FBI Rescues 69 Kids from Sex Slavery, Doesn’t Mind Leaving 299,931 More in Danger

22 Nov

The FBI announced the other day the arrest of over 800 people (let’s be serious here, men) involved in the sexual exploitation of minors and the rescue of 69 children in Operation Cross Country V, an action carried out under the Innocence Lost Initiative. Excellent news, to be sure. Still, one cannot help but see the rescue of 69 children as a single lick on the world’s biggest Tootsie Pop when it is estimated that 300,000 children are currently at risk of sexual exploitation in the US, that a million children are sexually exploited annually worldwide, and that of the estimated 27 million individuals being kept in slavery around the world, 80% are women and children, with 70% of those victims trafficked into the sex industry.

In the FBI’s press release, Shawn Henry, executive assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch said, “There is no work more important than protecting America’s children and freeing them from the cycle of victimization.” But the FBI’s own budget seems to indicate that there are about 6000 things that are more important than that; in fiscal year 2010, the FBI spent nearly $4.6 billion on terrorism and “national security,” but only $3.1 billion on all domestic issues – including combating sex trafficking – combined.

Between 1968 and 2006, a total of 548 terrorist attacks, causing 4165 injuries and 3227 fatalities, occurred in the US. That’s over the course of almost forty years and averages out to 104 injuries and 80 fatalities annually. If the FBI were to devote equivalent resources to combating every issue that resulted in a similar number of casualties, we’d have a billion dollar task force dedicated to preventing injuries related to re-enactments of scenes from Jackass. Still, of the $306 million he requested from Congress to expand existing programs in fiscal year 2011′s budget proposal, FBI Director Robert Mueller only sought $10.8 million to expand the Innocence Lost Initiative and other programs aimed at protecting children from being raped for profit, while he asked for $25.2 million to supplement the already swollen “anti-terrorism” budget.

According to the 2010 budget, the FBI’s goal was to rescue 150 children from sexual exploitation. Without exploring how gross an idea “150 out of 300,000 is cool with us” is, that leaves 299,850 kids at risk of being raped for profit. We need to seriously rethink the definition of “national security” when hundreds of thousands of women and children are being sexually exploited within the US, and, as a culture, we need to confront the reasons these numbers continue to grow. They continue to grow because the sexualization of children and the objectification and degradation of women in our popular media and porn create demand in the market in women and “barely legal” (and younger) girls for men to pay to rape. I realize that protecting women and children from being sold into sex slavery won’t make Exxon-Mobil or L-3 Communications any money, but the FBI really ought to be spending a few more dollars on programs aimed at doing it anyway and a few less dollars on concocting rationalizations for killing/incarcerating/surveiling more brown people.

32 Responses to “FBI Rescues 69 Kids from Sex Slavery, Doesn’t Mind Leaving 299,931 More in Danger”

  1. ocdaydreamer November 23, 2010 at 12:49 AM #

    It makes me sick to read about this.

    I also find something problematic with the name “Innocence Lost.” I understand that “Bodily Autonomy Lost” doesn’t have the same ring to it, but the name the initiative smacks of the old valuing of virginity over human lives.

  2. isme November 23, 2010 at 7:10 AM #

    Terrorism is big and scary, by definition.

    Women (predominately women) being abused is generally seen as par for the course. A proper examination of the issues involved would make people uncomfortable with society. It’s easier to pretend terrorism is a simple issue (after all, Arnie shoots up lots of those crazy foreigners, you don’t see him tackling rape culture, so rape culture obviously isn’t a problem, or at least not a manly one).

    And then again, how many of those people who aren’t directly involved or profiting from exploitation and abuse would secretly (hopefully they keep it secret, rather than promoting it) find it to their liking? I’m not sure if there’s a word to describe a combination of lust and laughing at someone’s misfortunes in the way I mean, but the idea seems fairly widespread, which is going to hamper any attempts to do anything about it.

    Thirdly, terrorism theoretically could affect anyone, while abuse of women generally only happens to women, so specifically targeting it is terribly unfair and proof that the men of today are being horribly emasculated or whatever line the MRAs are spouting at the moment.

