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Prostitution the Real Victims

Prostitution the Real Victims

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Published by Brian Kern
An exploratory paper into the solution to prostitution
An exploratory paper into the solution to prostitution

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Published by: Brian Kern on Nov 04, 2008
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Brian M
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KernOrganized and Consensual CrimeProfessor LathamUniversity of North Texas November 8, 2007
Prostitution: The Real Victims
Introduction
Often referred to as the oldest profession, prostitution, or the selling of sexual services for remuneration, has been a factor of human existence since before recorded history
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Human beings are by their very nature, sexual beings
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The animalistic lusts and desiresthat move all life forms to propagate their species moves in us as well
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And yet, due toour self-awareness and intelligence, the heat of those needs are tempered with intellect,wisdom, and for some, self-restraint
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Today, prostitution is practiced widely throughoutthe world, from the expensive call girls that dress in diamonds and practice their art inluxurious hotels, to the gaudy and cheap girls who walk the streets
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But prostitution hasan invidious side as well, a dark side that bespeaks suffering, anguish, betrayal and loss
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Prostitution is a well-spring of disease, of self-destruction, of duplicity, and of pain
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Prostitution is referred to as a victimless crime, since those that practice it as well asthose who partake in it are both considered criminals by our society
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The consensualnature of the exchange between prostitute and client excludes the concept of a victim
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Ina culture such as ours, one must wonder at the rational for placing social and economicmorays on others, especially in light of the failed experiment of prohibition. And yet,
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from a sociological perspective we are forced to ask what drives some women to choose prostitution? An argument can be made that socio-economic forces move women with noother alternatives toward prostitution, and yet this concept is narrow-minded, sincesimilar parallels can be drawn between prostitutes and others entering the work place
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Ina male dominated patriarchal society, sex is a “salable commodity”
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(Carpenter:24) Butthe psychological makeup of those who engage in prostitution is also worthy of note
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But not all prostitution is consensual
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Over the years, trafficking in women and childrenhas become a lucrative prospect for organized crime syndicates
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The United Statesgovernment routinely tracks the suspected volumes of criminally transported women andchildren, especially when those involved are trafficked for the purpose of sexualexploitation
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The U
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Government estimates that between 800,000 to 900,000 peopleare trafficked each year for a wide variety of purposes
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Some go to forced labor,indentured servitude, and sexual exploitation
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(Troubnikoff, 3) This troublingdevelopment in the arena of prostitution changes the concept of “victimless crime” intoan unimaginable horror 
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As education and social-economics decrease the supply of “willing” women to engage in prostitution, especially when one considers the many dangers involved, organizedcriminal syndicates who run brothels and bordellos, will go to extreme measures to
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conscript women, whether willing or not, into their business
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Kidnapping, fraud, andeven phony marriage offers are used to bring unsuspecting women into a businessmorally shunned by most western nations
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(Troubnikoff, 5) These methods are barbaric,and are frequently matched with other means of control, such as physical and mentalabuse, and drugs
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Women who find themselves in a foreign country, with no money, papers, barely speaking the language, and threatened with physical violence or drugged,are kept in abominable circumstances
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The sexual exploitation of women is a growing concern worldwide
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Southeast Asia andthe Pacific islands are one of the fastest growing areas of white slavery
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(Troubnikoff, 6)
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Sex tours, also common in South and Latin America, run rampant with American,Australian, and European men, are prevalent, and there are even tourism companies thatspecialize in “sex tours”. Billions of dollars a year routinely pass through the hands of unscrupulous people who use women as nothing more than salable goods.According to the US Government, 18,000 to 20,000 people are trafficked illegally to theUnited States each year 
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(Troubnikoff, 10) Unfortunately, half of those are forced intosexual servitude as prostitutes
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Since many victims of white slavery have come to theUnited States willingly, and usually without obtaining the correct documents, the USGovernment has a tendency to treat these victims as illegal immigrants, deporting them totheir home countries if caught
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rater than make the effort to prosecute kidnappers andabusers.
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