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Indianapolis is bracing for war. It's Super Bowl week, after all. Time for the Annual Invasion of the Hookers, which promises to be as harrowing as the Ottoman Empire's advance on Crete in 1647, though with considerably more nudity.
Yes, one of America's great urban legends is again being trotted out just in time for kick-off: The notion that legions of out-of-town prostitutes descend on whichever city hosts America's Big Game.
This time around, it's Indiana attorney general Greg Zoeller who's milking the hysteria for political gain.
Zoeller is riding the momentum of a hoax that's reignited before every major sporting event, be it the Super Bowl, the World Cup, the Olympics or the NBA All-Star game. Alarming figures are pulled from the mist of imagination, where extra zeros apparently come free with every purchase. Anywhere from 10,000 to 100,000 hookers will be coming to town! Hide the women and children! And perhaps the more effeminate men as well! You know, just in case!
It's a myth that's been playing to sell-out crowds for more than a decade. But there's been trouble at the box office in recent years. No one gets too excited about garden-variety prostitution anymore. As a culture war wedge, it's so 1912.
So promoters of the panic have changed their advertising. Instead of adult harlots, the siege now consists of underage girls.
This year it's Indianapolis that's marshaling its defenses. Seven hundred cabbies have been trained to spot the victims of pimps. Nuns have been dispatched to hotels to lecture staff. Special soap—more than 16,000 bars, reports the Indiana Statesman--is being placed in hotel rooms, stamped with phrases like "Are You Witnessing Young Girls Being Prostituted?" In the event that the answer is yes, national hotline numbers are conveniently being stamped on bathroom walls.
Not to be left out, the Indiana legislature rammed through an emergency bill to keep the state safe for the game. Sell a child under age 16 for sex in the Hoosier State, and you're now looking at up to 50 years.
The legislation passed unanimously in both houses. Not a single elected official questioned the need for the bill—or asked whether it might make more sense for the state to provide money for the treatment of actual victims of underage prostitution.
In the words of the Muncie Free Press, lawmakers "managed to outlaw underage prostitution in Indiana just in time for the Super Bowl on Sunday."
Villains of America, be forewarned.
"Our information is that it's typical for an increase in demand for commercial sex at a big event," says Abby Kuzma, director of consumer protection for Zoeller's office. "Our information is that it's all about the money. They are willing to go wherever the money is."
You don't have the heart to tell her her information is wrong. Very wrong.
Said Phoenix police Sergeant Tommy Thompson after the 2008 Super Bowl: "We may have had certain precincts that were going gangbusters looking for prostitutes, but they were picking up your everyday street prostitutes. They didn't notice any sort of glitch in the number of prostitution arrests leading up to the Super Bowl."
Said Tampa police spokeswoman Andrea Davis after the 2009 Super Bowl: "We didn't see a huge influx in prostitutes coming into Tampa. The arrests were not a lot higher. They were almost the same."
Last year's panic came courtesy of Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. Maybe he didn't have access to Google, so he didn't know any better. Or maybe – just maybe -- he decided that a little false delirium was a small price to pay to see the two most glorious words in the English language – "Greg Abbott" – prominently featured in headlines for months before the Dallas Super Bowl.
Abbott organized task forces with the FBI, ICE and Homeland Security. He raised an army of volunteers from religious and women's groups. All were on deck to rescue the thousands of underage girls who'd be sold like ground chuck throughout Big D.
Word was that 100,000 hookers could arrive – and that as many 38,000 would be underage. Even flight attendants were trained to spot trafficking victims -- which shouldn't have been difficult, since it would have taken 57 Boeing 747s to fly them all to town.
As politicians and activists continued to crank up the fear factor, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy had had enough. "This is urban legend that is pure pulp fiction," he said in January 2011. "I would refer you to your local law enforcement officials."
Sure enough, when it was all over, cops had managed just 105 arrests metrowide, mostly by rousting the local talent. Twelve women faced penalties no greater than for speeding tickets. Only two arrests involved human trafficking.
Cops in Germany, Canada and South Africa offered similar testimony following the World Cup and the Olympics. But these men and women who deal with prostitution every day aren't the ones crying wolf in the first place. The hysteria most always comes from the professionals of manufactured outrage: politicians.
