Should We Decriminalize Sex Work?
By Mitzi Perdue
Are you aware of a major dispute among those who are dealing with sex trafficking?
The disagreement centers on whether or not to remove criminal penalties for sex work. Specifically, should commercial sex acts between consenting adults be decriminalized?
Using Real World “Super Powers” to Disrupt Sex Trafficking Networks
By Mitzi Perdue
Andrew X is a gray-haired 70-year old international businessman. If you were to attend conferences where ultra-high net worth families gather, you might hear him as one of the speakers.
We’re not using his name, however. He has a secret life and wants to keep it that way.
Book Review, Sex Trafficking in the United States: Theory, Research, Policy, and Practice by Andrea Nichols
If you’re looking for a basic book that contains, under one cover, the information you’re most likely to want to know about sex trafficking, this is what you’re looking for. Andrea J. Nichols combines the best academic research with gripping accounts of how sex trafficking plays out in practice.
She’ll lead you through how individuals become trafficked, the various factors that keep them in it, the legal and political ramifications, and most importantly, what individuals can do to about sex trafficking.
If you want to read one of the most inspiring and well-written books possible, get Slave Stealers: True Accounts of Slave Rescues Then and Now.
Meanwhile, enjoy this exclusive interview with the book’s author, Tim Ballard. He’s the founder and CEO of Operation Underground Railroad, an organization that works internationally to stop child trafficking.
Have you ever wondered what makes an adult choose to have sex with a child?
From what dark place does that person come? He wants it so badly that he risks getting in trouble with the law; he’s willing to pay the trafficker, and he’s going against some of the strongest social norms in the world.
To take this further, if he gets caught and jailed, he’ll probably end up in solitary or maybe even dead. Hardened criminals and drug dealers despise pedophiles.
Take a trip back to the year 2004 and meet young Mindy Meadows, 14 years old. (By the way, I’m not using her real name. The United States Department of State has asked members of the media not to use the real names of people who’ve been in Mindy’s situation.)
Back to Mindy’s story. Something neat happened to her that fall, or at least she thought it was something neat.
Here’s something you may not have thought about. What happens in the following case?
A woman has managed to escape her trafficker and now wants more than anything else to put her life back together and lead a normal life. However, she has a police record as long as your arm.
Landlords may not want to rent to someone with that kind of record. And who wants to hire her, with felony convictions on her record?