The Sex Trafficking Of Americans

0405.Annabell 002Amy Fine Collins has written one of those lengthy investigative pieces for Vanity Fair, on a subject that most people would prefer not to talk about in polite company. As such it’s a compelling read…

Even as celebrity activists such as Emma Thompson, Demi Moore, and Mira Sorvino raise awareness about commercial sex trafficking, survivor Rachel Lloyd publishes her memoir Girls Like Us, and the Senate introduces a new bipartisan bill for victim support, the problem proliferates across continents, in casinos, on streets, and directly into your mobile device. And, as Amy Fine Collins shows, human trafficking is much closer to home than you think; victims, younger than ever, are just as likely to be the homegrown American girl next door as illegally imported foreigners. Having gained access to victims, law-enforcement officials, and a convicted trafficker, Collins follows a major case that put to the test the federal government’s Trafficking Victims Protection Act.

The names of all victims and their relatives have been changed. Quotes from Dennis Paris, Gwen, and Alicia are taken from court testimony.

“He called me a stupid bitch … a worthless piece of shit.… I had to tell people I fell off stage because I had so many bruises on my ribs face and legs.… I have a permanent twitch in my eye from him hitting me in my face so much. I have none of my irreplaceable things from my youth.”
—From the victim-impact statement of Felicia, minor prostitute-stripper enslaved by trafficker Corey Davis.

“Prostitution is renting an organ for ten minutes.”
—A john, interviewed by research psychologist Melissa Farley.

“Would you please write down the type of person you think I am, given all that you’ve heard and read?… I’ve been called the worst of the worst by the government and it’s going to be hard for you to top that.”
—Letter postmarked June 27, 2008, to Amy Fine Collins, from Dennis Paris, a.k.a. “Rahmyti,” then inmate at the Wyatt Detention Facility, in Central Falls, Rhode Island, now at a high-security federal penitentiary in Arizona.

The Little Barbies

In the Sex Crimes Bureau of the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, in the pediatric division of Fort Bragg’s Womack Army Medical Center, in the back alleys of Waterbury, Connecticut, and in the hallways of Hartford’s Community Court, Assistant D.A. Rhonnie Jaus, forensic pediatrician Dr. Sharon Cooper, ex-streetwalker Louise, and Judge Curtissa Cofield have all simultaneously and independently noted the same disturbing phenomenon. There are more young American girls entering the commercial sex industry—an estimated 300,000 at this moment—and their ages have been dropping drastically. “The average starting age for prostitution is now 13,” says Rachel Lloyd, executive director of Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (gems), a Harlem-based organization that rescues young women from “the life.” Says Judge Cofield, who formerly presided over Hartford’s Prostitution Protocol, a court-ordered rehabilitation program, “I call them the Little Barbies.”

The explanations offered for these downwardly expanding demographics are various, and not at all mutually exclusive. Dr. Sharon Cooper believes that the anti-intellectual, consumerist, hyper-violent, and super-eroticized content of movies (Hustle & Flow), reality TV (Cathouse), video games (Grand Theft Auto: Vice City), gangsta rap (Nelly’s “Tip Drill”), and cyber sites (Second Life: Jail Bait) has normalized sexual harm. “History is repeating itself, and we’re back to treating women and children as chattel,” she says. “It’s a sexually toxic era of ‘pimpfantwear’ for your newborn son and thongs for your five-year-old daughter.” Additionally, Cooper cites the breakdown of the family unit (statistically, absent or abusive parents compounds risk) and the emergence of vast cyber-communities of like-minded deviant individuals, who no longer have disincentives to act on their most destructive predatory fantasies. Krishna Patel, assistant U.S. attorney in Bridgeport, Connecticut, invokes the easy money. Criminals have learned, often in prison—where “macking” memoirs such as Iceberg Slim’s Pimp are best-sellers—that it’s become more lucrative and much safer to sell malleable teens than drugs or guns. A pound of heroin or an AK-47 can be retailed once, but a young girl can be sold 10 to 15 times a day—and a “righteous” pimp confiscates 100 percent of her earnings…

[continues at Vanity Fair]

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  • Al Ripurnipsov

    Mmmm Mmm

    How much for the blonde chick in the picture?

  • Anonymous

    The price is your balls in a jar -maggot.

