Thursday, October 22, 2009


The big myth of 'trafficked' prostitution exposed in a suppressed report

Not even a single 'trafficked' women and not even a single 'trafficker' was found in a six-month multi-agency campaign across all police forces led by the 'Human Trafficking Centre' (based here in Sheffield).
Its internal report is "restricted" but was obtained by The Guardian and forms the basis of an exposé in the paper [see below].
This is conclusive evidence that the hysteria re prostitution is just that.
All of the research, and all evidence from prostitutes' groups from Britain and around the world, shows that 'trafficking' is a minuscule problem that has been massively inflated by extreme-feminists simply because they refuse to accept that any woman can freely choose to prostitute herself, and as a consequence deliberately misrepresent any voluntary cross-border movement of a prostitute as coerced.
See, for example:
Weitzer, R [2007] The social construction of sex trafficking: Ideology and institutionalization of a moral crusade. Politics & Society 35(3);
Sophie Day [2009] Renewing the war on prostitution: The spectres of 'trafficking' and 'slavery' Anthropology Today v25n3;
Doezema. J [1999] Loose women or lost women? The re-emergence of the myth of 'white slavery' in contemporary discourses of 'trafficking in women'. Gender Issues 18(1).
Despite a completely untenable position of triying to propagate the myth, the extreme-feminist (PC-fascist) Denis MacShane MP shouted down Niki Adams of the English Collective of Prostitutes on BBC Newsnight
To understand the hysteria against prostitution that underlies this extreme-feminist nonsense you have to look in evolutionary-psychology terms. In paying for sex, men circumvent the evolved severely controlled access to sex through rank in a dominance hierarchy, thereby undermining the reproductive efficiency of the reproductive group (that is, it would have been so ancestrally, in the absence of contraception). Throughout the animal kingdom, 'policing' of male access to sex is critical, and so we would fully expect this to be manifest in human social psychology.

Inquiry fails to find single trafficker who forced anybody into prostitution

Nick Davies in The Guardian, Tuesday October 20

The UK's biggest ever investigation of sex trafficking failed to find a single person who had forced anybody into prostitution in spite of hundreds of raids on sex workers in a six-month campaign by government departments, specialist agencies and every police force in the country.

The failure has been disclosed by a Guardian investigation which also suggests that the scale of and nature of sex trafficking into the UK has been exaggerated by politicians and media.

Current and former ministers have claimed that thousands of women have been imported into the UK and forced to work as sex slaves, but most of these statements were either based on distortions of quoted sources or fabrications without any source at all.

While some prosecutions have been made, the Guardian investigation suggests the number of people who have been brought into the UK and forced against their will into prostitution is much smaller than claimed; and that the problem of trafficking is one of a cluster of factors which expose sex workers to coercion and exploitation.

Acting on the distorted information, the government has produced a bill, now moving through its final parliamentary phase, which itself has provoked an outcry from sex workers who complain that, instead of protecting them, it will expose them to extra danger.

When police in July last year announced the results of Operation Pentameter Two, Jacqui Smith, then home secretary, hailed it as "a great success". Its operational head, Tim Brain, said it had seriously disrupted organised crime networks responsible for human trafficking. "The figures show how successful we have been in achieving our goals," he said.

Those figures credited Pentameter with "arresting 528 criminals associated with one of the worst crimes threatening our society".  But an internal police analysis of Pentameter, obtained by the Guardian after a lengthy legal struggle, paints a very different picture.

The analysis, produced by the police Human Trafficking Centre in Sheffield and marked "restricted", suggests there was a striking shortage of sex traffickers to be found in spite of six months of effort by all 55 police forces in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland together with the UK Border Agency, the Serious and Organised Crime Agency, the Foreign Office, the Northern Ireland Office, the Scottish government, the Crown Prosecution Service and various NGOs in what was trumpeted as "the largest ever police crackdown on human trafficking".

The analysis reveals that 10 of the 55 police forces never found anyone to arrest. And 122 of the 528 arrests announced by police never happened: they were wrongly recorded either through honest bureaucratic error or apparent deceit by forces trying to chalk up arrests which they had not made. Among the 406 real arrests, more than half of those arrested (230) were women, and most were never implicated in trafficking at all.

Of the 406 real arrests, 153 had been released weeks before the police announced the success of the operation: 106 of them without any charge at all and 47 after being cautioned for minor offences. Most of the remaining 253 were not accused of trafficking: 73 were charged with immigration breaches; 76 were eventually convicted of non-trafficking offences involving drugs, driving or management of a brothel; others died, absconded or disappeared off police records.

Although police described the operation as "the culmination of months of planning and intelligence-gathering from all those stakeholders involved", the reality was that, during six months of national effort, they found only 96 people to arrest for trafficking, of whom 67 were charged.

Forty-seven of those never made it to court.

Only 22 people were finally prosecuted for trafficking, including two women who had originally been "rescued" as supposed victims. Seven of them were acquitted. The end result was that, after raiding 822 brothels, flats and massage parlours all over the UK, Pentameter finally convicted of trafficking a grand total of only 15 men and women.

