Human trafficking report: Fourteen ideas for improving Colorado's response

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The Denver-based Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking has released fourteen recommendations to strengthen Colorado's response to human trafficking. Among them: form a statewide group of prosecutors focused on trafficking, create a prevention campaign targeted at vulnerable populations, and encourage the development of local coalitions dedicated to the issue.

The recommendations are the result of a three-year project that began with a simple question: What would it take to end human trafficking in Colorado?

Human trafficking is defined by federal law as inducing a person by "force, fraud or coercion" to perform labor or sex acts. LCHT's project, dubbed the Colorado Project, further clarifies the definition by listing several examples.

"In the United States, trafficking can take a variety of forms," says a report released today (and available on LCHT's website), "including pimping, domestic servitude, migrant farm worker abuse in fields, forced begging, forced labor in businesses such as hotels or sweatshops, and exploitation of sheepherders, among many others."

The researchers say they realized early on that in order to figure out how to end human trafficking, they first needed to evaluate what was already being done.

"A lot, when it comes to research or reports around this issue, point out what's not being done," says executive director Amanda Finger. "But we haven't seen a lot of information about promising or best practices, and if that's where this movement needs to go, we need to look at what those practices should be." The goal, she says, was to "celebrate what's happening and see how Colorado stacks up and see how we can improve."

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Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking
A graphic from the Colorado Project report.
Through surveys, interviews and focus groups with people who work in law enforcement, child abuse, homelessness, immigration and other issues, the researchers were able to assess Colorado's strengths -- and see where the gaps were.

"Because of relative newness of this (anti-human trafficking) movement, a lot of folks ... see things and have hunches," says A.J. Alejano-Steele, the project's research director. "This project moved beyond intuition and assumption to collect data."

For instance, the data showed that while there are several groups seeking to raise awareness about human trafficking, there are fewer that are directly educating the populations most at risk to be trafficked themselves. The researchers also learned that while there are shelters for female trafficking victims, there's a shortage of beds for boys, men and transgender people. And whereas a number of police detectives have come to comprehending trafficking cases and how to investigate them, some attorneys and judges don't understand the nuances of prosecuting a trafficking case or sentencing a trafficker.

The Colorado Project report includes fourteen recommendations, which are broken down into four categories: prevention, protection, prosecution and partnerships.

Continue to read the recommendations.



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westernman952
westernman952

A key point is that on the sidelines the prostitutes themselves are not being listened to. They oppose laws against prostitution.   But no one wants to listen to the prostitutes themselves.  Only to the self appointed anti-sex trafficking experts that make up numbers and fake victim stories many of which have never met a real forced against their will, beaten, sex slave prostitute. The media and government never ask the prostitutes or sex worker rights groups what would help them in terms of laws.  Why is that?  


Human Trafficking Evokes Outrage, Little Evidence 
U.S. Estimates Thousands of Victims, But Efforts to Find Them Fall Short 
By Jerry Markon 
Washington Post Staff Writer 
Sunday, September 23, 2007  

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/22/AR2007092201401_pf.html
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/22/AR2007092201401.html


http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/oct/20/government-trafficking-enquiry-fails

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/oct/20/trafficking-numbers-women-exaggerated


http://sextraffickingtruths.blogspot.com/

westernman952
westernman952

The Denver Police (and other Police departments around the country) receive grants from the Federal government for fighting Sex Trafficking. When they don’t find any forced against their will prostitute victims – They make them up, so that they won’t lose funding.  


"Prostitutes are not friendly. It's not like you're talking to a child-abuse victim or a fifteen-year-old sex assault victim who wants to cry out and wants to explain what happened or is just scared. These girls just flat out say, 'Nope, that's not what's happening.'


"We have to help them realize they are victims," Denver vice Lieutenant Aaron Sanchez says.


So... the police are trying to invent victims? Where no victim exist?

The prostitutes say that no one is forcing them and the police don't believe them?

So the police want the prostitutes to lie? and the police are forcing the prostitutes to lie about being forced?


This Denver Post article link below says: “Defense attorney Maureen O’Brien said that in cases where a prostitute is willingly engaging in the business, she has an incentive to allege force or coercion against a pimp to avoid charges herself. O’Brien thinks calling pimping “human trafficking” could change judges’ perception and has the potential to boost prison sentences.”  http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_19225280


This doesn’t make sense, Police and lawyers trying to get prostitutes to lie about being forced. Lying is bad, telling the truth is good. – I also thought lying was against the law.


