asked, “How many condoms is it legal to carry?” One wondered, “Why is the city giving me condoms when I can’t carry them without going to jail?” Some women said they continued to carry condoms despite the consequences. For others, fear of arrest trumped fears of sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy. Most of those we interviewed told us they were afraid to carry the number of condoms they needed, and some — about 5 percent — told us they had unprotected sex with clients as a result.
Police officers confiscate condoms and prosecutors try to enter them as evidence not because it is official policy to do so, but simply because they have not been trained to do otherwise. An act of the legislature (like one bill pending in the New York State Assembly), or even a directive from a police chief or district attorney, could end the practice immediately. Categories of evidence — like testimony regarding the sexual history of rape victims — are excluded as a matter of public policy in many legal systems. In this case, the value of condoms for H.I.V. and disease prevention far outweighs any utility they might have in the enforcement of anti-prostitution laws. Law enforcement efforts should not interfere with the right of anyone, including sex workers, to protect his or her own health."
Click here to view the document from the Human Rights Watch: http://www.hrw.org/reports/2012/07/19/sex-workers-risk
Police Confiscation of Condoms From Sex Workers Compromises Public Health and Fuels HIV/AIDS http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chi-mgbako/police-confiscation-of-co_b_1687763.html
WHY DO PROSECUTORS WANT THIS CONFISCATION TO CONTINUE EVEN IF IT MEANS THAT SEX WORKERS AND THEIR CLIENTS MAY BE AT RISK OF GETTING OR SPREADING DISEASES? WHAT COULD POSSIBLY JUSTIFY THIS POLICY?
Well, according to NY Prosecutor Kate Hogan, it is MORE important that the cops have a tool with which to make an arrest of the PROSTITUTE so they can extort the prostitute into testifying against the alleged pimps / human traffickers:"Kate Hogan, a prosecutor who is the former president of the state district attorneys' association, said the real goal of prostitution cases is "to get the pimps and the sex traffickers." Giving up supporting evidence would be giving them "a lot of leeway we don't want to give them," she said. IN OTHER WORDS, WE DO NOT CARE IF THE PROSTITUTES OR THEIR CLIENTS GET AIDS OR OTHER STDS AND DIE - BECAUSE WE CARE MORE ABOUT IMPOSING OUR SOCIAL AGENDA ON SOCIETY THAN WE CARE ABOUT THEIR HEALTH - EVEN IF THE PROSTITUTE DOESN'T WORK FOR A PIMP NOR IS A VICTIM OF SEX TRAFFICKING ... http://www.romenews-tribune.com/view/full_story/18266855/article-New-York-advocates-want-condoms-out-of-prostitute-cases
So if the HEALTH, SAFETY AND PROTECTION OF SEX WORKERS IS NOT THE GOAL OF THE ABOLITIONISTS, WHAT IS?
about safety of sex workers, court hears"
- Canadian Sex Workers Fight for their Rights to Work
Safely- but the Catholic Church thinks they ought to
continue being harmed as that will discourage other women
from entering a dangerous profession... http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/06/16/nobody-cares-about-safety-of-sex-workers-court-hears/
"Prostitution is immoral and should be eradicated
through strict laws, even if that leaves sex trade
workers vulnerable to attack, argued Ranjan
Agarwal, a lawyer representing the Christian Legal
Fellowship, Catholic Rights League and REAL Women of
WITH 'FRIENDS' LIKE THESE, WHO NEEDS ENEMIES? STILL THINK THE ABOLITIONISTS CARE ABOUT PROSTITUTES?????
If you live near any sex worker rights organizations, why not volunteer your time to help us? Find your local organizations here: http://www.bayswan.org/orgs.html ISWFACE - my non profit organization- always needs help. Located in Panorama City/ Van Nuys, we are attempting to digitalize our massive library to make it accessible to everyone over the internet. If you have time you can donate, contact me at normajeanalmodovar [at] gmail.com.
