This is an expansion of the brief Mission Statement #3 on the HOME page.
Abuses exist but are the exception, not the norm.
Even as I explain this to you I get a tear in my eye thinking about the horrible things being said about victims of trafficking. Anti-trafficking advocates write very sad stories and I get tears just like I am supposed to.
I am introspective and ask myself if I am doing the right thing to challenge this exaggeration. The stories are always about children, violence, or slavery. I call this the anti-trafficking industry’s big three.
So many anti-trafficking stories are simply not true!
I get over the emotional impact of these stories when I see them because the stories just aren’t true. Professional people are doing a better job than I can do to enflame public opinion with information that is simply not true. It’s not true!
Last year, 2014, was a banner year for truth making an appearance in the anti-trafficking industry. In June Newsweek Magazine provided an important expose of Somaly Mam, as being well orchestrated fraud who had dinner at the White House; received support (and probably money) from Hillary Clinton when she was Secretary of State; published a book; and had a slew of celebrities jumping on her bandwagon. Oooops, her story turned out to be lies!
Experts in that article were interviewed who said
(1) that all NGOs who want donations need to have the most sensation story to compete with the other NGOs doing the same things;
(2) another fund raising expert said, stories you see on blogs are often a conglomerations of several peoples experiences treated as one person,
(3) a Christian NGO manger said that involvement of children is very rare these days (Cambodia), only occasionally an older teen will find herself in the wrong place, and that is about all.
Click here to read the Newsweek expose about Somaly Mam:
Also in 2014 Chong Kim was discredited. She was a paid speaker asking as much as $10,000 to talk about her imaginary experiences with trafficking.
A Hollywood movie starring Beau Bridges called “Eden” told her story. Of course she had a horrible abuse at the hands of traffickers, but much of it was disproved as being made up, and lies.
Click here for more about Chong Kim:
The entire issue of trafficking rests on a foundation of exaggeration and lies. The American people fall for it. Congress catches the spirit from trafficking zealots, conservative religious groups and the most extreme feminists – not to mention celebrities in some cases.
Congress, and the President send our global warriors the State Department off on a mission to wage our War on Trafficking. Just another War based on lies, but no WMD this time.
My research was a big shock – –
On a personal note my own research in conjunction with Surindra Rajabat University surveyed 100 sex workers in the Nana Plaza area in March, 2015. Nana Plaza area is a major sex tourism destination for foreign visitors to Thailand. Most sex workers in Nana Plaza are arrivals from rural areas resulting from rural to urban migration discussed elsewhere on this blog.
Our academic quality research discovered the average age when these 100 sex workers lost their virginity was 17.4 years old, not much different from first world countries like the USA.
The average age when these 100 received money for a sex act for the first time was 23.2 years old.
The average age of these active sex workers when they took the survey was 34 years old.
Furthermore, by a large margin, these sex worker liked their job. Few hated it. No one wanted to be rescued!
This also is reported in detail elsewhere on this blog.
Not many children here! Where are those children!
Exactly one Nana Plaza area sex worker out of 100 claimed to have been sexually abused as a child. America is likely to have far more abused children among a sampling of 100 American sex workers, but that is America’s business and not the business of the rest of the world.
It is time to put the crazy sex trafficking stories to bed and tell the truth.
The year, 2014, was a tipping point in the exposure of trafficking exaggeration.