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Sex Tourism: Addressing the Demand for Trafficking
House Committee on Financial Services ^ | 2000-2005 | EQUALITY

Posted on 08/28/2005 10:07:12 PM PDT by Calpernia

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Sex Tourism: Addressing the Demand for Trafficking
Testimony by Jessica Neuwirth, President of Equality Now

Thank you for this opportunity to testify before you, and thank you for your interest
in and support for efforts to combat trafficking in persons. My name is Jessica Neuwirth and
I am the founder and President of Equality Now, an international human rights organization
based in New York working for the protection and promotion of the rights of women and
girls worldwide. Equality Now’s membership network is comprised of more than 25,000
individuals and organizations in 160 countries. Issues of concern to Equality Now include
trafficking of women and girls, rape, domestic violence, reproductive rights, female genital

mutilation, denial of equal access to economic opportunity and political participation, and all
other forms of violence and discrimination against women and girls.
The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 recognized that sex tourism is one of
the means through which the commercial sexual exploitation of women and girls has
contributed to the growth of the international sex industry and feeds the demand for sex

trafficking. The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2003 went a step
further in requiring the dissemination of materials alerting U.S. citizen travelers that, “sex
tourism is illegal, will be prosecuted, and presents dangers to those involved”. In evaluating
how other countries are addressing human trafficking, HR 972, the Trafficking Victims
Protection Reauthorization Act of 2005, would require adding as a minimum standard for
eliminating trafficking in the State Department’s annual report, “measures to reduce the
demand for commercial sex acts and for participation in international sex tourism”. We

should hold ourselves to the same minimum standard and play a leadership role for other
countries in this regard.
My comments today will focus on Big Apple Oriental Tours of Bellerose and
Poughkeepsie, New York and G&F Tours of New Orleans, Louisiana. I will speak about

these sex tour companies because in their methods of operation they demonstrate the typical
activities of sex tour companies. I will also speak about them because the lack of action
against them by both federal and state prosecutors is also typical of our country’s inadequate
response to the demand side of the trafficking of women and children.
From its locations in New York, Big Apple Oriental Tours was advertising its

services, communicating with potential sex tourists to persuade them to travel with Big
Apple Oriental Tours, making airline and hotel reservations, and arranging for local tour
guides in the destination countries to introduce men to women from whom they could buy
sex. The local Big Apple representative who escorted the men to the clubs was also available
to negotiate the sex acts to be purchased and their price with the “mamasan” who controlled

the women in these bars and clubs. G&F Tours in New Orleans conducts its activities in
precisely the same way, even using the same tour guide as Big Apple in Thailand.

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It should be simple to prosecute a company that so blatantly accepts money to
facilitate and arrange commercial sex acts. New York Penal Law Section 230.20 makes it a

Class A misdemeanor when a person “knowingly advances or profits from prostitution”.
Penal Law Section 230.25 makes it a Class D felony when a person “knowingly advances or
profits from prostitution by managing, supervising, controlling or owning either alone or in
association with others, a house of prostitution or a prostitution business or enterprise
involving prostitution activity by two or more prostitutes”.
Despite the clear language of the New York Penal Law and the uncontroverted
activities of Big Apple Oriental Tours, Equality Now campaigned unsuccessfully for seven

years with the Queens County District Attorney to prosecute Big Apple Oriental Tours for
promoting prostitution. Only when the case was brought to the attention of New York
Attorney General Eliot Spitzer in 2003 was a civil proceeding to shut down the company
undertaken and a criminal prosecution subsequently commenced. The criminal case was
dismissed and then the dismissal was reversed on appeal. We are now waiting for another
grand jury proceeding and hoping the case will go to trial. No other State level prosecution

against sex tour operators for promoting prostitution has even been attempted despite most
states having similar prohibitions of such activities as those of New York that I just
described. I would like to note that from the beginning of our campaign seven years ago,
Congresswoman Maloney has been tremendously supportive of our efforts to close down Big
Apple Oriental Tours and prosecute its owner/operators. I would like to thank her for this

support, which has been instrumental in leading finally to the case currently underway.
Federal prosecutors have been equally unwilling to address the demand for trafficked
women and girls created by sex tour operators and their customers. Unless it can be proven
that children are involved, they are not interested. Very often minors are involved, but it is
usually impossible to prove. Moreover, as a matter of principle as well as practicality, law
enforcement interest in sex tourism should not be confined to cases involving minors.

Section 2421 of Title 18 of the United States Code, known as the Mann Act, provides a ten
year sentence for anyone who “knowingly transports any individual in interstate or foreign
commerce . . . with the intent that such individual engage in prostitution or in any sexual
activity for which any person can be charged with a crime, or attempts to do so.” Section
2422(a) makes it a crime for anyone who “knowingly persuades, induces, entices, or coerces
any individual to travel in interstate or foreign commerce . . . to engage in prostitution, or in
any sexual activity for which any person can charged with a criminal offense, or attempts to
do so.” These provisions of the Mann Act could be effectively used against United States
sex tour operators but the Department of Justice has so far failed to apply this statute against

them. Neither of these sections requires that prostituted person or victim be a minor and
neither of these sections requires that the individual being transported or induced or
persuaded to travel in foreign commerce be the prostituted person or victim. In other words,
transporting “johns” in foreign commerce, which is exactly what sex tour companies do, falls
within the scope of the Mann Act.
In virtually every popular sex tour destination country, such as Thailand, patronizing

a prostitute is illegal and “johns” can be charged with a crime for purchasing sex acts.
Although both of the Mann Act sections just described could be applied to sex tour operators
who every day induce, persuade and ultimately transport individuals in foreign commerce to
engage in criminal sexual activity, Equality Now has not been successful in its efforts over

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the past six years to get the Department of Justice and the United States Attorneys Offices in
the Eastern District of Louisiana and Southern District New York to apply the Mann Act
against G&F Tours. By its failure to use the Mann Act against sex tour operators like G&F
Tours, the Department of Justice has created a de facto narrowing of that law’s application.

Equality Now welcomes the End Demand for Sex Trafficking Act of 2005, HR 2012,
and we thank Congresswoman Pryce and Congresswoman Maloney for their sponsorship of
this bill. The bill includes a needed clarification that the Mann Act does apply to sex tour
operators who transport purchasers as well as sellers of commercial sexual acts. We hope
this clarification will facilitate law enforcement efforts to end sex tourism. More generally,

we welcome the focus in HR 2012 on the demand for prostitution, which is the engine
driving the commercial sex industry. For too long, efforts to combat trafficking and the
commercial sex industry have focused exclusively on the supply side of the industry, which
cannot be effective in isolation. As a committee with a particular interest in the financial
workings of this industry, we hope you will work with us and support our efforts to ensure
that trafficking is addressed comprehensively, as an industry in which consumer demand for

sex tourism and prostitution play a central role in generating the demand for trafficking.
Thank you.

TOPICS: Heated Discussion
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1 posted on 08/28/2005 10:07:13 PM PDT by Calpernia
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To: Calpernia

Wow this is so sad.

