In 2006 the Council of Europe reported worldwide sex trafficking had reached “‘epidemic proportions’ over the past decade,” according to the Associated Press.
A significant reason for the surge is the shortage of girls created by sex selection abortions, particularly in Asia, but now infiltrating the Asian cultures in the U.S. according to the Boston Globe.
It is widely acknowledged that legalized prostitution exacerbates the problem. Explains the 2005 report,”The demand for victims of sex trafficking“:
Analyzing trafficking and prostitution as parts of an interlocking system reveals how the components are linked, and studying the dynamics of supply and demand for victims reveals what keeps the system working. The trafficking process begins with the demand for women to be used in prostitution.
A major U.S. sex trafficking gateway? San Francisco. Reported the San Francisco Chronicle in 2006…
Once limited to infamous locales such as Bombay and Bangkok, sex trafficking is now an $8 billion international business, with San Francisco among its largest commercial centers.
San Francisco’s liberal attitude toward sex, the city’s history of arresting prostitutes instead of pimps, and its large immigrant population have made it one of the top American cities for international sex traffickers to do business undetected.
So it would seem a more inappropriate time than ever for San Francisco to legalize prostitution, but that’s what’s on the ballot. Reported the AP on October 21:
In this live-and-let-live town, where medical marijuana clubs do business next to grocery stores and an annual fair celebrates sadomasochism, prostitutes could soon walk the streets without fear of arrest.
San Francisco would become the first major U.S. city to decriminalize prostitution if voters next month approve Proposition K – a measure that forbids local authorities from investigating, arresting or prosecuting anyone for selling sex….
Proposition K has been endorsed by the local Democratic Party. But the mayor, district attorney, police department and much of the business community oppose the idea, contending it would increase street prostitution, allow pimps the run of neighborhoods and hamper the fight against sex trafficking, which would remain illegal because it involves forcing people into the sex trade.
The San Francisco Chronicle editorialized against the measure, saying it could make the city a magnet for prostitution.
The Family Research Council reported yesterday:
Believe it or not, one of the few groups to endorse Proposition K (apart from the Erotic Service Providers Union) is the San Francisco Democratic Party – of which Nancy Pelosi is a member…. [I]t is unclear whether she has taken an official position on Proposition K….
This is an example of the layers of exploitation of women the Democrat Party and its leaders support.
[Photo of San Francisco "massage parlor" courtesy of the San Francisco Chronicle; Prop K graphic courtesy of FRC]