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Oregon bill would target johns who pay for sex with minors

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on June 19, 2013 at 9:40 am

The Oregon Legislature is considering a bill that would toughen penalties for johns who solicit sex from underage prostitutes as part of a broader push to crack down on child sex trafficking in the state.

The bill’s provisions are still being hammered out, but the intent is to impose harsher punishments on people who seek sex with children.

A fierce disagreement has emerged, however, over just how harsh those punishments should be. Child safety advocates say johns should be charged with a felony on their first offense, but critics say that’s too harsh.

The bill could come up for a vote in the House next week.

Quashing demand for child prostitutes would make the sex trafficking industry less profitable for pimps, resulting in fewer victims being brought into the sex trade, said Portland Police Officer Mike Gallagher, who has a long history of fighting prostitution.

Source: The Republic


New Minnesota law charges Johns for soliciting prostitution

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on June 25, 2012 at 9:35 am

On Tuesday, June 19th at 2:45 p.m., one Mickey Albert Cupkie, 36, of Dogwood Drive in Elko, Minnesota, was charged with one felony count of Soliciting Child Sexual Conduct, (F-CSC) (36) under Minnesota Statutes. This is the first time a “John” has been charged under the new statute. []

There is a new effort to fight human trafficking in Minnesota, and part of this initiative involves a law where child prostitutes under 16 do not face criminal charges. Jeff Bauer, public policy director of the Family Partnership has said that the new laws view these trafficked children not as delinquents, but as victims. []

In addition to the solicitation charge, Mickey Cupkie was also charged with four felony counts of engaging in prostitution with a minor, for having sex with two prostitutes, ages 15 and 17. Cupkie was arrested for these charges in Minneapolis, then transferred to Ramsey County Jail, Case Number 12083330.

Source: Examiner

20 arrested in Clayton prostitution sting

In Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on June 20, 2012 at 9:23 am

Clayton County sheriff’s deputies arrested 20 people in a prostitution sting Friday.

Suspects included alleged drug dealers, prostitutes and johns, according to Channel 2 Action News. The arrests were made along heavily traveled Tara Boulevard and followed complaints by area residents and business owners.

Clayton County Sheriff Kem Kimbrough said the corridor had been under surveillance for several weeks before the sting.

“All of it relates to human trafficking,” Kimbrough told Channel 2. “Of course human trafficking has become very big business, very lucrative business and involves several aspects of criminal activity.”

Source: AJC

As always, I hope the law enforcement has been trained on how to work with prostitutes and make sure that none are actually victims.

Prosecutors Focus on Pimps and Clients, Instead of Prostitutes

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on May 5, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Michael Appleton for The New York Times
Men accused of soliciting prostitutes were taken to be arraigned in Manhattan on Monday. A law has increased penalties for convicted clients: one year in jail, instead of 90 days.

In a stark departure from decades of such prosecutions, the women who were working as prostitutes are not facing criminal charges but are instead being treated as their pimps’ victims, and offered services to help them build new lives.

Under the old charges, pimps typically faced up to 15 years in prison for promoting prostitution with an adult. The newer sex trafficking charge carries a maximum sentence of 25 years. Also under the new law, the customers who pay adult prostitutes for sex face up to one year in jail, up from 90 days.

On Monday, 14 men, including a physician, an owner of an online ticket sales company and a concierge for a film-production company, were arraigned on charges of patronizing a prostitute. Most were offered a chance to plead guilty to disorderly conduct, a violation; two accepted the plea offer.

Source: New York Times

Changing the Conversation About Prostitution and Sex Trafficking

In Awareness, Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on March 6, 2012 at 10:08 am

Sexual exploitation is caused by exploiters. This isn’t a revolutionary idea, but it’s one that our culture buries in favor of other messages, especially when it comes to the sex trade. Just think about the last time you saw a news article about prostitution. Undoubtedly, it was accompanied by stock images of women wearing high heels, or mug shots of women who were arrested and charged criminally. What most articles do not explore is that many of these women are victims of sex trafficking, which happens when someone uses force, fraud or coercion to recruit or keep that woman in the sex trade.