2 posted on 08/28/2005 10:09:34 PM PDT by cyborg (I'm having the best day ever.)
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To: Just mythoughts
This is a bit of background about what I was 'coughing' about here. Alot of the tours would leave New Orleans and NY to Thailand.
3 posted on 08/28/2005 10:09:48 PM PDT by Calpernia (
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To: cyborg
This is one of the points that Bush is addressing. This is the background on what he meant when he mentioned human trafficking in his SOTU address.
4 posted on 08/28/2005 10:11:09 PM PDT by Calpernia (
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To: Calpernia; cyborg

WHAT ABOUT LITTLE BOYS? IT's not only women and girls who are victimized and raped, it's boys too.

5 posted on 08/28/2005 10:11:56 PM PDT by LauraleeBraswell
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To: cyborg
I'm willing to bet that at least a third of the tourism in the Dominican Republic is comprised of sex tourism. Even Jamaica considered emphasizing "adult tourism" until Manley put the kisbosh on that idea.

New Slogan: "Come IN Jamaica."

6 posted on 08/28/2005 10:12:06 PM PDT by Clemenza (Proud "Free Traitor" & Capitalist Pig)
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To: KylaStarr; Cindy; StillProud2BeFree; nw_arizona_granny; Velveeta; Dolphy; appalachian_dweller; ...

human trafficking ping

7 posted on 08/28/2005 10:12:17 PM PDT by Calpernia (
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To: LauraleeBraswell

You are correct. This specific group, in this testimony, was only testifying their group focus.

8 posted on 08/28/2005 10:13:19 PM PDT by Calpernia (
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To: Clemenza; cyborg

adding in Argentine from a thread I was on with both of you.

9 posted on 08/28/2005 10:14:12 PM PDT by Calpernia (
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To: Calpernia

Argentina's "sex tourism" is largely centered on the gay community.

10 posted on 08/28/2005 10:15:09 PM PDT by Clemenza (Proud "Free Traitor" & Capitalist Pig)
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To: LauraleeBraswell
WHAT ABOUT LITTLE BOYS? IT's not only women and girls who are victimized and raped, it's boys too.

Bingo! Male genital mutilation is rampant in this country, at a much higher rate than FGM.

11 posted on 08/28/2005 10:16:45 PM PDT by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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To: Clemenza

recently yes.

my reference to the thread I was on with you goes back to the 1920s.

But still is on the sex tour radar.

12 posted on 08/28/2005 10:19:03 PM PDT by Calpernia (
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To: Calpernia

Why is this in the SBR?

13 posted on 08/28/2005 10:19:50 PM PDT by cyborg (I'm having the best day ever.)
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To: Admin Moderator


This is a topic from Bush's State of the Union address.

This is posted from

This is an ongoing investigation with ICE

14 posted on 08/28/2005 10:21:20 PM PDT by Calpernia (
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To: cyborg

I don't know. I posted it to Front Page.

15 posted on 08/28/2005 10:21:51 PM PDT by Calpernia (
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To: cyborg

And I see Heated Discussion is on the keywords.

I didn't see any fighting here.

16 posted on 08/28/2005 10:22:56 PM PDT by Calpernia (
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17 posted on 08/28/2005 10:24:43 PM PDT by cyborg (I'm having the best day ever.)
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To: Calpernia

Thanks. Wonder how many tourists are in that southern port experiencing a churning this am? I did hear that there are a lot of tourists there with no way out.

18 posted on 08/29/2005 2:45:54 AM PDT by Just mythoughts
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Tourists there with no way out? What do you mean? How could they have no way out?

19 posted on 08/29/2005 4:02:51 AM PDT by Calpernia (
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"Tourists there with no way out? What do you mean? How could they have no way out?"

That is a good question. This is what I heard on Fox regarding those who were left in the city, being housed in shelters. Not only were there locals but tourists who had no way out. I suppose could be they flew in and flights were not available to get out. I doubt pleasure ships will be leaving in the next couple of days.

20 posted on 08/29/2005 4:11:27 AM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: Just mythoughts

Oh, I see.

No excuse though. They had news showing this development for days. They could have rented a vehicle or made arrangements of some sort. Not like this was sprung on them.

21 posted on 08/29/2005 4:20:29 AM PDT by Calpernia (
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22 posted on 08/29/2005 4:24:35 AM PDT by Just mythoughts
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23 posted on 08/29/2005 4:32:25 AM PDT by nw_arizona_granny (WAKE UP AMERICA!!! You have enemies, within and without, they are communist based.)
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To: Calpernia

bump and thanks

24 posted on 08/29/2005 6:42:37 AM PDT by Velveeta
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To: cyborg

It's much sadder in Thailand where young girls as young as 4 month's old are sold into sex slavery in whorehouses in Bangkock.

25 posted on 08/29/2005 7:04:51 AM PDT by Frank_Lee_Speaking
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To: Frank_Lee_Speaking

Yes the pedophiles are like parasites looking for any infant not being protected by strong anti-trafficking laws.

26 posted on 08/29/2005 7:06:18 AM PDT by cyborg (I'm having the best day ever.)
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To: cyborg
Most of them are sold by their parents to pay for their opium addictions, spurred by the "free opium" given them by sex traffikers.

It is a truly horrendously wicked situation.

27 posted on 08/29/2005 7:12:46 AM PDT by Frank_Lee_Speaking
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To: Frank_Lee_Speaking

Also, poverty and not having any money.

28 posted on 08/29/2005 7:13:17 AM PDT by cyborg (I'm having the best day ever.)
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To: Calpernia
Department of Justice Seal Department of Justice
JULY 16, 2004
TDD (202) 514-1888


President George W. Bush And Attorney General John Ashcroft Address Conference

TAMPA - Today, President Bush joined Attorney General Ashcroft and other senior Bush Administration officials at the first-ever national training conference on human trafficking: Human Trafficking into the United States: Rescuing Women and Children from Slavery. Hosted by the Justice Department, the conference brought together over 500 attendees, comprised of the hundreds of state, local and federal officials who work together to combat human trafficking in communities across America. Trafficking in persons, a modern day form of slavery, is a serious problem in the United States and throughout the world. Each year, an estimated 600,000-800,000 men, women, and children are trafficked against their will across international borders. Of those, 14,500-17,500 are trafficked into America. Victims are forced into prostitution, or to work in sweatshops, quarries, as domestic labor, or child soldiers, and in many forms of involuntary servitude.

Throughout the past three years, the Bush Administration has taken strong steps to combat trafficking at home and abroad. Today at the conference, the Bush Administration announced new steps and resources to combat human trafficking. These initiatives include $14 million to law enforcement to help human trafficking victims, $4.5 million for organizations to assist victims, new interagency cooperation to ensure the timely delivery of benefits and services to victims, a model state law criminalizing human trafficking, new training resources, new task forces, as well as greatly increased investigations and prosecutions of human trafficking.

“From the very beginning of his Administration, President Bush has spoken forcefully and eloquently about the brutal crime of human trafficking,” said Attorney General John Ashcroft. “We will protect the victims, prosecute the perpetrators, and build partnerships to address, attack and prevent human trafficking. These steps send a clear message that America will repel aggressively assaults on our core values of freedom and respect for human dignity. We have had success in the past three years, but we understand that these efforts are only the beginning. It is critical that we work together to track down those who hide their barbaric businesses in the shadows, and to help their victims.”

