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Loretta Lynch’s false claim on sex trafficking arrests

This is a story about how the language regarding the crime of sex trafficking has become so fuzzy that even the nation’s top law enforcement officer can speak before an international audience and utter wildly inflated statistics.

Throughout 2015, The Fact Checker has dug into dubious statistics concerning sex trafficking, so this recent speech by Attorney General Lynch caught our eye. Lynch has taken a keen interest in sex trafficking, recently announcing more than $44 million in grant funding to combat human trafficking in the United States, including supporting law-enforcement task forces and victims services organizations. She devoted a significant part of her speech to Interpol to discussing sex trafficking.

But laudable efforts to help victimized children can be undermined when advocates resort to hyperbole to tout their success. Let’s explore how that happened here. Full Article

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  1. Harry

    Exaggerations have been the mainstay in the sex offender/sex trafficking hysteria arenas. The saddest part is that LE, whom should dwell in the house of truth are themselves the biggest perpetrator of lies. God! Save America.

  2. Eric Knight

    This is why there is virtually no difference between Socialists and Republicans when it comes to sex offender issues. It provides them with a rare “oppurtunity for bi-partisan agreement.” Sickening.

    • ab

      There are no actual socialists in the United States Congress. Democrats, Republicans, and a few Independents, but no Socialists. Which would be problematic anyway because just like any other social or political perspective there exists varying degrees of agreement with ideals. By default identifying as anything doesn’t mean 100% agreement with everything aspect of positions backed by the label.

      You want to know what an actual socialist believes? First socialist solutions would likely not start on the political front, but the social one. Second any solutions regarding sex offender issues would end and not begin with those labeled as sex offenders. Third the starting point for fixing the problems from a social point of view is targeting anyone who is not yet labeled a sex offender and doing everything possible to insure they don’t ever get the label applied to them. While simultaneously doing everything humanly possible to prevent anyone from being a future victim. Finally because of all the ramifications of everything else sex offense law changes would either have changed to accommodate the extremely low amount of offenses and former offenders or could be changed so easily that being against serious revision/repeal could be political suicide at every level of government.

      Oh and all this change would be pushed not as reducing sex offenses, but as part of a much larger and complex effort to stabilize human civilization across all of life on a global scale. That’s what fighting for equality and fairness looks like, not cherry picking one slice of issues, but taking the whole pie and fighting for everyone to be able to have an equal or as close to equal slice as possible.

      • Eric Knight

        My apologies. I meant to use small s and small r socialists and republicans respectively to indicate the measurement of governence, not the actual parties that ostensibly encompass such ideals.

        In general, I tend not to use party affiliations, but rather levels of governance. I essentially view the Democratic Party as socialist in its current iteration. It is a measure of centralist vs. decentralist control, and the meter of today’s Democratic Party is the same as the Socialist rating on the Communist Party of America value meter. It is not the same Democratic Party that had been fairly centrist until the early nineties, then started to trend socialist, until today, President Obama’s policies are virtually no different than Joseph Stalin’s policies, sans violence.

        This is not a judgment of political belief, but in general, the more centralized a structure, the more difficult it is to readjust unjust laws such as the registry away, and the more likely we get more judges that also feel the same way over time. Creative interpretationists of the Constitution are currently our worst pragmatic enemy, even more than the legislators (US and State senates, representatives, and delegates) and executive branch members (governors, US President).

        Impulsively, many of us lean toward socialist values here, but intuitively we are wrong for the most part in thinking that translates to a better chance at righting this ship. In general, the US and state constitutions were designed to devolve power to the individual, but the past 20 years that compact has been decimated by both parties.

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