The federal government now spends $80 million a year to combat human trafficking. Almost none of that money actually goes to offer help to trafficking victims. Instead, former president George W. Bush created task forces in 92 cities. Each only averages about two sex cases a year.
That's because, statistically speaking, most trafficking has nothing to do with sex.
The vast majority involves forced labor, people indentured to pay off smuggling fees. Hence, the lion's share of traffickers aren't pimps, but New York restaurateurs, Kansas meatpackers, and large-scale ag companies from Florida to California.
If cops wanted superior hunting, they'd do better to raid the U.S. Chamber of Commerce convention. But that would entail throwing down with the captains of industry, who just happen to own private militias of lawyers. Far easier to challenge the invisible pimps, where there's no risk of getting nicks in your sword.
That's the path chosen by Zoeller. He's not exactly a seasoned crime fighter or man of the street. He made his bones as an aide to Vice President Dan Quayle, then worked the Beltway Republican patronage system before returning to Indiana.
He apparently doesn't have Google access, either.
Zoeller has been widely cited in the Indiana media for calling the Super Bowl the largest human trafficking event in the country. He championed the new law cracking down on the sexual sale of kids. He's appeared at press conferences with Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday, urging men to sign pledges forgoing the purchase of young girls. His office has trained more than 2,000 people to spot trafficking during the Super Bowl.
But while his preparations for the onslaught have come with ostentatious flair, our hero hasn't accomplished much on the ground. So far, the biggest hooker bust came in suburban Greenwood, where a hotel sting netted three arrests.
One woman was from Texas. Detectives suspect she showed up for the Super Bowl.
Still, one might think Zoeller's den is festooned with the scalps of battle, since his hometown annually hosts one of the largest sporting events in the country, the Indianapolis 500. His office has also co-chaired one of Bush's anti-trafficking task forces since 2005.
But his point woman on trafficking, Abby Kuzma, can't recall a single human-trafficking arrest at the Indy 500. Either racing fans – mostly poorer, country people – prefer to get amorous with Golden Corral hostesses, or America's pimps have been calling in sick every year.
Maybe this Super Bowl will be different. Maybe Zoeller's army will find legions of prostitutes writhing in the Hilton kiddie pool.
For the sake of a lasting national panic, one can only hope.
After all, with attorneys general, state legislators and soap-dispensing nuns all on the team, it sometimes seems pointless to cry foul. Even the NFL's McCarthy seems resigned to the idea that America's political class is simply too invested in the Super Bowl hooker myth to make any protest worthwhile.
Despite the fact that he was dead right about last year's game in Dallas, when asked for comment this year McCarthy offers only the following:
"The National Football League supports strong human trafficking laws. Additionally, we work closely with federal, state and local law enforcement to insure that the Super Bowl is a safe environment for the host community and the fans who enjoy the game and the celebration."
the myth of sex trafficking
Its funny that you said race fans tend to be poor country people. From first and experience I can tell you that while interested in the the race most people from indiana( country people) could not care less about viewing or attending the race. And if you travel in from out of town that pretty much rules out being poor. Don't make ignorant statements. It casts doubt on your entire viewpoint.
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My understanding is that the National Hotline was printed on the soap, not the bathroom walls. Not having an increase in arrests does not mean it's not going on & why shouldn't there be stiff penalties for those who coerce and sell young girls for sex?Some good seems to have come from the efforts in Indy according to an NBC2 clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v....
prostitution going on over 20,000 years, Mary Magdalene was the wife of Jesus - and had a daughter with him named, Sarah - thus perpetuating the bloodline. Mary Magdalene was the most important woman disciple in the movement of Jesus. Tradition has labeled her a prostitute, but there is nothing in the Bible to support this view and much to dispute it. www.1wallmart.com
The federal government now spends $80 million a year to combat human trafficking. Almost none of that money actually goes to offer help to trafficking victims. Instead, former president George W. Bush created task forces in 92 cities. Each only averages about two sex cases a year.
I swear the FED wastes SOOOOO much of our tax paying money no wonder the cost of living sucks and we have a deficit. How about legalizing marijuana, a high people can get much better than sex or from sugar, etc..?
Leave the Prostitutes alone. Leave, the decisions up to the woman, it is her body. I, agree, don't let a young girl under the age of 16 do it; however, kids are kids, and they will do whatever they want.