29 posted on 09/08/2005 1:37:34 PM PDT by Calpernia (
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Bush Says Castro Welcomes Sex Tourism

NewsMax Wires
Saturday, July 17, 2004

TAMPA, Fla. -- President Bush on Friday accused Fidel Castro of exploiting Cuba's children by encouraging a sex-tourism industry designed to draw cash to the impoverished nation, comments certain to resonate with Cuban-American voters in the swing state of Florida

"The regime in Havana, already one of the worst violators of human rights in the world, is adding to its crimes. The dictator welcomes sex tourism," Bush said at a conference on "human trafficking" - forced labor, sex and military service.

Bush's rival, John Kerry, agreed with the president and the Democratic campaign said human trafficking demands a coordinated international response. The Kerry campaign did take issue with the pace of Bush's response, arguing that the president had waited too long - until February of this year - to submit an international pact against trafficking to the Senate.

By combining the human-trafficking issue with his hard-line rhetoric against Castro, Bush hopes to bolster his standing with Cuban-Americans in the state that decided the 2000 election. Friday's trip was Bush's 23rd as president to Florida, and recent polls show the race tied.

Last year, the Bush administration imposed sanctions on Cuba, Burma and North Korea for failing to take steps to stop such practices. In a report last month, the State Department listed Cuba among 10 nations that engage in human trafficking.

The president said Castro had "bragged about" Cuba's sex industry and he quoted Castro as saying: "Cuba has the cleanest and most educated prostitutes in the world."

That apparently was a quote from a 1992 speech in which Castro said prostitution in his country was illegal, but nevertheless present. White House officials said Castro had made the statement in the early 1990s, but could not be more precise.

"There is no cleaner, purer tourism than Cuba's tourism, because there is really no drug trafficking, no gambling houses," Castro told a session of the National Assembly of the People's Government 12 years ago.

"There are no women forced to sell themselves to a man, to a foreigner, to a tourist," Castro said. "Those who do so do it on their own, voluntarily and without any need for it. We can say that they are highly educated hookers and quite healthy, because we are the country with the lowest number of AIDS cases."

But Bush said Castro has turned Cuba into a major destination for sex tourism, which is "a vital source of hard currency to keep his corrupt government afloat."

"My administration is working toward a comprehensive solution to this problem: the rapid, peaceful transition to democracy in Cuba," Bush said.

The president said an "influx of American and Canadian tourists contributed to a sharp increase in child prostitution in Cuba," a claim he attributed to a report from the Protection Project, a legal human-rights research institute based at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

Bush said the institute had found this was the case. In fact, the institute had cited "general news reports" suggesting that but had not independently concluded it.

Human traffickers bring as many as 17,500 people into the United States every year, trapping them in slavery-like conditions for forced sex, sweatshop labor and domestic servitude, the administration says. As many as 800,000 people were forcibly moved across borders worldwide in the last year, 80 percent of them women.

Bush did not announce any new initiatives Friday, but said his administration is combatting the problem at home and abroad by:

-Spending more than $295 million since the start of his term to support anti-trafficking programs in more than 120 countries.

-Bringing charges against 110 ringleaders.

-Helping foreign victims in America by treating them as refugees instead of illegal immigrants.

-Arresting more than 3,200 people who pay for sex slaves and other forced laborers.

Bush's campaign rally in Beckley, West Virginia, another battleground, was his 10th visit to the state as president. Kerry visited a day earlier.

30 posted on 09/08/2005 1:43:52 PM PDT by Calpernia (
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Louisiana Elects Gay-Positive Governor
by Newscenter Staff

Posted: November 17, 2003 12:02 a.m. ET

(New Orleans, Louisiana) Louisiana voters elected Kathleen Blanco as the state's first woman gay-positive governor Sunday.

Blanco, a Democrat, was endorsed by state LGBT groups following a meeting with the Louisiana League for Equality. Her opponent in Sunday's runoff, Republican Bobby Jindal, refused to meet with the group claiming he did not have time.

When Jindal received an endorsement from New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin, the mayor's advisory committee on gay issues resigned. (story) In a statement the Advisory Committee on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues called the endorsement "unconscionable and incomprehensible."

During a debate last week between the two contenders, Jindal said ''I'm not in favor of special classes or special laws.'' He also said he would support making Louisiana only the third state in America to outlaw gay adoptions.

Blanco said ''the real problem is, we don't have enough loving parents.''

She said she had taken heat from conservative groups for meeting with Louisiana League for Equality.

''I had the decency to meet with a group that represents gay and lesbians,'' Blanco said.

During the meeting Blanco said she would work with the group to pass legislation that would ban job discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Blanco also told the group she supports legislation that would ban discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered students on school campuses, an effort that failed to pass the Legislature this year.

Jindal's defeat halts a Republican roll that saw the party win three governor seats in the last 40 days.

The Republican wave began with the recall last month of Democratic Governor Gray Davis in California and the election of the GOP's Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Earlier this month, Ernie Fletcher broke a 32-year-old Democratic stranglehold on the Kentucky governor's seat and Haley Barbour, a former Republican National Committee chairman, defeated Democratic incumbent Ronnie Musgrove in Mississippi.

©® 2003

31 posted on 09/09/2005 8:43:03 AM PDT by Calpernia (
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"Itch Bin Ein Cabana.":
Bush Told To Tell Jeb And The Miami Mafia That CIA Plans To Step Up Attacks On Cuba:
Iraq and Afghanistan Fucked Up? Iran and North Korea Nuked Up? Let's Beat Up On Cuba!:
The Evil Pimpyre Of Dick Darth

The Assassinated Press
October 11, 2003

Washington - Faux President George W. Bush vowed Friday to abet the Miami Cuban drug, prostitution and gambling cartels' return to Cuba and to return the island nation to its former glory as the Best Little Whorehouse in the Americas. Bush was told to read that the United States will beef up its travel restrictions to Cuba and has out sourced $40,000,000 to organize a special public relations task force to hustle more Cubans into fleeing the island. "America hasn't been able to piss off the porch, if you know what I mean, since the White Devil lost Cuba," Bush roared as the crowd surged to its feet for a standing ovation.

He also bitterly denounced Haitian boat people as deceitful and selfish for trying to disguise themselves as Cubans to gain entry into the U.S. When this reporter queried Bush as to why so few Cuban boat people were black like the Haitians, the diminutive Texan replied, "Some Cuban darkies got in!? Damn, I specifically promised my brother, Jeb, no darkies." He denied the light years between U.S. approaches to Cuban and Haitian immigration policy had anything to do with race. "I'm not a raceman," Bush declared, "Itch bin ein Cabana."

He ventured on, "Clearly, the Castro regime will not surrender and be killed by its own choice. We've tried the CIA's way and got the, aptly named Bay of Pigs. Sounds like barbecue at the beach. Don't it? Somebody at Langley had quite a self-deprecating sense of humor. Probably, Frank Wisner. Ed Lansdale's operation Mongoose was like Halloween for mass murderers, everybody dressin' up like priests and nuns and all, even my daddy. And Dr. Sidney Gottlieb was like half Lucrezia Borgia and half Nutty Professor.

