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Normajeana said...

According to the Federal Government statistics (available from the Justice Department website), in 2010, Tennessee had 2,138 forcible rapes, of which 335 alleged rapists were arrested, or 16% of the violent individuals who committed rapes for which there were actual victims who went to the police, filed a report and waited for justice. Meanwhile, Tennessee made 2,387 arrests for prostitution- of individuals ("victims"???) who had not called the police or asked for help. Also- on September 15, 2010, the National Census of Domestic Violence Services reported that Tennessee had 1,002 cases of domestic violence on that date, where victims sought assistance from shelters and other services in your state. That doesn't mean that's all there were, it means that's the cases which were reported on that one particular day in Tennessee. The total number of domestic violence cases for Tennessee in 2010 were 85,070. Surely your scarce resources would be better spent pursuing and prosecuting actual violent criminals who rape others than in pursuing consenting adults who may be engaging in commercial sex? While there may be some who are coerced into prostitution, the majority of prostitutes are NOT victims of sex trafficking and do not need 'rescuing.' But those who have been victims of domestic violence and/or rape and have asked for help really do need those scarce resources allocated to assist them. Pursue and prosecute criminals where a victim has asked for help before you spend resources 'helping' those whom you presume are victims because you don't approve of the work they do. Allow those who are victims of sex trafficking to have access to the criminal justice system in the same way that domestic violence and rape victims do. You don't presume a woman is a victim of domestic violence just because she is married, or that she has been raped just because she has had sex with someone to whom she is not married...why do you presume a woman is a victim of sex trafficking just because she sells something she can otherwise give away to anyone she wants? As the old saying goes, "don't call us- we'll call you... when we need or want your help..."

October 20, 2011 at 2:01 p.m.
Normajeana said...

According to the Federal Government statistics (available from the Justice Department website), in 2010, Tennessee had 2,138 forcible rapes, of which 335 alleged rapists were arrested, or 16% of the violent individuals who committed rapes for which there were actual victims who went to the police, filed a report and waited for justice. Meanwhile, Tennessee made 2,387 arrests for prostitution- of individuals ("victims"???) who had not called the police or asked for help. Also- on September 15, 2010, the National Census of Domestic Violence Services reported that Tennessee had 1,002 cases of domestic violence on that date, where victims sought assistance from shelters and other services in your state. That doesn't mean that's all there were, it means that's the cases which were reported on that one particular day in Tennessee. Surely your scarce resources would be better spent pursuing and prosecuting actual violent criminals who rape others than in pursuing consenting adults who may be engaging in commercial sex? While there may be some who are coerced into prostitution, the majority of prostitutes are NOT victims of sex trafficking and do not need 'rescuing.' But those who have been victims of domestic violence and/or rape and have asked for help really do need those scarce resources allocated to assist them. Pursue and prosecute criminals where a victim has asked for help before you spend resources 'helping' those whom you presume are victims because you don't approve of the work they do. Allow those who are victims of sex trafficking to have access to the criminal justice system in the same way that domestic violence and rape victims do. You don't presume a woman is a victim of domestic violence just because she is married, or that she has been raped just because she has had sex with someone to whom she is not married...why do you presume a woman is a victim of sex trafficking just because she sells something she can otherwise give away to anyone she wants? As the old saying goes, "don't call us- we'll call you... when we need or want your help..."

October 20, 2011 at 11:35 a.m.
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