Skip to comments.Obama Administration Eases Ban on Funds for Sex Trafficking Groups
Posted on 06/15/2010 2:04:26 AM PDT by markomalley
WASHINGTON A new regulatory rule that went into effect May 13 modified a policy of President George W. Bush that barred U.S. international aid for organizations that supported either prostitution or sex trafficking.
The new rule does not drop the funding restrictions, which are required by federal law, but the change allows affiliated entities including a separate part of the organization receiving federal funds to conduct actions in support of prostitution or sex trafficking.
Anti-human trafficking leaders in Congress and some feminists are concerned about the new Obama administration rule.
Prostitution and sex trafficking are degrading to women and minors and we should not be in the business of funding organizations that support it, said Rep. Joe Pitts, R-Penn., at a Capitol Hill press conference on the day the new rule became effective.
Like other trafficking opponents, Chris Smith, R-New Jersey, co-chairman of the Congressional Human Trafficking Caucus, said the new rules would allow loopholes in the congressionally mandated funding ban by allowing overseas groups that receive federal taxpayer funds to share facilities, for instance, with organizations that support trafficking and prostitution.
Smith, who authored a sweeping anti-trafficking law in 2000, wrote the Obama administration opposing the rule and is considering legal action to reverse it.
The Obama administration is enabling sex trafficking and prostitution by this action, Smith said.
The new rule has raised concerns among some feminist groups, such as Equality Now, which does not oppose it but has urged careful monitoring of its implementation.
It is critical that the U.S. government monitor the groups [that receive funding] and make sure they dont enter into any activity that advocates for the legalization of prostitution or trafficking, said Taina Bien-Aime, executive director of Equality Now.
Catholic leaders, including members of the Coalition of Catholic Organizations against Human Trafficking, which is led by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, generally declined to comment on the new regulatory rules but emphasized that more efforts are needed to combat trafficking in America and overseas.
This is a problem that is very significant but is largely unseen, said Todd Scribner, education outreach coordinator for the Migration and Refugee Services at the bishops conference. Because human trafficking is a direct affront to human dignity it is important that we work to eliminate it.
The conference has provided a nationwide network of support services to about 2,000 women and girls who have escaped trafficking over the last two years. The State Department estimates that 600,000 to 800,000 men, women, and children are trafficked across international borders each year and approximately 14,500 to 17,500 of them are trafficked into the U.S. annually.
Additionally, more than 300,000 U.S. children are in danger of becoming trafficking victims because of vulnerable circumstances, according to the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000.
Trafficking Profile Expands
The rule change comes as more advocates of controlling both sex trafficking and prostitution view the two activities as both inherently linked and requiring a new approach to resolve.
Demand for prostitution fuels sex trafficking, said actress Demi Moore, during a May forum on trafficking in the U.S. Capitol Building. We need to focus on how we can make the Johns more accountable. She used the slang term referring to male patrons of prostitutes.
Moore launched a foundation with her husband, actor Ashton Kutcher, in January to fight sex trafficking. She is one of a growing number of anti-trafficking advocates who see a clear link between adult prostitution and the domestic and international trafficking of unwilling women and girls for sex. She and other secular opponents of both trafficking and prostitution have begun to urge federal, state and local governments to focus on both the prosecution of sex buyers and preventive education for men and boys.
Any comprehensive education campaign would have to address the demand side of the trafficking equation, agreed Scribner, from the bishops conference.
A growing number of researchers have become convinced of a solid connection between adult prostitution and sex trafficking. A 2003 study by London Metropolitan University of different governments approaches to discourage adult and child prostitution found evidence of such a connection.
International trafficking in women and children cannot flourish without the local prostitution markets. If a local prostitution market decreases substantially, organized crime networks are likely to relocate to a more profitable location, concluded the authors, based on data from law enforcement and social welfare agencies.
Its a linkage that at least some victims of trafficking also see.
Shawana Blount, a 22-year-old American who was forcibly trafficked for sex beginning at age 12, said men and boys need to be taught that it is never acceptable to buy sex, even if they think they are with an adult.
What these buyers need to understand is that they are participating in human slavery, said Blount, during the May anti-trafficking forum for congressional staff.
The link has led many secular advocates to urge a common approach to both problems that replaces prosecution of the woman or girl with prosecution of the buyers. Additionally, educational outreach can teach men and boys who have never bought prostitutes or sexually trafficked women and girls about the damage the sex trade does to the sellers.
The approach is popularly known as the Swedish model because that country was among the first to implement it nationwide. In 1999, Sweden decriminalized the sale of sex but made it a crime to buy sex, while launching a nationwide education campaign about the damage women suffer under commercial sex. The resulting arrests of sex buyers, not prostitutes, led to demand dropping, as well as reduced trafficking in Sweden.
Similar but more limited efforts have begun in the United States, where several states toughened laws against Johns, pimps and traffickers. This focus would reverse the long-standing practice of arresting prostitutes, while male customers are routinely let go. Smith, who authored the 2000 law that deemed all girls and boys caught in prostitution arrests trafficked victims, said he has been disappointed in the years since with the low priority that federal prosecutors have given to pursuing cases against men buying and pimping such girls.
Additionally, men who are leaders in the anti-trafficking movement have begun to urge male pop culture figures like Kutcher to combat the abuse of women through prostitution by speaking out and standing up against popular myths that the use of prostitutes is healthy for either party. The ability of men to shatter the glorification of paying for sex, according to sex trade opponents, is the most effective way to reduce demand that drives sex trafficking and prostitution, in general.
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Well muslims support using infidels as sex slaves so it kinda makes sense why BO would do this.
Democrats and their MSM supporters
- Know them by their sheets and devoted love
for slavery and slavers, for terrorists, murders, bombers,
the brothels they make for children with ACORN.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot??? Didn’t Hillary just take the country to task for this???
My thought, too. Muslims are the biggest slavers in the world.
A bit off topic but after clicking on thread, I received a red screen warning of possible malware on FR. Anyone else receive similar warning?
The missing persons rate will dramatically increase of young women and children in the near future.
Predators smell blood in the air.
Just another byte of reality of a future America created by Barack Hussein Obama.
Another action to be reversed after November, or 2012. This anus Orifice Obama has to be gotten rid of ASAP.
When reached for comment, President Obama simply said “Pimps Up, Ho’s Down!”.
Obama needs to be impeached, tried for treason and sent to Gitmo to rot with his buddies.
We all need to send emails to Congress and the White House on this. It is truly unconscionable.
Equality Now - typical feminist group. As long as it is a liberal abusing women it's OK.
Their name should be changed to:
Equality Now or Later...Maybe, It Depends.
The ruling will allow the SEIU to share the same building with the sex traffickers at COST.
COST, Coalition of Sex Traffickers, is one of the organizations associated with AEGIS and ACORN
And to think he’s the father of daughters.
How can anyone rational think this is a good idea?
Obama Administration Eases Ban on Funds for Sex Trafficking Groups
A new regulatory rule that went into effect May 13 modified a policy of President George W. Bush that barred U.S. international aid for organizations that supported.. prostitution....
Well yeah, duh. How'd ya think Barry met Bigfoot.
She was working the midnight shift at 74th St and King Drive, and Barry couldn't find Larry Sinclair that night.
It was looooove at first (sight).
Your correct. hildabeast just added our country to a list of countries that have slavery.
Good to see hildabeast and obama on opposite sides here.