Tag Archive: human trafficking

When a podcast pursues prostitution

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I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts recently when the subject turned to prostitution. Now this wasn’t some hard-hitting news podcast but more of a humor/entertainment podcast. The podcast participants started commenting about how prostitution should be legal and how they don’t see it as a problem. I had to turn the podcast off at that point. I wasn’t offended but I just knew I would get frustrated listening to what essentially came down to the much cited myth of ‘consenting adults’. I just don’t see how legalizing prostitution would magically eliminate all the problems that go along with it. How would that eliminate human trafficking, child prostitution, rape, organized crime, drug addiction, violence against the prostitutes committed by both johns and pimps, and the like?

As is usually the case when this subject comes up a lot of people will point to places like Amsterdam and Nevada as examples of how legalized prostitution is flourishing. Sadly the reality here is even in legal zones like those mentioned all the aforementioned problems still take place.

Do I think the podcasters were trying to push some pro-sexual slavery agenda? No, of course not. Like too many people they are just uneducated on what prostitution really entails beyond the ‘consenting adults’ mantra.

DARPA helps law enforcement fight human trafficking on the dark web

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One of the most frequent arguments I hear against shutting down Backpage’s adult ads is that it will drive the traffickers and pimps further underground. It turns out that they’re already there and if DARPA has any say it they won’t be hiding there long.

DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) is the agency under the direction of the Department of Defense that, according to wiki, is responsible for the development of emerging technologies for use by the military. That can apply to law enforcement as well because DARPA has developed a type of search engine called Memex that allows them to identify patterns in human trafficking. It even searches the so-called dark web where sites like the infamous Silk Road have existed.

I urge you to either read the NPR article or listen to the audio clip below to see just how Memex can get the job done.

#bringbackALLourgirls

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Right off the bat please allow me to say that I’m not trying to take away any attention from the 230 schoolgirls that were kidnapped in Nigeria by Boko Haram. What has happened there is indeed a tragedy. From most reports that I’ve read if these girls are not rescued they will be forced into a life of slavery.

While this is tragic how many people out there that are hashtagging #bringbackourgirs are aware of the amount of women and children who are sold into slavery every day and all around the world, yes even here in the U.S. By now you should know I’m referring to human trafficking.

Every day women and girls are being forced into sexual slavery by pimps and traffickers but they don’t make news because the pimps only do it one girl at a time. I would lay odds that more that 230 new girls are forced into prostitution at least every day in this country. Traffickers promise the girls freedom in a new country yet never let them taste that freedom. Pimps promise a life of money and glamour but only give a life of violence and drugs. How is their plight any less tragic than the schoolgirls in Nigeria? Yet they rarely make the international news.

So let’s not just bring awareness about the girls in Nigeria but to all the girls who are kidnapped in one form or another every day and sold into slavery. Let’s bring back ALL our girls.

What’s wrong with the media? Craigslist edition VI

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Solicit for a date for your (of age) stepdaughter on craigslist for the Tennessee-Florida game and it’s national news.

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Yet the sexual slavery and trafficking that happens to women her age and younger on craigslist continues to be ignored.

I’ll keep banging this drum until the media and public are more aware of the sex trafficking that’s happening to women and children in our own backyards.

Master Ed sentenced to 20 years for keeping teenage sex slave

Missouri man gets 20 years for keeping young woman as sex slave:

Edward Bagley Sr.

Edward Bagley Sr.

Last week 46-year-old Edward Bagley Sr. of Lebanon, Missouri was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for keeping a woman captive as his sex slave for years. You can check the archives to see my previous posts on this but I’ll try to sum up the low points of what Bagley did to his victim.

First he took the mentally challenged woman in as a 16-year-old girl, would trade her to his friends for things like cigarettes and steaks, would electrocute and torture her and broadcast it on the internet, made her sign what she thought was a legally binding document making her Bagley’s slave and lastly he had her vagina sewn shut. Those are just the ones I can pull off the top of my head. For those of you new to the story, yes Bagley is/was married and his wife was in on it as well.

As I’ve mentioned previously a lot of people who claim to be from the BDSM community think that this was nothing more than a master/slave, or dom/sub if you will, relationship. It was not. It was slavery at its basest form using coercion and violence against his victim. Most BDSM people who I know in real life say that they have never heard of any kind of consensual BDSM relationship like this and are shocked that any BDSM practitioners would try to say so.

As far as I’m concerned 20 years is nowhere near enough the sentence Bagley should have got. He’s nothing more than a modern-day slave trader. He got the 20 year sentence after entering into a plea deal back in January.

And if you are a BDSM practitioner great for you but this isn’t a government indictment on your lifestyle. It’s an indictment on one white trash hillbilly scumbag who took advantage of a 16-year-old girl for his own sadistic purposes. If you think anything else you may want to unzip the mouth hole on your gimp mask because your brain isn’t getting enough oxygen.

What’s wrong with the media? Craigslist edition

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If you sell lobster illegally on craigslist it’s national news.

Paul Marquez

Paul Marquez

Try to sell your girlfriend’s baby on craigslist for a $100 like Paul Marquez of Staten Island allegedly tried and it’s international news.

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Sell a girl or woman for the purposes of sex on craigslist, or backpage for that matter, and it’s hardly a blip on the local news.