Sunday, September 10, 2006

Missing articles

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I found out some great articles have disappeared from the internet. Actually some Dutch reports from the Dutch national rapporteur are missing too. But they will be back soon.

I have no other choice but to 'quote' from East County news were the magnificent Joseph Parker is cited. He is a great person. Also read his essay on "
how prostitution works". Is Joe Parker (and also Greg Duvic) really right about all those prostitutes having pimps? I actually have no idea.

Also see:
http://www.prostitutionrecovery.org/

Now, the missing articles from East county news:

Commando fights “sexual slavery”
By David F. Ashton - 05/27/05

“In all but a few cases, prostitutes are slaves, not independent contractors,” says Joseph Parker, a medical, mental health, and law enforcement professional. “People still think prostitution is a victimless crime.”

“Slaves? Isn’t that a rather charged word?” we ask of Parker, a co-founder of the Southeast Portland Baldwin Foundation — an organization helping prostitutes escape to freedom. “In popular culture, hookers are portrayed as light-hearted free-spirits who love to party in exchange for a little cash,” we counter.

“Very few people find prostitution anything but painful,” replies Parker.

“Slavery on the plantations died out in the old South because machines could do most jobs faster and cheaper than forced human laborers,” Parker explains. “But in the sex industry, human beings are still essential, and slavery is very profitable, earning the pimp upwards of $150,000 a year per girl. Prostitutes become like money-producing farm animals, bought and sold by pimps for $2,500.”

Portland Police Vice Officers Doug Kosloske and Greg Duvic agree with Parker, saying that 99% of prostitutes they’ve interviewed are under the control of a pimp.

Parker continues, “The first thing a pimp does is get the contact information of a girl’s family and friends, giving them a considerable list of people to threaten, if the girl bolts. Often the girl recognizes she is dealing with serious criminals, and will sacrifice her own life to protect her family.”

End of the line
“Most prostituted women’s lives end badly,” Parker reports. “When they are young, starting at 13 years of age, they are in high demand as ‘escorts’. By their late 20s they fall into the second tier, servicing men in better, local hotels. ‘The Street’ is typically the end-of-the-line.”

When a sex-worker becomes too old, too beat up, or wants to get out, they are set up for accidental or on-purpose “suicide”. Murder rates are high, Parker says.

To ease their emotional pain, Parker says prostituted persons stay “high” on drugs or booze. “This increases their chances of dying from an accident. They also die young of hepatitis-C, AIDS, other sexually transmitted diseases, or from dirty or shared needles.”

Escape routes
“The bad outcomes begin when they get too old for the pimps’ clientele,” Parker continues, “or, when a beating causes a serious injury. Then, reality may hammer its way into her belief system, cracking the notion of being ‘in love’ with her pimp.”

While the Baldwin Foundation is primarily an educational organization, they also take an active role helping prostituted persons escape their dead-end life path.

Parker says their first step is to make sure the escapee has good identification, and a safe place to go. “Often, the pimp changes a girl’s name, and gives them fake ID. “The pimp makes it clear he owns the prostituted girl — and all of her belongings, including the clothing on her back.” If she escapes, it will be without any worldly goods.

“ If they have passable ID, they may take a day’s earnings to buy an airline or train ticket out of town,” Parker explains. If they don’t have good ID, they may buy a cheap car or hop a bus.” Parker says the foundation helps escapees find safe places to go, far away from where they are being prostituted.

“Sometimes, we are contacted by a caring family asking for help to ‘rescue’ a sibling,” tells Parker. “If the family members follow our instructions, the chances of a successful rescue are high. Sometimes a girl’s family will risk a great deal to effect a rescue.”

Another way out occurs when both the prostituted person and the pimp are arrested. “Compelling Prostitution is a Measure 11 crime, and gets the pimp 70 months in jail,” explains Parker. The prostituted woman typically gets a lighter sentence. Sometimes, counselors can help the woman see the true nature of her situation, and learn basic life and work skills.

Facing danger
Is it dangerous helping sexual slaves gain their freedom? “Yes. And, we are well protected and defended,” said Parker. “In rare circumstances where we’ve been challenged, we’ve stood up; the pimps have backed down. We don’t get in a tizzy or act aggressively. We’re not your ordinary social workers who can be ‘played’.”

Ending prostitution in East Portland
“On the street level, please, don’t harass prostituted women,” Parker urges. “Prostitution is caused by the johns [customers] first, and pimps second. Don’t blame the women for the bad behavior of the johns, pimps, and dope dealers.

