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PubCrawling199
North Carolina
Post #1
Monday March 19, 2012 2:53pm

Joined Aug 2011
Total Posts: 31
I'll break the cherry on the politics forum.

I think it should be a fairly shared view across the board, but human trafficking is the worst. I've been somewhat involved in the Invisible Children program since I watched Blood Diamond and was so horrified (not by Leonardo DiCaprio's Rhodesian accent, which I blissfully have no idea if it was good or not), that I decided to try to help out an organization. So the #KONY2012 thing isn't new to me, but is still just as terrible.

However, the backpage.com scandal that's erupting right now is totally new to me. I've been following Somaly Mann for a couple years so I've heard about how the U.S. is one of the world's largest center of operations for human trafficking, but I had no idea that kids were being bought and sold on this website. I guess with Craigslist prostitution being cracked down on, someone else had to step in to fill the void, and here comes The Village Voice to do it. They created this website that they make about $22M a year off of which is basically a classified ads, Craigslist clone.

The legal, philosophical, moral, and ethical issue of prostitution not being the topic of conversation here, but instead focusing on girls as young as 12 being swapped like baseball cards on this website's Adult Services - Escorts category.

The NYT has a video online today interviewing a girl who escaped from her handlers, after being advertised on that site for a couple years. Totally sickening.

Hillary Clinton has taken the lead on the strongest American stance against human trafficking since the Civil War, but there needs to be more action taken. Nothing makes me feel more frustrated than knowing that millions of people are being smuggled around the world against their will, and I can't stop it. I wish I was Batman.
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Desi
Philadelphia
Post #2
Monday March 19, 2012 3:55pm

Joined Aug 2011
Total Posts: 77
even if they shut down those sites, it wouldn't stop the 'need'. As long as there are people, there will be always be those who prey on the weak. It's an unfortunate reality. People are just animals.

Assuming they shut down those sites, some other way of 'distribution' will pop up.

SanchoBea
Post #3
Thursday June 28, 2012 4:17pm

Joined Jun 2012
Total Posts: 7
Original post from Desi

even if they shut down those sites, it wouldn't stop the 'need'. As long as there are people, there will be always be those who prey on the weak. It's an unfortunate reality. People are just animals.

Assuming they shut down those sites, some other way of 'distribution' will pop up.


You present a thoroughly depressing and defeatist (?enabling?) worldview.

Desi
Philadelphia
Post #4
Thursday June 28, 2012 5:01pm

Joined Aug 2011
Total Posts: 77
Original post from SanchoBea

You present a thoroughly depressing and defeatist (?enabling?) worldview.


I prefer "accurate"


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