For I\’m sure that what has actually happened here will be twisted into the proof of something quite different.
Declaring child prostitution a “persistent threat” in America, the FBI said Monday that authorities had rescued 105 young people and arrested 150 alleged pimps in a three-day sweep in 76 cities.
The FBI announced on Monday that it had freed 105 sexually exploited teenagers and arrested 150 suspected pimps in a nationwide sting on underage prostitution over the weekend that included 76 cities
Police liberated 12 child prostitutes and arrested 21 pimps in an FBI-coordinated sweep that targeted people who forced minors — some as young as 13 locally — into the sex trade in the Bay Area and across the nation.
That\’s not quite so good reporting. And this is worse:
FBI agents have rescued more than 100 children forced into prostitution by sex traffickers, during a three-day sweep across the US.
The FBI has indeed cracked down on child prostitution but on trafficking not so much. But this will, I am certain, be used to bolster the claims that trafficking is widespread and that something must be done.
Let\’s start from the beginning. Almost all of the victims here can indeed be described as children: 13-17 year old females. Given that they are not over the age of consent (in the US, for either porn or prostitution that\’s 18, while that for sex can be the same or much lower, in some States those 13 year olds could be married, I think that\’s still true).
We might also describe them as teenagers which is rather less emotive than the linkage between \”child\” and \”paedophilia\”.
But I have no doubt that someone will use this to prove that there are vast numbers of children being sold off to paedophiles.
The other important point is over the definition of trafficking. In its strict sense this means sex slavery, being held against their will and then being repeatedly raped. So, we can indeed argue that being under the age of consent they cannot consent so therefore they are being trafficked. I\’m attracted to that logic myself.
However, at the same time we should also agree that this is rather different from that strict sense of \”trafficked\” which is that sex slave repeated rape thing. That teenage prostitutes are found, those who cannot in law consent, is not the same thing as finding women tied up in basements who are only let out to perform a blow job.
But I equally have no doubt that we\’ll see, soon enough, someone claiming that the proven existence of the first means that the second must be true.
I have no doubt that there is teenage prostitution in the UK and elsewhere and I very much wish there wasn\’t. But that existence is very diferent from the claims that there are 25,000 (D. MacShane) sex slaves in the UK. But as I say, I have no doubt that soon enough we\’ll be seeing people using the proof of the first as proof that the second exists.