"But Cuba must change back to the U.S.'s $2.00 whore it once was," he told an invited audience of Cuban exiles, organized crime figures, casino operators, the National Association of Flesh Peddlers, the anti-Castro terrorist group, Alpha 66, the Fort Detrick Bridge Club, the Semtex Corporation, the Committee For the Preservation of the Economic Interpretation of Social Darwinism and Phrenology, the Illuminati(Palm Springs chapter), The Sons of Pantagruel, the International Brotherhood of Baseball Scouts and Meat Packers Union, the Sons of Sicily, lobbyists for Hit Man International Ltd., Cosmetic Surgeons Without Borders, the Meyer Lansky fan club, the Friends of Carlos Marcello, the Hernan Cortez Olympic Crossbow Team and others during a Rose Garden British style tea and flogging ceremony as he gears up for the 2004 presidential scam. "If any group of people would sell out their own countrymen, its, you my friends, gathered here in this room," Bush warmly added with a hopeful wink of recognition.

Some of Castro's most ardent Cuban-American opponents in the arms, drugs and white slavery industries - who say Bush should have done more to foster democratic change in Cuba - also represent a vital source of back door money in Florida, a bribe-rich swing state that Bush has visited frequently since taking office in 2001.

A quick reprise of the history of the Caribbean as well as Central and South America will clarify what anti-Castro Cubans as well as the Cheney/Bush administration mean by "foster[ing] democratic change."

For instance:

The United States itself. The U. S. "fostered democracy" in the U.S. by stealing the land from its indigenous peoples and then stealing the Iroquois Five Nations governing system and turning into a concession stand for greed and exploitation.

Mexico. Steal half of it, annex it, and leave hundreds of thousands of Mexican citizens stranded in a foreign country.

Guatemala. Organize a CIA coup to overthrow the democratically elected government of Jacobo Arbenz and install a series of military regimes that murder tens of thousands of Guatemalans mostly Indians.

El Salvador. The U.S. supports a tiny, decidedly undemocratic elite comprised of the 13 families that have enslaved much of the population. When a coalition of rebel groups, the FMLN, form, the democracy loving Carter and Reagan administrations spend billions to thwart it in a country of six and a half million.

Honduras. Prop up regimes that bump off any opposition to U.S. economic authority in that country and the region. Use Honduran territory for Contra terrorist camps.

Nicaragua. After the Sandinistas' successful revolution that overthrew the U.S. supported, brutal dictatorships of the Somoza family; after the Sandinistas win a democratic presidential election in 1984, the Reagan administration steps up its financing of a terrorist organization which comes to be known as the Contras. In 1934, Augusto Sandino, who led a revolt against U.S. hegemony in Nicaragua in the 1920's & '30s was treacherously assassinated with U.S. encouragement. Among the U.S. Military figures who were sent to 'pacify' Nicaragua was Marine Major-General Smedley Butler, the only man ever to receive the Medal of Honor---twice. In 1933 speech, he would have this to say about U.S. foreign policy in the region and elsewhere.

"War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses. I believe in adequate defense at the coastline and nothing else. If a nation comes over here to fight, then we'll fight. The trouble with America is that when the dollar only earns 6 percent over here, then it gets restless and goes overseas to get 100 percent. Then the flag follows the dollar and the soldiers follow the flag.

"I wouldn't go to war again as I have done to protect some lousy investment of the bankers. There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket.

"There isn't a trick in the racketeering bag that the military gang is blind to. It has its "finger men" to point out enemies, its "muscle men" to destroy enemies, its "brain men" to plan war preparations, and a "Big Boss" Super-Nationalistic-Capitalism.

"It may seem odd for me, a military man to adopt such a comparison. Truthfulness compels me to. I spent thirty- three years and four months in active military service as a member of this country's most agile military force, the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle- man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.

"I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all the members of the military profession, I never had a thought of my own until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service.

"I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912 (where have I heard that name before?). I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.

"During those years, I had, as the boys in the back room would say, a swell racket. Looking back on it, I feel that I could have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents."

And so goes the astonishing record of U.S. 'support for democracy.' We could have reprised the torching of fair elections in the Dominican Republic in 1965 because the U.S. stooge wasn't gonna win.

We could have mentioned the economic desertification of Haiti since the early nineteenth century slave revolt against the French (reprise Viet Nam after World War II when the U.S. armed the just defeated Japanese to protect French interests there against the Viet Minh) and the overthrow of Father Aristide by U.S. bought forces.

We could have mentioned U.S. designed coups to overthrow democratically elected governments training, arming and using the military in Brazil, Uruguay and Chile.

We could have told stories of treachery like the U.S. sponsored murder of 5000 members of the political arm of the Colombian FARC, the Patriotic Union, AFTER an amnesty had been declared and as the Patriotic Union prepared to win municipal and district elections throughout the country.

We could go on about the CIA's lavish program to overthrow the current elected government of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela. We could systematically reprise a history of U.S. intervention and slaughter the length and breadth of Latin America and the Caribbean. Then we could do the same for the rest of the globe, Europe included. But for now...

Bush said the United States would step up enforcement of existing subversive and terrorist activity against Cuba's Communist government, such as the renewed use of WMD against the island population a la Ed Lansdale's Operation Mongoose and the Phoenix Program. Bush said CIA and FBI personnel disguised as U.S. Customs agents will step up illegal detention and interrogations of people going to and from Cuba. He alluded to one hopeful sign that Cuba was on the road to U.S. style democracy, the "illicit sex trade" surrounding Cuba's tourism industry, but offered no specific evidence of such a problem to the great disappointment of his audience.

He promised to increase Cuban immigration via a public outreach campaign to identify "the many 'white asses' still on the island." He pledged to funnel even more C-4 explosive to the Miami Cubans through Radio and TV Marti's Hugs For Drugs program.

"The Cheney administration is determined to bring death and deprivation to the people of Cuba," Bush said. He said he was directed to say that Secretary of State Colon Pile and Housing Secretary Mel 'Blank' Martinez will chair a commission that will develop a plan to help Cuba move back into the sphere of other American sponsored Caribbean and Latin American democratic enterprises such as Montesino/Fujimori Peru, Pinochet's Chile, Salinas's Mexico, Rios Montt's Guatemala, or the late D'Aubisson's El Salvador whenever Castro, who has ruled Cuba since 1959, is assassinated.

"The Cuban population will have to accept the standard of living of their neighbors, White America excluded. Cubans will have to trade their universal healthcare for Gloebbleization's low paying or non-existent factory jobs. Cubans must return to the near universal illiteracy rate of their neighbors in order to again be docile. Cuba needs a greater disparity of wealth in order to develop a more colorful culture of poverty to be exploited by the entertainment industry and to have any concern for the disparity declared class warfare.

Bush diddled on, "We must end this gap between Cuban children with first rate baseball equipment and the impoverished, yet 'democratic' Dominicans. How else can Real Sports resume doing sentimental, condescending stories about youthful pre-Castro Cuban ball players converting empty milk cartons into baseball gloves like their destitute yet 'free' Dominican peers who have had the benefit of U.S. democratic tutelage O Lo these many, many decades. As Brian Gumpy says,'Nothing is out of bounds?'" But something sure is foul.