  3. lizor November 23, 2010 at 9:31 AM #

    This is really appalling. I suppose when you stop and consider the degree to which the ownership, use and rape of non-men by men is accepted as “natural”, it is less surprising.

    Of course if you deny the existence of multiple social mechanisms that excuse, allow, encourage and even teach rape, the information in this post makes it pretty hard to stand by that denial.

    Thanks for another rocking post.

  4. Imaginary November 23, 2010 at 10:40 AM #

    More proof that men should never be allowed near womin and children…. or animals…. or potted plants for that matter.

  5. Jamie November 23, 2010 at 1:28 PM #

    Now why would people care about the well being of women and children, when evil terrorists could be killing MEN.
    If it doesn’t hurt or make men fearful, the crime isn’t all that important.

  6. Bluecat November 23, 2010 at 4:26 PM #

    I’m willing to bet that there are plenty of powerful men profiting from and/or directly reaping the benefits of sex slavery, and they’re applying just enough pressure to the Forces That Be to keep this issue on the back burner.

    Fun Fact: Did you know Linda Lovelace, porn star of “Deep Throat” was a sex slave? I can’t believe they’re making her story into a movie. Who on earth would want to see a movie about an abused woman tortured into participating in one of the most famous pornos ever? Oh wait…

  7. isme November 23, 2010 at 7:55 PM #

    “Fun Fact: Did you know Linda Lovelace, porn star of “Deep Throat” was a sex slave? I can’t believe they’re making her story into a movie. Who on earth would want to see a movie about an abused woman tortured into participating in one of the most famous pornos ever? Oh wait…”

    Well, if they were to approach the subject in a sympathetic and adult way and properly depict…of couse, that’s not going to happen.

    Less well known than her husband forced her to make “Deepthroat” is that he also forced her to make a movie entitled “Dogfucker”. Exactly what it sounds, and that sort of thing was perfectly legal to distribute across the world at that time. fortunately things have changed a little bit since.

  8. Bluecat November 24, 2010 at 2:00 PM #

    Well, if they were to approach the subject in a sympathetic and adult way and properly depict…of couse, that’s not going to happen.

    Less well known than her husband forced her to make “Deepthroat” is that he also forced her to make a movie entitled “Dogfucker”. Exactly what it sounds, and that sort of thing was perfectly legal to distribute across the world at that time. fortunately things have changed a little bit since.

    The dog business is, unfortunately, in the script. Along with plenty of rape (in the form of coerced prostitution/porn and rape by Linda’s husband), brutality/humiliation of the eponymous lead character, and sobbing her way through “Deep Throat”.

    Aye yi yi. Even if the script is handled sensitively, with utmost sympathy for Lovelace, it still sounds too horrific for most women to sit through. With any luck, misogybags will walk in to the theater expecting sexxxay torture porn and maybe wind up feeling a shred of sympathy for Lovelace. Maybe they’ll even (miraculously) begin questioning the treatment of modern porn actresses.

    My WTF moment of the day: while googling Lovelace and the movie “Inferno”, a picture of a smugly grinning old dude wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with “I choked Linda Lovelace” popped up. I’m just going to say it: I hate men.

  9. Aileen Wuornos November 24, 2010 at 2:50 PM #

    Thank you for writing this Nine Deuce, this is something that I’ve often pondered upon, but never managed to articulate it in such an eloquent manner. You have me curious ot see what the stats + budgets are for Australia also.

  10. skeptifem November 24, 2010 at 9:26 PM #

    I feel so bad for linda lovelace. iirc, she died of hepatitis that she got from a blood transfusion. Everything about her life was seriously unfortunate.

    Maybe the movie will handle it well. Boogie Nights did a good job of making everything really unglamorous, and I heard girl with the dragon tattoo treated abuse with maturity.

