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The War on Sex Trafficking Is the New War on Drugs

“Sex Trafficking of Americans: The Girls Next Door.” – “Sex-trafficking sweep nets arrests near Phoenix truck stops.” – “Man becomes 1st jailed under new human trafficking law.”

Conduct a Google news search for the word trafficking in 2015 and you’ll find pages of stories about the commercial sex trade, in which hundreds of thousands of U.S. women and children are supposedly trapped by coercion or force. Full Article

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I am opposed to any form of victimization. But I am concerned by the direction this is heading. This “war on trafficking” is being used to further the restrictions on registered citizens. I see it in the “International Megan’s Law” initiative. The Federal government suggests that States require the registration of international travel 21 days in advance. That information is passed to the destination country via Interpol. Then the registered citizen will likely be turned away based on the warning received from our government. Florida has already implemented this in their registration laws. What research is this based upon? The… Read more »

They $ay $ex $ell$. I guess we should have seen this coming!

“The War on Sex Trafficking Is the New War on Drugs?!?!?!??!!?” WTF kinda stupid is this? The “war on drugs” has been a dismal failure for years; and now the flag waving wingnuts think they can do the same (huge fail) for sex trafficking? BTW; in case nobody has noticed they now call a pimp a “sex trafficker. This is nothing more than applying political correctness to the latest favored cause. They just change the name of something to something it’s not ( like calling a pimp a “sex trafficker”) and thew dumbed down masses are clamoring to jump on… Read more »

The article makes the point that it is not just the religious zealots on the right or the victim-feminists on the left who are behind this illiberal movement, it is both, acting in concert. This is refreshing since, for a long time, and depending on ones political persuasion, the argument was forever tiresomely made that it was “the other side” who was responsible for the neo-puritanism and as if one of the two agendas did not exist. From a libertarian perspective, however, I have always seen them as having much in common: authoritarian, freedom-averse and deadly. Also, a great call-out… Read more »

Blaming far right Christians or far left feminists for this moral panic does not seem to be based on reality. How, exactly did these Christians and feminists form a pact to convince 80% of the California voters to approve Prop. 35, I wonder. This article provides a lot of evidence to debunk the claims of proponents of the sex trafficking laws, but I would like to see them do more to get at the roots of the drug panic and its response of over incarceration, and its new form in the sex offenders panic. I just don’t buy into the… Read more »

Thank you David for pointing out the unholy alliance between “victim” feminists and neo puritans ! What has me laughing til I need stitches is now the one is knifing the other in the back screaming to defund planned parenthood !!

Excellent and illuminating analysis of relevant information. Everyone should read this. The article identifies the ultimate goal of these fanatical groupings: Total and complete imposition of their brand of morality upon the entire nation. These fanatics (evangelical and born-again Christians, feminists and other misguided extremists) believe any type of behavior of a sexual nature that is currently legal but does not comport with their sense of morality is a sin, and an attack on God and country. Their goal is to criminalize all such offending behaviors. For activities such as viewing (currently) legal adult pornography, they seek to pass laws… Read more »

Timmr said “Blaming far right Christians or far left feminists for this moral panic does not seem to be based on reality. How, exactly did these Christians and feminists form a pact to convince 80% of the California voters to approve Prop. 35, I wonder. ” The opposition to prop 35 was marginalized by Kelly’s paid media blitz of ads hyping the 2 myths of sex trafficking, (other than there being a nexus to registrants, which is the biggest myth, but of course Kelly wouldn’t mention this because he used sex trafficking as a smokescreen for his undoubted real interest… Read more »

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