"The transition back to enslavement will present many privations to the Cuban people and to America, and we will be prepared to stick it to 'em," the president said. Amnesty International, in its usual sold out, compromised way, expressed some concerns about Bush's proposals, saying they were "far from forward-looking" and would only hurt the people they are meant to help as though their was anything other than murder and theft on the minds of the Administration and the economic forces that wind them up every morning.

"At a time when the U.S. should put effective human rights strategies at the core of its Cuba policy, it may well have succeeded in doing the opposite," said executive director William Schulz. As though that weren't the U.S. intention and worse. What? Amnesty International and these other rights groups think they can trick or cajole the Cheneys and the Rumsfelds of the world into not murdering for money? If you take a liar at his word, your response is a lie. So much for the AI creeps.

Bush concluded, "We know that the enemy of every tyrant is the truth. That's why I'm shocked they haven't hanged Dick and Don by now. And little Kindasleezie too.

Fortunately for us, Americans wouldn't want to know the truth if it shat in their collective pie hole. And, by now, it would be so foreign to them it would indeed taste like shit. I mean, what can they do now? Can the American people claim that they didn't know about the millions of murders we, "their betters," to quote Woodrow Wilson, commit and have committed in their name? Who's going to believe them? Certainly not the aggrieved. And anybody who cops to the Nuremberg defense, "We did not know", would receive severe retribution.

So we can go to sleep at night assured that Americans will never want to know the truth. We can awake confident that Americans will continue to support our plans for military and economic conquest and slaughter. For the American people to do otherwise at this late date would be tantamount to suicide. To admit to the mass murders done in their name might be the last thing they uttered if they were in the wrong company. They must kill on for us in order to preserve themselves. They are us---killers but without the yachts, the servants, the gated communities, and the billions of looted dollars much of it from their own Treasury.

We, the elite, have nothing to fear from the U.S. citizenry. The American psyche cannot go anywhere. Americans have no choice but to continue to die for their lifestyle and for the kleptocracy that most benefits from that lifestyle's enormous excesses and intense addictions. Americans are not free to change their murderous destiny. Top that Fidel!"


32 posted on 09/12/2005 4:06:34 PM PDT by Calpernia (
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To: Fedora

I would have sworn the Big Apple and G&F Tours were Castros.

Now I'm wondering if Carlos Marcello is competing with Castro.


Yes, post 32 is a propaganda piece but has tidbits that are very telling.

33 posted on 09/12/2005 4:09:08 PM PDT by Calpernia (
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To: Calpernia

Marcello himself is dead now, but when he was alive he alternately opposed Castro or allied with him as it suited his own purposes, and I'd assume his contemporary successors follow the same MO.

Yes, the article quoted in #32 is a propaganda piece.

34 posted on 09/12/2005 5:51:44 PM PDT by Fedora
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To: Gondring

>>>>>>Male genital mutilation is rampant in this country, at a much higher rate than FGM.>>>>>>>>

Amen, only we pretend that it is a medical necessity to prevent some problem that might happen later in life, kind of like cutting off toes because they might get toenail fungus later on. Or else we have those who pretend that God commands it.

35 posted on 09/15/2005 8:13:08 PM PDT by RipSawyer (Acceptance of irrational thinking is expanding exponentiallly.)
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To: Calpernia

How is the sex trafficing in Aruba? It appears to be a place of possibilities for this. I wonder if anyone has tried to find the missing teen fromAlabama fromthis angle.

36 posted on 09/19/2005 7:47:31 PM PDT by catholic
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To: catholic

freep mail.

37 posted on 09/19/2005 7:55:08 PM PDT by Calpernia (
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Impact from illegal alien labor:

- Costing health care, retirement funding, education and law enforcement, accruing at $30 billion per year.

- USA is foregoing $35 billion a year in income tax collections because of the number of jobs that are now off the books.

- Census Bureau estimates that 8.7 million people are illegally residing in the USA

- Urban Institute estimates a total of 9.3 million are illegally residing in the USA

- Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a total of 9.2 million are illegally residing in the USA

- The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) stated that the Bureau of Labor could have missed as many as 10% of illegal aliens, since illegal aliens avoid census questionnaires. The CIS suggests the total illegal population is at 10 million or higher (March 2004).

- Employers have incentive to hire undocumented workers off the books.

- Overseas labor markets have forced US employers to find innovative ways to capitalize on sources of cheaper labor to stay competitive.

- Employers place pressure on the government to ignore the flood of cheap labor.

- Services, ie but not limited to: public school enrollment, language proficiency programs, and building permits, that cater to illegal aliens have increased in areas that are considered gateways for immigration.

- The top nine states that account for 50% of illegal aliens are: California, Texas, Florida, New York, Illinois, New Jersey, Arizona, Georgia and North Carolina.

- Sole authority to govern immigration flow is placed on the federal government.

- Responsibility for providing support to legal and illegal immigrants rests with the state and local governments.

- Immigrants send home on average $1,400 to $1,500 per year through money transfers (also called Remittances).

- As per the World Bank in 2002, people sent $133 billion worldwide. Developing countries accounted for $88 billion of that.

- Remittances from the United States to Mexico have tripled to $13 billion between 1995 and 2003.

- As per the Pew Hispanic Center, 39% of surveyed Latino immigrants listed themselves as having legal status to opening bank accounts. This enables cash transfers through private money centers such as Western Union and Money Gram.

- HOWEVER, banks including Citibank, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo Bank began accepting matriculas, which are photographed identity cards for Mexicans living in the US.

- Matriculas are obtainable by any legal or illegal Mexican. Matriculas are widely obtainable through Mexican consulates across the USA.

- To date, around 2.5 million matriculas have been issued, and the number is growing.

- In major illegal alien gateway cities, the influx of immigrants has led to a housing boom unexplained by official population growth.

- In New Jersey, the three gateway towns are New Brunswick, Elizabeth, and Newark.

- Housing permits in these three towns shot up over six-fold, while the rest of the three counties only saw a three-fold increase.

- 80% of these permits were designated for multiple tenent dwellings.

- Official statistics state that illegal aliens in New Jersey have jumped 110% – an estimate that is inconsistent with the housing statistics. Local realtors' stats for multiple tenent housing and school enrollments suggest the number is higher.

- The major illegal alien gateway cities have experienced school enrollments much higher than projections.

- The decrease in the number of births in the past decade had led education administrators to expect decreasing school enrollments as a post echo boom trend.

- A higher immigration rate, however, has offset the impact of declining births.

- Enrollment stats for major illegal alien gateway city school districts that included: Queens, New York; Elizabeth, Newark and New Brunswick, New Jersey; and Wake County in North Carolina revealed explosive growth in immigrant students, far beyond numbers consistent with *legal* migration limits.

- NYC public school system is the largest in the nation, enrollment of 1.1 million students.

- Immigrant student enrollment for 1998-2001 was 103,000, with Queens accounting for the largest share, 37,000.

- Between 1990 and 2001, more than half of New York City’s school districts increased their enrollments 10% or more, driven by a high number of immigrant students.

- New York City Public Schools, 1999 to 2001: 102,867 immigrant students: Dominican Republic, China, Jamaica, Mexico, Pakistan, Ecuador, Colombia and Haiti.

