Not For Sale is one of the orgs that Google announced it is donating money to, so I took a look at the Board of Directors:
If you watch it on youtube you can expand the vid, if’n you wanna read the screen
Answers so many questions… too many even; the old man really got around. Oral history of Hon. George E. MacKinnon:
MACKINNON: This girl’s name was Mary Kay Johnson and her pimp was Bobby Banner. To give you a good idea of what a white slave case is, she was the most popular girl in North High School and one of the most beautiful. Graduation night, along with several other people in a crowd, they went to a Black and Tan place and were dancing.
Q: What’s black and tan?
MACKINNON: That’s a colored place. That’s what they used to call it in those days. While she’s there dancing, on the sidelines, here’s this Bobby Banner, a nice tall, slender, slick-haired moderately colored individual, trying to cut in, and Mary’s date wouldn’t let him.
They left the party about 1:00 or 2:00. When she got home, she found that Banner had picked up her name from someone in her crowd and about 2:30 a.m. she received a telephone call from Banner to go out with her. She turned him down cold, and she turned him down for three solid weeks. He called her every day, not once but many times.
Finally, she agreed to a date and in two weeks time, he had her on the train for Fort Dodge, Iowa to work as a prostitute for him in a house of prostitution. That’s the way the white slave traffic worked.
Oral History Project
The Historical Society of the District of Columbia Circuit
It’s not that often that I come across stories that have so much packed into so few words. From the collection Say You’re One of Them, a short story titled An Ex-Mas Feast features:
- A 12 year old prostitute who teaches her 10 year old sister how to be a prostitute
- Baby – just baby, they use for “begging”
- Shiftless lazy drunkard mother – oppressed by the pickpocket theif dad who steals from NGO’s and sells the donations they give.
- Dad’s also in debt bondage
- 12 year old prostitute pays off dads debt – she’s so saintly
- Both parents physically abusive – lose track of the kids…
- Parents give drugs to the kids, they smoke glue so they aren’t hungry, the parents instead pay for booze
- White american sex-tourists swing by in chauffered jaguars
- Allusions to monkey-fucking child prostitutes. Really.
Written by Father Uwem Akpan, here is a bit from his bio:
I was born under a palm-wine tree in Ikot Akpan Eda in Ikot Ekpene Diocese in Nigeria.
I was inspired to write by the people who sit around my village church to share palm wine after Sunday Mass, by the Bible and by the humor and endurance of the poor.
My grandfather was one of those who brought the Catholic Church to our village.
I was ordained as a Jesuit priest in 2003, and I like to celebrate the sacraments for my fellow villagers. Some of them have no problem stopping me in the road and asking for confession!
… I received my MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan in 2006.
I always look forward to visiting my village. No matter how high the bird flies, its legs still face the earth.
When I get back to Ikot Akpan Eda, my people and I will celebrate this book in our own way—with lots of tall tales, spontaneous prayers and palm wine!
Yep, I’m totally hard-hearted – but ya know, once you see it 1, 2, 300 times where the representatives of the church lie about something – I tend not to believe. Church who cried wolf, dontcha know.
I dunno, thing is it’s fiction, by a priest, not-for-nothin’ a Jesuit, and from what I’ve learned those were the guys who thought up liberation theology in the first place. And I guess the author’s granddad was a church man as well, of some sort – so this guy is at least 3rd generation religious…
One of the things that bugged me, and I only read the one story available online, but it’s the portrayal of the parents as being so horrible, abusive and neglectful and selfish – along with this strong focus on faith and the family, extended family, the desire to keep the family together (unless they can get money for selling the daughter).
There is so much religion spliced in with the story, and to me, it’s a condemnation of the church, that these parents are so terrible, and yet so religious at the same time, it demonstrates for me that there is no morality to be found in the bible. But, I think the author was trying to convey something else, like how great it was that even amongst all the depravity, they still found time for the bible.
The other day I mentioned an article on Uganda and the anti-homosexual laws they want to pass. The writer of that piece wrote that Ugandans have an “inferiority complex” and tend to believe what white westerners tell them, about god and about right from wrong. This is the flip side of that I think, where bourgeoisie types everywhere have a failtastic superiority complex where they actually believe these tall tales of depravity and perversion. These lies are used to smear anyone, it all depends on the ignorance of who you are telling the lie to. Both ways, these lies, exaggerations, and propaganda comes from the same source. Religion.
I have no problem with religion, none at all, I’m a totally live-and-let-live type a gal – the problem is that they aren’t live-and-let-live, they are more like: live-within-the-constraints-of-my-religion-and-why-are-you-complaining-about-it-because-I-let-you-live.