How come we don't see these type of procedures being taken for the countries biggest prostitution round up. The national Republican and Democratic conventions. They would even bother putting out soaps or giving any additional training to any facilities to make them aware that our countries lead men/women (mostly men) are the biggest consumers of prostitutes, and on our dollars.
The only hoax here is the author, Pete. Your ignorance in this matter is overwhelming. First of all, there is no such thing as a prostitute that is under the age of 18. DOES NOT EXIST. Make no mistake, this is human trafficking. And if you are so sure this does not exits, please Pete, I would love for you to tell this to the brave survivors of human trafficking who have come to Indianapolis and shared their stories of how they were trafficked, and raped by 20+ men a night, and are here in our city doing something about it. Because you can put together sentences with proper grammar, I know you must have some sort of intelligence, it just makes me extremely sad that a man like yourself, can not read the research, talk to survivors, talk to non-profits in Indianapolis that serve survivors, and see that for hundreds of girls, this is all too real.
PEOPLE...Ask yourself what is the Village voices stake in this? How come they and there publications (rft, the pitch, etc) are the only media outlet to continuously run the same story quoting the same supposedly flawed logic and study? Could it be that Village voice media profit from such act (sell of hookers openly on backpage.com etc)? There has to be a reason why a media company more know for drink specials and half reared culinary reviews, feels the need to run the same story every 6 months or so.
WFAA News Dallas, TexasBy JASON WHITELYPosted on January 31, 2011 at 10:52 PMUpdated Tuesday, Feb 1 at 1:55 PM
DALLAS — For weeks now, police, politicians and non-profit agencies have warned that a wave of prostitutes will be coming to North Texas for Super Bowl festivities.But News 8 has learned there is no evidence supporting such claims.“I think it will be like nothing we’ve ever experienced before,” said Deena Graves, executive director of Traffick 911, a Fort Worth organization dedicated stopping the sale of children into sexual slavery.Graves is among those warning of an alarming increase in underage girls sold for sex during the Super Bowl.“Traffickers follow the money, and there’s a whole lot of money that comes with the Super Bowl,” she said.Police and politicians have also issued similar statements.“The Super Bowl is, unfortunately, a major draw for human trafficking,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said during a news conference on the topic at Dallas Police headquarters recently.Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott gave reporters similar warnings in Arlington.But no one can answer the question, “How do you know?”since pimps and prostitutes don’t register anywhere. Still, what makes the problem so much worse during the Super Bowl? Similar stories about the sex trade surround almost every major sporting event — even the Olympics and the World Cup.To investigate their validity, News 8 began checking with police departments in other cities that have also hosted the Super Bowl.Phoenix hosted the big game three years ago. Police there told News 8 they received similar warnings about an increase in prostitution and prepared for it, but never uncovered any evidence of a spike in illegal sexual activity.“I think one of the things people automatically assume is that while you’ve got influential people in town, people with significant amounts of money and therefore a whole lot of prostitution is going to follow with that,” said Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Tommy Thompson. “We did not notice an increase or anything out of the ordinary.”Tampa hosted the Super Bowl in 2009. A police spokeswoman there said officers there made 11 prostitution arrests during the entire week leading up to the game.And last year, Miami police told News 8 they arrested 14 for prostitution.
Those figures are not uncommon for large cities during a seven-day period, experts said.
Last year, Canada debunked similar hype about prostitutes around the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. British Columbia funded a study which concluded that “sex trafficking and mega-events are not linked.”
A European group called The International Organization for Migration arrived at the same conclusion in Germany after rumors that 40,000 prostitutes would go to the 2006 World Cup. The estimations are “unfounded and unrealistic,” the IOM reported.
Ernie Allen, director for The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, said he was misquoted last year when predicting 10,000 prostitutes would show up in Miami for Super Bowl XLIV.
Allen said the Super Bowl likely doesn’t attract more sex traffickers than any other large event. What’s more, he also conceded there is no way to quantify the problem.
Still, he and Graves both said the issue is under-recognized and under-reported.
“Sometimes when numbers are very high, people think it’s hopeless and they may not even try to address the issue,” said Becky Sykes of the Dallas Women’s Foundation.
The organization has commissioned a study to research Internet ads and escort services during February. It’s specifically looking for underage girls as prostitutes and hoping — for the first time — to see whether the Super Bowl really increases sex trafficking in the host city.