38 posted on 09/21/2005 7:56:28 AM PDT by Calpernia (
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To: Calpernia

Great collection of facts, C. I'm copying this off and placing it at the bottom of the Border Ping List, so that I have it handy when the threads get heated...


39 posted on 09/21/2005 9:26:22 AM PDT by HiJinx (~ Plug the Dike ~ Drain the Swamp ~)
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To: catholic; Calpernia

Lionel Waxman is a local(AZ)/national radio commentator ( who made this point nearly 2 months ago.

I wonder if it is anywhere near possible to track down individuals in the sex-slave trade?

40 posted on 09/21/2005 9:28:42 AM PDT by HiJinx (~ Plug the Dike ~ Drain the Swamp ~)
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To: HiJinx

>>>I wonder if it is anywhere near possible to track down individuals in the sex-slave trade?

Do you mean victims? Or the ones that run the trade?

41 posted on 09/21/2005 12:37:50 PM PDT by Calpernia (
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To: Calpernia

The victims.

42 posted on 09/21/2005 6:10:55 PM PDT by HiJinx (~ Plug the Dike ~ Drain the Swamp ~)
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To: Calpernia

>>>>In the 1970s, a series of corruption scandals such as Abscam, involving payoffs for the sponsorship of private immigration laws, culminated in the expulsion of one Member of the House of Representatives and led to a decline in private immigration laws, which were perceived as tainted in general bythe scandals. In the past decade, the trend reached a low point with only 2 private immigration laws enacted in the 104th Congress. The late 1990s, after the enactment of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA), saw a brief increase in the number of private laws, with a decline in the wake of 9/11. Four private immigration laws were enacted in the 108th Congress; none have yet been enacted in the 109th Congress, although 72 private immigration bills have been introduced as of the date of this report.<<<<

::Charles Kuschner sponsored Golan Cipel::

43 posted on 09/22/2005 12:49:30 PM PDT by Calpernia (
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To: LauraleeBraswell

You bring up a very good point.

44 posted on 09/24/2005 9:42:35 AM PDT by Paul_Denton (Get the U.N. out of the U.S. and U.S. out of the U.N.!)
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Child sex slaves
Sunday, September 22, 2002
Kevin Doyle in Phnom Penh

Monsoon rains pour down on the two children dressed in brightly coloured pyjamas as they rush through the warren of muddy Cambodian village paths.

Gaining speed, they leave behind an escort of child protection workers. They are on their way to the wooden shack homes on the outskirts of Svay Pak, Phnom Penh's notorious prostitution village, to meet parents they haven't seen for over three months.

The girls are aged between 11 and 14, though no one knows for sure. Earlier this year they were freed from sexual slavery after international child abuse investigators found them at work in the brothels behind their home.

But with no laws compelling them to stay under the protection of the organisations that assist the victims of Cambodia's booming child sex trade, they are returned to their parents and a less-than-reassuring promise that they will be kept out of prostitution.

A stone's throw away, dozens of western and Asian male tourists slug cans of imported beer and ensure that business at the brothels that have made Cambodia a world capital for child prostitution is brisk.

Drawn by the country's abysmal record on child protection and the grinding poverty that leads parents to sell their children into the sex trade, Cambodia has become a magnet for foreign paedophiles and child sex tourists.

A search on the internet turns up a sex tourism website with information on Svay Pak's brothels, detailing everything from the age of prostitutes to how much they should be paid for their services. Some provide details on how to deal with the police if arrested.

Incompetence and institutionalised corruption in the police force and judicial system have earned Cambodia an international reputation for child prostitution. The market for human traffickers who buy, cheat or kidnap women and children to work in the booming flesh trade is thriving.

Despite dozens of arrests in the past few years, only three foreigners -- two British and one Italian citizen -- have been successfully convicted for the sexual abuse of children in Cambodia.

Two Australian teachers in their mid-30s and a 69-year-old British man were arrested last month by Cambodian police, leading some children's rights workers to believe that the authorities may be trying to clean up the country's image as a haven for sex tourism.

With tourist arrivals growing at 30 per cent per year -- and expected to top one million people next year -- Cambodia's interior ministry recently announced the deployment of 500 tourist department police officers to hotels, beach resorts and ancient Buddhist temples to crackdown on the trade in children.

But without the real will of the government will to end the culture of child prostitution, judicial reform to stop offenders escaping prosecution and co-operation from foreign embassies -- some of whom have been accused of trying to protect their nationals from imprisonment -- children in Cambodia remain in danger, say child protection workers.

"Our women and children are not products for the sexual desires of foreign and local men," said the Cambodian Minister of Women's Affairs, Mu Sochua, a longtime campaigner against child sexual exploitation.

Key to rooting out the trade is punishing those who traffic children, and the pimps who profit from the business.

But there is also a pressing need to sensitise society to child sex crimes and force the police and Cambodian courts to get tough with offenders, says Sochua.

Police raid brothels to `rescue' children, but only rarely do they arrest the people who run them. When children are brought to court to testify against offenders, judges frequently cite a lack of evidence to pursue prosecutions.

"It is really, really clear that these cases are not important and women and children are stigmatised and discriminated against," says Sochua.

During a three-day official visit to Cambodia last month, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson spoke out against the Cambodian government's record on human trafficking, and said that Cambodian culture must no longer tolerate sex with children.

Speaking to the Cambodian parliament, Robinson acknowledged the country's Five Year Plan of Action against Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation of Children. But she said the government needed now to implement existing protection laws.

Robinson highlighted the controversial prosecution of ten Vietnamese prostitutes recently rescued from a brothel in Svay Pak village.

The youngest of these was just 13 years old, but they were later treated as criminals by a Cambodian court, which ordered them to spend up to three months in prison before being deported back to Vietnam.

"I can only say I regret the Cambodian court verdict," Robinson told the parliament.

"Those who have the misfortune to be trafficked are not criminals, but simple victims," she said.

Westerners only account for a small percentage of the adults who seek out sex with children each year. The majority of abusers are Cambodians and citizens of other Asian countries.

Many of these believe that having sex with children is therapeutic in old age, says Christian Guth, a former French police officer who leads a newly-established Cambodian police task force to fight child abuse.

Men searching for young partners, who they believe are less likely to be infected with Aids, have driven the growth of child sex in Cambodia. The country has the highest Aids rate in the region, with almost 3 per cent of adults infected out of a population of 12 million people.

"It's a huge business," says Guth.

Though technically illegal, prostitution booms in the country's brothels, massage and karaoke parlours, hotels, nightclubs and even restaurants where pretty `beer girls' -- promotional waitresses working for local and international beer companies -- earn extra money by having sex with customers whose appetites go beyond food.

Cambodia has an estimated 80,000 to 100,000 sex workers, and around a quarter of them work in the capital Phnom Penh. 30 per cent are under 18 years of age.

You don't have to look far to find the reason.

Three decades of civil war ended in 1998, and the country has made some progress in moving beyond the bloody legacy of the 1975-1979 Khmer Rouge `killing fields' regime when an estimated 1.7 million people died as a result of Pol Pot's radical Maoist policies to create an agrarian utopia.

But Cambodians are still grindingly poor. Almost 40 per cent live below the poverty line -- which is set at a livelihood of less that US$1 a day.

