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U.S. Should Stop Criminalizing Sex Trafficking Victims: and CONSIDER BOTH SEXES

I added the "CONSIDER BOTH SEXES" because the sex traficing trade also involves males and transexuals from these countries (and our own USA....and I am sure other "civilized" countries as well.).


Americans are right to get angry at the violence against women and girls in developing nations: the Congo rape camps, the widespread practices of female genital mutilation in West Africa and the infanticide of females in China.

Our disgust at the violence committed against women and girls is heightened by the culture of impunity that allows the perpetrators of these crimes to go free without condemnation or punishment. That culture also turns victims into criminals, such as the girls in Thailand who are beaten and raped and then ostracized by their families and society.

But our indignation must be turned inward, too. Here in the United States, there is a similar culture of impunity when young American girls are sold for sex. There are 100,000 to 300,000 children between 11 and 14 who are vulnerable to being sold for sex by pimp-captors every year in the United States, according to government statistics

These girls, many of whom are runaway children from fragile families or communities, are lured, tricked or coerced by pimps, who promise them love and safety.

Sometimes, these girls are snatched off the streets by pimps, leaving heartbroken parents to search websites such as backpage.com that advertise sex for sale and walk the "tracks" to try to find their daughters. Young girls are the new commodities that traffickers and gangs are selling. AND boys as well

Why? Because they can.

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a US issue:

traffickers get less time than crack dealers.

The perpetrators of this new form of modern slavery in America can sell girls for sex without fear of punishment. As incomprehensible as it seems, today trafficking girls brings in more profits and results in less prison time than dealing crack.

There is no "war on trafficking" or any similar culture of crime and punishment for selling a 12-year-old girl for sex. Perversely, it is the girls -- not the men -- who suffer from criminalization.
the young boys also suffer the same consequences.

Few buyers of prostituted children are arrested or prosecuted in the United States, according to the international anti-trafficking organization Shared Hope.

But girls who've been trafficked frequently end up arrested for prostitution. It is the girl who is restrained by police after a "bust" or a "raid" on a hotel room -- not her trafficker or the "john."

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The vast, vast majority of human trafficking in the United States involve illegal immigrants. The truth is, the FBI working in conjunction with the U. S. Department of Immigration and local authorities, are using their full efforts to crush this type of activity. The problem is: they're don't have crystal balls. They need the assistance of others to report these matters. So far as local prostitution one might see on the streets, involving regular citizens, unfortunately, that's a matter strictly for local law enforcement. It is not a federal offense to run a bawdy house, or to assume to position of a "pimp." That's strictly a state affair.

Much is being done to stop this horror, at least from a domestic standpoint. But Uncle Sam has only limited resources to his avail. Moreover, all criminals aren't stupid. Some are, in fact, extremely clever. They often find ways of dancing around the law, hiding their malevolent intent. You've heard the old saying, "Build a better trap ..."

I think part of the solution with domestic trafficking is the same as how many communities are taking back their streets, in regard to the drug issue: vigilance, though the keen eye of everyday citizens, who lobby their state representatives for stricter laws, and who are willing to report illegal actions to the proper authorities, rather than shaking their heads and pointing the finger at the government.

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In our area (and I mean South LA and Mississippi as well as on the eastern border of Texas, there are serious problems with both the drugs (mostly Meth and the passing through of marijuana*which may not seem like much of a problem*) and human trafficking. there have been major busts on both the Federal and State levels for prostitution of young children as well as some adults that have been illegally brought in by US residents as well as US citizens. Even though these prostitutes are largely illegal, there are US citizens as well as US residents at the top of the food chain in that industry. In most cases, once it is determined that these (both boys and girls and men and women) are illegal, the US resident walks. this is on the State and the Federal level. Although there are laws that are in place, even if the "victims" are illegal, shouldn't those laws hold for the US residents/citizens?

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