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Commentary

Michael Hobbes: No, The Government Did Not Break Up A Child Sex Trafficking Ring In Georgia

[huffpost.com – Michael Hobbes – 9/7/20]

Human trafficking has been having an eventful summer. In July, internet sleuths accused online retailer Wayfair of selling missing children in overpriced cabinets. In August, QAnon supporters (along with some well-meaning if ill-informed influencers) held nationwide “Save the Children” rallies.

And last week, there was the trailer story.

“U.S. Marshals Find 39 Missing Children in Georgia During ‘Operation Not Forgotten,’” proclaimed the government’s official press release. Federal agents and local law enforcement, it said, had rescued 26 children, “safely located” 13 more and arrested nine perpetrators, some of whom were charged with sex trafficking.

More than 150,000 people shared a single-sentence tweet from someone named King Randall, I: “How is finding 39 missing children in a double wide trailer here in Georgia NOT the biggest news story in America?”

Well, to answer a one-sentence question with a one-sentence answer, 39 kids being rescued from a trailer in Georgia is not the biggest news story in America because 39 kids were not rescued from a trailer in Georgia.

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  1. Harry

    It is all for the money. The timing of these “reports” and public releases are usually in the summer months before the big budget battles in Congress and these lazy cop shops knows that tear jerkers always get the money and no one will be checking the math and the spelling.

  2. Facts should matter

    I suspect all these recent so-called “busts” were intentionally staged as damage control measures run by the AG Barr to repair police/community trust from the George Floyd fallout. The conspiracy that Maxwell was “helping” with these “rescues” for a lighter sentence is hilariously feeble.

  3. Tim in WI

    The electronic police state will do everything necessary to remain as covert as possible. They will hide their connections with corporate contractors at any cost even if it means dismissing other law enforcement agencies from doing their job.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3C4qbIOhLgw

    The fact is we’ve so many cops and cop agencies they’re stepping on each other’s toes for work.

  4. NotEasilyOffended

    Wow! An article regarding missing & abused children and “sex offenders” weren’t thrown under the bus. Kudos to a reporter that actually spoke up and did real research. I too saw many posts in Social Media regarding the “39 kids rescued” but was, I’m ashamed to say, too afraid to counter the posts or respond in any way.

  5. Brandon

    Children missing doesn’t necessarily mean worse case scenario; but this what happens when adults play telephone distorting the facts and don’t use common sense. When we have adults that place their faith in child safety experts above their parental instincts… we have a problem and that’s where we are as a society.

    Never thought I’d agree with an article from the Huff post; yet I used to listen el Rushbo like he was preaching the gospel.

  6. Resident

    After reading that god awful piece in NPR, it’s nice to see Huff Post pointing out that malicious sex offenders aren’t to blame, it’s the failure of a social safety net.

    I think they only mentioned 3 people who were arrested here. 2 already had warrants and I assume they were on the list. So, the database doesn’t work and instead marginalizes sexual assault victims and children?

    Shocker.

    • Tim in WI

      @Resident,
      Notice there is NO mention in the original article or HUFFP about the use of the electronic infrastructure in the picture.
      For the same reason those who have beat CP possession charges by drop. Those defendants were intelligent enough to hire a lawyer who would demand details about the software and processes used by LE. From my understanding (eff.org) the private contractors involved have patent rights to the search algorithms. (Ubiquitous internet firms, Packingham). Those firms & the associated Feds consider these programs “trade secrets” or “proprietary.” These firms refuse to disclose ( via subpoena in open court has criminal CP cases) thereby creating a problem with fair trial doctrine.

      I’LL SAY IT AGAIN!
      We are talking about government use of the database!!!!!!
      Moreover we are talking about Democratic and Republican party use of the database!!!!
      There is no end to how far each will go with its use to maintain political advantage over each other and especially to squash the development of a third party! The Don won 2016 based primarily on attacking the corrupting nature of each. He successfully promoted himself as a outsider aiming to drain the swamp. The swamp uses the sex offender to cover their backs and advance the cause of BIG BROTHER, the domestic electronic surveillance saints. By authorizing the state right to electronic indenture granted the more powerful fed NO LIMIT!

      • Brandon

        Government of the database, for citizen’s data, by the government to protect and keep you safe. I rather trust someone who made a honest living; than a politician with skeletons in their closet. Both political parties only care about their power!!!

  7. w

    If their solution is to keep burying the faults of their system then it’s no longer a system for “the people”. So the registry must go. And so must those who persistently use it to promote themselves as “saviors” of a crisis THEY built. They made it untouchable and now it’s out of control.

    Refuse to accept their unjust system.

  8. Ditto

    The official press release was an obvious propaganda hit. “Yea us!” It wasn’t hard to see through it and it is good to know someone with a large audience pointed out the flaws. Hopefully the writer, Michael Hobbes, is in the ACSOL contacts list for next time. An official suggestion from ACSOL to look into something, if used sparingly, could go a long way.

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