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Kevin Bacon's character Jackie Rohr may be the star FBI agent of Showtime's early 90s-era Boston drama City on a Hill, but he's far from likable. In July 14's episode, “From Injustice Came the Way to Describe Justice,” he's once again seen casually having sex with his mistress, while his wife and mother-in-law are left […]
This is Part 2 of a series on prostitution. Read Part 1.There is a very thin line between prostitution and sex trafficking. They are hardly distinguishable in operation, but one is more complicated to prove by law.Let’s define some terms.Prostitution is the exchange of sexual activity for money or anything of value (drugs, shelter, etc.).The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, which amended the definition of the 2000 Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), defines sex trafficking as “the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, obtaining, patronizing, or soliciting of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act, in which the commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not obtained 18 years of age.”Under the TVPA, coercion is defined as: “threats of serious harm to or physical restraint against any person; any scheme, plan, or pattern intended to cause a person to believe that failure to perform an act would result in serious harm to or physical restraint against any person; or the abuse or threatened abuse of the legal process.”Who are the pimps and traffickers? They are the facilitator(s) or person(s) using force, fraud, or coercion for commercial sexual exploitation and collaborators who benefit financially.According to USLegal.com, “Pimps are people who procures [sic] a prostitute for customers or vice versa, and takes [sic] a portion of the profits from the sexual activities. Supposedly he provides protection for the prostitutes, but quite often he will threaten, brutalize, rape, cheat and induce drug addiction of the prostitutes. A pimp is guilty of the crime of pandering. A pimp is someone who brokers the sexual favors of women for profits.”Prostitution and sex trafficking operate the same way. There is recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, obtaining, patronizing, and soliciting of a person for sex. When it comes to proving force, fraud, or coercion, that largely depends on evidence and testimony. What woman will say they are a victim of trafficking when their very lives or family’s lives are threatened or if they have fear of leaving the lifestyle they have become accustomed to?The Many Sides of CoercionIn one Chicago study, 43 percent of young women who were currently under the control of a pimp/trafficker “said they could not leave without physical harm.” Often, victims see their pimp/trafficker as a boyfriend and there is fear of ending the romantic relationship. It is not unusual for victims to be trafficked by a boyfriend, a male friend, or a family member. Females can also be traffickers and pimps.In 2016, San Diego County conducted a study about the pimps and traffickers in that county. The study provided keen insight into the common characteristics of those being coerced with these findings:Psychological coercion (defined as “social and emotional isolation, induced emotional exhaustion, and degradation, including humiliation, denial of the victim's power, and name-calling”) and economic coercion (taking 50 percent or more of prostituted person’s earnings) were primary means sex traffickers employ for controlling victims.Pimps reported an average income of $670,625.Researchers determined that middle schools and high schools were significant/frequent places for recruiting girls who become victims of sexual exploitation, and not just in low-income neighborhoods.Traffickers and pimps prey on women and children who have a history of abuse and neglect, sexual abuse, running away from home, homelessness, lack of education, or other emotional vulnerabilities. They lure them in with promises of meeting some type of need, whether it be economical, emotional, or both. Pimps/traffickers groom their victims to the point where they have control over them psychologically. Often, this is done by introducing drugs as well, which can cause the victims to become addicted and dependent on the pimp to keep them high and locked into the lucrative sex trade to support their new habit.In that same Chicago study, 29 percent said they were provided drugs to encourage addiction and 23 percent reported drugs were withheld by the pimp to coerce them into prostitution.According to a 2013 study of 150 countries, sex trafficking increased in the countries where prostitution was legal.The idea that sex trafficking is involuntary prostitution and prostitution is willing “sex work” is false. The elements are the same except no one is willing to say an underage girl that she is a working professional prostitute—instead, we shout, “sex trafficking.” If she is 18 and above, is she automatically a willing prostitute? The Archives of Sexual Behavior notes: “In a review of reports on adults in prostitution, 84% were trafficked or under pimp control. The numbers of women who choose prostitution from a position of safety, equality, and genuine alternatives is minimal. O’Connell Davidson (1998, p. 5) noted that only a ‘tiny minority of individuals’ choose prostitution because of the ‘intrinsic qualities of sex work.’ Prostitution has to do with one person’s sexual desires and the other person’s economic needs. The money coerces the performance of sex.”The operation of prostitution is by default coercion in its transactional nature.Modern-Day Sex Trafficking and ProstitutionSex trafficking and prostitution rings are way more advanced and sophisticated today than they were 20 year ago. Today, recruitment and transactions largely take place online through social media accounts, the dark web, and ad listings sites such as Craigslist and Backpage. Before the FBI seizure of Backpage, it was the most popular site for traffickers and pimps to trade off their victims. The average age of recruitment for prostitutes is 14 and the average age of pimps and traffickers are between the ages of 18-34. We have become a generation that are exploiting ourselves.This May in D.C., as efforts to decriminalize prostitution began to wane, local police made arrests in a major human trafficking case involving teenagers:Terrell