The Man Behind the Whore

by mmcda1 on February 18, 2014 - 12:07am

A large issue in the world today is human trafficking. In an article from the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, Marcin (2013) it talks about how traditionally prostitution is seen as an independent career path. Most people don’t realize that most prostitutes wouldn’t choose this profession if they had the option. They are usually being forced into prostitution by a pimp. The accepted way to deal with prostitution is to arrest the hooker. After interviewing many of these women the Anaheim police department realized that the prostitutes are actually the victims in these situations and their pimps are the real suspects. If they could shift their focus to rescuing these women and helping them restart their lives they could better reduce the rates of prostitution. The Anaheim police department started a new program which included new tactics. They pick up the prostitutes off the street and take them to the police department where they then explain to them that they are not being brought as a criminal but as a victim. After the woman understands that they understand that they are being rescued they are provided with an advocate who gives them counseling, housing, food, job training and other life essentials. The department’s next priority is to apprehend the pimp. They do this by collecting evidence from the victim. Once they catch the pimp they prosecute him and get the victim to testify against him. As of 2012 the Anaheim police department has rescued 52 victims and arrested 38 pimps. One girl who was rescued, Jessica, cooperated with law enforcement who then located and arrested her pimp. She was returned to her family and pursued a new life path. She still stays in touch with the people who rescued her. Shifting perspective to help these women could save so many more lives than just blindly arresting them as the criminals.

Marcin, S. (2013, March). Prostitution and human trafficking: a paradigm shift. FBI law enforcement bulletin, 82(3), 1-4.

Comments

I really like this perspective of looking at prostitution. I have actually done a few research papers on this shift of perspective from criminal to victim, and completely agree with focusing on the pimps as criminals and the prostitutes as victims. By emphasizing the pimp as the criminal and the prostitute as the victim shifts focus to the root cause of prostitution; that many people do not choose to become a prostitute and cannot get out of the life most of the time.

Currently the criminal justice system seems to spend their time and money catching prostitutes and customers, instead of catching the pimps who often times coerce prostitutes into working. Once the prostitutes are fined, they are back on the streets doing the same thing; reinforcing a never-ending cycle of prostitution. Some of the focus should be shifted to go towards the prostitutes that want to get out of the “business”, but are forced into it because of the financial gain or other personal reasons. Some programs within the United States, such as Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive (HIPS) and Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS), are starting to create awareness among the public that prostitution is not a victimless crime and there are many people within prostitution that are forced and coerced into the “business.” This shift in who is the criminal is also seen in Swedish laws, which have been in place since late 1990’s, demonstrating that prostitutes are not the criminal, but the victim.

I really like where this discussion is going and love the idea of helping the prostitutes rehabilitate back into society, but there is also a lack of representation of men who are prostitutes. Both men and women are victimized by prostitution, but by focusing on just women as prostitutes it may seem as if it is reducing the importance of this problem; shifting it from a social problem to a “woman problem”, which can be detrimental to society.

I really liked how you showed the other side of the prostitution ring. I have always believed that these women are not doing what they do because they want to. You shifted the blame to the ‘ring leader’ so to speak and off of the women themselves. This is vital for people to understand in order to stop judging them because of the lifestyle they were forced into.

As a criminal justice major, I loved reading how the women were willing to help law enforcement catch the men. Many victims do not speak out and are unwilling to give names or locations. In this particular case, they may have been guilted into doing so because they were provided with resources that helped them get their life back on track.

The only thing I would say wasn’t as successful was your title. Yes it draws attention but it is also somewhat offensive. The article is all about looking at prostitutes in a new light and calling them whores in the title really isn’t supporting that idea. Other than that, I think it was an all around great post!

Previously being an International and Relations student, I studied international human trafficking quite a bit. I like the point you made and it was quite correct. Many times, prostitutes are sold to pimps who then ship them internationally- often times, to America. A woman who is being forced o commit a crime is not the criminal. I can definitely appreciate the efforts that the FBI is making to apprehend the pimps, rather than the victims of their crimes. Also, the way they are helping these women start a new life is admirable. By helping the prostitutes, they are showing them that they can have a different life, which may make the prostitutes more comfortable in turning in their pimps. Really great article.

To have the title " The Man Behind The Whore" is the most disgusting thing I have heard or read. It is talk like that that allows some people to think that it is OK for such ridiculous actions. Many of these women are being raped and beaten again and again. Some being made to do this just for citizenship or for the security of their loved ones.
For me this can help lead into several other fields such as child pornography. This because when people are out their just trying to have sex with whomever. Pimps are just after the money and they are thinking in many ways the younger the better. So to have minors being made to have sex for their possible survival to just be called a WHORE is outrageous to me.
This also to me some what helps explain the reason as to why rape is one of the most unreported crimes. Because the second a man says that she wanted it, whether it is true or not, she has to defend herself before she can rightfully accuse the rapist. I just wonder out of the study done, how many of the prostitutes were minors and if so what all was done about it.

I personally find human trafficking one of the most interesting topics when talking about acts of criminal behavior, in fact I wrote a paper in regards to human trafficking while in high school. When individuals comment on the topic and say it’s the whore’s fault, that they like the way they live, it’s better than where they were, or if they don’t they should fight back, I see complete ignorance. They don’t look at the full picture, more specifically what you’ve pointed out, they don’t think about the pimp. I always wondered why governments would arrest a prostitute because to me it seemed extremely obvious that they are the victims. I’m glad that there’s at least one government system out there that has employees with good heads on their shoulders and are going after the pimps. The best thing about it is that when you find a cooperative prostitute it will lead you to the pimp and more of his victims. So by reaching out to one person, it’s possible to get rid of the pimp and save a handful or more lives.

With a title like this one my interest was caught quite easily. Human sex trafficking is a pretty big issue and the crime isn't victimless since a large number of prostitutes are forced to take place in these activities. However as much as I agree with this not all of those who partake in these activities are forced and sadly choose to live this lifestyle. I also like how this article points out how groups are making an effort to help improve those who partook in these actions so they can better themselves, however I didn't see anything on how they would offer these victims a form of protection, they do arrest the pimp which is a good first step however the pimp might not be the only one in these organizations who will form a vendetta against those who testify. I do approve and think this is a step in the right direction however I believe some further steps could be taken to address the situation more.

Great title by the way! Really caught my attention! The article is short and sweet: perfect. I totally agree with everything stated in your article. Human trafficking at a means of prostitution is a serious issue and deserves to be addressed. I recently borrowed a book from the library of my college called 'Girls Like Us' written by Rachel Lloyd, a girl who caught up in that world herself and explains much of the industry (victims, pimps, healing, etc..) She even created an organization to help girls get out of it! You should definitely take a look at it! Read the prologue and you'll be hooked if this topic truly interests you.

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