A Petition YOU and YOUR Friends can sign to help sex workers: STOP CALLING ADULT CONSENSUAL PROSTITUTION 'HUMAN TRAFFICKING' !!!
Links to articles against Prop 35- even though it passed in California, we need to stop it from spreading like some hideous disease from the evil minds of those who believe that lying and misrepresenting their case to protect adult women and children is morally or ethically acceptable.
DECEMBER 17th- International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers- Find your local sex worker rights group and participate in their efforts to create awareness of the unnecessary violence against us BECAUSE of the LAWS which make us criminals- NOT because violence is inherent in our work. It is inherent in its prohibition! http://www.bayswan.org/
CAROL LEIGH PRESENTS: http://www.sexworkerfest.com/
And if you know a sex worker or someone who is an academic and has done scholarly research on sex work (but not anyone who views us as 'prostituted' victims- there are plenty of conferences for them to attend and share their bile), here is the link to the 2013 Desiree Alliance Conference in Las Vegas, Nev.
MISC: VERY INTERESTING- 5 WHORES WHO CHANGED THE COURSE OF HISTORY: http://www.cracked.com/article_17126_5-whores-who-changed-course-history.html
DEBT BONDAGE AND STUDENT LOANS: WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOU AND A VICTIM OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING?
One of the arguments to continue the prohibition against prostitution is that many immigrants who are transported across borders go into that country with debt bondage. Allegedly people who want to migrate to another country- for whatever reason- are willing to pay someone to take them to a better life. However, once they arrive in the country of choice, their passports are taken away and they are forced into areas of labor until their agreed upon debt is repaid. They are given a minimal amount of the money they earn so they can pay for their rent and food and other necessities, but the majority of their earnings are taken from them to repay their debt.
"Debt Bondage http://endexploitation.org/debt-bondage.html
Debt-Bondage, bonded labor is a form of modern day
A person enters into debt bondage when their labor
is demanded as a means of repayment of a loan.
[DOES IT COUNT AS 'LABOR
BEING DEMANDED' WHEN YOU HAVE TO WORK AT A JOB TO
REPAY A LOAN AND YOU MUST GIVE THEM YOUR MONEY
EARNED FROM YOUR 'LABOR'???? IS IT STILL
EXPLOITATION IF YOU WILLINGLY TOOK OUT THE LOAN? IS
SOMEONE SUPPOSED TO JUST GIVE SOMEONE ELSE THEIR
HARD EARNED MONEY WITHOUT EXPECTING IT TO BE
Despite being prohibited by international law, debt bondage continues to exist in both developed and under-developed nations. An estimate by the International Labor Organization suggests that 12.3 million people are trapped by debt bondage at any one time. Other sources have estimated that the true number is over 27 million. [WE ASK- WHICH SOURCES ARE THEY CITING? HOW DO THEY COME TO THIS NUMBER? DOES IT INCLUDE THOSE WHO ARE 'TRAFFICKED' AND NOT PAID AT ALL? DOES IT INCLUDE CONSENTING ADULT PROSTITUTES? IS THIS IN ADDITION TO THE 2.4 MILLION OR 27 MILLION VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING OR HOWEVER MANY ARE GUESTIMATED ON THAT PARTICULAR DAY BY THE MEDIA OUTLET SEEKING TO SENSATIONALIZE A MOSTLY NON EXISTENT PROBLEM?]
SO, HOW DOES THIS
DIFFER FROM THE FOLLOWING DISCUSSION ON STUDENT LOANS?
"Every single year,
millions of young adults head off to colleges and
universities all over America full of hopes and
dreams. But what most of those fresh-faced
youngsters do not realize is that by taking on student
loan debt they are signing up for a life of debt
slavery. Student loan debt has become a
trillion dollar bubble which has shattered the
financial lives of tens of millions of young college
graduates. When you are just starting out and
you are not making a lot of money, having to make
payments on tens of thousands of dollars of student
loan debt can be absolutely crippling...." At
least the people who brought the human trafficking
victims to this country get their money back in a
relatively short period of time and then the debt
bond is paid and the immigrant can pursue other
types of labor. But what about students?
