Thursday, February 11, 2010

Forced into Sex Trade, in OHIO?

That's the summary of a panel that was created by the Ohio Governor to look into the state and find out if there was a problem.

OK, so my scepticism needle is twitching. Has anyone ever seen a panel report, or a special report commissioned that failed to find the exact problem they were told to look for? In other words, if you convene a panel to look into the problem of the color red. Is it too prevalent in our society, they'll come back with a long winded report telling you that yes, the color red is in fact, far too prevalent in our society. In fact, the color red is dangerously close to becoming overused, and perhaps even the dominant color of the spectrum.

Now, the panel in question purportedly looked into the sex business in Ohio, and amazingly enough, found huge problems with Ohio regarding this problem.

Yeah. I mean, when you hear of people taking a sex vacation. Ohio is right at the top of the list right? Wait, Ohio isn't on the list? How did that happen? Let's be serious for a moment shall we? In Nevada, Prostitution is legal. So why would you go to Ohio, where the nightlife is best shown on the Drew Carey Show, and appears to consist of a bunch of people sitting in a bar and drinking beer until they pass out. Why go to Ohio when you could go to Vegas, and have all the fun you want, legally?

Yet, it's apparently Ohio's weak laws on Human Trafficking that make Ohio such a dangerous place for people. Ohio, the State? Apparently, the folks in Ohio haven't yet heard, but here's a news flash. You are a State. Human Trafficking of the type mentioned in the article, from and to foreign countries is really the area where that huge Federal Government is supposed to be working. Especially if you are actually believing that there is this secret underground conduit from Canada, through Ohio, to the world. (Canada is another of those low on the list sex vacation spots)

So how many people are estimated to be forced into the sex trade in Ohio each year? According to the hype of the report, 1,000. A thousand. Now, knowing how Government Estimates when they are claiming a problem are always way higher than the truth. From the Hundreds of Millions of Homeless that suddenly exist only when a Republican is President, to claims of jobs created or saved, Government estimates are always hyper inflated.

So we can assume that the number is roughly half that, or about 500. Now, I'll agree that one girl being forced into prostitution is wrong. Yet, the question that comes up is what do we do when the girls run away from home, and seek out people who will abuse them? That is what happens in nearly every case. The girls get involved in drugs, or normal teenage angst, or above normal angst, and then run away from home.

There is another problem with this claim. The National Center for missing and exploited children lists a total of 45 kids, total, missing from Ohio. That is for all years. Even if you say that list is hardly complete, and I agree, it probably is very incomplete, where are the families of the other children who are missing? Are they in on this human trafficking problem?

To read the report, you would think that there is some shadow organization that is finding clean cut good girls from the honors list and kidnapping them into a world of sex and drugs. The truth is, the girls and boys in questions are victims, but they begin as willing participants, and often finish as such.

They want the drugs, and don't care about what comes with it. Now, are the men, and women who use these kids bad? Yes. Yet the truth still remains. This is on a national scale, a very minor problem. Even on the scale of the state, it's a very minor problem.

With a population of 11.5 million people, even the claimed number of 1,000 people forced into the sex trade is a fraction of a percentage point.

By comparison, Ohio had more than 500 murders in the state in 2008. They had more than 4,000 reported rape cases. These are crimes that are reported, in which the victim hopes to get some justice.

The problem with Prostitution, even child prostitution, is that the victim often refuses to appear and testify. Cities give summons to Prostitutes all the time, and know that they won't appear in court. They'll move on to another city, another area. They'll find another place to do their crime, and buy their drugs.

If we must focus an entire panel on the problems of children, why don't we focus on the problems that affect all the children? The problems we can fix are numerous, and widespread.

Start with school. Why are kids who choose to play football lauded over the kids who choose to study art or music? Why do we not herald the achievements of kids who get high grade point averages? Why not tell the kids starting at an early age that academic achievement is an excellent goal that takes years of hard work?

Why not show the earnings potential of science and math versus athletics to the kids?

If we want to help the kids, why not start young, and give them the foundation of knowledge that would reduce this trend of drugs, and sexual exploitation, in a meaningful way?

Instead, a panel spent weeks, or months, creating a hyped report, with seriously questionable conclusions, all at taxpayer expense. The conclusion? Of course, more Government. More laws. More regulations.

Sex with a minor is against the law in most states. Ohio is one of those. Coercion, Racketeering, and abuse is against the law. Are you telling me that the people committing these crimes against kids aren't violating one of the existing laws? We don't need panels, or new laws. We have millions of laws on the books already. We need to enforce the existing laws.

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