…The victims of prostitution are mostly the prostitutes themselves. It just may be that they no longer have the ability left to “consent” to be a willing participant in their so-called victimless crime.
Estimates of the prevalence of incest among prostitutes range from 65 percent to 90 percent. The Council for Prostitution Alternatives, Portland, Oregon Annual Report in 1991 found that: 85 percent of their prostitute clients reported history of sexual abuse in childhood while 70 percent reported incest. SOURCE: http://crime.about.com/od/prostitution/a/prostitution.htm
The average age for girls entering prostitution is between 12-15. And studies show that 75 to 95% of all prostitutes were sexually abused as children.
Journalistic & Legal Failures Regarding Prostitution
“Nationwide sex trafficking sting includes 42 arrests in Las Vegas” –
That article was reported by John Treanor.
“The biggest mission like this in history from New York to California, locals and federal agents worked together here in Las Vegas Metro and the feds arrested 41 prostitutes and a pimp but perhaps the most important part was one person, a teenage victim of sex trafficking.”
“Nevada is in the heart of it with 42 two arrests in Las Vegas, including one pimp and 41 prostitutes and one life saved, a juvenile. ”
Congratulations to this sting operation for saving the life of a juvenile!
But aside from that, I must ask if it is it proper to consider such a sting a victory if 41 “prostitutes” were arrested? One life saved, and 41 adult victims of prostitution (who most likely began their lives of horror as children themselves!) were ARRESTED?
Prostitutes Are Biggest Victims
Prostitution has always been risky for women; the average age of death is 34, and the American Journal of Epidemiology reported that prostitutes suffer a “workplace homicide rate” 51 times higher than that of the next most dangerous occupation, working in a liquor store.
To believe prostitution has no victims, one must ignore these statistics published in Dr. Melissa Farley’s Fact Sheet:
- 78 percent of 55 women who sought help from the Council for Prostitution Alternatives in 1991 reported being raped an average of 16 times a year by pimps, and were raped 33 times a year by johns.
- 62 percent reported having been raped in prostitution.
- 73 percent reported having experienced physical assault in prostitution.
- 72 percent were currently or formerly homeless.
- 92 percent stated that they wanted to escape prostitution immediately.
- 83 percent of prostitutes are victims of assault with a weapon.
- 75 percent of women in escort prostitution had attempted suicide.
- 67 percent meet diagnostic criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Ninety-two percent of women who were involved in prostitution said they wanted to leave prostitution, but couldn’t because they lack basic human services such as a home, job training, health care, counseling and treatment for drug or alcohol addiction.* A prostituted woman might also be afraid of what her pimp will do to her and afraid for her life if she tries to leave. For many women, prostitution and sexual exploitation might be the only life they know.
Let’s Redefine Victory
There was one juvenile who was saved from a life of horror. That is a victory. But why are we celebrating the sting that resulted in the arrest of 1 Pimp, 41 Victims of Prostitution and ZERO Johns? It is the Johns who drive the demand for sex. It is the Johns, the buyers of women and children’s bodies, that fuel the ever-expanding travesty of the sex trafficking industry.
Estimates suggest that “for every john arrested for attempting to buy sex, there are up to 50 women in prostitution arrested,” Farley reports.
So 41 adult victims of prostitution in Las Vegas were ARRESTED, but not TREATED. In Sweden and many other countries, they would NOT have been arrested, and they would have been treated and assisted. HELPED.
Arrested: 1 Pimp, 41 Victims of Prostitution & ZERO Johns.
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Here are something else I personally found outrageous:
Compare that paper to this wonderful paper by college student Joshua Bailey:
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