  11. ElkBallet November 28, 2010 at 10:02 AM #

    I’m pretty much of the opinion that this war money could be better spent on EVERYTHING. I mean just think about the high speed rail we could build (yay for an option other than flying), the research for other things we could fund, the reduction in carbon emissions, and what if we spent that money on actually helping people? More women are raped every year than are hurt/killed by terrorists. More people are killed in car wrecks every year than by terrorists. More people are killed by cancer every year than terrorists. And heart disease, which is the number one killer of women by a huge margin, could be researched and people could be better educated about how to help prevent this. But you’re right, terrorism is a much manlier thing to go after. Yay for machoness! Let’s ruin the economy and kill innocent brown people for no reason so we can be manly!

  12. lizor November 29, 2010 at 7:41 AM #

    Bluecat makes a great point about the general profiteering from the sex trade whether the dude is in the biz or simply a customer.

    I was looking at the Southern Poverty Law Centre site yesterday, which linked to an article about an anti-gay hate group in the U.S. That organization is renowned for their anti-hatred campaigns, starting with racist groups in the south and now expanding to other forms of hatred including homophobia and even anti-rural bigotry.

    However, guess what a search of the term “sexism” pulls up? Sweet Fuck All, that’s what. I guess when it comes to men’s access to whatever sort of orgasm they want, it makes no difference who gets destroyed in the process. That ain’t hatred, it’s just human sexuality, right?

    Perhaps we should start asking SPLC why, given their excellent anti-hatred work, they have an undeniable blind spot when it comes to sexual slavery.

    I am so sickened by the Linda Lovelace movie I can barely stand to think about it. I know for sure that there will be loads and loads of exploitive and “titillating” rape and torture scenes. If the producers decide to show her pain and humiliation, all the more beneficial to the boners! Oh fucking shoot me.

  13. ocdaydreamer December 2, 2010 at 5:30 AM #

    While we’re on the subject, I’d point out this asshole, who I swear was put on this earth to be the personification of the mentality that leads to human trafficking: http://panuhorsmalahti.livejournal.com/563.html

    The post is filled with classy lines such as “whores do not need a higher education,” but goes into Sex Offender territory with his horrifying closing statement:

    “Women’s sexuality should be increased in schools and through education/propaganda. The more women have sex the more equal the society becomes. Schools should study that sex is acceptable, fun and safe. The stigma of ‘whoring’ should also be removed, since it limits the amount of sex women may have. Women should be taught to make more initiation, so men with social anxiety get approached too.”

    This asshole (really, I need a stronger word) seems to think that it’s easier for women to get sex than men, and that this is just so unfair because dudes need sex and we mean, nasty females have standards, which means a douche like him is SOL. In comments in a community, for which he was called out by 10,000 angry feminists (fuck yeah!), he even argued that the “problem” with prostitution is that sex workers are allowed to say “no.” His exact words: “Prostitution is important and I hope it stays legal. However, the problem is that prostitutes can also choose customers.”

    As many people pointed out, girls and women are ALREADY pressured to have sex with Nice Guys, told that being fuckable is our only reason for existing, and blamed for rape. It’s because of this that so many kids are at risk for sex slavery. That kind of “training” he suggests in his post is no different than the “grooming” children go through before they’re sent out into the streets. It’s a perfect example.

    Assholes like him think they’re ENTITLED to something–doesn’t matter what–and they trample human rights to get it. Or wish they could.

  14. polly December 5, 2010 at 2:29 PM #

    Fear of child abusers isn’t a useful method of social control of the populace though.

  15. polly December 6, 2010 at 2:21 AM #

    I really shouldn’t ocdaydreamer, but this bit from your quote made me LOL.

    Women should be taught to make more initiation, so men with social anxiety get approached too.”

    YAWWWWN. Yet another dude who isn’t getting any and is putting it down to society/feminism/the phase of the moon, instead of his own personality/looks/bad breath.

    DUDE – do you think Brad Pitt or George Clooney have any problems with women ‘initiating’ stuff. Did ol Tiger Woods have any problems with ‘social anxiety’.

    Well then – you’re just fugly dude, face it. Social anxiety my arse.