Critics blame some women’s groups for the prostitution myth as they try to raise awareness without facts.No one disputes that trafficking is a serious and sickening problem, but whether the Super Bowl intensifies it is a prediction no one can yet prove.
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As an individual that has worked with victims I can tell you that the selling of underage girls by traffickers is very much thriving here in the united states. Most women and girls who are involved in this life do not want to be doing prostitution. Sure you have some that say it is a chosen profession but their ranting and raving about womens rights are selfish and not giving justice the girls who have been victimized. Most girls I work with were introduced to this life between the ages of 12-16years old. When they tried to escape they were beaten, raped and moved from state to state. Many of these girls told us about the big events and how they were trafficked to the events. And sure the people you will most likely find getting arrested for prostitution will be the women who are on the street corners but prostitution has changed... the internet is where you will find the victims. The increase in ads on websites that promote prostitution blow up and that is where this is taking place. The United States has a huge problem with sex trafficking weather we want to acknowledge it or not. Once you talk to the victims you can't make a case that this is being blown out of proportion- once you walk down the streets and talk to women who have been out there for years and they are just doing whatever they can to survive. Their choice was taken away from them a long time ago- sometimes in life all the choices laid before us are not good ones so we choose the lesser of two evils.
Lies, damn lies, and statistics. As a Navy vet, it was my imagination that the prostitutes followed the fleet from port to port in the Mediterranean. It was also my imagination that just outside the Norfolk Naval Base, there is a stroll where women stand as many as twenty at a time waiting for clients. It was also my imagination that in Naples, there were women who would come from miles away in the mountains just to be able to "fleece" the fleet. There, it was hunger and food for children that motivated. Here, it is Gucci bags. These are upper class prostitutes who have pimps who pay high caliber protection money to the local political establishment. There is big money and there are big money prostitutes. The police can lie all that they want. It doesn't make the truth go away. Read about the Heidi Fleis scandal and underage prostitutes and connections to someone on "Two and a Half Men". It was all covered up and conveniently went away. "Trot out the usual suspects".
Pete, you have a very entertaining writing style, just enough irony and sarcasm. I look forward to more of your articles.
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The federal government now spends $80 million a year to combat human trafficking. Almost none of that money actually goes to offer help to trafficking victims. Instead, former president George W. Bush created task forces in 92 cities. Each only averages about two sex cases a year.None of that money actually goes to offer help to trafficking victims? Where does it go than....WHAT a Joke the system is....Help the poor.....PLEASE
Okay, so then why are the police arresting all these 40 year old and 50 year old women for prostitution? Apparently we are not prostitutes if we are over 18... I suppose that in your world, we older whores just don't count. Let them arrest us, right? No one disputes that there are victims of sex trafficking- we only dispute the highly exaggerated number of victims, and why there is so little concern for the MAJOR source of child sexual exploitation which has NOTHING to do with prostitution- because the US GOVERNMENT itself says that 90% of the predators are someone whom the child knows and trusts- like the preachers, teachers, coaches, priests, rabbits, imams, boy scout leaders and family members- so what are people like you doing about THOSE victims? NOTHING! Because you are too hung up on abolishing all prostitution regardless of whether or not prostitutes are adult or consenting. I was 31 when I became a prostitute... or doesn't that count in your book?
As an individual who saw the sad effects of domestic violence and spousal abuse when I worked for the LAPD, I can tell you that regardless of how many victims there are of domestic violence, intimate partner rape etc. there are far more women who are in happy marriages than who are victims. Nevertheless, we certainly ought to help those who are victims of domestic violence just as we ought to help those who are victims of sexual exploitation.
As for saying that "MOST women... (underage girls should not be included) who are involved in this life do not want to be doing prostitution" how do you know? Have you talked to women other than those poor miserable souls whom you rescue? As a sex worker rights activist AND a retired sex worker, I can tell you most definitely that MOST of us look on this as a job LIKE ANY OTHER- and some like it better than others. For me, it was the BEST job I ever had... far better than working for the LAPD!!! MOST of us want to see our work decriminalized so that we can protect ourselves from violent persons including cops who use the laws to extort us for sex, money and information. MOST of us were not 'introduced to this life' between the ages of 12- 16, because MOST of us do not work on the street and get into this work because it better suits us than working at McDonalds for minimum wage.