Armstead had an Instagram hashtag “#TeamSupreme” for his prostitution business, according to court documents. He used it to advertise a commercial sex business, posting videos and images of money and luxury goods with the caption “Who wants to join TeamSupreme.”Detectives allege he would direct message teenage girls, telling them they could make $1,000 a day working in strip clubs and arranging sex dates with customers inside…Among the evidence is a text from one of the young women to Armstead saying, “I only made 200 so far.” He replied, “It’s only 9 I got faith that you’ll get 800 more at least.”D.C. Councilmember David Grosso, who for the second time introduced the bill to decriminalize prostitution, said:It is long past time for D.C. to reconsider the framework in which we handle commercial sex, and move from one of criminalization to a new approach that focuses on human rights, health and safety.As reported:He was surrounded by several people holding signs. One read, “Everyone Deserves to Feel Safe in Their Work,” while another said, “Sex Workers Matter.”You cannot combat sex trafficking while trying to legalize prostitution. It makes no sense when the two are essentially the same. And, how in the world does legal prostitution equal human rights? Whose rights? Most people in prostitution are either female or transgender women, and the vast majority of buyers are males. To say that prostitution is a human right is by default saying men have a right to use women’s body as a commodity. Why weren’t there signs that said, “Women’s lives matter,” “My body is not a commodity,” or “I’m not for sale, I’m a person”?Clinical psychologist and founder of Prostitution Research and Education, Dr. Melissa Farley and former prostitute and founder of SPACE International, Rachel Moran came to a clear and disturbing conclusion in their study “Consent, Coercion, and Culpability: Is Prostitution Stigmatized Work or an Exploitive and Violent Practice Rooted in Sex, Race, and Class Inequality?”:In thousands of interviews, we have heard prostituted women, men, and transwomen describe prostitution as paid rape, voluntary slavery, signing a contract to be raped (in legal prostitution), the choice that is not a choice, and as domestic violence taken to the extreme.It is ironic, and even cruel, to equate prostitution with “safety” and “human rights.” The sexual exploitation of others is not a right. It is appalling that even in the age of #MeToo, we have politicians who say “its long past time” that we approach paid sex as a human right instead of saying that it is long past time for the exploitation of women to end.Stay tuned for Part 3, which will take a deeper look at the path forward for going after the perpetrators of sexual exploitation.
October 22, 2018 MEANING BUSINESS WITH TERRORISM Some of you may remember that after the 9/11 attacks, Israel was one of the first nations to come to the aid of the United States with terrorism training, hardening security at airports and on airliners. For as long as Israel has existed they have been at war. It was the nations surrounding the little country in the beginning. Israel comprises less than one percent of the land held by Muslims, and six of those nations sent their armies against it in May of 1948. But Israel had been battling insurgents from Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt and even Iraq for years before that. If you read the biography Warrior by general and then Prime Minister Ariel Sharon you will read about how he led unofficial civilian soldiers against terrorists in those early years. That fighting went white-hot during the 1948, mid-fifties, 1967 and 1973 wars, all of which Israel handily won. But when the PLO under Yasser Arafat got organized terrorism became big business with Arab nations bankrolling terrorism. Suicide bombers, kidnappings, bus and restaurant bombings and more, forced Israel to learn fast. The IDF, Shin Bet, the sort-of equivalent of the US FBI or England's MI5, Mossad, AMAN and other Israeli organizations were in the war and there was no place for second best. During those formative years there was a lot of in-fighting, ego battles and the like, but when a nation is as small as Israel, there is little room for that kind of stupidity and eventually a joint warfare unit was established to coordinate the war against terrorists. Recently a magazine article was published that exposed another Israeli supreme organization. (https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018/10/inside-yamam-top-secret-israeli-anti-terrorism-operation) YAMAM, is now one of the best – if not the very best – anti-terrorism unit in the world. And in our modern world there are lots of elite units that are a hard shield against terrorists. For years Sarayet Matkal, the unit that pulled off the daring Entebbe Raid decades ago was the front line of defense against terrorists. They have been upstaged by YAMAM. And that is not a competition for bragging rights. It is simply a matter of learning from past experiences and working out a system that will take down terrorists in real time. There is no room for standing outside a school with an active shooter inside. Today these heroes go in and hunt the deviant down while he's in action. As the author said in his Vanity Fair article, “Off and on for a year, I followed N and his team as they traveled, trained, and exchanged tactics with their American, French, and German counterparts on everything from retaking passenger trains to thwarting complex attacks from cadres of suicide bombers and gunmen firing rocket-propelled grenades. YAMAM's technology, including robots and Throwbots (cameras housed in round casings that upright themselves upon landing), is dazzling to the uninitiated. But so are the stats: YAMAM averages some 300 missions a year. According to N, his commandos have stopped at least 50 “ticking time bombs” (suicide bombers enroute to their targets) and hundreds of attacks at earlier stages.” You may say, ‘but we never heard of so many attacks.' Let me assure you that the best attacks are the ones that were shut down before they made banner headlines. The world's terrorists are not three seedy guys in a goat shack. Terrorists today are conversant in electronics, hacking, military technology, weapons and more. And they are deadly, with no care for life. That means that fighting them must also be cutting edge. “But over the last 20 