How exactly are women being protected?

In this video, the ‘victims’ are handcuffed and lined against a wall. This is non-consensual bondage. If these women are being ‘rescued’ then why is it necessary to cuff them? This is how these laws ultimately manifest, punishing women for being ‘bad girls.’

10 Responses

  1. Not only are prostitutes being persecuted under prohibitionist policies against prostitution, but the crimalization of prostitution further endangers sex workers in prostitution.

  2. Hey Farley is on your side. She advocates no arrest of prostitutes. Finally, something everyone agrees on!

  3. When has farley ever said prostitues shouldn’t be arrested? Just because she says clients should be arrested doesn’t mean she’s saying prostitutes shouldn’t be arrested.

  4. Man, some of you are really ill informed about her actual work. I guess Farley has been a convenient boogie (wo)man for some, but the amount of misinformation around here is staggering.

  5. If you’re wondering why the “victims” are handcuffed – you haven’t seen a trafficking/pimp bust then. First of all – if you don’t handcuff or restrain the victim – an accomplice of the pimp can distract the police and drag away the victim. Second – sometimes you need to disguise who exactly is being arrested as a criminal and who is being set free to protect the victims. If the pimp thinks a victim is going with the police “voluntarily” by not being drug off in handcuffs – then he may exact one of his threats on her for walking away from him with the police. By her being handcuffed – she can claim it was against her will to protect herself. I wish you people would save your criticisms of something for things you actually have experienced or at least read about first.

  6. “First of all – if you don’t handcuff or restrain the victim – an accomplice of the pimp can distract the police and drag away the victim.”

    Are you kidding? So women need to be non-consensually restrained by police- for their own protection- because the police are so incompetent that they can be distracted and somebody can pick a women up and just run down the street with her? Is this even real to you? Did you make that up?

    “I wish you people would save your criticisms of something for things you actually have experienced or at least read about first.”

    I’ve been arrested and I know how awful the treatment from police can be, especially if you are arrested in a sexual context. I know how traumatizing it is to have my arms restrained against my will. I know how shitty it feels for the media to make a spectacle of my situation. I have never been trafficked against my will, nor have I had to pay smugglers to enter a country.

    If you visit http://nswp.org/ and click on ‘Mobility’ you will find a report titled:

    Report on the human rights violations women are subjected to when “rescued” by anti-trafficking groups who employ methods using deception, force and coercion

    This report paints a clearer picture of how trafficking victims are treated from the perspective of those who’ve experienced the raid and ‘rescue’ methods.

  7. Karly, this is an issue I am deeply intereseted in. What should be the standard practice when dealing with trafficed women cuaght in raids? There are obviously going to be raids. And at least in Nevada, there are many undocumented people caught up in them.

    So what should be done? Obviously ICE is not the answer. We can’t just send them back to their trafficker. So what is the human standard of care here? Anyone?

  8. […] to trafficking and forced labor Posted on September 23, 2007 by karlykirchner josie, on September 19th, 2007 at 2:20 am […]

  9. >“First of all – if you don’t handcuff or restrain the victim – an accomplice of the pimp can distract the police and drag away the victim.”>

    And the police are always on top of this and immediately release the victim as soon as the pimp is safely out of sight, do they?

    I mean, on the one hand, that involves a lot of trust in the Authority there; on the other, as kk notes, this is assuming that the police are “incompetent enough to be distracted.”

    Out of curiosity, do you also see this as applicable to, say, domestic violence cases?

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