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“Why you got to go and f*ck with the program?” ~Fruit


So the hubs and I have decided to make another run through HBO’s The Wire because it’s one of our all-time favorite shows.  As we watched the first season again for the umpteenth time, I started to wonder whether a Hamsterdam would really work here in America.

For those of you who don’t know, Hamsterdam was modeled after the Dutch city, Amsterdam, which has extremely liberal drug laws.  The “H” only came along after a dealer misheard an officer in the show, but that’s neither here nor there.

The idea behind Hamsterdam was the de facto legalization of dealing drugs, as well as prostitution, within a few nearly abandoned blocks of the city.

As with all things, there are both positive and negative effects to “legalizing” certain crimes in a small area.  Let’s discuss them.

We’ll start with the pros of such legalization:

Reduced Street Crime Around the Rest of the City

If the vast majority of drug use, dealing, and prostitution was done in a “quarantined” area, the amount of crime in the other areas of the city would decrease.  As a result, the high traffic areas of a particular city for tourists would ideally remain untouched and crime-free.  This, obviously, looks good for the city, as well as for its political leaders.

Increased Amounts of Health and Social Services

If the numbers of drug users and prostitutes were concentrated in one small area of the city, the clinics and other services for medical issues, caused as a result of drug use or sex, could be increased to those specific areas in need.  The city could employ a few mobile medical units to treat the people in that one area weekly, or even a few times per month.  The concentration of people participating in such crimes in one small area would likely ensure that more people in need of these services would be reached.

Decreased Numbers of Innocent Victims

If the majority of would-be “criminals” took advantage of Hamsterdam, the number of random, innocent people being victimized by these users and dealers would likely decrease exponentially.  Often, crimes perpetuated by the desire for drug money and sex are crimes of opportunity.  If that opportunity was removed, the criminals would turn to other means to obtain their drugs and sex.  Again, if those things such as prostitution and dealing were legalized in a concentrated area, any resulting crime would also be contained in this area.

Savings in Budget Costs

The de defacto legalization of drugs and prostitution in a small area like Hamsterdam would allow law enforcement agencies to focus their time and money on other crimes being commited throughout the city, rather than on policing and prosecuting such crimes.

Now for the cons of such legalization:

Increased Tax Payer Costs

While it would be beneficial to have the increased medical services in a concentrated area like Hamsterdam, the issue then arises as to who would pay for this medical care.  Obviously, the crack heads and the crack whores won’t be able to, which leaves taxpayers with the financial burden.  I don’t know about you, but I can barely pay my own bills, much less help Peter Perv pay to get his rocks off.

No Increase in City Income

Unlike legalizing and regulating something like marijuana statewide, allowing the de facto legalization of drugs and prostitution in a small area, such as Hamsterdam, the city would be unable to collect any revenue from taxing these things.  While it would save some revenue, it wouldn’t create any new revenue for the city.

Wars Over Turf

Creating an area like Hamsterdam where “everything goes” creates a nightmare for dealers.  Poor things.  How are they supposed to make their money when their southside competition is dealing right beside them?  This will cause a bigger nightmare for city officials than just drugs and sex.

Increased Homicides

One of those larger nightmares for the city would be murders, no doubt.  When Carl Crackhead runs out of crack or when those eastside thugs intrude on the westsiders turf, there’s sure to be bigger problems than containing the drug trade to within a few blocks.  While it may be fairly easy to keep the drugs and hoes under wraps from the rest of the state, I imagine doing so for the increased homicides will be a little more difficult.

Source: theguardian

Source: theguardian

So what have we learned here, folks?  While the idea of a local Hamsterdam appears brilliant from a distance, it’s a big old mess up close.  And I’m sure as hell not using my hard-earned money to help Suzie Slut get treated for the clap.

What do you think?  Is de facto legalization of certain crimes in a specified, cordoned-off area a good idea?

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Slavery Didn’t Really End in 1863


In fact, slavery still hasn’t ended, and it’s now 2013.

Yes, you read that correctly.  Slavery still exists.

People say that statistics can be skewed in anyone’s favor.  Well not this time.  How are these statistics for you?

– There are currently over 27,000,000 slaves worldwide.  That’s MILLION!  This is more than at any other point in human history.

– One in 100,000 of European traffickers are ever convicted.

– Only one to two percent of victims are ever rescued.

– The average age of trafficking victims is 12 years old.  Twelve!  Some of us have daughters that age.

In case you haven’t been able to figure it out yet, I’m talking about human trafficking.  Human trafficking is a very real problem.  And not just in Eastern Europe and Africa, but here, in the United States, as well.

What is human trafficking?  It’s the illegal trade of human beings, usually for the purposes of commercial sex and forced labor.  It’s the world’s fastest growing criminal industry – even more so than drugs.  It generates $32 BILLION every year.

Every 30 seconds, another person becomes a victim of human trafficking and is forced into this modern slavery.

We’ve all seen the movie Taken.  The young girl was kidnapped and forced into the sex trade.  We think, “Oh, that’ll never happen to my daughter.  We live in the U.S., and people don’t just kidnap children here.”

You’re wrong on two accounts:

1. Human trafficking happens right here, in your own backyard.

2. Only a small percentage of girls forced into the sex trade are actually kidnapped.

Did you know that most girls who end up being sex and labor slaves actually go with their trafficker willingly?