years—a period that dovetails with N's [The initial is used rather than a name for the unit commander] rise from recruit to commander—he and his colleagues have come to treat terror attacks the way doctors treat heart attacks and strokes. There is a golden window in which to intervene and throw all their energy and resources at the problem. While units in the U.S. have tended to arrive on the scene, gauge the situation, secure a perimeter, and then call in specialists or reinforcements, YAMAM goes in heavy, dispatching self-contained squadrons of breachers, snipers, rappellers, bomb techs, dog handlers, and hostage negotiators. Metaphorically speaking, they don't send an ambulance to stabilize a patient for transport. They send a hospital to ensure survival on scene. Moreover, they establish mobile units with clear lines of authority, not an array of groups with competing objectives. These teams can rove and respond and are not unduly tethered to a central command base.” There is a problem with this mentality in the United States. Too many times leaders of police, etc., are hamstrung by worries of what the ACLU, other lawyers or even politicians will do to them in the aftermath of a bloody attack. That means that the men or women in charge are too cautious, not for operational success but the blowback from second guessers. Additionally their personnel are too timid to put a bad guy down. I remember seeing security video in Israel when two terrorists attacked a small retail mall, shooting civilians. A soldier arrived on the scene, shot the two bad guys and then ran up and drilled two more shots into each of their heads. An American called it overkill in a snarly voice. The police officer in charge explained that if one or both had been still alive and had suicide vests, they could have set them off leading to more deaths. The American got very quiet. For my American friends, let me tell you that this is not television or a movie. Lives depend on these men and women in the IDF, police or intel units doing their jobs and that sometimes is not very neat or pretty. It is reality. One of my friends was wounded in south Tel Aviv when a bomber set of a suicide bomb. He ran to give aid to the wounded when a second bomber detonated himself. Most of us have no experience of this kind of mayhem. I applaud the people of YAMAM and all the other units who fight terrorism. The article is lengthy, but a very good read. After all, terrorism will sooner or later touch someone you know if it is not put down https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018/10/inside-yamam-top-secret-israeli-anti-terrorism-operationMore ...
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On the 12th of May 1962, General Douglas MacArthur received a very distinguished award from a rather esteemed institution in West Point, NY. During his acceptance address, with earnest humility, he expressed deep gratitude for the recognition. He spoke of a great moral code that molds and yet exemplifies the American soldier. He noted that such a code of three dynamic words, "Duty, Honor, Country" would raise the ire of enemies and rile the hypocrite to downgrade and mock such fanciful ideals. But to the soldiers who listened, MacArthur lectured, "They mold you for future roles as the custodians of the nation's defense. They make you strong enough to know when you are weak, and brave enough to face yourself when you are afraid." At each point, the venerated general presented juxtapositions that would arise and be overcome by faithful adherence to the values contained in those three words, "Duty, Honor, Country." These three words are those of men gone by, who believed that our nation was special, and who would never apologize for her prosperity or military power. They, being cast from the same die as Eisenhower and Lincoln, would never apologize for our ambition or ingenuity. Virtues like these teach young men to stand tall, shake firmly, and look eye to eye with anyone that might come their way. They are words like those of Sinclair Lewis who respectfully confessed, "Intellectually I know that America is no better than any other country; emotionally I know she is better than every other country." While beliefs like these readily divide our nation today, ignoring the risk of sounding smug, I will go on record saying that I'll take up sides with Lewis and MacArthur. I don't care. I'm choosing against change. I don't believe America's image is broken, nor do I believe our relationship with communism needs to be reset. I believe if Somali pirates, or terrorists at sea, hi-jack a vessel with an American crew and ask for $10 million to release the captain that the Commander-in-Chief has an obligation, not an option, a duty to his citizenry to dispatch a Navy Seal team to the area. Upon arrival, I believe that particular Seal team has an obligation to rescue the captain by whatever means necessary, up to and including putting a 5.56 mm armor piercing round through the ear hole of each Muslim extremist involved in the capture of the ship. The FBI negotiator can stay at home. I subscribe to the foreign policy school of a big stick, because as has been proven, that is all that ever works. U.N. Security Council resolutions won't deter North Korea or Iran. Neither will a photoshopped magazine cover of our shirtless president. However, missile defense systems and Howitzers will. Apologies for national defense are only enablers which stoke the fires of radical ideologies and demagogues bent at destroying liberty. Ringing the bell of "Duty, Honor, Country" over and over again, to the corps of cadets at the US Military Academy, Macarthur clarified his philosophy by saying this, "Others will debate the controversial issues, national and international, which divide men's minds; but serene, calm, aloof, you stand as the Nation's war-guardian, as its lifeguard from the raging tides of international conflict, as its gladiator in the arena of battle." If only today, as in days of old, they could freely do their duty, we could live with honor and take pride in our country. Yours for Portugal, Bro. Michael Andrzejewski Bro. Michael Andrzejewski currently serves with his wife and five children as a missionary to Portugal and is sent out of Milledgeville Baptist , TN. For more information about their ministry please visit MBC Portugal Missions.
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