Traffickers Remain in Business

Dear State Attorney Generals and colleagues such as Melissa Farley, Donna M. Hughes,

While you run around patting yourselves on the back for shutting down the so called “Wal Mart of Human Trafficking” you may want to ponder the harm you have done.  Just how stupid do you figure traffickers are?  Closing one website is supposed to stop them?  Give me a break.  Craigslist was just the latest one you choose to crucify for the benefit of your resumes.  The traffickers have plenty of other outlets.

Let me clue you in on what you did.  When I was a trafficking victim and the calls didn’t come in, I ended up working the street.  Try working a Cincinnati street in December.   Perhaps some activists shut down a publication back then.    Who paid the ultimate price?  The prostitute not the trafficker.

You want to rescue trafficking victims.  Start at the bus station.   Find out where the runaway teens are and there are your potential US trafficking victims.  Build trust with them, build programs that get them off the street and back to school.  It isn’t flashy, doesn’t generate the big headlines but it would cut into the supply of traffickers.  You have to give potential trafficking victims a place to go, shelter, health care, job skills, or the traffickers will always win. Stop criminalizing prostitution because you drive the prostitutes farther underground.  If you want the trafficking victim or the prostitute to trust the cop, take away the criminalization.  No one is going to go to someone that will arrest them for help.   But then again stopping trafficking isn’t really the point is it?  Point is career advancement.

I was a trafficking victim and let me tell you something.  He would have laughed at your closedown of Craigslist.  Just move me to the street until he finds a new venue.   What do you figure faux care about trafficking victim types?  You figure Bruce the pimp would have just had a going out of business sale, put me at half price than 70 percent off and closed?   He would have beaten the shit out of me because the money wouldn’t be coming in until he found a new venue.

This shut down of craigslist is a total farce perpetrated by faux rescuers that are nothing but publicity pimps looking for the shiny light.