Written by Norma Jean Almodovar      
Friday, 09 September 2011 11:47 updated 09/10/2017
It is our goal to bring you all the important information which disproves the lies told by the government and the prohibitionists regarding human trafficking and child sexual exploitation, and you can start with the links provided in the "Latest News" and also by clicking on the links below: If you know of other sources and want us to add them, please feel free to contact the webmistress at normajeanalmodovar [at] gmail.com
What happens to the women and juveniles who are arrested for prostitution "for their own good"? Because of course we know that it works to traumatize victims by putting them in jail/prison where they are likely to be raped by guards (not to mention the cops who offer to NOT arrest them in exchange for some free samples....)

Evangelicals are especially eager to continue the arrest and incarceration of juveniles: Penny Young Nance- writer for the Christian Post, argues that it is important to continue to arrest juvenile victims regardless of whether or not they were forced into prostitution. She and her colleagues believe that it is best for victims to be further victimized so that the police have leverage to force them to testify against their alleged trafficker... "And add insult to injury, VAWA promotes the decriminalization of prostitution of minors by prohibiting the charging of a minor for a prostitution offense." I don't think these people have a clue what really happens within the so called 'criminal justice system. 

Here is what actually happens when 'victims' are incarcerated: "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. A total of 12% of juvenile detainees... surveyed between 2008 and 2009 reported being forced into sex. And that is the number of people, not incidents; most victims are abused more than once. More inmates reported being abused by staff than by other inmates. Sex between guards and inmates is illegal in all 50 states." The Economist, May 5, 2011

2011 Characteristics of Suspected Human Trafficking Incidents, 2008-2010
2000 Sexual Assault of Young Children as Reported to Law Enforcement: Victim, Incident, and Offender Characteristics (this is the most recent report from the government on this)

These days, there are unfortunately many blatantly false and misleading articles, opinions and stories about  the GREAT MORAL PANIC: Human Trafficking which conflate sex work with sex slavery, and disallow the voices of sex workers in the discussion of these issues which impact their lives. Although Human trafficking covers a multitude of forced labor, for most people, it means "sex trafficking." 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 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 antitrafficking program in many ways has come to resemble a global campaign against prostitution."