Update: Human trafficking made worse by corrupt police officers

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A colleague of mine on another news site, Alicia Bryner, found these stats regarding police corruption and prostitution. From the Alternet article by Melissa Gira Grant titled " Hypocritical legal crusade against Craigslist will not solve violence against sex trafficking victims.

http://www.alternet.org/story/148099/hypocritical_legal_crusade_against_craigslist_will_not_solve_violence_against_sex_trafficking_victims?page=1

Update: Human trafficking made worse by corrupt police officers

A colleague of mine on another news site, Alicia Bryner, found these stats regarding police corruption and prostitution. From the Alternet article by Melissa Gira Grant titled " Hypocritical legal crusade against Craigslist will not solve violence against sex trafficking victims.

http://www.alternet.org/story/148099/hypocritical_legal_crusade_against_craigslist_will_not_solve_violence_against_sex_trafficking_victims?page=1



People involved in the sex trade still face discrimination, harassment and violence from the people charged with helping them. A 2009 study of Chicago girls in the sex trade, conducted by the Young Women’s Empowerment Project, paints a stark picture of what keeps girls isolated and vulnerable. Even when girls sought out the support they needed – from drug treatment and foster care programs to hospitals and the police – they were denied help because of their involvement in the sex trade. Girls describe hospitals discriminating against them and not providing full care, being physically and sexually assaulted by foster parents, and being accused of lying by the police when they seek help after being raped. In fact, girls’ reports of abuse by police outnumbered the stories of other forms of institutional violence that girls encountered by far.

Chicago is not alone. In a University of California at San Francisco study published in 2009, 22 percent of San Francisco adult female sex workers surveyed reported having police as paying customers. Fourteen percent were threatened with arrest if they did not have sex with a police officer. Washington cops fare no better: in a report published on people involved in or perceived to be involved in the sex trade, Different Avenues reveals that one in five people were solicited for sex by the police. They also report that police confiscated safer sex supplies, and strip-searched and assaulted people suspected of prostitution. These actions constitute human rights violations and are especially unconscionable coming from the law enforcement professionals who have a duty to protect people in the sex trade from violent pimps and others who might exploit them.

Lexington, Kentucky is not alone in this common crime against humanity, human trafficking. Police involvement is considered expected in most communities. However, that does not make it right and that doesn't mean we shouldn't work to stop it. How can we trust the lives of our loved ones to police officers involved in human rights violations? We can't.

Deborah Wardlaw has already been murdered to cover this corruption up. I've endured over 15 years of police harassment for having this information. What will it take to wake up a city to the truth?

Mayor Newberry claimed that "some people live lives and nobody notices them, those people's lives don't matter much". As long as that is the attitude our leaders take, we will all continue to suffer at the hands of a government out of control.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJdXDF5BEsc

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Corruption, Human Trafficking, Kentucky, Lexington, Police, Prostitution, Sex Industry

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Christopher Hignite, a regular contributor to various news sites, is a photographer and independent journalist in Lexington, KY. Contact Christopher at christopher@wearechangeky.com.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
1st Dec 2010 (#)

very sad... the police officers are only part of the problem though, its the users who keep the industry going.

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author avatar aesoplado
2nd Dec 2010 (#)

Sad reality. A lot of innocent victims fall to this type of crime especially the poor ones. So sad. I see a lot of documentary about this and it makes me sick to my stomach.

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author avatar Joseph Thornton
1st Apr 2011 (#)

In 95 my wife and I moved to kearney nebraska. We moved into a month by month place until we could find a better place. On thanksgiving my wife threw our son on the floor, trying to kill him. The next morning the police talked to the neighbord and they told them it was her. But the police came after me. In court they said I would just move on, I didn't love my son, and I would just replace him. How can I replace my son. Now they make threats of more jail time if I keep talking about it. They stole my son so they could supplement some friends income(the father lost his job teaching girls high school sports because of an incident with an underage student) as foster parents. They do this a lot in buffalo county

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