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The ugly American - sex trafficking and our national humiliation
Life News ^ | 4/24/2012 | Albert Mohler

Posted on 04/24/2012 6:30:09 PM PDT by Morgana

April 24, 2012 (AlbertMohler.com) - The sexual revolution of the last several decades has transformed any public conversation about sex and sexuality. The revolutionaries directed their attention to the dismantling of an entire edifice of sexual morality that had been basically intact for well over 2,000 years.

At one point in the sexual revolution, efforts were made to legalize prostitution as a “victimless crime,” a term that anyone could recognize as an oxymoron. Most of these efforts went nowhere in the United States and most of Europe, though “progressive” law enforcement officials often looked the other way and did little to curb the market for illicit sex.

Then something truly interesting started to happen. Influential forces in society began to notice the scale and magnitude of the market for sex. Law enforcement officials started to acknowledge the fact that women, along with under-age girls and boys, were being “trafficked” through international networks of gangsters. By the end of the last decade, American officials were aware that sex trafficking was taking place in cities large and small. Women, along with boys and girls, were being kidnapped in far parts of the world and on the streets of American cities, to be sold into what could only be considered as sexual slavery.

Over time, the shadow of international sex trafficking became evident in criminal networks that span the globe. Women and girls answering advertisements for models, maids, and child minders found themselves sold into slavery and transported around the world.

Wealthy Americans booked vacations to destinations where their sexual appetite of choice, including children, could be easily purchased. As recently as the 2012 Super Bowl, American officials warned that several hundred under-age sex workers might be brought into the host city. These developments make the international sex trafficking networks impossible to deny.

Then came the news that at least eleven Secret Service agents had been involved in a prostitution scandal in Cartagena, Colombia in advance of a visit there by President Barack Obama. It is believed that several members of the United States military were also involved. Even as that scandal began to break, the international media reported that cities like Cartagena have become magnets for the sex trade, with much of their business provided by lustful Americans.

Critics of the Secret Service suggested that a good many of its agents adopted a motto of “wheels up, rings off,” indicating plans to visit prostitutes in their destination city. They planned their involvement with prostitutes well in advance of their arrival to “advance” the President’s trip, it is alleged.

As if Americans were not sufficiently shocked, USA Today reported that the Secret Service scandal was “no aberration.” Kirsten Powers reported: “Men working abroad on behalf of our government engage in this kind of behavior so frequently that the Pentagon was forced in 2004 to draft an anti-prostitution rule aimed at preventing the U.S. military from being complicit in fueling sex trafficking.”

It appears that the rule did not restrain those involved in the Cartagena scandal, nor many others. Powers also reported that the American government has been aware for some time that much of the energy in the international sex trafficking underworld comes from American government personnel, both in uniform and out.

Powers cited Rep. Christopher Smith (R-NJ), who declared that “women and girls are being forced into prostitution for a clientele consisting largely of military services members, government contractors and international peacekeepers.”

One report indicates that young girls have been kidnapped in Eastern Europe “specifically to be sold to the American contractors to use for sex.” Those contractors were there under the auspices of our government to establish peace and security in the aftermath of the Bosnian crisis.

As Kirsten Powers observed, “Representatives of the U.S. government should be setting the standard for the world, not feeding the problem of sex trafficking. The chances that the women or girls the Secret Service agents procured for their pleasure were there by free will is very low. Most likely, they were sex slaves.”

Thankfully, there is much less talk these days about prostitution and sex trafficking as a “victimless crime.” Few crimes offer such a dismal view of the human moral reality. There is a ready market for every form of lust, and criminal syndicates stand ready to sell anyone and anything for a price.

Bringing the story even closer to home, Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times reported the story of a sex worker in New York City. “If you think sex trafficking only happens in faraway places like Nepal or Thailand, then you should listen to an expert on American sex trafficking I interviewed the other day,” he wrote. “But, first, wish her happy birthday. She turns 16 years old on Thursday.”

Kristof told of “Brianna,” who had been effectively kidnapped and sold into the sex trade after she ran away from home for only one night at age 12. He also described the prominence of major Internet sex trafficking sites, one of which “accounts for about 70 percent of America’s prostitution ads.” Brianna reported that she had been offered on such a site, estimating that half of the business into which she was sold came through the site. Chillingly, Kristof also reported that major Wall Street financial firms were profiting by the business.