And if the criteria for deciding what work to ban is whether or not someone 'wants to be doing that work,' have you asked domestic housekeepers if they want to be cleaning up the feces, urine and vomit of hotel guests for minimum wage? Or if they like being the servants of the rich- forced to do grueling work 7 days a week- taking care of the bratty children of their employers? OR don't these unhappy victims of terrible jobs count for you?
Heidi Fleiss did not hire and was not accused of having any underage prostitutes work for her. Charlie Sheen was publicly outed as a client of hers... but, like so many of our clients, was not charged with a crime. Former NY Governor Eliot Spitzer, client of the Manhattan Madam (among others) is hosting another CNN show...go figure. Decriminalize consenting adult commercial sex and there may be enough resources to help the real victims of pedophile parents, priests, teachers, preachers, coaches, cops and others who do NOT hire their victims.
Part III And from New Jersey (1/30/12) comes this story: http://www.northjersey.com/new... "In the past three years, 23 teachers, coaches and school officials in North Jersey have been charged with or convicted of sex crimes against children. Three have been arrested this month alone. Statewide, nearly a dozen teachers or coaches have made headlines since the beginning of December, accused of everything from videotaping boys showering in a school locker room to having sex with teens they were chaperoning on a field trip."But then, what sort of beneficial headlines will it make for those pandering politicians to call for an end to school programs where perps meet their victims?
part IIThe US Government's own statistics report that 90% of the perpetrators of child sexual exploitation are not perverts finding their victims through ads or hiring them- but are people whom the child knows and trusts... like preachers, priests, rabbis, imams, teachers, coaches (Jerry Sandusky?), Hollywood agents (ask former child actor Corey Feldman about that coverup), and unfortunately, law enforcement agents. In 2011 alone there were more than 100 cases of law enforcement agents sexually involved with underage persons... those are the ones who got caught. 68% of the perpetrators are family members- parents like Keith Brown- father of the musical group The Five Browns. And like former Alameda County (CA) sheriff's deputy John Eric Freeman who was sentenced to ONLY three years in prison for molesting one of his daughters throughout her childhood.
JB - lies, dam lies and statistics...you've got that straight! But the lies and statistics are from those who peddle the BS that there are so many underage prostitutes being sold at superbowls or over the internet.. there may be lots of prostitutes who met the fleet - but they were over 18 and not involved with these evil pimps we hear about. The alleged research which is touted by the attorneys general comes from those with a moral or social agenda... and is nothing more than bigotry disguised as 'concern' for us poor prostitutes ( I am retired, unfortunately).
JB - lies, dam lies and statistics...you've got that straight! But the lies and statistics are from those who peddle the BS that there are so many underage prostitutes being sold at superbowls or over the internet.. there may be lots of prostitutes who met the fleet - but they were over 18 and not involved with these evil pimps we hear about. The alleged research which is touted by the attorneys general comes from those with a moral or social agenda... and is nothing more than bigotry disguised as 'concern' for us poor prostitutes ( I am retired, unfortunately).The US Government's own statistics report that 90% of the perpetrators of child sexual exploitation are not perverts finding their victims through ads or hiring them- but are people whom the child knows and trusts... like preachers, priests, rabbis, imams, teachers, coaches (Jerry Sandusky?), Hollywood agents (ask former child actor Corey Feldman about that coverup), and unfortunately, law enforcement agents. In 2011 alone there were more than 100 cases of law enforcement agents sexually involved with underage persons... those are the ones who got caught. 68% of the perpetrators are family members- parents like Keith Brown- father of the musical group The Five Browns. And like former Alameda County (CA) sheriff's deputy John Eric Freeman who was sentenced to ONLY three years in prison for molesting one of his daughters throughout her childhood. And from New Jersey (1/30/12) comes this story: http://www.northjersey.com/new... "In the past three years, 23 teachers, coaches and school officials in North Jersey have been charged with or convicted of sex crimes against children. Three have been arrested this month alone. Statewide, nearly a dozen teachers or coaches have made headlines since the beginning of December, accused of everything from videotaping boys showering in a school locker room to having sex with teens they were chaperoning on a field trip."But then, what sort of beneficial headlines will it make for those pandering politicians to call for an end to school programs where perps meet their victims?
