What do the theories of communism and legalizing prostitution have in common? They both appear to look good on paper, but not in practice.
History tells us that communist regimes turn out to be oppressive. Likewise, history and data also show that legalizing prostitution continues to be oppressive to those who are being prostituted. Legal or not, prostitution is the oldest form of oppression and collective gender violence.
Recently, a small group of individual in the sex trade (including pimps) filed a suit seeking to legalizing prostitution in California. We are familiar with this group as they were vehement opponents of Prop 35. Thank goodness that even in extremely liberal San Francisco (their stronghold), Prop 35 got over 70% of the vote.
Below is a copy of “Myths and Facts About Nevada Legal Prostitution” by the Nevada Coalition Against Sex Trafficking (NCAST) and posted on the Prostitution Research and Education site.
Your Turn: Must pass the CASE Act (Prop 35) to fight human trafficking in California
by District Attorney Nancy O’Malley (Op-ed published in Contra Costa Times on June 30, 2012)
In 2010, a 13-year-old girl from San Francisco came across the Bay Bridge to Oakland. She thought that she was visiting friends, but one of these so-called friends put her in the clutches of a human trafficker.
(This article was on the cover of the PORAC magazine in April 2012. Click here to see actual article.)
By Chris Kelly, Founder of the Safer California Foundation & former Facebook Chief Privacy Officer.
We share a dedication to public safety and to protecting the lives of those who are the most vulnerable in our community. We also share a common belief that tougher laws in California are needed to fight human trafficking, online predators, and sexual slavery.
That’s why I’m asking for your support Prop 35 (Californians Against Sexual Exploitation or CASE Act).
From its inception two years ago, California Against Slavery (CAS) has been unwavering in our commitment to place our initiative on the ballot. We believe in the strategic significance of strong laws and the collective power of voters.
Over a year ago, I said that CAS will not launch another signature campaign unless we have assurance of success. This means securing a strong base of support and funding.
TODAY, I am thrilled to announce that we are launching our signature campaign this December 1st!
Posted by daphne | Posted in News, Uncategorized | Posted on September 8, 2011
San Diego, August 22, 2011: Charles Duan Hamilton was sentenced by a federal court in San Diego to serve 141 months in custody, plus 10 years of supervised release for one count of sex trafficking of a minor. He was also ordered by pay $3,200.07 in restitution to the victim.
Hamilton admitted that he recruited and transported a 16 year old female for prostitution in San Diego County and other places. He was arrested in Seattle, Washington.
To view the News Release from the Office of the United States Attorney Southern District of California:
Cauley (from Journal Gazette)
This weekend, I was floored by a news article about a jury that acquitted a pimp because his teenage victim had a prior history of sexual exploitation (Miami girl’s beau/pimp acquitted of sex crime , Journal Gazette, Indiana, 7/29/11). It is absolutely appalling that the court accepted an argument that this young victim’s prior exploitation and abuse somehow meant that “she asked for it” or that “she deserved it.” Both the judge and the jury lacked an understanding of the victimology of domestic minor sex trafficking.
Who are the men that buy sex? According to a Newsweek article that discusses a Boston based study this week here are the stats:
-sex as divorced from personal relationships (with a lack of emotional involvement)
-have a profile that commit more crimes of all sorts compared to “non-buyers” and all violent crimes in this test group against women are committed by buyers.
After fighting for four years to get this legislation to pass, Georgia’s tough anti-human trafficking law has been put into practice. The new law has tough penalties for violators including the following:
-25-year minimum sentence for perpetrators caught using coercion trafficking a child under 18 years old.
On Friday, 50-year-old Paul “Yoshi” Moore from Sacramento pleaded guilty to sex trafficking of 3 underage girls. According to US Attorney’s Office, two other defendants – Kevin Hawkins and Timothy Lee – were involved in selling these young girls through the internet to pedophiles and other sex predators.
Since this case was prosecuted at the federal level, Moore now faces up to life in prison. Hopefully, he’ll get plenty of time to think about his vicious acts on these minors, who have a lifetime of recovery ahead of them. Had he been tried by a local district attorney under California law, Moore would face only 4 to 8 years in prison. Ridiculous, right?
Thus, it was timely that on the same day I got this powerful letter from the President