Having gone the full gamut, from the 1970s to today, I’m telling you we’re on the wrong track. We need to go back and restore some of what was intended in that doctrine that we hold so sacred as our Constitution. Police officers have found themselves in situations and conducted themselves in such a way that I am ashamed of the profession that I treasured.
Tanks have no place is policing. Tanks are not toys. Free Staters are not terrorists. I hope the City of Concord and its police department do the right thing for the entire community, and heed our demands.
Backpage.com Targeted in Georgia
Pretty easy to read between the lines of this credulous account of Internet predation on children and see that the real aim is shutting down any Web site that trades on adult services. The money grafs:
Although committing sex acts with children is a federal crime, the proposed amendment could open a channel for states to go after child sex rings by charging the operators of websites that aid prostitution, [Georgia Attorney General Sam] Olens said.
“Investigators regularly find links between the commercial sale of children and the ads,” Olens said.
Olens said managers of the sites are aware that words like “young” and “tender” are being used to encourage the buying and selling of children.
The attorneys’ letter to Congress specifically points a finger to backpage.com. An ad listed in the “adult jobs” section on backpage.com states, “Blondes and Brunettes needed for adult work — $200/hr. and up,” with the location tagged as northwest Georgia.
An Atlanta posting from July 16 advertises for two positions that will completely change the women’s lives. It adds “young only” and “must be loyal.”
A-ha! You see how this is gonna work. Web sites that accept ads for adult services will ipso facto be members of “child sex rings” and subject to prosecution for such. It is not a stretch to imagine that were such a law on the books, law enforcement “task forces” would themselves seek to place questionable ads in order to form a basis for prosecution. Sites like Naughtyreviews and Rubmaps, along with Backpage, have long irked law enforcement for the ease with which hookers could find johns, and vice versa.
Such hubs perform the long sought public safety goal of getting prostitutes off the streets a little too well it seems, not to mention they reduce the social stigma barrier to entry for young women (and men) willing to enter the for-profit sex trade. And we can’t have that, can we?
Any serious attempt at stopping the abuse and exploitation of children should of course start by legalizing sex work between consenting adults, freeing law enforcement resources to go after actual bad people instead of the merely horny and lonely.
But that approach would not expand the power and budgets of state AGs and local law enforcement.