Friday, July 29, 2011

Sex Trafficking in Michigan?

Yep. How about right in your backyard? The reality is that happens right in Kalamazoo. So what do you know about sex trafficking? 

The Trafficking Protocol defines human trafficking as:
(a) [...] the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs;
(b) The consent of a victim of trafficking in persons to the intended exploitation set forth in subparagraph (a) of this article shall be irrelevant where any of the means set forth in subparagraph (a) have been used;
(c) The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of a child for the purpose of exploitation shall be considered “trafficking in persons” even if this does not involve any of the means set forth in subparagraph (a) of this article;
(d) “Child” shall mean any person under eighteen years of age.

This isn't a small problem. It's an epidemic. Four days ago mlive posted an article titled: 

Kalamazoo man charged in sex trafficking case involving minors near Chicago

In the article, the 'pimp' Delaney was reported driving three young women -- 16 year old, 17 year old, and one over 18 years old -- from Kalamazoo to Illinois to engage in prostitution. Delaney was taking them to a hotel bachelor party where the girls would engage in sexual acts for a fee of $150 to $300 per 'customer.' Little did Delaney know, the party was a 'sting operation' for authorities to nab him. They had apparently been tracking him since September. 

The article went on to describe how one of the girls was being used in commercial sex trafficking and was pregnant with Delaney's baby. 

The comment section below the article really intrigued me. Although some left comments about sex trafficking and how terrible it was, many of the comments if not all discussed the issue of abortion. Here is a sliver of one conversation: 

Commenter 1:
Isn't there a difference between "sex-trafficking" and willingly prostituting oneself for monetary gain? Are these young women being charged? As the story sounds, they were fully aware of what they were doing, so why is he the one to blame? They should all face charges on this case. And this situation, if anything, should be a reason for pro-choice, as the poor child born to a prostitute and her pimp is, most likely, not going to have the best life.
Commenter 2:

"And this situation, if anything, should be a reason for pro-choice, as the poor child born to a prostitute and her pimp is, most likely, not going to have the best life." I don't think the compassionate response in this situation is to kill the child. A better plan would be to let the child live, and let the child decide what they think about their life. That would be the pro-choice thing to do, rather than decide every child not born in a perfect life situation is better off dead.

I find it very interesting that Commenter 1 thought it was a pro-choice argument for the mother to abort her child because he/she would be born into an 'imperfect' life. Look around you! Our entire world is imperfect! Commenter 2 had it right; the pro-choice thing to do is to let the child live and make decisions on his or her own. If we based grounds for abortion on whether the child would be born into a 'perfect life situation' then there wouldn't be any children! People. Our world is completely IMPERFECT. 

Check out this comment: 
Commenter 3:
yea, what happened to "it is my body, i can do what I want with it"? they can murder their child but they can't rent out their body???
This a perfect example of an imperfect and contradictory world. When you allow something like abortion into your worldview or belief system, you are allowing a myriad of other self mutilating or self altering topics as well. Why wouldn't it make sense that if you are pro-abortion you are also pro-prostitution, pro-self mutilation, and even pro-self sacrifice? If you say it's a woman's choice, then shouldn't it also be her choice to engage in prostitution, and shouldn't it be her choice to self-mutilate her own body? After all, it is hers, isn't it? 
This is where the worldview breakdowns. 

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