Police claimed that Pentameter used the international definition of sex trafficking contained in the UN's Palermo protocol, which involves the use of coercion or deceit to transport an unwilling man or woman into prostitution. But, in reality, Pentameter used a very different definition, from the UK's 2003 Sexual Offences Act, which makes it an offence to transport a man or woman into prostitution even if this involves assisting a willing sex worker.

 Internal police documents reveal that 10 of Pentameter's 15 convictions were of men and women who were jailed on the basis that there was no evidence of their coercing the prostitutes they had worked with. There were just five men who were convicted of importing women and forcing them to work as prostitutes. These genuinely were traffickers, but none of them was detected by Pentameter, although its investigations are still continuing.

 Two of them — Zhen Xu and Fei Zhang — had been in custody since March 2007, a clear seven months before Pentameter started work in October 2007.

The other three,  Ali Arslan, Edward Facuna and Roman Pacan,  were arrested and charged as a result of an operation which began when a female victim went to police in April 2006, well over a year before Pentameter Two began, although the arrests were made while Pentameter was running.

 The head of the UK Human Trafficking Centre, Grahame Maxwell, who is chief constable of North Yorkshire, acknowledged the importance of the figures: "The facts speak for themselves. I'm not trying to argue with them in any shape or form," he said. 

He said he had commissioned fresh research from regional intelligence units to try to get a clearer picture of the scale of sex trafficking. "What we're trying to do is to get it gently back to some reality here," he said.

"It's not where you go down on every street corner in every street in Britain, and there's a trafficked individual.

"There are more people trafficked for labour exploitation than there are for sexual exploitation. We need to redress the balance here. People just seem to grab figures from the air."

Groups who work with trafficked women declined to comment on the figures from the Pentameter Two police operation but said that the problem of trafficking was real.

Ruth Breslin, research and development manager for Eaves which runs the Poppy project for victims of trafficking, said: "I don't know the ins and outs of the police operation. It is incredibly difficult to establish prevalence because of the undercover and potentially criminal nature of trafficking and also, we feel, because of the fear that many women have in coming forward."

The internal analysis of Pentameter notes that some records could not be found and Brain, who is chief constable of Gloucestershire, argued that some genuine traffickers may have been charged with non-trafficking offences because of the availability of evidence but he conceded that he could point to no case where this had happened.

He said the Sexual Offences Act was "not user friendly" although he said he could not recall whether he had pointed this out to government since the end of Pentameter Two.

 Parliament is in the final stages of passing the policing and crime bill which contains a proposal to clamp down on trafficking by penalising any man who has sex with a woman who is "controlled for gain" even if the man is genuinely ignorant of the control. Although the definition of "controlled" has been tightened, sex workers' groups complain that the clause will encourage women to prove that they are not being controlled by working alone on the streets or in a flat without a maid, thus making them more vulnerable to attack.

There are also fears that if the new legislation deters a significant proportion of customers, prostitutes will be pressurised to have sex without condoms in order to bring them back.

Thursday, October 08, 2009


The 'Strictly' 'PAKIstani' row shows the BBC's PC-fascist nature

The BBC shows its true intent to denigrate the mass of ordinary people in its news coverage of the 'Strictly Come Dancing' supposed racial abuse affair.

The position that everyone on the BBC has adopted is that to naturally shorten 'Pakistani' in the same way as we naturally shorten 'Australian' is somehow offensive.

Come again? Who says? Who has any right to say?

Ordinary people in places like Bradford with large Pakistani populations are not going to say: 'I'm off down the Pakistani shop'. They are always going to use the shortened version. That is universal natural speech. It has no derogatory intent. But the BBC has derogatory intent in its insistence that the way we all naturally speak is somehow unacceptable.

Let me explain what is the basis of the BBC's ludicrous position. It is, of course, political correctness. How did we end up with this utter garbage?

It had long been obvious that the theory (Marxism in whatever form) was hopeless, but instead of changing it and admitting they'd not understood what makes people tick, the political Left blamed 'the workers' for not behaving according to Marxist prediction/prescription. 'The workers', far from 'rising up', just 'kept up with the Joneses', as anybody without ideological blinkering always knew they would. What ensued has been the biggest fraud in political history. 'The workers' were transformed in the political Left's imaginings from the mass of disadvantaged in need of 'liberation' to take over from 'the bosses' as the locus of 'oppression'. A total inversion. This is why you now never hear about 'the workers', whereas previously that phrase would have shut down a pub discussion about social justice. This complete flip meant that some other sub-group(s) had to be found to replace 'the workers' as the new lumpen supposed disadvantaged. So it was that we got women and ethnic minorities, then homosexuals, more recently trans-sexuals, and also, most recently of all, children. [Very unsexily -- for the sake of completion rather than through any enthusiasm -- they also felt they had to chuck in the disabled.] At the same time, for the reason that most of the political Left were working for the State in some way or other, the State was magically flipped from being the supposed oppressive instrument of 'the bosses' to somehow become the supposed instrument of 'liberation' for all of the newly invented 'oppressed'.

This is what we know as 'political correctness'; the political philosophy that now pervades everything -- all facets of the 'establishment', not least the judiciary and the police; all of the major political parties, and ... the BBC.

It is this new fascism -- and that is just what it is, by proper academic usage -- that is unacceptable, not how ordinary people naturally speak. So the next time that the BBC claims to be a public service broadcaster, remember how it despises you.

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