"Student loans -- if
unpaid even for a short time -- lock you into the
only effective debtors' prison existing in
the United States. The government's collection rights are
something a mobster might admire. Late fees
and collection fees are ruinous. Student loans cannot
be discharged in bankruptcy, so you'll drag
that escalating debt forever. So will
parents with PLUS loans, if they lose their jobs and
cannot pay. Co-signers face the same potential fate.
""So if you think that banks were dumb enough to loan you money for school, you’re mistaken. You can’t beat them at their own game. You’ll be giving them twice the money as their indentured servant..." http://www.vanadia.com/liveandlearn/re/pay-my-student-loans/
"I am aware of the total lack of consumer protection associated with student debt. I knew that if I was unable to make my minimum payments, they would hit me with late fees, penalties, etc. They would harass me. In ruining my credit history, they would make it impossible for me to get access to basic services. Forget about taking out another loan – I’m talking about not being able to rent an apartment. And defaulting would not only mean a ruined credit history, it would mean that my debt would double, triple, quadruple, etc…I would be a slave (serf) forever." http://nataliaantonova.com/2011/12/03/student-debt-story-dear-sallie-mae-i-cant-afford-you-youre-too-high-maintenance-and-your-cutesy-name-sucks/
SO, ARE YOU A 'HUMAN TRAFFICKING VICTIM' OR A 'VICTIM OF DEBT BONDAGE' BECAUSE YOU HAVE A STUDENT LOAN AND MAY NOT BE ABLE TO REPAY IT IN A TIMELY MANNER? WHAT WILL YOU DO IF YOU CAN'T FIND A JOB IN YOUR CHOSEN FIELD AND HAVE TO TAKE A MINIMUM WAGE JOB DOING MENIAL LABOR? HOW WILL YOU EVER GET OUT FROM UNDER THIS 'DEBT BONDAGE'?
SHOULD ADULTS BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR BORROWING MONEY FROM BANKS, FRIENDS, 'TRAFFICKERS' ETC. TO PAY FOR WHATEVER IT IS THEY NEED THE MONEY FOR? SHALL WE ARREST THOSE WHO LOAN YOU MONEY AND EXPECT TO BE REPAID- BECAUSE THEY ARE EXPLOITING YOU? BUT IF BANKS AND GOVERNMENTS (TAXPAYERS) WHO LOAN YOU MONEY CANNOT EXPECT TO BE REPAID, DO YOU THINK THEY WILL CONTINUE TO LOAN MONEY TO OTHER STUDENTS WHO WILL ALSO NOT REPAY THEIR LOANS?
WHAT SHOULD WE DO TO STOP THE DEBT BONDEDNESS OF STUDENTS? PROHIBIT STUDENT LOANS ALTOGETHER? SEND THE COPS OUT TO ARREST THOSE WHO HAVE STUDENT LOANS AND TREAT THEM THE WAY WE NOW TREAT ALLEGED VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING? IF YOU WILLINGLY TOOK OUT A LOAN, KNOWING THE CONSEQUENCES, DOES THAT MAKE YOU A VICTIM? IS SOMEONE WHO IS WILLING TO WORK OFF A DEBT SO THEY CAN IMMIGRATE TO ANOTHER COUNTRY AND MAKE A BETTER LIFE FOR THEMSELVES A VICTIM ANYMORE THAN YOU, A STUDENT, WHO IS WILLING TO BE INDEBTED FOR DECADES TO MAKE A BETTER LIFE FOR YOURSELF?
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT- BEFORE YOU JOIN THE CRUSADE TO RESCUE VICTIMS WHO HAVE NOT ASKED TO BE RESCUED... MAYBE YOU ARE A VICTIM YOURSELF?