That money goes to pay salaries of prohibitionists who use biased statistics from bigoted researchers who also get paid the big bucks to come up with statistics that justify the unconscionable crusade against consenting adults who engage in commercial sex. Look up the non profit organizations which peddle this BS and see how much money they get... like the Polaris Project, Shared Hope and others who have a vested interest in this crusade. They rake in millions of tax dollars every year as well as the money donated to them by gullible people who believe that selling something we could otherwise legally give away to as many men as we like is somehow the worst possible situation we could be in... do some research on sex worker rights organizations nationwide and world wide- and see what we have to say about ourselves and our lives.
Help the poor? What do you think the billions in entitlements are doing? Nobody is being denied there WIC or food stamps. It's funny to see someone pay their grocery bill with food stamps while talking on the latest smart phone, then head over to the instant lottery machine before walking out the door to get in their late model car. Yeah, lets all help the poor, more!
Are you kidding me.... my response was to an article that was minimizing the effects of trafficking during the Super Bowl- this did not represent all of my opinions about forced labor and other issues. Your opinions are your own and I am not going to argue about this that and the other... the fact is- young girls are trafficked into areas where large events are taking place and to say that it is not happening- and happening on a large scale is wrong. You can preach all day long that you love being a sex worker- good for you. I am concerned about the other side... and articles like this that deceive the public into thinking this is all hype and not a real crime.
My information is reliable. Heidi Fleiss was "doing the dew". There is a ready market for the underage. The story with Johnnie Gotsch was the kidnapping of underage boys who were then marketed as prostitutes. His mother has a website with private investigators being involved.
You earned a living. So, there is no one to judge your motives. However, there is a great market for the underage. There is a sordid underworld that we rarely are able to visit. However, there are those who are rescued such as Shwn Hornbeck and that gives us pause. There are "people in high places" who are able to cover up for the depraved. Johnnie Gotsch is only one example. His mother fights on.
If you ever have the misfortune to have to be on public assistance than you will know a little more than you know now. I am a Vietnam Vet and had to be on this until America came to it's senses and help me find a job. It is what it is! Don't knock the people who use this system unless you have been on it.
The article and discussion are on prostitution. Sex is not a commodity. It is a weapon of choice for women against men. It would appear that you are fighting that war. "Love isn't love until you give it away". That is the mystery of Christianity.
Face it, JB, you are a bigot of the worst sort- you disguise your bigotry and hated of prostitution as 'concern' for victims of prostitution, because you don't care about the victims unless they are prostitutes. Talk about disingenuous (you really need to learn to use your spell check if you want to pass as literate)!
What argument did I offer that was refuted by this newspaper you mention? That there are not MORE victims of pedophiles (90%) who do not hire their victims but find them in churches, etc.? Really? Those are the stats from the US Government, they are not mine. And again, do you NOT care about those victims? It would seem that people like you will do anything to avoid answering that question. Either you really care about victims of pedophilia or you are just showing your bigotry against prostitutes and prostitution. It's your prerogative to find prostitution offensive and immoral. But be honest- and do not use your bigotry to claim concern for us poor whores. If you do care about the majority of victims (whether it be underage sexual exploitation, drug user, victims of organized crime, danger, abuse, etc) why do you not propose the same solution (abolition) for helping those victims as you and your kind do for prostitution? Either that 'solution' is viable for every instance where the same or similar problems occur or you need to rethink your strategy- or at least be honest that you don't care about any other victimization if it doesn't involve that all encompassing 'social evil'- prostitution.
You claim to be concerned about the violence against prostitutes but don't share the same concern for victims of violence at the hands of abusive spouses... including law enforcement officers. "Organized" prostitution can only be organized so long as there is a benefit to allowing someone to control it because of its illegal status. Organized crime is with us because of the idiots who brought us alcohol prohibition. And who benefitted the most from prohibition? Law enforcement agents. Giving cops more power by increasing penalties for consensual adult commercial sexual activity is hardly the way to loosen the grip of 'police protection.' Prohibition of private consenting adult behavior always has and always will lead to the corruption of the entire judicial system, from the top down. Courts, cops, judges, prosecutors- every one of them is susceptible to corruption from the prohibition of drugs, gambling and prostitution.