Kirsten Powers got it just right when she wrote, “We have a global epidemic of sex trafficking.” I can only wonder how many Americans understand that the “we” in that statement means us — the American people. When a congressman can admit for us all that women and girls are being forced into the sex trade for a clientele “consisting largely” of American government officials and contractors along with the U.S. military, that problem becomes the responsibility of every American.

American Christians, who understand the incomprehensible scandal and moral horror of sex trafficking must recognize that this is an issue of high moral priority.

We must demand the enforcement of laws meant to protect human beings from being sold into sexual slavery and the vigorous prosecution of those who are engaged in sex trafficking. We must demand that any American involved in such activities be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and that every effort be made to release women and young people from sexual slavery.

No American can rest with an easy conscience while this nation is known around the world for sending out officials, business associates, government contractors, and military personnel whose motto is “wheels up, rings off.”

This scandal has revealed that the concept of the Ugly American has taken on a humiliating new dimension.


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KEYWORDS: moralabsolutes

1 posted on 04/24/2012 6:30:16 PM PDT by Morgana
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To: GeronL; wagglebee; little jeremiah

“Wealthy Americans booked vacations to destinations where their sexual appetite of choice, including children, could be easily purchased.”

Sexual perverts who really need one of these and leave the kids alone!

http://youtu.be/-Iqc5cyWZjs


2 posted on 04/24/2012 6:34:04 PM PDT by Morgana (I only come here to see what happens next. It normally does.)
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To: Morgana

Its not just Americans. In fact many countries are far far worse.


3 posted on 04/24/2012 6:44:30 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Morgana

“Thankfully, there is much less talk these days about prostitution and sex trafficking as a “victimless crime.” Few crimes offer such a dismal view of the human moral reality. There is a ready market for every form of lust, and criminal syndicates stand ready to sell anyone and anything for a price.”

Sadly Dr. Mohler there are many “libertarians” still playing the “victimless crime” card nonsense. More sad is many lurk here on FR. Some nonsense is why I hold such an extreme disdain for Libertarians. Many are just anarchist libertines.


4 posted on 04/24/2012 6:52:00 PM PDT by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: Morgana

“Victimless crime” is not an oxymoron. The author is an idiot.

I suggest he familiarize himself with the terms “malum en se” and “malum en prohibitum” before he attempts to write on this subject again.


5 posted on 04/24/2012 7:02:33 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Morgana
This is nothing new at all. In the 1950's and early 60's when I visited foreign ports while serving in the US Navy, the streets crawled with prostitutes, which the Navy urged us to avoid like the plague itself. Most of us did avoid them, but a few did not - the stories of which ran the gamut from port to port.

The 'prostitutes' on the streets of most of those foreign ports were not members of any "global epidemic of sex trafficking" - they didn't have 'pimps,' nor were they considered criminals by their fellow citizens. Many, if not most, were looking for an American husband, and quite a few of them managed to attain exactly that - with the complete support of parents and friends of both bride and groom.

Yes there were professional prostitutes in some ports, many far more sophisticated than any American version. In 'Holland' (of those days) they were backed by government oversight and law that demanded far higher levels of sanitation than ever adopted in the US. Sailors in uniform were considered 'unfit' to engage.

6 posted on 04/24/2012 7:03:30 PM PDT by Ron C.
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To: Morgana

As Kirsten Powers observed, “Representatives of the U.S. government should be setting the standard for the world, not feeding the problem of sex trafficking.”

Yeah but that great editorialist Hugh Hefner just told us that “conservative Republicans” are a threat and don’t you know Kirsten, the MSM and Demonrats won’t say a word in opposition. So the cycle just goes on and on.


7 posted on 04/24/2012 7:07:56 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: Morgana

right, I am so sure its only Americans too... lol.

Send them all to Antarctica... let them make friends with Pengiuns


8 posted on 04/24/2012 7:08:52 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Morgana

Albert! I respect you in most instances, but get this straight. Warriors love lives are complicated. Comes with the territory. Unless one is a Christian. Pretty simple.