Make your neighborhood “prostitution-unfriendly”, Parker suggests, by taking pictures of the johns in cars. Read, he says, the “Unlawful Prostitution Procurement Activity” statute, which spells out specific behaviors observable on the street. “Make life difficult for the johns. Openly use cameras, from a distance, and report activity to the police.”

Finally, Parker pleads, “Sign up as a foster parent, or as a child’s court-appointed ‘special advocate’. Hopefully you can help some of these kids before they are completely wrecked.

“If one could sweep away all prostitutes working today, within a month or two, their ranks would be filled. We are pumping out kids, groomed by bad parents or the state, to be easy targets. The sex industry has a ready supply of workers.

“Are children really our ‘greatest asset’?” Parker asks in conclusion. “The city, county or state won’t fix this problem. It is up to individuals.”

Sex in the Street - Epilogue
Next month, learn the shocking reasons behind the continuing success of the sex trade; why we as a city are becoming known nationally as “Porn-land, Oregon.”

Sex on the Street - Epilog – This series ends the problem remains
By David F. Ashton - 06/04/05

Months after we started this investigative report, we’re sad to report that the sex-for-sale trade on East Portland streets is still decreasing the livability of eastside neighborhoods.

Prostitution customers who cruise into an area for cheap sex leave behind more than used condoms — their behavior leaves home and business owners with the feeling that local, regional, and state government officials give only tacit approval to this degrading and illegal activity.

We again spoke with some of the neighbors who told how they are fighting to rid their neighborhoods of street prostitution. “We appreciate your effort,” a homeowner told us, “but it is still happening every day. We don’t look forward to nicer weather; it seems to bring the hookers out,” she added as she picked up debris left by the outdoor sex trade.

Why aren’t the police doing something about it? Officer Michael Gallagher and others still perform regular prostitution missions. They arrest, photograph, document — and then release — many of the same prostituted women month after month. Why are they put back on the streets? In the county jail’s “matrix release” system, prostitutes are released before virtually all other criminals — often never spending a night in jail.

Because there is no jail space, the prosecutors don’t prosecute, the judges don’t judge, and on and on the sex trade goes.
As Portland Police Vice Investigators Doug Kosloske and Greg Duvic — yes, there are only two on Portland’s Vice Squad — told us, street sex is just the filthy tip of a seamy iceberg. Between “outcall” services, “lingerie modeling studios”, and strip bars, our city has earned the reputation of being “Porn-land USA.”

Further, Kosloske and Duvic opined that, in an effort to preserve free speech in Oregon, our legislators have made it easy for the sex-for-cash trade to prosper and flourish by allowing blatant sexual-oriented advertising.

An even more shocking revelation was the credible evidence given people like Joseph Parker of The Baldwin Foundation, a warrior against what he calls “sexual slavery”, is that top-level city and state officials — yes, even judges – themselves sometimes use the services of prostitutes!

Not a victimless crime
Most people say that sex-industry workers should be left alone. Women have the right to do with their bodies as they wish, right? “Even the term ‘sex-industry workers’ makes it seem that prostituted that women have a decent, regular job, like being a checker in a grocery store,” Parker said. “The fact is, very few prostituted people find their ‘work’ anything but painful.”

As pointed out by the vice squad investigators and by Parker, virtually all prostituted women are having sex with as many as twenty men a day because their pimp — whether he be their “boyfriend” or “husband” or “guy” — coerces them to do so. “To say a prostitute enjoys her work is like saying an abused wife loves getting beat up,” Parker told us.

A crime of degradation
Recall our conversations with prostituted women when we rode along with Officers Gallagher and Hoover: After a few minutes of “spitting slick” about how much they loved the sex-trade, each ended up saying their customers treated them “like a piece of meat.”

Workers both in the criminal justice system and in social services agencies agree that “johns” (customers) seldom engage in prostitution for a brief, sexual caprice. Their enjoyment comes from the feeling of having utter and complete control over another human being — if only for a short time.

What next?
Because of East County News investigative reports on the methamphetamine-driven crime crisis in East Portland last year — long before the story became a staple media topic — neighbors, business leaders, and finally some government officials are starting to take action.

But sadly, as our latest investigative series ends, it looks like we’re fated to remain “East Porn-Land” for some time to come.

More about Greg Duvic:
Sex trafficking strikes closer to home than thought

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