Article Link:

http://blogs.westword.com/latestword/2011/10/human_trafficking_denver.php

westernman952
westernman952

When it comes to Sex trafficking the only people the media speak with are the anti-sex trafficking organizations and no one else. This is a biased one-sided conversation. The media will never question, check or research any of the claims that these groups make. Always taking their word for it and never once researching or questioning any thing they say. This results in misleading and false reporting by the media and news organizations.

I would ask: “What proof and evidence do you have to prove that there are millions of forced against their will sex trafficking victims? Ask the Police department how many forced against their will, raped, beaten, kidnapped sex trafficking victims they have found? How many forced, kidnapped sex trafficking convictions have they had?

The NGO’s and anti-prostitution groups believe that two adults having consensual sex in private should be outlawed. Since they believe that it is impossible for a man to have sex with a woman without abusing the woman in the process. Woman have consensual adult sex with men for different reasons. Yes, some might have sex with a man for money. –What does having sex for money mean? They believe that the only possible way to have sex for money means the woman was forced, beaten, raped, held against her will, and kidnapped. So, if a man gives a woman a gift of money that automatically means that she was sexually abused? Yes, this is what they believe.

These groups make up lies, and false statistics that no one bothers to check. A big reason they do this is because it provides high paying jobs for them. They get big donations, and grants from the government, charity, churches, individuals etc. to have these groups, and pay these high salaries of the anti prostitution workers. Ask them how much money they make with their anti-sex trafficking organization – how many grants, donations, etc. –Yes is it a way for them to make lots of money.

If you do any hard factual research and not listen to the government, media, and anti-prostitution groups, you will find that the victims of sex trafficking are mostly adult consensual prostitutes. Doing sex work of their own free will. The police and government will say the women are victims, but the women prostitutes won’t say they are victims, because there are not! The police and government won’t believe them and will force them to be “rescued” which means forcing them to do whatever the government tells them to do. So it is actually the government who are forcing the prostitutes.

Prostitution is a business between adults and in our society adults are responsible for themselves. Sex slavery is just that, slavery and it’s non-consensual. “To equate the two is to say grown women aren’t capable of being responsible and making decisions for themselves. That is pretty insulting to women don’t you think?”

Adult women are not children.


Here are some good article links about sex trafficking you should read:


http://bebopper76.wordpress.com


http://www.lauraagustin.com/


http://www.villagevoice.com/sex-trafficking/

http://www.policeprostitutionandpolitics.com/


Craig Maybell
Craig Maybell

Nearly 24 hours later and STILL no hard evidence.

McShyster
McShyster

There's a reason why corporate capitalists refer to people as Human RESOURCES.


Craig Maybell
Craig Maybell

"Voluntary sex workers wouldn't fall into the category of trafficking. " Yet, that is precisely what was revealed to constitute the majority of "trafficking victims" in these purportedly "academic" studies referred to by the majority of these self-proclaimed anti-trafficking organizations (and even some state and local law enforcement agencies) whose primary drive is to gobble up those precious federal dollars. Is it any wonder why those in the Rescue Industry™ have to rely solely upon gut-wrenching personal anecdotes rather than truly verified, peer-reviewed comprehensive statistics?

Gabrielle Juliette
Gabrielle Juliette

Trafficking also includes more than sex workers. Labor and servitude fall into this category as well. And they don't have to be "moving" families who sell their children into the sex industry or force them into commercial sex counts as trafficking, for example, and that happens more than you would think

Gabrielle Juliette
Gabrielle Juliette

Voluntary sex workers wouldn't fall into the category of trafficking. Trafficking involves an act, a means, and a purpose. I'm currently on my phone but would be more than happy to post statistics later if that convinces you, Denver has a few agencies who work with trafficking including the FBI.

Craig Maybell
Craig Maybell

And no...VOLUNTARY sex workers do NOT count as "victims."

Craig Maybell
Craig Maybell

Sex trafficking is one of the most -- if not THE most -- grossly exaggerated crimes today, courtesy of mainstream as well as "alternative" media. BTW, didn't one of this very weekly's sister publications debunk many of the claims perpetuated by the Rescue Industry?

Gabrielle Juliette
Gabrielle Juliette

Yes we should, it's a huge problem in Colorado that is often not talked about and overlooked within our community

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