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Washington Post: The biggest Pinocchios of 2015

No single issue earned more Pinocchios than dubious claims about sex trafficking. There are not 300,000 children at risk for sexual exploitation. There are not 100,000 children in the sex trade. Human trafficking is not a $9.5 billion business in the United States. Girls do not become victims of sex trafficking at an average age of 13 years. The federal government has not arrested hundreds of sex traffickers. These were all false claims made in 2015 by politicians, advocacy groups and government officials. (last paragraph) Full Article

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  1. Janice Bellucci

    The Washington Post is to be commended for its acknowledgement of the false statistics being distributed widely regarding sex trafficking. Sex trafficking is a heinous crime without doubt. The false reporting of such crimes, however, is almost as bad because it leads to legislation such as Senate Bill 448 that would require most registered citizens, including those NOT convicted of sex trafficking to reveal their internet identifiers.

  2. mike r

    Absolutely correct.. This is a very well ,realistic article that is commendable …. I just emailed this reporter my facts about sex offender laws and hopefully he will use that info in the future…Educate,educate and educate it cant hurt….

    • pgm111

      Thanks Mike R. I would be pleased to speak to the journalist as well if you think it would be beneficial. We need to be smart and work together to properly inform journalists and others who may spread the truth.

  3. anonymously

    First, the Average Age of entry into prostitution myth of 12-14 age debunked. Propagating the now debunked myth has been replaced with the rare outlier made-to-look-common example anecdotal story of some minor who had a pimp that human trafficked them. But, after considering…

    From the story on this site from the Washington Post on Loretta Lynch and false stats on sex trafficking ” Moreover, two major studies of children in the sex trade in New York City and Atlantic City, funded by the Justice Department, found that 90 percent reported that they had no pimp.”

    and when its reported that some number of minors are rescued and then reported some number of pimps are also arrested and when it’s made to look like those pimps were associated with the same minors arrested when the connection is unfounded, and statistically its only a 10% chance that the rescued minor did have any pimp, then this latest example of misrepresentation of the facts furthur calls into question the integrity of those who have used this deception and others of this type for their Orwellian goals such as Kelly of FaceBook.

  4. td777

    If 300,000 are at risk for sexual exploitation and so they go so far trying to prevent it by banning RC’s from places and activities such as schools, parks and the like, what about the tens of millions at risk to be in auto accidents? Should we prevent cars from going within 500 ft of a school or park or a movie theater? Hmm….just saying.

    • Harry

      Ban cars all together. It will protect the public from death by car and it will protect the public from death by being too fat.

  5. Bernadette

    As someone who has been working on the issue of human trafficking for almost two years, I know quite well that statistics are hard to come by. Our local agencies are just starting to look at the people they deal with to see what has happened to get them where they are.

    I would welcome whatever statistical information the Post has as to the correct information – and how they came to that.

    • Timmr

      Maybe the statistics are hard to come by, because they are looking for something that doesn’t exist, at least not in significant numbers. On the other hand, if they need more money to do better studies, they should do that, instead of using the public moneys for law enforcement actions that aren’t backed up by reality.

    • Paul

      Hi Bernadette,

      The Fact Checker is Glenn Kessler, and he’s very easy to reach out to. In fact, he purposely makes it easy to allow readers to get in touch. His email is glenn.kessler@washpost.com. Normally, I wouldn’t post someone else’s email address however, he plasters it everywhere, including within his own bio at WaPo (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/about-the-fact-checker/). Again, he tries to make it easy to allow the general public to submit items of concern.

      Hope this helps.

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