Researchers explore sex trafficking myths

By Jenny Heineman and Brooke Wagner . . . As they crack down on sex workers and pass outrageous new laws, our politicians and moral crusaders make some bold claims: Hundreds of thousands of children are at risk of sex trafficking is one oft-cited figure. Kids are entering sex work at an average age of 13, says another. But is any of this true?

Good data is hard to come by in an industry kept largely in the shadows. That’s why, from 2012 to 2014, we spent nine months walking a stretch of road in Las Vegas well known as a gathering point for sex workers and their customers. We were part of a team who tailed along with those sex workers as they plied their trade, ducking into cars and alleyways to sell their services. We handed out condoms and other harm-reduction material, and we had a definite purpose — we were researchers, paid through an Obama-era grant from the US Department of Justice.

Our goal was to collect the data needed to provide an accurate estimate of the extent of sexual human trafficking in the United States. The primary investigator, Ric Curtis, designed the study based on his experience collecting data from other “hard to reach” populations, like intravenous drug users in Atlantic City. His method offered a guide for researchers to collect data, without relying on law enforcement, on young and underage people engaged in what we defined as survival sex (trading sex on the street for something else of value like money, shelter, food, and clothing). The study had several teams collecting data in major cities across the US that had been dubbed as “hubs of sex trafficking.”

What the study revealed, after interviewing 949 people across 6 cities — 171 of them in Las Vegas — was that many of the assumptions that inform government policy on sex workers are merely myths. And those myths are easily disproved once you bother to get the data, which we did.

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      A lot of this ordeal is a cover up and a sham. Senators will send you things about why they do this because they want to catch the one’s peddling the kids for sex via the internet. In their estimation those in blue pose as kids via the internet to snare one with this enticing bait with this opportunity. True data can be everyone is a sinner, isn’t that reasonable to say even those officers in blue. So in the end its man against man and who is deceiving in this unspeakable game.

      One can call these things entrapment, baiting, ensnaring, inducing but the bottom line its about moral ethics that law enforcement seem to boast upon in these matters. Larry and Andy call it on their podcast “police prentending” type seneiro’s. Police seem to want to use the power of the sword in their vain justice, in these ordeals but they thaw themselves up on moral grounds. Ethics is based on “ultimate reality” Now how does one get ultimate reality thru a man made fictitous endeavors. I just wonder who’s on solid ground on this one.

      Doing something in real is reality but are they predicting reality in these internet sex sting operations, or should someone have predicted that a sex offender can become president. Sure that would boggle anyone’s mind in this mind game. We can all comment but in the end does it get absolute truth or true justice in all this ordeal.

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