  16. LALAP February 4, 2011 at 11:03 AM #

    oh. my. god.

    this is sooooooo my new favorite blog. i teach 9th grade english and i so badly wish that i could discuss some of these issues with girls in my classes. unfortunately, my principal (a man, btw) won’t let me arrange lunchtime meetings in my room for fear of food getting on the carpets. we are a school that serves primarily economically disadvantaged minorities and i can’t organize a young women’s group??
    i’m just gonna have to bring it in class. the boys can shut up and take it. i guess i have a lot of editing to do though…

  17. Jane February 4, 2011 at 6:10 PM #

    before they delete it, they posters are screaming about this on GLP board [which is an assortment of all kinds of beliefs] but there is a lot of anger and discussion taking place

    the media [some say] is trying to block the story, but thought some here might want to know, 14 year old girl whipped to death, her crime,

    she was raped.

    http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=172669

    This is an outrage, and sadly more common than we like to think. [treatment of women in Christian nations in Africa isn't much better, just to include that tragic reality]

    it goes to say, it is correct, it seems patriarchy far more concerned with protecting virginity [for de husbands and men Selling the girls] rather than women as human beings.

    Jane

  18. Jane February 5, 2011 at 11:56 AM #

    In reading on this last night [other news sources, etc] several reported that the woman of the man who raped the young girl, denied the rape knowing full well the girl would be whipped to death,

    accusing this girl [the man was older cousin, WAY older] of bringing it on, etc.,

    just goes to show, how Patriarchy in it’s most extreme via sanctioning through theocratic/cult of personality type of laws, pits women against each other to the point where women Literally will sacrifice one another,

    because of the poverty [and it's horrid], as disgusting as this wife’s behavior is, She too is a victim, because the loss of her income/husband [and she probably has 10 children who barely can eat] would put HER into a position most likely to be prostituted/or a beggar, etc., in that society, a society where violence to women is so accepted that relief from is a dream for some afterlife [if they even Qualify for that].

    This is the level of hell horror that needs to be purged from the planet, because this woman now will have to live with that mental horror [who probably can't stand her asshole husband whom she most likely was SOLD TO as a child anyway] of that young girl being brutally raped then whipped to death and her role in that,

    and HE walks away, as they often do, with a slap on the wrist.

    And this same dynamic works too in nations where women are shamed if their husbands stray, so they conclude [rationalizing misogyny] that it’s better if the husband goes to prostitutes and not affairs, therefore the justification and normalizing of prostitution [in this one example I'm referring to Thailand where the brothels are full of sex slaves trafficked], is sadly supported by women just as much as men,

    it never ceases to amaze me at just how evil patriarchal indoctrination and the internalization of misogyny, that works Just like VooDoo rituals which create zombies controlled by handlers, is,

    a ritual system that goes back to Sumer, etc. It’s like some twilight zone nightmare that Never ends…

    Jane

  19. Ball Buster February 20, 2011 at 9:27 PM #

    Wow this shit is just fucking abysmal. I’m at a loss for words, because this is so atrocious. To put the barest minimum investment in protecting women and kids is exactly why this system is fucked – and men don’t care because they aren’t at risk for this shit.

    I will say this, though:

    I can’t help but notice that there’s 236 comments on the janitor pr0n post, and only 18 here. 19, if you count mine. There are NO comments from men, at least that I can ascertain from here. Correct me if I’m wrong. But I guess it doesn’t matter, because even if ONE man commented it still shows that this subject is much less important to men than defending their pr0n addiction.

    As long as they have their shit to whack off to, they don’t give a fuck what happens to us. That’s why I want nothing to do with men anymore. It will always be all about them.

  20. joy February 21, 2011 at 12:40 PM #

    “I can’t help but notice that there’s 236 comments on the janitor pr0n post, and only 18 here. 19, if you count mine. There are NO comments from men…”

    I noticed that too. It’s so curious, ian’t it.

    “But I guess it doesn’t matter, because even if ONE man commented it still shows that this subject is much less important to men than defending their pr0n addiction.

    As long as they have their shit to whack off to, they don’t give a fuck what happens to us.”

    Thank you. Exactly. If ever I start to believe that men might be decent enough to even hang out with, I remember this. I might get that last sentence tattooed on my arm. Not really, but I’ll at least write it down somewhere and look at it often.

