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Muslim Somali gang members. Secret meetings with a detective. Cross-country sex trafficking. A dramatic three-week federal criminal trial.

Sounds like the stuff of fiction. Maybe a good plot for one of those thrilling TV crime shows. And, indeed, it was fiction. But it probably didn’t feel like that to the 29 defendants who were charged in a Tennessee federal court with running a sinister juvenile sex trafficking ring that turned out to be, well, a bunch of kids being jackasses. But not trafficking sex slaves. Full Article

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No surprises here and worse yet its common practice for one or more federal agencies to show something is in violation of U.S. law and provide no other evidence than comparing the illegal thing to the language of the law.

See right here the law says….and in this case its clear that the circumstance was illegal because of the following items outlined in the law. No victims are needed, no victim impact statements, just claims from third parties (prosecutors) that their perspective on the matter is verified by the legal text.

Sex trafficking like all other trafficking is problematic when it occurs. Exactly how much it happens is likely far less than authorities want to admit.

But it makes for great press conferences for ambitious prosecutors, continued funding of important (eye roll) government interdiction programs and terrific fodder for the press and the many other “law enforcement” apologists. We have to protect the children after all, even if it means ignoring the evidence and trampling on individual’s constitutional rights.

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