Yep, that’s right.  As terrifying as it sounds, many of these girls go willingly.  Of course, they have no idea at the time what’s really going to happen to them.  Some of them are so unhappy at home that they’ll believe anything if it means they’ll have a chance at freedom and a better life on their own.

They meet an older man who “loves” them.  They’re promised the opportunity to make a lot of money and gain their independence.  They’re promised jobs and promised that they can send money back to their families.  In all of these, and other, circumstances, they’re full of so much hope and promise for a better future.  Then, they’re threatened.  Their families are threatened.  Their children are threatened.  They become addicted to drugs and will do anything for more.

They can’t escape.  They’ll be tracked down by their pimps and beaten.  Or forced into having more sex or performing more sexual acts.  Did you know that many of these girls are forced to meet quotas every day?  Quotas that no woman could possibly meet.  Yet they’re trapped.  They have no money, no resources, and no place to go.

Sex trafficking accounts for about 80 of this human bondage.  Labor trafficking accounts for 19 percent, and the remaining one percent is divided between organ harvesting and child soldiering.  Many of these girls are forced to participate in more than one of these disgusting exploitations.

Let’s talk a little more about them, so you that this may become more than just numbers to you.

Sex Trafficking: These girls are forced to perform sexual acts on and “service” an average of 30 customers per day.

Labor Trafficking: Victims are forced to work an average of 18 to 20 hours per day.

Organ Harvesting: These girls are purchased for kidneys, livers, eyes, skin, and blood.

Child Soldiering: Victims are forced to kill, rape, beat, maim, and torture other human beings.

Sadly, the United States is one of the largest buyers of these human slaves, and Americans account for a quarter of all child sex tourists in the world.

Let’s get a better idea of whom these slaves are: 80 percent of these human trafficking victims are female – 50 percent are children – 80 percent are under the age of 24.

There’s a very real chance that you’ve come into contact with one of these slaves and didn’t even realize it because, unfortunately, our awareness isn’t nearly where it should be regarding this issue.

Sex trafficking victims are often found in strip clubs, in internet pornography, at truck stops, in residential brothels (yes, these exist in the U.S., too), in escort services, and in massage parlors.

Did you know that in a decent amount of common nail salons right here in the United States, there’s a back room full of young girls performing sexual acts on men who come in the back door to pay for services?  These disgusting acts are happening right under our noses!

Labor trafficking victims are often found in agricultural industries, factories, restaurants and food service industries, in the hospitality industry, and in strip clubs.

Many of the men who pay for services from these slaves don’t even know, or are in denial, that these abuses are a major part of the sex trade.  The girls are scared to discuss their situations with these johns, and they certainly won’t ask for help.  The same premise goes for the labor trafficking.  These slaves are simply providing a service for which there is a demand.

As we’ve all heard, ignorance is bliss, and in this case, that certainly seems to hold true.

So now that you know about this rapidly-growing slavery, what can you do about it?

Unfortunately, right now, the main problem that exists in stopping this human trafficking is a lack of awareness.  Most people don’t even know it exists.  They don’t know that people get on the internet and browse thousands of ads for young girls and sexual acts.  They don’t know that the girl in the motel room next to theirs is not there willingly and is being forced to perform or is threatened with torture.

First and foremost, we need to be more aware of what’s going on around us.

We need to get the word out that this heinous issue does exist right here in America.

If you do happen to identify a case of human trafficking or know a victim of this crime, it’s imperative that you immediately seek help or send a tip to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (Polaris Project) at 1-888-373-7888.  These girls are depending on us to help them.  We’re their only hope of getting out of this brutal cycle.

Here are some things to look out for and be aware of.  We need to be observant.

Do these people seem fearful and anxious?  Are they in poor physical health?  Are they paid very little?  Do they seem to always have to answer to someone else?  Do they seem unaware of where they are?

I know some of you may find it hard to believe that you would ever come into contact with a girl who is a victim of human trafficking or the sex slave, but it could happen.  How do I know?  Because I did.

Last summer, while in Myrtle Beach, my sister, mom, and I were out shopping.  We were leaving a popular shopping area, and there was a young girl beside the road in the parking lot, holding a sign that said, “Please Help. No Food for My Son.”  Immediately, I felt bad for this girl, but as I looked at her more closely, I could see in her face that she was terrified.  She kept looking up and across the highway at something.  I thought it odd, so I followed her line of sight across the street, and sure enough, there was a man staring at her the entire time.  Every time she would let her sign drop a little bit, she’d look over at him and immediately hold it back up so people could see it.  This poor girl looked scared to death.

The worst part is that she most likely didn’t need money to feed her son.  She needed money to give to her pimp.  And at night, that “help feed my son” sign probably turned to a prostitution sign.  This was right down the road in Myrtle Beach!  Myrtle Beach – where millions of unsupervised young girls come for Spring Break every year.  This wasn’t in Bulgaria or Greece, people.  This was here – at home.

We need to keep our eyes open, be aware, and write to our lawmakers.  I’m proud to say that South Carolina just passed a bill this year, helping to prosecute these pigs who traffic human beings.  If you have the time, you should read it – H. 3757.

Source: Not For Sale

Source: Not For Sale

Your role is critical in helping these children and girls.

Do NOT purchase or participate in the products and services that exploit human beings.

Hold your friends and family accountable for their actions.

Protect those that you love from exploitation and let them know about human trafficking.

Source: Teen Librarian Toolbox

Source: Teen Librarian Toolbox

Additional sources:

The A21 Campaign

Slavery is Real

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Not for Sale


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