I respect and admire all those that serve in a Law Enforcement capacity. You guys and gals have a tough job and are very often vilified and mistrusted when most of you deserve our trust and thanks for trying to keep people safe.
My question for y'all today is what you think about prostitution as it relates to the matter of human trafficking? I am writing a paper right now for a class I took on human trafficking. As a conservative white male working on getting getting into LE I have had to grit my teeth more than a few times at comments made by some of the people in the class about LEO's and how they should just be better at this or that and it would fix the world. I don't believe that. Anyways, I would like to get the opinion of you that interact with people involved in prostitution and other forms of trafficking, like guest worker programs, and forced labor without wages. (I don't define ALL prostitution as trafficking BTW.) By international law the general rule of thumb is that if you are a child and are involved in commercial sexual acts that you are being exploited or coerced in some way, and thus are a victim of HT. Coercion is the key for defining trafficking with adults most times too.
For you that deal every day with these issues, what do you think? Do you feel that the people most at fault are the "johns" that solicit sex, the people who force someone into prostitution, or the prostitutes themselves? Do you view a person under 18 committing sex acts as a victim or a criminal? Would your opinion change if you knew some of the ways that pimps get girls started in the world of commercial sex?
If you have time, watch this quick preview and let me know what you think.
For the record, this thread is not about judging LEO's on their opinions or their methods or job. I don't want that crap in here. It really would be useful and informative to me to hear the opinion from those that probably observe this going on more than anyone else that isn't directly involved. Thanks!