Amid such poverty, the sex trade has flourished. Cambodian and Vietnamese children are frequently sold as virgins to men who pay anywhere from $700 to $1,000 to spend several days with them.

But their value soon depreciates to between $30-$40. Eventually, as the children mature, the price plummets to as low as $2.5 to $5 per customer.

Koey, who is 15 and from northwestern Cambodia, and her friend Lan, also 15 and from Vietnam, made headlines when they were rescued with eight other young girls from a underground sex ring set up exclusively for foreigners in the centre of Phnom Penh in 2000.

Both girls were sold as virgins to their first western and Japanese customers two months before being rescued. Despite their short time in the child sex business, both tested positive for HIV just days after being taken into care.

The girls were delivered in taxis to hotels and residential houses in the capital, where customers paid $30 to have sex with them. Child rights investigators who staked out the child sex ring reported that one of the customers was a western woman.

Police said they arrested two pimps when they raided the house where the girls were being held, but no foreign customers were apprehended and authorities would not release the names of the hotels to which they had been delivered.

Kim Sophon, the investigating judge in the case, said at the time that there was no need to charge the child sex customers. "We do not need to find the foreigners, because the prostitutes are used to having sex with customers and were not virgins," he said.

Child protection workers scoffed at the police investigation and said they were reluctant to provide police with evidence on child sex suspects because police would use the information to blackmail the suspect in return for burying an investigation.

Minister Sochua has protested publicly against several controversial court decisions that freed offenders. Combined with her efforts to keep the spotlight on the issue, including programmes to educate both law enforcement agencies and court officials, the message that sex with children is a serious crime may be sinking in.

"I still have a strong hope we can turn this situation around," she says. Recent imprisonments and arrests of foreign sex offenders are "a warning bell to foreigners who consider Cambodia a safe haven".

Before he moved to Cambodia John Keeler had lived in Ireland, travelling the country in an ambulance he had converted into a mini theatre which put on puppet shows for children.

The British national was arrested in 2000 in Cambodia, charged with videotaping four girls aged between 10 and 11 in sexually explicit poses. Only the second foreigner ever convicted of child abuse in the country, he got a three-year jail term. He will be out before he turns 60.

Keeler had lived in Cambodia, where he was the director of an English language school for young children, for around a year. He travelled regularly to meet his four victims, plying them with sweets near their tarpaulin-covered home on the banks of a river near Phnom Penh.

Court investigators also discovered indecent photographs of children on Keeler's home computer, literature from a paedophile website and e-mails which police investigators thought may have linked him to other sex offenders outside Cambodia.

Keeler later admitted to the Phnom Penh Post newspaper that he had been convicted in Britain for child abuse. He was known to police in this country as the `puppetmaster', and is understood to have been under close police watch while here.

The second foreign national convicted was Alain Filippe Berutti, 30, an electrician from Milan, who was arrested in June 2001 when police spotted him naked on a riverbank in Phnom Penh with four homeless boys aged 10 to 13.

Berutti, who admitted to soliciting the boys for sex, was imprisoned for 10 years in July. "I just make erotic experience, but not child abuse," Berutti told reporters after his trial.

Another British national, Derek Baston, who is 69, was arrested last month on charges of debauchery after he was allegedly discovered in a Svay Pak brothel engaging in sexual acts with an 11-year old girl.

Police who arrested Baston said that the owner of the brothel escaped before he could be arrested. If convicted of the crime, Baston could spend between 10 and 20 years in prison.

Shortly after this, two Australian men, employed as school teachers, were arrested separately in Siem Reap -- Cambodia's main tourist centre and gateway to the renowned 9th-13th century Angkor Wat temple complex.

Both men are charged with debauchery for allegedly having sexual relations with three girls aged between 12 and 14.

Long says she is 18 years old but looks far younger in her flip-flops, shorts and tight strappy tee shirt. A Vietnamese prostitute in Svay Pak, Long giggles when she says that `boom-boom' and `yum-yum' costs $5.

"But if you like young girls, it will cost $30," says Long, as she disappears then returns with a gaggle of Vietnamese children aged between 10 and 13, who are ushered in by a middle-aged `mamasan' -- a woman with cruel eyes and a head of tightly-set curls.

In accented English, the words `very clean', `very good for you', are the mamasan's pitch to the mostly foreign men who frequent Svay Pak and these young girls.

Like the majority of teenagers and children in Svay Pak, they have been brought by parents or human traffickers from Vietnam to work as prostitutes, feeding the faithful army of sex tourists who daily make the 11 kilometre trip from Phnom Penh.

In the past five years there has been an increase in the number of foreigners arrested for sexually abusing children in Asia.

The children abused were as young as six years old, says Christine Beddoe, program manger of Child Wise Tourism -- an initiative of the ECPAT (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes) organisation.

Offenders will only go to places where they think they will not get caught, and Beddoe says that it was imperative to build a regional approach to the problem.

"We should remember the balloon theory. Squeeze a balloon on one side and it will bubble up somewhere else," she says. "Put pressure on the balloon from all sides and it will burst."

Ask Women's Affair's Minister Mu Sochua if pressure is being exerted in the right places to protect children in Cambodia and she replies with a question: "Have you seen Gary Glitter come back?"

Cambodia was thrown into a storm earlier this year when British tabloid press tracked down the disgraced 1970s glam rock icon Gary Glitter at an apartment in Phnom Penh where he had lived secretly for several months.

Glitter was sentenced to four months in a British jail in 1999 after pleading guilty to child pornography charges.

Though he had committed no crimes in Cambodia, Sochua led a campaign for his deportation, saying Cambodia was not a dumping ground for undesirables.

Glitter quietly slipped out of Cambodia as police discussed his deportation. There are no reports of his return.

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Human Trafficking & Modern-day Slavery

The United Kingdom (UK) [ Country-by-Country Reports ]

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland [map] is a constitutional monarchy located on the British Isles, off W Europe. The country comprises England; Wales; Scotland and Northern Ireland. The capital and largest city is London.

The United Kingdom is primarily a country of destination for trafficked women, children, and men from Eastern Europe, East Asia, and West Africa. Women are trafficked primarily for the purposes of sexual exploitation and involuntary domestic servitude, while men are trafficked for the purpose of forced labor in agriculture and sweatshop industries. The United Kingdom may also play a role as a transit country for foreign victims trafficked to other Western European countries.

The Government of the United Kingdom fully complies with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking. The United Kingdom handed down significant anti-trafficking prosecutions and sentences during 2004. The first prosecution under recent legislation that specifically criminalized trafficking for sexual exploitation resulted in a sentence of 18 years for the main offender. The parliament enacted new legislation to criminalize labor trafficking. The government continued to fund assistance to adult victims; however, its inability to accommodate the number of victim referrals was problematic. The government should prioritize establishment of a more stable mechanism to regularize victims’ status to ensure consistent delivery of services and protection. Moreover, differentiation of trafficking and smuggling statistics is recommended to better gauge year-to-year improvements. - U.S. State Dept Trafficking in Persons Report, June, 2005 [full country report]



CAUTION: The following links have been culled from the web to illuminate the situation in the UK. Some of these links may lead to websites that present allegations that are unsubstantiated or even false. No attempt has been made to validate their authenticity or to verify their content.

