Kerry: Sex Trafficking And The Border

https://www.kerrydougherty.com/allposts/2019/3/4/sex-trafficking-and-the-border

A prominent blind spot among many contemporary students of slavery is the fact there is vastly more slavery in the world today than at any other time in history. True, the human population is vastly larger, too, in raw numbers. But even so…

10 thoughts on “Kerry: Sex Trafficking And The Border

  1. There may well be a lot of people treated like slaves, but slavery no longer has the force of law behind it anywhere. If the real “national emergency” is the behavior of criminals towards people trying to enter this country illegally, policies that make that entry more difficult strengthens their hand because their “help” is seen to be needed more than ever.

    If we spent a fraction of the money that we do on ICE on finding and prosecuting the people who exploit undocumented immigrants, the problem would go away in a matter of months.

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    1. _RE: “If we spent a fraction of the money that we do on ICE on finding and prosecuting the people who exploit undocumented immigrants, the problem would go away in a matter of months.”

      I doubt that’s true. All the same, arrests and prosecutions for sex trafficking are up substantially under the current administration.

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      1. Your claim about arrests and prosecutions does not stand up well to the facts. It is a trivial number and it is down in 2018 from 2017. Basically just another example of the bogus information Trumps sells to his dupes.

        https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/02/07/president-trumps-fantastical-human-trafficking-claims/?utm_term=.c4694eaef323

        Meanwhile, the volume of people illegally crossing the border is up significantly – a predictable outcome when desperate people know that you face imprisonment and maybe the permanent loss of your children if you present yourself to border authorities.

        re : “I doubt that’s true?” Why?
        If a farmer, meat processor or golf club owner (like Trump) faced a real probability of serious jail time and punitive fines for employing undocumented workers they would soon stop. That is just common sense.

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        1. RE: “Your claim about arrests and prosecutions does not stand up well to the facts. It is a trivial number and it is down in 2018 from 2017. Basically just another example of the bogus information Trumps sells to his dupes.”

          Your WAPO link is behind a paywall for me, but other sources refute your factual assertions. For example, Political Insider states:

          “Through late June 2018, human trafficking arrests for the year approached 6,000. That’s nearly double the year prior (which itself marked an all-time high), and triple the year before that. Human trafficking-related arrests never topped 2,000 under the Obama administration and were a paltry 300 in 2010.”

          https://thepoliticalinsider.com/human-trafficking-arrests-surge/

          Liz Crokin documents a similar trend for child sex trafficking specifically:

          “I’ve been closely following the pedophile arrests since Trump took office. There have been a staggering 1,500-plus arrests in one short month; compare that to less than 400 sex trafficking-related arrests in 2014 according to the FBI.”

          https://townhall.com/columnists/lizcrokin/2017/02/25/why-the-msm-is-ignoring-trumps-sex-trafficking-busts-n2290379

          The reason I doubt your assertions is the reason my original comment to you suggested. Your assertions are based on an erroneous assumption. Your assertions are also based on false information, as should now be clear.

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          1. Those assertions and stats are not just about the Southern border. Or at least your link omitted that.
            A lot of sex and labor trafficking is from Asia. Hence the emphasis on California.

            Daugherty’s opinion piece was to bolster support for the wall.

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  2. The Washington Post article debunked Trump’s wild claims in this area. It was based on reports issued by the DOJ early in 2019 where they reported that during FY 2018 they initiated 230 human trafficking prosecutions. Good for them, but hardly a massive effort being deliberately ignored by the MSM as Trump tells it. And that is down by 18% from FY 2017. Furthermore, only a handful of these cases related to the Southern Border which is, after all, the context of this discussion.

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    1. RE: “And that is down by 18% from FY 2017.

      Is that what WAPO is reporting? In the link you give below that comment, DOJ claims, “In 2018, ACTeams saw significant prosecution results, including increases of 10 percent, 75 percent, and 106 percent, in cases filed, defendants charged, and defendants convicted.”

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      1. Yes, they reported that . . .

        “Let’s start with the government’s own data. In fiscal 2018, the Justice Department initiated 230 human trafficking prosecutions. That’s an 18 percent decline from the year before, when 282 cases were brought.”

        Perhaps the ACTeams are a subset of all DOJ prosecutions?

        The hard fact remains we are speaking of only a relatively small number of prosecutions very few of which have anything to do with the Southern Border. As the WAPO summarized it . . .

        “On just about every level, the president’s rhetoric on human trafficking far exceeds the available data, either from within the government or from outside sources. He earns Four Pinocchios.”

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