Most johns (men who buy sex) know that they cause harm when they support the sex trade, but they continue to buy sex because they face very few consequences. I know this because I conducted a studythat interviewed 113 johns in Chicago, and only 7 percent of those interviewed had ever been arrested for buying sex. When men are targeted by law enforcement it’s called a “reverse sting.” Why is it a reversal to arrest purchasers?

It’s a reversal for our culture because purchasers are men, and as a society we have always blamed women for prostitution. This needs to change. If there were no demand, there would be no prostitution.

 Source: Huffington Post

In Human Trafficking on January 14, 2012 at 12:48 pm

With very little education, pimping provided the study subjects a financial benefit that they would not have accomplished by taking any other occupations. Although the majority of interviewees lacked a high school diploma, they earned average salaries of $150,000 to $500,000 by pimping women.

Youngbee Dale, “The truth about human trafficking, pimps, and johns”

The truth about human trafficking, pimps, and johns

In Human Trafficking on January 14, 2012 at 12:46 pm

According to the research, most pimps are “average Joes” who were victims of sexual exploitation themselves.  The study also found that johns, people who purchase sex, and others who exploit sex trafficking victims are also average Americans, who happen to view women as commodities. According to the study, 64% of the former pimps were African Americans and 20% of them were Caucasians. 72% of them were male and 28% of them were female. 64% of the interviewees said that they have not finished high school.The majority of interviewees were victims of violence during their childhood. 88% of them said that they were physically abused in their childhood, and 76% of them said that they were victims of sexual abuse. 88% of them indicated that they grew up with domestic violence. 84% of them stated that they witnessed substance abuse in their home environment during their childhood.

(Youngbee Dale for Washington Times)
The truth about human trafficking, pimps, and johns

Consequences of public shaming men who purchase prostitution

In Human Trafficking on December 19, 2011 at 6:47 pm

A leading lawyer has claimed that the naming and shaming of men caught propositioning undercover gardai posing as prostitutes could drive some to suicide.The claim was made as it emerged that €10,000 in fines imposed on 21 men caught in the Limerick garda “honey trap” soliciting operation has been given to a group which is proposing that prostitution be prohibited and men caught paying women for sex prosecuted and publicly named.Gardai last week defended their actions in bringing 21 men to court and publicising their identities but claimed it was not their intention that their names be made public.However, one of Limerick’s leading lawyers, solicitor Ted McCarthy, who represented some of the men, said there was a danger that the public shaming of the men could drive some to suicide.

(Jim Cusack for

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Consequences of public shaming men who purchase prostitution

In Human Trafficking on November 4, 2011 at 9:09 am

Men attend “John School” at the City Heights police substation in San Diego.

All of the men had been arrested for picking up prostitutes. Part of their punishment included mandatory attendance at John School. What the men learned next from a young girl on a video was that they may have engaged in something far worse than the age-old practice of two consenting adults exchanging cash for sex.

Of the 800 people who have gone through John School in San Diego in the last 9 years, 2 percent have been re-arrested for soliciting prostitutes.

(Amita Sharma for KPBS)

“For the guys who pick up prostitutes or are thinking about it, it’s a bad decision because you don’t know how old these girls are….You don’t know if they’re 12 or 13 or even 15,” the girl said. “Most of them are not grownups. They’re not even legal yet or half mature. And it’s a crime. It’s rape.” The girl herself was forced to work for a pimp at age 13. “And about a year later when I was 14 turning 15, I went to Los Angeles to Sunset and I was picked up for prostitution and that was my rock bottom I guess,” she said. The girl spoke of being paid $300 for turning a trick and then turning the money over to her pimp. She described a life of girls getting raped, disappearances and murder.
Amita Sharma for KPBS)

In Human Trafficking on November 4, 2011 at 9:07 am

Demand Keeps Teen Sex Trafficking A Booming Business

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