I want to read a book, non-fiction, about the reaction of the Catholic Church when an honest priest calls on the leaders to re-assess THEIR lifestyle – ain’t they supposed to take a vow of poverty? Why are THEY not living in shacks… Or hey how about the vatican, and all religious institutions, pay some fucking taxes. Christ almighty, they are actually taking OUR tax money and funneling it into these “faith based charities”.
The Vatican has money. Lots of it.
Know what my problem is? I read too much, I pop open the internet, and first thing I read pisses me off (maybe I’m too easily pissed off?). I don’t know what I expected starting off with feministing, which I’ve decided not to go to anymore, but it’s still in my feeds so, ugh, I saw this piece about Uganda.
Now I’ve got the feministing piece opened in a tab, the piece from Edwin Okong’o that feministing references, a Tom Coburn page, the Fed Funding tracker thing page, and the Fed Funding page for polaris project, and the “how to donate” page for the polaris project. And my own wordpress tab too, and a blank tab for just-in-case. And 3 openOffice documents, and my image program where there are 2 screenshots saved.
Yeah, and somehow I’m trying to fit all of that into one post, and explain how it’s all connected. And also somehow I want to point out the bad usage of the phrase “inferiority complex” and how westerners fall for that shit too when it’s worded as “women especially are vulnerable”…
Ugh. And that latest video down there is involved too…
Yeah… read too much… a problem….
JESUS: Son of Mary. No one knows who she was. Father was god, who deserted his mother before his birth, leaving her without room rent or medical attention.
LOVE: A sentiment which all preachers are supposed to feel for all men, women, girls and boys. Sometimes it leads to a prison sentence.
MISSIONARY: A fellow full of enthusiasm and religion, who endures mosquitoes and malaria in order that he may christianize the heathen, in return for which he receives an allowance, an extra pair of wings, and a pass to an orchestra seat in heaven. The poor heathen are defenseless.
Four Hundred Thousand Swedish Perverts
GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies
Don Kulick 2005
I’ve been going through my favorites, which is an abomination if ever there was one, and one of the things I saved at some point was from Wendy McElroy, who I’ve always been told was pretty much an anti-feminist. McElroy makes a lot of sense to me, but there are certain things she glosses over or misses altogether that keep me from digging her too much. She says all the time that “radical feminism” hates religion, and says that feminism in general has always been “hostile” to religion – which is totally wrong in total totality, mostly. :P
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!
I’ll tell ya what good I see out of the last few days – it cut through a lot of the stuff otherwise I would have had to try to point out. But now it’s there for everyone to see – Mary Daly,”radical feminism”, Janice Raymond, CATW, Sheila Jeffreys, Prostitution, Control through silencing – it’s all been nicely laid out over the last few days all over the place.
And now I can say that what I worry about, frankly – besides my own self – is the women of immigration, not just to the US, and how if you control the women, and where they go – you control the children, and you control the men too.
Why do so many people use the “can you cite that?” crap when it’s already been expressly explained in derailing for dummies that such simple research is something people should do for themselves.
That so many people were unaware of Mary Daly’s transhate is shameful. I didn’t read her books, but I fucking went and searched out parts of it to read, and I found RIGHT AWAY that there was a problem. It wasn’t hidden, all it takes is googling ”Mary Daly”.
Another video, I dunno what’s come over me, usually I don’t post a lot of vids.
This one seems to be mostly focused on taxation, like from those folks who don’t like to pay taxes, but it’s very detailed besides that.
A lot of it is about “common law” vs “maritime law” – corporate rights vs. person-hood rights – registration laws, contracts and claims of right – … It’s just very very interesting from an “International Trafficking-In-Persons” perspective. First off, there is the issue of people who have been ‘trafficked’ might be here of free will to work “under the table” to earn bank and send it home, also there are many “stateless” peoples around the world who have no protections under law and a part of the anti-trafficking stuff internationally is a push to have people be recognized by a state…
Interesting, though maybe a tad too much “conspiracy minded” for me, but well — I guess not too much, because I watched the whole thing. I don’t mind taxes though – that is I wouldn’t mind them if I was actually free and my money went to help people and wasn’t wasted on paying off shady CEOs and the salaries of paper pushers and committee members and funding NGO’s that push religion…
Anyway, it touches on how the system is set up so that we don’t ever actually truly understand the regulations and restrictions and laws – and beyond that how legal code is “only words” that can be manipulated and redefined to mean anything. — which is certainly very true, I think that how there are actually three forms of trafficking: sex, severe sex, and labor; and not just two: sex and labor is a good example of that, and it’s not like Linda Smith or Mark fucking Lagon or even Emma Thompson are taking the time and effort to set THAT record straight. Jerks.
