In April 2007, an illegal Las Vegas massage brothel was busted by 2 law enforcement agencies+ ICE+IRS. 25 women were rounded up in the sting, and 6 suspected traffickers were arrested. At the time of the arrests, a police officer stated, “Some were brought here by force, and some were tricked into coming here with the promise of a good job.” click here After 2 weeks, a second law enforcement agent said, “They were all there voluntarily. They expressed they were happy with the money they were making.” click here
They’re making money, they’re happy, and they’re there voluntarily. Isn’t that what all pimps coerce the women they control to say? Before the woman’s physical safety is assured, and before violations of her human rights are addressed – prostitution apologists pressure us to debate whether or not she is prostituting voluntarily. This is a situation where most would agree that the women were coerced by poverty, debt, and/or prior domestic abuse – yet because money is paid for sexual exploitation, and because the women smile – then it’s voluntary trafficking.
What is wrong with this picture?