For Americans in the Sex Trade, Still Little Hope

By Tara Murtha
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“Oh they know,” she said. “That’s why they ask … things like, ‘Oh baby you’re just a little girl out looking for a good time, right?’ and you say, ‘Yeah.’

“It’s part of the job. They know it’s not true,” she said. “That’s why they call it a trick.”

Want to know how much sex with a teenager costs? Just ask Mimi. It cost her everything.

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1. Ray said... on Feb 9, 2011 at 02:53PM

“A very sad article and it begs the question, how can papers such as PW accept advertising dollars from massage parlors as listed on pages 41-42? Are those foreign-born trafficked girls less traumatized?”

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2. Glomarization said... on Feb 9, 2011 at 03:27PM

“Is this journalistic penance for that "edgy" piece last August in where a pseudonymous PW contributor in the Lush Life column wrote about getting a handjob from a massage parlor in Chinatown?”

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3. Dan said... on Feb 11, 2011 at 12:28PM

“A sad story even made worse by PW's portrayal of the Covenant House in Philadelphia. CHPA is one of the leading agencies in the country working to end human trafficking and it is because of their work in this area, as well as housing and working with homeless youth, that thousands of young people have been helped off the street and given the necessary resources to have a positive outcome in life.”

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4. Tara Murtha said... on Feb 11, 2011 at 02:30PM

“Please note there is not a "portrayal" of Covenant House as an organization, just a policy reported as relevant to this particular woman's story. Thanks.”

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5. Aurelia said... on Feb 12, 2011 at 07:53PM

“It is absolutely heart breaking to hear this kind of thing! It's even more heart breaking to hear that there is no funding to help American's being trafficked, but there is for foreign. I'm not saying that foreigner's shouldn't be helped, because they are being tortured and mistreated just as badly as American victims, but it surprises me that this country can come up with the money to help other people before they help their own. A truly tragic story and it just makes my blood boil at traffickers, pimps, and our American government for failing to help these kids (this is coming from someone that serves in the military). Keep in mind, it's not just girls this is happening to, there are plenty of boys that are sold into this horrific life as well. Let's not forget about them.”

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6. Kate said... on Feb 13, 2011 at 10:03PM

“It is disgusting that violence against sex workers right here in Philly is so common that it could be called "business as usual." Thank you for the article and for bringing this issue more publicity.”

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7. Eric Hamell said... on Feb 14, 2011 at 09:41PM

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Why are we waiting till after people are traumatized to help them? If free, community-supervised shelters were available to children and teens who are abused or run away for whatever reason, *at their option*, few would fall prey to pimps in the first place.”

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8. Anonymous said... on Feb 16, 2011 at 02:53PM

“This is a heartbreaking story, and it is just one of many.

We should be ashamed of the policies, or pimps, or johns, and anyone else who enables women like Mimi to be lost to suicide, and we should be ashamed of the sexism and misogyny that permits us to ignore the darker side of the sex work industry.

It's unfortunate that the article failed to mention the important work done by Project SAFE, a volunteer organization that promotes human rights-based public health among women working in prostitution on the street in Philadelphia.”

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9. Angie said... on Jun 6, 2011 at 09:22PM

“You all bring up a lot of great points. I'm not from the Philly area, but I've been doing a lot of research on this global problem. I'm looking to partner/volunteer with groups and organizations & individuals around the world to help put and end to this human rights issue. However, trafficking has victims on all sides. It's not just girls, boys, women & men. You have to also look to the resasons why "johns" go looking for this, and why traffickers do this. I have seen interviews with people who used to be traffickers and got out, Not all of them did it by choice, but for fear of being killed for not doing it as well. Regardless, of which group someone wants to help. It's defintely a mutli-faceted problem that needs to be brought out into the light and stopped.NOW!”

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10. Anonymous said... on Oct 23, 2011 at 05:06PM

“There is a lot of controversy over the topics of sex trafficking, sex slavery, human trafficking and forced prostitution. Regarding what the definition is, the research methods used to find statistics, what the definition of a victim is, the number of child and adult victims involved, forced vs. unforced sex, how the actual prostitutes themselves feel about it, and legal vs. illegal prostitution.

There is a growing number of well respected researchers, journalists, scientists, professors, that have concluded in their research that the sex trafficking, sex slavery concept is based on emotion, morals, and monetary funding rather than facts, evidence and proof. They state that very few kidnapped, forced against their will, physically abused, raped sex slave prostitutes for profit have been found throughout the world. Their research concludes that women who enter into this type of work do so of their own free will. They also state that there are many anti-prostitution groups who simply do not like the idea of consensual adult prostitution and have distorted the facts in order to push their agenda and receive funding and money into their organizations in the form of donations, grants and to change the laws about prostitution. They state that these anti-prostitution groups use made up child sex trafficking statistics which they have no proof or evidence of in order to gain public acceptance for their cause.

Here are some good websites about sex trafficking:

http://bebopper76.wordpress.com

http://sextraffickingtruths.blogspot.com/

http://www.villagevoice.com/sex-trafficking/

http://www.melonfarmers.co.uk/thread00272_trafficking_hype.htm

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11. bebopper76 said... on Oct 23, 2011 at 05:13PM

“There is a growing number of well respected researchers, journalists, scientists, professors, that have concluded in their research that the sex trafficking, sex slavery concept is based on emotion, morals, and monetary funding rather than facts, evidence and proof. They state that very few kidnapped, forced against their will, physically abused, raped sex slave prostitutes for profit have been found throughout the world. Their research concludes that women who enter into this type of work do so of their own free will. They also state that there are many anti-prostitution groups who

simply do not like the idea of consensual adult prostitution and have distorted the facts in order to push their agenda and receive funding and money into their organizations in the form of donations, grants and to change the laws about prostitution. bebopper76”

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