And the other thing is they make it fuck-all hard to find that shit anyway – not federal stuff, the federal stuff is pretty easy to get a hold of, but state legislature and state code is a whole different animal. Earlier today I was compiling the links for the trafficking law page and I was on some fed.gov type site that had supposed links to state government – and it all went to the fluff.state.us type sites that tell you what museums are in Alabama or shit like that, It still took a bunch of digging around to turn up Alabama’s legal code, which is here, by the way. You’re welcome Alabama – you first-alphabetically lucky fuckers, you! (No, it’s not from 1975, it’s current, I guess 1975 was just a special year for Alabama for some reason). Now, IF Alabama passes anti-trafficking legislation, I’ll know just where to go to read it. :/
Oh yeah, almost forgot here’s the video – apparently it’s chapter “3” and I saw a chapter “5” in the related vids list… I didn’t watch any of the other ones though, I’m too scared it’s gonna turn me into a tea-bagger.
Also, some truly porntastic music starts it off, there is some activist chick who’s a ringer for Kate Moss, and ceiling cat makes an appearance right near the end:
I talk about trafficking a lot here, and I thought it would be a good idea to review exactly what “trafficking” is. Usually, trafficking is considered to be 2 seperate things: sex or labor trafficking, but there are actually 3 different types of trafficking covered under 2 separate headings:
Regular old “Sex Trafficking”
“Severe Trafficking” which includes:
a) severe sex trafficking; and
b) labor trafficking
The actual definitions are explained on page 1529 of this pdf of TITLE 22 (TITLE 22 is unironically the legal code for: ”FOREIGN RELATIONS AND INTERCOURSE” yeah- intercourse!); here is the part about Labor Trafficking, which is covered under part (B) of the severe trafficking definition:
(8) Severe forms of trafficking in persons
The term “severe forms of trafficking in persons” means—
(A) (snip – covered below)
(B) the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.
Even without all the specific terms crowding it up, the definition of “labor trafficking” is pretty clear. Sex trafficking though is broken up into 2 different types of trafficking, regular sex trafficking and severe sex trafficking. Here are the definitions:
(9) Sex trafficking
The term “sex trafficking” means the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act.
(8) Severe forms of trafficking in persons
The term “severe forms of trafficking in persons” means—
(A) sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age; or
(B) (snip – covered above)
You probably already notice that there is a crucial difference between these two definitions of sex trafficking. Only “severe” sex trafficking requires the trafficked person to have been forced or defrauded or coerced in some way. The non-severe sex trafficking, or just plain “Sex Trafficking” – requires no force or trickery or pressure of any kind, all it requires is that there be a “commercial sex act” involved. Recruitment, Harboring, Transportation, Provision, Obtaining – none of those words convey force or fraud in any way. Perhaps “recruitment” could have a shade of “coercion” in it, but if they meant it to cover “coercion” they would have worded it that way.
The term “commercial sex act” also has a definition provided in US Code:
Commercial sex act
The term “commercial sex act” means – any sex act on account of which anything of value is given to or received by any person.
That is the entire definition, there is no clarification of what is considered to be of “value” at all. What is of “value” is left up to the police, task forces, and prosecutors to decide. Do you trust your local police that much? Your local prosecutors? Your local lawmakers? I sure as hell don’t.
During the Bush administration, in order for charities, or NGO’s, to receive funding for HIV/Aids education and prevention, they were required to sign a pledge that they did not “support” prostitution. This meant that if they counseled prostitutes or gave condoms to prostitutes, it may be seen as “support” and the charity could lose funding, losing the inability to help anyone. Some NGO’s refused to sign the pledge, some signed it and then lost funding when they helped too many prostitutes. The pledge has been ruled unconstitutional in the US, but around the world, the pledge still stands today.
This is just fucked up. It’s a bit of Christmas “satire” from Amanda Kloer of change.org‘s human trafficking section about Santa’s slaves, otherwise known as “Elves”. I have a great sense of humor, and because my sense of humor is so great, I am able to recognize that this shit ain’t funny. Now, I make sex trafficking jokes all the time, like when my buddy said they found an asteroid allegedly from mars and I asked if it was sex trafficked here – but you see that’s how SATIRE works… here’s some wiki definitionism:
Jesus Fuck. Does anyone EVER read this stuff? Do they even read the articles about the reports? I can’t believe this crap.
This report about The Commercial Sexual Exploitation Of American Indian Women And Girls In Minnesota that everyone is Oh My!ing and Isn’t It Sad!ing about is seriously vile.
Another article about un-marrieds having sex is in the news, the study is titled:
“Casual Sex and Psychological Health Among Young Adults: Is Having “Friends with Benefits” Emotionally Damaging?”