Friday Open Thread ~ an "It isn't what you think" edition

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The idea that sex trafficking is an urgent social problem is woven into American media stories, from reports of Republican U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz’s alleged trafficking of teenage girls to debunked QAnon conspiracy theories about a sexual slavery ring run through online retailer Wayfair.

The common perception of sex trafficking involves a young, passive woman captured by an aggressive trafficker. The woman is hidden and waiting to be rescued by law enforcement. She is probably white, because, as the legal scholar Jayashri Srikantiah writes, the “iconic victim” of trafficking usually is depicted this way.

This is essentially the plot of the “Taken” movies, in which teenage Americans are kidnapped abroad and sold into sexual slavery. Such concerns fuel viral posts and TikTok videos about alleged but unproven trafficking in IKEA parking lots, malls and pizza shops.

This is not how sex trafficking usually occurs.



Sex trafficking isn’t what you think: 4 myths debunked – and 1 real-world way to prevent sexual exploitation

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QMS's picture

There is a hodge podge of laws in many countries. Most distinguish between sex workers and sex victims / coercion / trafficking. Some European countries regulate and test sex workers, which seems the most up-front way of dealing with the trade. Of course, these countries also have a more robust social / health network.

Thanks for the OT!

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1965 -- President Lyndon B. Johnson signs Medicare, a health insurance program for elderly Americans, into law. At the bill-signing ceremony, which took place at the Truman Library in Independence, Missouri, former President Harry Truman was enrolled as Medicare’s first beneficiary and received the first Medicare card. Smile

1956 -- two years after pushing to have the phrase “under God” inserted into the pledge of allegiance, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a law officially declaring “In God We Trust” to be the nation’s official motto. Sad

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enhydra lutris's picture

a couple of facts, one of which is partially a quibble.

An enormous amount of underreported real sex trafficking seems to occur in certain locals and environments wherein Indian (Native American) women of a variety of ages are the victims. Often the women simply vanish. Last I heard, this was particularly problematic in certain areas in the vicinity of the Great Lakes and in certain oil and gas field zones. It is largely underreported because US officialdom at all levels really has much better things to do, as do even a lot of the NGOs who would be concerned if only the women in question were white.

Quibble: We owe pizzagate to the feebs and their continual practice of fabricating largely to completely imaginary horrible crime threat scenarios in order to make it clear just how important, necessary and vital they are to our way of life. They started the whole ball rolling with some of their bullshit circulars and fact sheets.

be well and have a good one

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