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Women in human-trafficking cases won’t be charged

In Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on May 18, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Women allegedly forced into prostitution to pay off their drug debts will not face criminal charges, federal prosecutors announced Friday, the same day that documents charging alleged pimp Jeremy Mack with human trafficking were unsealed.

“The victims in this case are just that — victims of crime and will be treated accordingly,” Mike Tobin, spokesman for U.S. Attorney for Northern Ohio Steven Dettelbach, said in a statement. “They will not face criminal charges. Instead, we have been working and will continue to work to get them the help and services they need.”

Mack, 37, and Ashley Onysko, 23, were arrested on local charges when Elyria police raided a Tattersal Court house from which the pair was allegedly running their online prostitution ring. Federal human trafficking charges against Onysko were unsealed Thursday.

Mack, who has a lengthy criminal record, allegedly lured young women, including a 16-year-old girl, into his prostitution business by selling them heroin and cocaine and then when they couldn’t pay offering to trade sex for drugs.

Ultimately, the women’s drug debts became too much for them to pay and Mack used violence and intimidation to hold them at his house, forcing them to go to area hotels to have sexual relations with as many as 10 clients in a day, FBI Special Agent Kelly Liberti wrote in an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court.

 Source: Chronicle

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Opinion: Decriminalizing prostitution in South Korea

In Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on July 4, 2012 at 11:02 am

From America to Australia, in Singapore, Japan and in the Middle East there are reports of an influx of prostitutes from South Korea. In Los Angeles the police estimate that as many as 90 percent of the prostitutes arrested every month are from South Korea. In Australia there are reports that one out of every six prostitutes in the country is from South Korea. And from Japan come stories of over 50,000 South Korean prostitutes; enough to fill a stadium. These accounts are giving South Korea a new and undesired reputation as an exporter of prostitutes…

These cultural attitudes have come from a Confucian tradition which regarded women as second class members of society. Good women remained chaste until marriage and then stayed at home raising the children, preferably sons. Women who failed to remain chaste before marriage were regarded as morally deficient and women who engaged in prostitution were regarded as morally depraved. However, men who purchased services from prostitutes were considered to be merely acting out of human nature. This judgmental attitude towards prostitutes was ultimately reflected in the legal codes.

Thus the new law, despite containing modern concepts such as the establishment of shelters and the provision of education and counseling to “victims of prostitution,” retained a judgmental bias against prostitutes.

Source: Korea Herald

She Has a Pimp’s Name Etched on Her

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on May 30, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Taz, a 16-year-old girl here in New York City, told me that her pimp had branded three other girls with tattoos bearing his name. When she refused the tattoo, she said, he held her down and carved his name on her back with a safety pin.

More about Taz in a moment. That kind of branding isn’t universal, but it’s very common. An alleged pimp indicted last month in Manhattan is accused of tattooing his street name on a prostitute’s neck, along with a bar code. He allegedly tattooed another prostitute with a symbol of his name on her pubic area, along with a dollar sign. In each case, the message was clear: They were his property, and they were for sale.

Source: NY Times

Longview police create awareness of human trafficking

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on May 29, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Longview authorities are trying to raise awareness of the crime of human trafficking. A video put out by Longview Police and city officials is a mission to educate the public about human trafficking.

Every year, thousands of kids, mostly teens, fall into the hands of traffickers, forced into prostitution and drug addiction. There was a recent case in Dallas.

“These traffickers actually infiltrated a school got these girls to come to a slumber party and then ended up kidnapping the girls and putting them into human trafficking. Its just modern day slavery and it becomes enslavement and unfortunately the victims have a hard time if they even get out,” Officer Brian says.

Source: KLTV

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

Joy-Riding Johns Charged In Cabbie Sex Trafficking Ring

In Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on May 2, 2012 at 2:14 pm

This joyride didn’t have a happy ending.

More than a dozen men, including a doctor, a man who claimed to work for the Brooklyn Diocese and a guard at a high-end security firm, were hauled before a judge Monday to face charges they patronized a sex-trafficking ring run by cab drivers.