Bur of Democracy, Human Rights & Labor - Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Far More Lithuanians Sold Into Prostitution In Britain Since EU Membership

The number of young Lithuanian women sold for sex in Britain has increased from "single cases to dozens every month" since the Baltic state joined the European Union last year, the head of Lithuania's Interpol bureau said.

"Nightclub Girls Helped Me Escape Captivity"

The youngster, from Lithuania, says she was sold to a string of Albanian men who kept her prisoner in their homes, repeatedly raped her and forced her to work in brothels. The girl, who was allegedly tricked into traveling to the UK after being told she would work in a restaurant.

Tackle Child Exploitation, Ministers Urged

Based on reports from social services, police and immigration, it is known at least 250 children were trafficked into the United Kingdom between 1999 and 2003. UNICEF believes the true figure is much higher and that in the vast majority of cases children are brought in for labor.

Migrants Subject To Forced Labor In The UK

This report reveals that migrants who can legally work in this country are also shockingly badly exploited because they are unable to enforce their legal rights because of the power their employer has over them. The report, 'Forced Labor and Migration to the UK' reveals abuse, including very long hours, pay below the minimum wage and dangerous working conditions in a range of sectors including construction, hospitality, agriculture, food processing, horticulture, contract cleaning, nursing and care homes. Employers and agencies who break the law are rarely prosecuted or even inspected by the authorities.

Migrant women forced into cheap sex trade

London is witnessing a rising influx of eastern European prostitutes, many of them forced to sell unprotected sex for as little as £30 a time. Many of the women are trafficked here, under the illusion they will get jobs as waitresses or au pairs, or perhaps as lap dancers and nightclub hostesses - but will not have to sleep with customers.

Sex Slaves Vice Baron Sentenced

women kept by Ismailej, an illegal immigrant, were forced to work seven days a week, for up to 13 hours a day, and give up their passports to satisfy his "love of money". Brian O'Neill, prosecuting, told the court that Ismailej was the ringleader and that he did not regard the women as anything other than chattels.

The Third Way's Dirtiest Secret

A year ago this Saturday, 23 Chinese cockle pickers died at Morecambe Bay. A major new report uncovers the scale of forced labor in Britain and makes recommendations on curbing this new form of slavery.

Damning Report On Migrants Delayed

The report catalogues coercive techniques used by private employers to force migrants to work for low wages and in poor conditions, from physical and sexual violence to debt bondage and blackmail.

2005 Illegal immigrant who made a fortune from trafficking sex slaves was jailed for 11 years

2005 Criminal gangs blighting the UK with the problem, with women pressed into prostitution

2005 Trafficker jailed for 18 years … lured Lithuanian women with false promises of employment

2004 Three illegal immigrants jailed for a total of 40 years for selling teenage girl as a sex slave

2004 Grooming & trafficking vulnerable children as young as 12 from Welsh care homes

2004 Groundbreaking sentence increase for human trafficker

2004 Intl child trafficking ring sending Cameroonian children to UK to work in the sex industry

2004 Research shows - Trafficked women forced to work as prostitutes in every London borough

2004 Malawian women targeted by trafficking groups because they do not require a visa to enter

2004 They end up in bonded employment, paid minimal wages, unable to discharge their debt

2004 More than 250,000 sex tourists visit Asia each year, with 13 percent from Australia & UK

2003 At Nottingham's bus station, a young West African girl was found wandering alone

2003 She responded to a job advertisement in a local paper and accepted an au pair post

2003 Face of child trafficking to the UK is changing. Children transported from more countries

2003 4.25 Human trafficking 4.26 Trafficking for Prostitution 4.33 Trafficking in minors into UK?

2003 Africans Reportedly Trafficked To U.K. - child trafficking prostitution ring uncovered


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46 posted on 10/09/2005 7:38:58 AM PDT by Calpernia (
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US State Dept Trafficking (Human Trafficking) in Persons Reports

47 posted on 10/09/2005 7:47:35 AM PDT by Calpernia (
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CWA Teams with Pro-Family Mexican Groups in Anti-Trafficking Effort

By Ed Thomas
October 24, 2005

(AgapePress) - Concerned Women for America has received a $200,000 grant from the State Department to help implement the next phase of a campaign against sex trafficking in Mexico.

The funding is for phase two of the "Bridge Project," which brought five Mexican pro-family organizations to the United States in April for training. Project director Dr. Janice Crouse says those group "all went back [from the training] just fired up, ready to dream up projects that would accomplish the goals that they wanted to accomplish."

The organizations are part of the pro-family network "Red Familia" -- Spanish for "Family Network." According to Crouse, the projects within the network's approximately 200 pro-family, pro-life, pro-marriage groups include establishing a safe shelter in Mexico's red-light district; creating a training program for citizen involvement; producing a white paper and a victim database to assist in lobbying efforts for laws against sex trafficking; and law enforcement training workshops.

"[E]ach separate group is working on different projects," Crouse explains, "and all of them just really are very wonderful efforts that I think are going to make a tremendous difference in Mexico."

The broad-based effort is believed to be the most comprehensive campaign to date combating sex trafficking in Mexico. Crouse, who expects to make several visits to Mexico over the next year to help keep the projects on track, says all the groups involved feel the campaign will have a broad impact. Several organizations, such as World Vision, she adds, have been trying to concentrate on child rescue for many years.

48 posted on 10/24/2005 6:23:52 PM PDT by Calpernia (
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before U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee

When I was fourteen, a man came to my parents' house in Veracruz, Mexico and asked me if I was interested in making money in the United States. He said I could make many times as much money doing the same things that I was doing in Mexico. At the time, I was working in a hotel cleaning rooms and I also helped around my house by watching my brothers and sisters. He said I would be in good hands, and would meet many other Mexican girls who had taken advantage of this great opportunity. My parents didn't want me to go, but I persuaded them.

A week later, I was smuggled into the United States through Texas to Orlando, Florida. It was then the men told me that my employment would consist of having sex with men for money. I had never had sex before, and I had never imagined selling my body.

And so my nightmare began. Because I was a virgin, the men decided to initiate me by raping me again and again, to teach me how to have sex. Over the next three months, I was taken to a different trailer every 15 days. Every night I had to sleep in the same bed in which I had been forced to service customers all day.

I couldn't do anything to stop it. I wasn't allowed to go outside without a guard. Many of the bosses had guns. I was constantly afraid. One of the bosses carried me off to a hotel one night, where he raped me. I could do nothing to stop him.

Because I was so young, I was always in demand with the customers. It was awful. Although the men were supposed to wear condoms, some didn't, so eventually I became pregnant and was forced to have an abortion. They sent me back to the brothel almost immediately.

I cannot forget what has happened. I can't put it behind me. I find it nearly impossible to trust people. I still feel shame. I was a decent girl in Mexico. I used to go to church with my family. I only wish none of this had ever happened.

49 posted on 10/28/2005 1:36:42 PM PDT by Calpernia (
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To: Calpernia
And so my nightmare began. Because I was a virgin, the men decided to initiate me by raping me again and again, to teach me how to have sex.

This is an old tactic. See "Gangs of Chicago," written nearly a century ago.

50 posted on 10/28/2005 1:38:04 PM PDT by Clemenza (Gentlemen, Behold!)
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