on julie bindel’s unhealthy and disturbing fantasies

Posted: June 11, 2010 in trafficking in humans, prostitution, sex work etc.
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i wonder if media will ever make a brake with their tradition to create trafficking hysteria prior to every major sport event? i find it really painful to watch that there are so many morons who are willing to buy into this crap and especially into the 40k figure. in my humble opinion it’s pathetic and seriously disturbing. get a grip folks! if you really think that you are helping to raise awareness about the issue of trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation then think again.

so, with this in mind i would urge every Bindel-like bigot and every other obsessive-maniac throwing tantrums and crying about wooden shacks built around stadiums, where thousands of women are going to be raped by drunk, violent and gushing with testosterone male football fans, to cut the shit; and stop blabbering nonsense which is only a product of some seriously unhealthy fantasies and to start listening instead.

a briefing paper from Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women published in 2009 “Trafficking in Persons and the 2010 Olympics” (pdf) could be a good place to start:

“The link between trafficked persons – particularly trafficking into the sex industry – and large sporting events is not new. The link is based on the assumption that there is “a huge rise in demand for cheap sex around large sporting events”, and while this assumption continues to gain international attention, trafficking for this purpose is largely unfounded. Data from previous sporting events indicates that an increase of trafficking in persons into forced prostitution does not occur around sporting events.”

the report also indicates that:

“A major concern regarding anti-trafficking campaigns that focus on trafficking for forced prostitution during international sporting is that these campaigns can have very harmful effects on the very people they aim to protect.”

but what about Germany? did the German authorities manage to dismantle little Bindel-towns of “wooden “performance boxes” resembling toilets” that have been built for the purpose of exploitation? well, they didn’t have to because according to report by the International Organization for Migration, “Trafficking in Human Beings and the 2006 World Cup Germany” (pdf), published in 2006, even though:

“Prior to the World Cup in Germany in 2006, there was considerable international concern that this event would contribute to a sharp increase in trafficking for sexual exploitation. Media reports suggested that prostitution would increase and that up to 40,000 women might be trafficked.”

(…)

“It is concluded that the 40,000 estimate was unfounded and unrealistic.”

surprise, surprise.

in any case a year later Council of the European Union published two reports in relation to Germany 2006 World Cup. and on the page 5 of the first report (5006/1/07) we can find some more specific numbers:

“Of the 33 investigation cases reported to the Federal Criminal Police Office on the grounds of human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation and/or the promotion of human trafficking and which took place at the time of the 2006 World Cup, only five cases were assumed to have a direct link to the 2006 World Cup. In these five cases, five victims of human trafficking were found, four women and one man. The victims were all between 18 and 21 years of age and came from Bulgaria (2 women, both 20 years old), Hungary (one man, 20 years old), the Czech Republic (one woman, 19 years old) and Germany (one woman, 19 years old).

There were also no reports of any significant increase in the number of illegal stays in connection with the practice of prostitution.”

the second report (5008/7) confirmed these findings and went further to state that:

“In line with the police’s observations also the special counselling centres did not observe an increase in forced prostitution, but a decrease (cf. BMI, Report on Trafficking in Human Beings for the Purpose of Sexual Exploitation in Connection with the FIFA Word Cup 2006 in Germany, 2006).”

hmm, pretty embarrassing isn’t it? how can we possibly be so stupid to buy into this bullshit every single time some major sporting event is being organised? I’ll leave the answer to that question for those more knowledgeable than i could ever possibly be.

however, for those academically perplexed here’s a list of few other informative resources on the subject:

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  4. Dave says:

    Haha! Looks like the South African world cup sex hysteria was basically nothing more than a replay of the same discredited predictions made before the 2006 World Cup in Germany. I guess the anti-sex crusaders have adopted the strategy of repeating the same thing over and over hoping someone will believe it. Unfortunately, many do.

    What I want to know is why prostitutes are referred to as “trafficked persons” but soccer players aren’t. They both travel and use their bodies for their own financial gain. Of course, the claim is that prostitutes don’t have a choice. They are supposedly forced into it by economic circumstances. Well, guess what. Almost everyone on the planet is “forced” to work if they want a decent standard of living (which, of course, they do).

    I’m sick of moral crusaders dressing up their arguments as compassion toward their fellow earthlings when their sole mission is really nothing other than the persecution of people who don’t conform to their narrow view of permissible behavior. And it sickens me that, in this crusade, both conservatives and liberals are equally enthusiastic partners.

    Cross posted on SexHysteria.

