Celebrate Human Trafficking (awareness) Month! (in san francisco?)
Yesterday was “Human Trafficking Awareness DAY” – and I was totally unawares. I’m calling it political protest – take that! you awareness pushing theocrats! I will be unaware! Just try and stop me, you fuckers!
First up is South Carolina, hotbed of sexual exploitation illegal immigration sexual exploitation reactionary do-gooderage:
They said the Grand Strand attracts a lot of immigrant population, some of whom don’t speak English as their first language which works against them as a disadvantage.
Many of those immigrants are forcibly brought here illegally just to be sexually exploited. (“sexually exploited” – like when people use them to earn money, like charities do)
Organizers told News 13 that most victims are women and children who cannot walk away and are held in service through force, threats and fear. (of course, always always always “women and children”)
Kelly O’Niel-Bagwell, president of the organization said that the only way to put an end to this illegal activity is to bring as much awareness as possible not only to the country but also into small communities along the Grand Strand. (illegal activity – like strip clubs?)
“In really small town sometime you don’t necessarily see it as easily because everyone knows everyone,” said Bagwell, “but in an area like this where it’s growing by leaps and bounds and we’ve got people coming and going from this area all the time, how many times have we heard about criminals who come to this area to hide out? Because it’s so easy you can come to this area and you can disappear.”
Kyle Diorio a Coastal Carolina University art student said that he’s doing his part to bring awareness of the crime by designing an image of a sex trafficking victim. (and also bringing attention to his career as a graphic artist)
The image shows one side of the picture depicting a slave woman while the other half shows a young girl.
“You can be meeting someone and talking with them and they could be you know involved in human trafficking and you wouldn’t even know,“ said Diorio, “It goes on every day, behind closed doors, every face tells a story and every person you meet every day you don’t know their story especially in a tourist area like Myrtle Beach.“
“We’ve got a large immigrant population, we’ve got escort services, we’ve got strip bars, we’ve got hotels, I mean you look at all the earmarks of human trafficking and we’ve got it in spades in this area,” said Bagwell. (yes, clearly that is all the evidence you need to get laws passed, money given, awareness raised. immigrants, escorts, strippers, and hotels – nevermind that the overwhelming majority of trafficking victims end up in manufacturing and agricultural industries – you get those nasty strip clubs shut down. Don’t need that competition anyway I guess. Plus, you’ll prolly get God points!!)
Lt. Buddy Wilkes with SLED said that this type of crime goes unnoticed fairly often because it is under reported.
“If holding somebody in human bondage is not a violent crime I don’t know what is,” said Wilkes.Members of the coalition said that I-95 a major access into the state makes it even easier for smugglers to transport victims such as women and children for sexual exploitation. (if they really cared about women and children the government would erect checkpoints along major roadways!!!1! why does the government hate women?!@?!)
Tougher proposed penalties for traffickers and the formation of an advisory board in the attorney general’s office would help identify and aid more victims and make human trafficking less profitable, supporters of the initiatives said.
Both initiatives address issues raised in a five-part series last month in The Kansas City Star that found that the U.S. government has failed to find and rescue tens of thousands of human trafficking victims. (I wonder what kind though? Sex trafficking, severe sex trafficking, or labor? I’ll have to read that 5 part series… ugh)
I especially love how when they DON’T find any evidence of the supposed problem they are somehow able to say it’s just that they didn’t look hard enough. So, clearly they need more taxpayer dollars, and more “training” and more initiatives and all that crap. And “advisory boards” thank heavens! Where else can you go for advisoring?