  • Anonymous

    It was about August and there was a knock on my door. It was a prostitute. And she was so adorable, with the little pig tails and all. And she says to me, “How would you like to spend some time with me?” And I said “Well, what can you do?” She said she was up for anything, and I said “Well I’d like to see you for an hour. How much will that be?” And she looks at me and she says, “…Uh I need about tree-fitty.”
    Well, it was about that time that I noticed that prostitute was about eight stories tall and was a crustacean from the protozoic era. It was the Loch Ness monster! I said, “Dammit monster! Get off my lawn! I ain’t giving you no tree-fitty!” It said, “how about just two-fitty?” I said, “Oh, now it’s only two-fitty!! What?! Is there a sale on Loch Ness booty or something?!”

  • SF2K01

    One time, I believe it was about August, there was a knock on my door. It was a prostitute. And she was so adorable, with the little pig tails and all. And she says to me, “How would you like to spend some time with me?” And I said “Well, what can you do?” She said she was up for anything, and I said “Well I’d like to see you for an hour. How much will that be?” And she looks at me and she says, “…Uh I need about tree-fitty.”

    Well, it was about that time that I noticed that prostitute was about eight stories tall and was a crustacean from the protozoic era. It was the Loch Ness monster! I said, “Dammit monster! Get off my lawn! I ain’t giving you no tree-fitty!” It said, “how about just two-fitty?” I said, “Oh, now it’s only two-fitty!! What?! Is there a sale on Loch Ness booty or something?!”

  • Tyrone M Jackson

    “There are more young American girls entering the commercial sex
    industry—an estimated 300,000 at this moment…”

    This estimate is a gross exaggeration. According to the 2010 US census, there are
    20.6 million women in the US between the ages of 10 & 19
    inclusive. Assuming that’s the “sex trade” target group, for that
    “estimated 300,000″ number to be correct, the odds of a girl being
    sold into the sex trade before reaching the age of 20 would be 1 in
    69, or 1.45%. Do you really believe that 1.45% of American girls
    worked as prostitutes at some point in their lives? I don’t.

    And if you think my age range of 10-19 is too broad, then the odds
    would be even higher. For example, assuming the target group is
    13-18 inclusive makes the odds 1 in 38, or 2.6% of American girls would
    have had to work as prostitutes at some point in their lives. If the
    turnover is short (months), the odds get even higher.

  • Tyrone M Jackson

    “There are more young American girls entering the commercial sex
    industry—an estimated 300,000 at this moment…”

    This estimate is a gross exaggeration. According to the 2010 US census, there are
    20.6 million women in the US between the ages of 10 & 19
    inclusive. Assuming that’s the “sex trade” target group, for that
    “estimated 300,000″ number to be correct, the odds of a girl being
    sold into the sex trade before reaching the age of 20 would be 1 in
    69, or 1.45%. Do you really believe that 1.45% of American girls
    worked as prostitutes at some point in their lives? I don’t.

    And if you think my age range of 10-19 is too broad, then the odds
    would be even higher. For example, assuming the target group is
    13-18 inclusive makes the odds 1 in 38, or 2.6% of American girls would
    have had to work as prostitutes at some point in their lives. If the
    turnover is short (months), the odds get even higher.

  • Ericg8

    Our government spent $40 million to document the extent of the sex trafficing in America. Answer is, they couldn’t find any. Truth is, the women working in this field are there voluntarily. Sure, conditions vary, but if we want to improve things we need to legalize this voluntary transaction between consenting adults.

  • Ericg8

    Our government spent $40 million to document the extent of the sex trafficing in America. Answer is, they couldn’t find any. Truth is, the women working in this field are there voluntarily. Sure, conditions vary, but if we want to improve things we need to legalize this voluntary transaction between consenting adults.

  • 1556bigspender

    Amy Fine Collins is a fine one to talk! She’s treated her poor daughter like a slave since she was born… she’s groomed her to be molded in her mother’s foot steps. A pretentious bitch who married way above her social station.

  • 1556bigspender

    Amy Fine Collins is a fine one to talk! She’s treated her poor daughter like a slave since she was born… she’s groomed her to be molded in her mother’s foot steps. A pretentious bitch who married way above her social station.

  • GoodDoktorBad

    The price is your balls in a jar -maggot.

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