    • lo tekk says:

      i guess it’s the “travelling bit” that matters or rather its “style”. according to article 3(a) of the Palermo protocol trafficking means

      “the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.”

      and probably you would agree that it could be hard to apply such a definition to footballers. but i do get your point and i guess you could try and argue such a point with some “feminist philosophers” if you so wish, but i do not see how trafficking could be included in such an argument on neither side. in any case, you could have a problem with the arguments raising, let’s call it “bodily integrity” which could differentiate between the case of footballers and prostitutes.

      anyway, i do share your views about “moral crusades” although sometimes i wonder to what extent are we on such a crusade ;-)? i guess we have to make sure that at all time we keep our minds open.

      thanks for mention and good luck

  5. The people of Weymouth are desperate…what will they do in 2012 buried beneath 4,000 trafficked sex slaves….there’s no doubt about it, time to MOBILISE the DORSET WOMEN’S INSTITUTE!
    http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/localnews/8275276.WI_fears_over_2012_sex_trafficking/

    • lo tekk says:

      even though i saw this happening over and over again, each time i find it hard to believe and most definitely beyond my abilities to comprehend.
      people are brainless.

  6. Dave says:

    I wasn’t going so much by a specific legal definition as I was by arguments from opponents of legalized prostitution who argue that there is no such thing as voluntary prostitution. They define trafficking so broadly that no coercion or deception is necessary. Furthermore, since consent is specifically excluded as a relevant factor, the definition of trafficking is heavily dependent on what constitutes exploitation. Technically, by the UN definition, if you operate a for-profit agency that supplies exotic dancers for strip clubs or actors for porn, you can be very easily categorized as being involved in trafficking. By broadly defining it, prostitution opponents can more easily inflate their numbers, characterizing the sex industry as an “epidemic”. New laws are passed every year in the US based specifically on inflated statistics using just that strategy.

    I don’t differentiate between someone who makes their living on the football field and someone who voluntarily makes a living selling sex. But, for those who broadly define all prostitution as trafficking, there is little if any difference between prostitution and any other profession aside from the stigma associated with sex trades.

    I actually came across a PowerPoint presentation that explained why all prostitution is trafficking, but I apparently didn’t bookmark it. The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, believes that “all prostitution is trafficking, because if conditions changed, no woman would actively agree to sell her body for money.” Well, I guess I wouldn’t work at all if conditions were such that I didn’t have to.

    I won’t even go into the insult it is to women to assume, if they are prostitutes, that they couldn’t possibly have chosen that profession based on their own will. If you want to make a prostitute angry, just tell her she’s too feeble-minded to know she’s been exploited.

    • lo tekk says:

      yes of course i see your point i just gave you specific answer to your specific question. i cannot however speak for catw because their minds are so twisted that i will not even bother to try to emulate their mode of thinking. although i am sure that they would come up with even few answers which would contradict each other. in any case i would defo not bother to argue with them, it’s just simply a waste of time.
      cheers

  7. Jeff Lewis says:

    According to the media hype There was supposed to be hundreds of thousands of under age child sex slaves kidnapped and forced to have sex with super bowl fans. At the Dallas Super Bowl 2011. WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL OF THEM????????????

    Well, as I predicted it was all a big lie told by various anti-prostitution groups and the Dallas Women’s Foundation which is a anti-prostitution group that lies in order to get grant money from the government and charities to pay their high salaries. As proved in the link below:

    Top FBI agent in Dallas (Robert Casey Jr.) sees no evidence of expected spike in child sex trafficking:

    “Among those preparations was an initiative to prevent an expected rise in sex trafficking and child prostitution surrounding the Super Bowl. But Robert Casey Jr., special agent in charge of the FBI’s Dallas office, said he saw no evidence that the increase would happen, nor that it did.
    “In my opinion, the Super Bowl does not create a spike in those crimes,” he said. “The discussion gets very vague and general. People mixed up child prostitution with the term human trafficking, which are different things, and then there is just plain old prostitution.”

    http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/super-bowl/local/20110302-top-fbi-agent-in-dallas-praises-super-bowl-security-effort-sees-no-evidence-of-expected-spike-in-child-sex-trafficking.ece

    This myth of thousands or millions of underage sex slaves tries to make every sports fan a sex criminal. No matter what the sport is, or in what country it is in.

    Brian McCarthy isn’t happy. He’s a spokesman for the NFL. Every year he’s forced to hear why his customers are adulterers and child molesters. Brian McCarthy says the sport/super bowl sex slave story is a urban legend, with no truth at all.

    Sex Trafficking in Sports Events links:

    http://sextraffickingtruths.blogspot.com/

    http://bebopper76.wordpress.com/2010/11/09/sex-trafficking-lies-myths/

    http://www.dallasobserver.com/2011-01-27/news/the-super-bowl-prostitute-myth-100-000-hookers-won-t-be-showing-up-in-dallas/

    http://www.dallasobserver.com/2011-03-03/news/super-bowl-prostitution-100-000-hookers-didn-t-show-but-america-s-latest-political-scam-did/

    http://www.dallasobserver.com/2011-03-03/news/sex-traffick911-press-release/

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