Only when we decriminalize consenting and adult commercial sex will prostitutes be able to work for themselves and not worry about the cops extorting them for sex, money and information. Only when we decriminalize consenting and adult commercial sex will there be sufficient resources to pursue, apprehend and punish those who sexually abuse underage persons, whether they find their victims for hire or through the trust that the victim has in them; and have the resources to help those who are victims of rape, domestic violence and abuse, as well as offer substantial assistance to those juveniles who run away from home because of an abusive (sexually) parent.
Unfortunately, as long as there are bigoted individuals like you who care more about imposing your vision of what is right and what is evil upon the rest of us, the victims of everything BUT prostitution will just have to go without justice. That's why in Indiana in 2010 (the last year for which statistics are available) there were 1,761 reported rapes but only 109 perpetrators (6%) arrested. The rest of the country is just as bad or worse. The numbers of reported rapes is staggering- the number of arrests of alleged rapists is beyond comprehension that there are so few in relation to the number of rapes reported.
So do get back to me on when you will get out there and start a crusade for the majority of victims of whatever it is- because the majority of prostitutes are not victims of anything other than the stupidity and ignorance of moral and social bigots.
So, now we create hysteria and distrust of authority figures who all happen to be male. Organized prostitution is now the temple of the vestal virgin as in Rome. Society now swings around the prostitute as the real knowledge in society. You know full well that organized prostitution offers legal and police protection for those that engage. This includes the use of underage prostitutes. Again, the word disengenuous comes to mind. I know full well about Corey Feldman and his claims of being passed around as a child actor. In the eyes of the predators, he was bought and paid for. Elliot "Spritzer" was caught in a web of his own making. Ask around about the story of George Peach, the St. Louis prosecutor, who offers a parallel story. Again, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch just ran a story on underage prostitution that refutes every argument that you have offered.
Men who prefer the underage (under say 16) in Hollywood have no need of a madam to find them. There are sufficient show business parents who practically throw their kids at the pedophiles for an opportunity for their child to become a star. Ask Corey Feldman, who was a victim of such men. As for underage boys in prostitution- no need to kidnap them as there are so many who get themselves in the biz. But once again, there are FAR more victims of pedophiles in which the predator is someone whom they know and trust- in their church, school, boy scouts, sports programs etc. than are victims through prostitution. Or don't those victims count for you?
Two rights do not make a wrong. Two lefts don't make a right. There is actually an hysteria in society now against the predator of the underage. This is actually making people feel safe against possible commercial exploitation of the young. It is there. It is extensive. It is protected. It is hidden and I believe that you know it.
Yes there is a seamy underbelly for depraved individuals and even more so for those who find their victims through seemingly safe places like churches, the classroom, boy scout troops and athletic programs. I agree that there was something very fishy with the disappearance of the prosecutor in the original inquiry into Jerry Sandusky's activity. But that still doesn't change the fact that the primary source of victims is not through underage prostitution and that avoiding serious discussion about the main source- only harms all the victims. By focusing on prostitution, those who lead the crusade against it lose all credibility because they ignore the greater number of victims, leading me to conclude that they do not really care about underage sexual exploitation unless it involves prostitution. There is an all out war against ALL prostitution, led by these prohibitionist zealots and fed by the politicians, and until the rest of society wakes up and realizes the harm done to the real victims because of this crusade, those victims of pedophile priests, preachers, teachers, coaches, boy scout leaders, cops and parents are going to continue to be victimized not just by their predator but by those who selectively pick which victims to rescue and offer government help.
Commercial sex among consenting adults appears to be a valid commodity. However, the prosecutor in the Sandusky case either was murdered or committed suicide. Again, there is a "seamy underbelly" for the depraved which exists and is "buried under three feet of dirt" once it is seen.
So I've heard- but that still isn't the majority of perps- who find their victims within their families and or in their classrooms, etc. Adult prostitutes want nothing more than for society to protect those children from predators wherever they find their victims. It helps NO child to arrest adults for engaging in commercial sex with other adults.
Your comments have been related to prostitution. I worked in a hotel for a year as a bellhop at 90 cents per hour. The manager made me do manual labor instead of being able to work for tips. I complained and the union came out and then I was fired and then the union denied being involved. Hotels are known for exploitation. The owners of this high grade hotel were well respected members of high society. This was also my first brush with prostitution and fellow bellhops who were pimps. I also came across union bosses who were organized crime with bodyguards and who stayed there and had many sex parties while renting entire floors. Definitely, domestics were exploited. However, prostitution appears to be the common link. One thing you told me that I already knew. Organizations such as the LAPD have been infiltrated by organized crime. This would only reinforce the fact that child prostitution has ways of being covered up. I also am well aware of the organized crime protection racket of restaurants.
