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Sex trafficking fraud

Article about a woman whose story doesn't hold up, and who's used girls with fabricated stories in her organization's fundraising. http://www.newsweek.com/2014/05/30/somaly-mam-holy-saint-and-sinner-sex-trafficking-251642.html?piano_d=1

Also: "Thomas Steinfatt, a professor of statistics at the University of Miami, has done several reports on sex trafficking for the U.N.’s Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking. In a 2008 study, for which he spent months conducting surveys in all corners of Cambodia, he estimated there were no more than 1,058 victims of trafficking in Cambodia and has said the situation has improved markedly since then.

The number of children, both those observed as sex workers and those mentioned by management or by sex workers in the 2008 data, was 127, with 11 of the children verifiably under age 15 and six under age 13. The high-end estimate for the number of children likely involved in sex work in Cambodia in 2008 was 310 children." Cambodia's population is over 14 million.


There's apparently a whole book on the made-up numbers in the sex trafficking "rescue industry": http://www.amazon.com/Sex-Drugs-Body-Counts-Politics/dp/0801476186


And apparently a whole site with anti rescue industry news http://www.villagevoice.com/sex-trafficking/
Interest note: the Village Voice apparently owns Backpage.com, which is under attack for its adult ads (after those got driven off of Craigslist)

Including this study saying half the teen prostitutes of NYC were boys, and only 10% of all of them had pimps
http://www.riverfronttimes.com/2011-11-03/news/commercial-sexual-exploitation-of-children-john-jay-college-ric-curtis-meredith-dank-underage-prostitution-sex-trafficking-minors/full/
Nationwide 200 kids get rescued from pimps yearly.

And junk science, if not outright fraud, behind the Women's Funding Network juvenile prostitution numbers http://www.citypages.com/2011-03-23/news/women-s-funding-network-sex-trafficking-study-is-junk-science/full/

2007 WPost article on inflated numbers http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/22/AR2007092201401.html

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davesmusictank
May. 27th, 2014 05:43 am (UTC)
Is all that fabrication politically motivated?
mindstalk
May. 27th, 2014 05:49 am (UTC)
Your guess is as good as mine. And depends what you mean by politics. Genuine but misguided moral panic? Conscious defrauding of donors?
davesmusictank
May. 27th, 2014 06:00 am (UTC)
Moral panic and the rise of the far right i would say as they seem to be related by a sense of wanting to clamp down on hard won freedoms.
mindstalk
May. 27th, 2014 07:17 am (UTC)
Dunno, a lot of the people involved seem more lefty, and the left-wing has always been able put forward an anti-porn/prostitution contingent.
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