    And it’s more than just porn, it’s everything. As long as a man is “getting his dick wet”, then he has no reason to care what happens to women. Especially women as a class. Human empathy seems to occur to about .0001 percent of the male species, as far as I can discern from secondhand accounts, but it’s nigh-on worthless a percentage.

  21. joy February 21, 2011 at 12:45 PM #

    PS: Ballbuster, I like your blog. I’m really into the liberal use of profanity and all-around avoidance of men. (Really, I am, ask ND.) So you’ve got yourself a regular reader and promoter.

  22. Aileen Wuornos February 21, 2011 at 7:51 PM #

    Ball buster has one of the best points I have seen made on this journal, ever.

  23. ball buster February 22, 2011 at 5:47 PM #

    Hi Joy, Aileen – thanks. This shit is terrible, isn’t it? Just this last Superbowl, men gave more of a shit about people not getting a seat at the stadium than they did about the fact that the Superbowl is one of the biggest human trafficking events in America.

    I totally agree with you, Joy. There’s no point in “believing” in the potential good in men, when they’ll just side with all the other assholes of the world anyway. They’ll give rapists the benefit of the doubt before they would a woman. I believe even the most nicest, unoffensive man is truly incapable of giving a shit, that’s just how they are.

    Joy – thanks for promoting my blog. I appreciate it. You both are welcome to come on over anytime to my little blog whenever you want.

  24. joy February 23, 2011 at 11:55 AM #

    Ballbuster, your latest entry (Success) is my life philosophy. I have to sign up to wordpress so I can comment there.

  25. lizor February 27, 2011 at 8:02 AM #

    We have similar priorities in our (in)justice system up here in Canaduh.

    http://oncampus.macleans.ca/education/2011/02/25/falsies-dont-mean-yes/

    I figure if a woman is wearing a t-shirt that says “rape me” on it, the guy who does so is still a rapist. This judge and the deluge of trolls supporting this ruling, saying that “women need to take responsibility for their actions” are operating on the premise that all men are rapists and it’s women’s responsibility to prevent them from doing what comes natural – by never, ever walking alone, never ever doing anything that may induce a boner, etc.

    But will they admit that they themselves, by their own logic, would rape a woman if they had the opportunity? Well no, of course not.

    I have never in my life before thought that someone deserved to be raped, but I really feel that this judge and the supporters of this ruling have it coming to them.

    BTW, there is an online petition calling for his resignation here (if I may):

    http://www.gopetition.com/petition/43362.html

  26. Nine Deuce April 28, 2011 at 4:04 PM #

    Kerry M – Your points are too stupid to engage. The fact that some men fight in wars does not mitigate the need for more protection for children at risk of being raped by men. Move along now. You don’t want to miss the Glenn Beck show.

  27. Kerry M. April 28, 2011 at 4:08 PM #

    So no man has commented on this because you delete all of them?

    • Nine Deuce April 28, 2011 at 4:13 PM #

      No, you’re the first man to comment. And as expected, as men are wont to do, you had to minimize the harms that women and children suffer, make everything about men, and arrogantly pat yourself on the back for being smarter than us womenfolk, despite the fact that you can’t even comprehend what we’re talking about. Goodbye, now.

  28. Kerry M. April 28, 2011 at 4:22 PM #

    I was not at all implying that it is not an important issue. But it is an issue that cannot be solved as easily as throwing more money at it. I agree that it is sickening and wrong, and I am sure almost 100% perpetrated by men, there will always be evil, self serving people in the world.
    But don’t attack men and women who are serving their country in the interest of protecting all of us sitting on our asses enjoying the freedoms said country provides.
    And Glenn Beck is a raving lunatic…

    • Nine Deuce April 28, 2011 at 4:26 PM #

      I’m not attacking the agents, I’m attacking the people who appropriate the money.

  29. whorelizard September 10, 2011 at 2:06 PM #

    Most of those arrests were of women, not men – adult female sex workers who get caught in this dragnet get arrested too, unfortunately.

  30. No Sugarcoating September 10, 2011 at 5:00 PM #

    What do you mean by “caught in the dragnet”?

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