IF one is concerned about victims of human trafficking, then one must look at the greater problem of victims who are forced into domestic servitude and other areas of labor. If one is concerned about child sex exploitation, then one must look at the greatest source of the problem and it is not prostitution. While you may feel that prostitution is 'an evil" although why you would feel that giving pleasure for payment is evil while forcing someone to clean toilets is not, is a matter of personal morality- focusing on moral values rather than real victims is one of the problems I have with people like you. Because you don't care about those victims, you only care about propagating your religious or social agenda as it relates to prostitution.
The sex industry is no more or less dangerous than being in a 'legitimate' relationship- and prostitutes are certainly not the only ones who use drugs. If you want to get into what is associated with drug use, then you really need to look at show business, sports, lawyers, wall street and all the other types of businesses in which there are many drug abusers. Heard of Lindsey Lohan or the many athletes who have been caught using drugs? And contrary to what the media says, not all prostitutes use drugs. I never did, didn't drink alcohol or even smoke. But when I worked for the LAPD prior to becoming more honest as a prostitute, I knew many cops who did drugs- drugs they stole from users and dealers alike. As for organized crime, well, perhaps you have heard that organized crime got its start with the prohibition of alcohol and now has its claws in everything from construction to garment manufacturing. So, if that's the excuse you have for wanting to prevent prostitution, then perhaps you need to think about the other areas where there is a protection racket (restaurants, etc.) Or don't you care about anything other than prostitution?
The government recently released a report on intimate partner violence, and according to the research conducted by the CDC, there are 12 MILLION incidents of intimate partner violence every year, and 1 MILLION intimate partner rapes per year. And further, other studies show that approximately 40% of law enforcement agents are involved in domestic violence themselves, and given that there are about 900,000 law enforcement agents in the US, that means there are about 360,000 cops out there who beat their spouses. It is a very dangerous thing to be married or in a relationship with a law enforcement agent. Ask Crystal Brame, married to Tacoma Police Chief David Brame. Or any of the other victims of murder suicide at the hands of their law enforcement spouse/ significant other.
Hotels in St. Louis should pledge that they won't hire domestic servants who are victims of human trafficking. Domestic servitude world wide is the major destination for victims of human trafficking, but where are the crusader demanding that we stop this human rights violation? Again, why just prostitutes? Why not the majority of victims? Because you just don't care, it seems.
Your description of the sex trade industry would make Walt Disney proud. The problem is that this activity is usually associated with such as drugs and organized crime for protection whether physical or political. If you know the right source, you can get anything and that includes the buying of underage child prostitutes. There is a problem in society with the predator in the workplace or church place. However, let's not engage in the hysteria of saying that there is more of a danger to children at Church than with the pimp in the marketplace. Church teaches that there is evil in the world. Adult prostitution may not be a great evil but it is an evil. The taking advantage of children whether commercial or private is a great and grave evil. The commercial exploitation of children is there and I appreciate the attention of the attorneys general. There is also a movement in St. Louis for hotels to pledge that they will not allow commercial exploitation of children. This is a known problem on a large scale and for you to preach that it is not is disengenuous and false.
The market for the underage is, once again, not through prostitution. There are far more predators within institutions which are 'respected' and where the pedophiles are pillars of the community who wouldn't think of 'hiring' their victims. But like I said, I doubt that the States Attorneys General are going to make a stink about the Hollywood Pedophiles as long as Hollywood is a company town and the motion picture /show business industry creates so much wealth for the politicians. Nor will they make headlines for demanding an end to after school sports to stop pedophile coaches from finding their victims. And in what universe do you suppose you will read about efforts to help victims whose predators are law enforcement agents or parents... because we don't really care about those victims at all- only the titillating headlines that that anything about prostitution will generate. We don't mess with religious leaders or families or cops because that might look bad for the family values crowd. Of one thing you can be sure, men who hire adult males or females for companionship are not also going to be seeking sexual interaction with minors. So if we stop harassing adults who hire other adults, perhaps we could do something to help the real victims... isn't that what you want? I know that's what I want.