9 posted on 04/24/2012 7:09:08 PM PDT by x1stcav (There's a bunch of us out here spoiling for a fight.)
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To: GeronL
"let them make friends with Pengiuns" Geron! The poor Pengiuns!
10 posted on 04/24/2012 7:14:17 PM PDT by Morgana (I only come here to see what happens next. It normally does.)
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To: Morgana

o brother...


11 posted on 04/24/2012 7:20:18 PM PDT by fabian (" And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo with laughter")
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To: driftdiver

Living part time in Thailand, we can pretty much pick out the sex tourists on the plane and in the Airports. You can’t pick out which are gay or child molesters. Americans, Australians, Japanese, Germans and other Europeans are in the majority although there are some recently from China. They are very distinct from the backpackers / world travelers, businessmen or women and academics. A sense of guilt and shame hangs over some and others are having a drunken party.

There are both temples and Christian organizations fighting this filthy slave trade. The tricksters have pretty much run out their string in recruiting kids except among the hill tribes and refugees. The children of drug addicted, greedy and other sex workers are now the primary source of children though a fair number are kidnapped. Government corruption keeps the wheels of commerce turning in the sex trade as elsewhere.


12 posted on 04/24/2012 7:30:53 PM PDT by JimSEA
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Both lists since homosexuals are notoriously attracted to underage boys and sex tourism is big business in the Philippines and Thailand, probably more places. People using underage children for sex should be executed. It would be a great deterrent.

13 posted on 04/24/2012 7:32:50 PM PDT by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell. Signed, a fanatic)
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To: Morgana

I prefer to think we probably will never know what really went on with the SS and other military who left Cartagena the same day sexual immorality was alleged and 4 devices reported were exploded outside the US Embassy.

The reported activity is closer to a contrived coverup made by somebody with the maturity level of a 1-2yr operative out of training given the press to provide an alibi for over 20 operatives to immediately leave a destination of the President and the Secretary of State and who were apparently partying when Chavez was undergoing fatal surgery in Cuba.

Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up. But as they used to say in the intel community,...there are no coincidences.

Co-ink-e-dink?


14 posted on 04/24/2012 7:33:23 PM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: little jeremiah

“Both lists since homosexuals are notoriously attracted to underage boys and sex tourism is big business in the Philippines and Thailand, probably more places. “

Would you believe Uganda and other African countries?


15 posted on 04/24/2012 7:37:11 PM PDT by Morgana (I only come here to see what happens next. It normally does.)
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To: Morgana

Oh yes. And it’s been going on a long time, Keynes (sp?) the economist was a fag pederats and used to go to Tunisia for the boys.

Such people should be freaking executed.


16 posted on 04/24/2012 7:45:36 PM PDT by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell. Signed, a fanatic)
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To: driftdiver

I believe I’ve read that 10% of American men have paid for sex, while in some countiries like Thailand it’s 90%.


17 posted on 04/24/2012 8:03:07 PM PDT by MNDude
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To: Morgana
It appears that the rule did not restrain those involved in the Cartagena scandal, nor many others. Powers also reported that the American government has been aware for some time that much of the energy in the international sex trafficking underworld comes from American government personnel, both in uniform and out.

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I don't believe this.

18 posted on 04/25/2012 7:49:16 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: little jeremiah
Fortunately, there are organizations and churches beginning to fight against sex trafficking, and giving refuge to the children enslaved by it.

Unfortunately, there are not nearly enough to make a dent in this evil practice.

19 posted on 04/25/2012 7:56:26 AM PDT by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: trisham; ohioWfan

I have read that where ever the UN “peacekeepers” go rapes and sexual abuse of the young rises substantially.


20 posted on 04/25/2012 4:39:56 PM PDT by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell. Signed, a fanatic)
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To: Morgana
The ugly American - sex trafficking and our national humiliation

Not a word about Ron Jeremy.

21 posted on 04/25/2012 4:41:12 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (Sofa King Mitt Odd Did Obamneycare)
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To: little jeremiah
I too have read that. The UN "peacekeepers" are major offenders in sex abuse of children and women.

And who's there to stop them? The UN?? Not likely.....

22 posted on 04/26/2012 7:33:17 AM PDT by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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