A lot of misunderstanding about international sex work is deliberate. Some is ignorant. And some, while seemingly innocent, is a mirror response to what people expect to see or have been taught to see. Here is my favorite example of the most extreme kind of lying about trafficking – –
People who have been to Angeles City (AC) Philippines will have a good laugh reading this so called petition about AC. Petition for the closure of the Angeles Prostitution slave camps,
SORRY, but the company that operated the online petition site has apparently collapsed and the entire site is gone. It isn’t often that websites like this just disappear, but in this case is is a good thing and possible related to the crap they accepted on their site as I will describe next. The petition existed at that address for at least two years. I will remove this post in a few months as I still want to tell people how this should offend us all – –
Those who have not been to Angeles City will shutter at what this “petition” says. Crazy stuff! Some people may even sign the petition. Up to you, of course, but finish reading this first before your heart strings are plucked by the crazy things you will read.
Those who both read this petition and have been to Angeles City can easily see the ridiculous lies and extreme exaggeration which surely has influenced people who fail to use their common sense. But it is NOT laughable. It is serious!
- The very first sentence says that a “A woman or Child is raped or killed on average every six seconds in Angeles City.” (Note their capital C in child.) This amazing sentence alone should provide the switch that turns on your common sense to evaluate other facts to come.
- Later the text describes brothels on Field Street with armed guards and barbed wire to prevent prostitutes from escaping. This is laughable. Field Street is only about three blocks long and there is a big new MacDonald’s on the corner. There are large bars there too. Some are so big that they have several hundred young women who dance in mild Vegas-style shows all wearing tops and bottoms at all times. Around these bars on nearby streets are very nice, mid-price resorts where I would take my family. Each resort has 24 hour guards to check IDs to make sure guest is at least 18 years old. I defy anyone to show me those armed guards or barbed wire the petition describes. That is a blatant lie aimed at people who are never likely to see for themselves.
- This “petition” goes on to describe how Philippine police dance to the tune of international gangs who intimidate them. It’s those horrible Russian and Albanian gangs of course, the ones you learned about from TV shows and movies. Trust me when I say the Philippine police have a solid, positive presence on Field Street and are not intimidated by anyone in their own country.
- Two thirds of the way through this “petition” is says, quote, “In the last 20 years in Angeles City more than 300,000 women and children have died in prostitution death camps.” Again, my common sense springs into action, as should yours. I divided 300,000 by 20 for an annual average death rate of 15,000. That is 1,250 per month, by the way. Now, being an angry old man with a computer at my finger tips, I said WAIT! That is crazy! So, I Googled “death rate Detroit.” Detroit, Michigan, USA is much bigger that Angeles City and is also known for its high murder rate in a country where handguns are easy to get. Guess what? The number of murders in Detroit in ALL of 2013 was 333. So, we are being told that the murder rate in Angeles City is about four times higher every month than the annual murder rate in Detroit! Guess what – –
SOME ONE IS LYING TO ME – – AND TO YOU!!!
Those lies look very obvious to me and they should to you too. Did the people who wrote this believe what they said here? Maybe, but if they do they are stone cold STUPID! And that is very possible too, I grant you. Or they think you and I are stupid. Maybe they think we will help their cause and maybe even send money if they exaggerate their tall tale beyond belief. But that is the problem. What they say is unbelievable. That is obvious on its face. It just isn’t true. It should not be believed.
This petition provides more evidence of a whole range of exaggeration and lies throughout the rescue industry.
Evidence of more lies – –
I grant you that this “petition” is one of the most egregious examples of lies and exaggeration I have seen. Nevertheless as you read about trafficking online you will start to notice this kind of exaggeration and sensationalism almost everywhere.
The tone and emphasis in blogs are deliberately written to scare you and to teach you that trafficking is a huge problem – when it isn’t. The real problem is the way this issue called trafficking is being shoved down our throats just as terrorism, gun violence, gay marriage, and many other issues are being promoted by their particular industries as a way to scare us.
They shouldn’t scare you because you know now you are NOT being told the truth!
Simple as that. Lies for your support.
One little blog, this one, won’t make any difference in the face of the power and resources telling the exaggerated stories. But at least you know now to save your dollars for a better cause than trafficking.
Share your new understanding trafficking with others, including your Congressperson.