Twelve of the 14 pleaded not guilty to charges they paid between $200 and $500 for prostitutes pimped out by cabbies, who were arrested earlier this month after the Manhattan District Attorney’s office caught wind of their alleged illicit backseat business.

Prosecutors said the women were held as virtual hostages, forced to have sex with clients in hotel rooms, apartments and even the back of their captors’ taxis in exchange for just enough cash to survive. One victim was even made to get a barcode tattoo, prosecutors said.

Source: DNAinfo

U.S.prostitution laws disappointingly sub-par

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on April 29, 2012 at 9:56 am

Two weeks ago, six women were arrested in a local hotel for advertising sexual services on the escort section of backpage.com. Many don’t realize prostitution is much more complex than simply carting the prostitute off to jail.

The truth is, not every prostitution situation is consensual.

Human sex trafficking and forced prostitution are quite rampant. Backpage.com is “the premier Web site for human trafficking in the United States,” The New York Times reports. Currently, Idaho only has laws protecting forced prostitutes under 18 years old.

This raises a question: Is it worthwhile to arrest victims of forced prostitution, thus further traumatizing and victimizing them? Additionally, should we prosecute those who choose to become prostitutes as harshly as we prosecute clients?

“I do not think (prostitutes and clients) should be prosecuted equally,” said Madison Hanson, freshman English major. “Even though there are many sex workers who feel forced to do it because they don’t think they have any other options, there are so many who are forced by other people to do it.”

Source: Arbiter Online

Criminalize Buying, Not Selling, Sex

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on April 21, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Not to be bought and sold for sex should be a human right. Sweden effectively recognized this in 1999, criminalizing buying sex and decriminalizing being in prostitution. This law has been adopted in full by Norway and Iceland, partly in Korea, Finland, Israel and the United Kingdom. France may enact it.

The Swedish model recognizes that prostitution is an institution of inequality. Most people in prostitution enter as children after being sexually abused. Lacking education and resources to survive, often destitute and homeless, they are easy prey to pimps and johns. Sexism and racism lock them in, as in the United States, where African-American women and girls are overrepresented in prostitution, as are native Canadian women in Canada.

Prostitution generally inflicts such trauma that escape is virtually impossible without social support. A study of 854 prostituted persons in nine countries, indoors and outdoors, found that 89 percent wanted to escape prostitution but felt they could not, and that two-thirds met clinical criteria for post-traumatic stress equal to that of treatment-seeking Vietnam veterans and victims of torture or rape. A Korean study in 2009 found prostitution strongly related to post-traumatic stress, even controlling for prior childhood abuse.

Sex-work ruling sparks trafficking concerns

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on April 18, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Timea Nagy knows what it’s like to be sold like a piece of meat.

She was 19 and living in Budapest when she applied for a summer job in Canada that would solve her money problems.

Instead, she found herself thrown into the stripping industry and her life threatened if she tried to leave.

“I had to give up all my money to them,” Nagy, now 35, said Sunday. “It was very scary. I didn’t speak the language and was far from home. It was Hungarian organized crime. I did it for three and a half months and escaped.”

But other victims might not be as lucky.

With the Court of the Appeal of Ontario sweeping aside some of the country’s anti-prostitution laws last month, activists are concerned the changes will breed more victims of human trafficking.

“Prostitution fuels human trafficking,” said Shae Invidiata, who led a group of a dozen protesters outside of Ontario’s legislature on Saturday. “Legalizing prostitution and living off the avails, you’re giving pimps the legal authority to exploit women and children in Canada.”

Source: LFPress

I actually disagree with the notion that legalizing prostitution will make human trafficking worse. As long as something remains illegal, it becomes almost impossible for victims to report crimes against them – because in the eyes of the law, they aren’t victims, they are criminals. Pimps have always used this fact to help keep their sex slaves from running away or turning to police. Legalizing prostitution should take the pimps out of the equation… then again, I guess time will tell. What do you think?

Does the Legalisation of Sex Work increase Trafficking?

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on April 15, 2012 at 1:13 pm

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Source: Research Project Korea

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