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MarcoPolo

Upselling The Moral Panic

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Having made insufficient headway selling us trafficking alone, the moral panic purveyors and rescue industries are shifting focus to incorporate underage prostitution. It obviously aids the cause if they can offer consumers an irresistible BOGOF deal – trafficking and child exploitation in one neat package.

A striking example is how they are trying to shut down adult ads on backpage.com in the US:

http://reason.com/bl...ne-sex-ads-hide

Now here's a quote: "Over time, the dubious numbers became gospel. In similar fashion, monetary outlays based on the veracity of those numbers began to multiply."

Sound familiar?

So you do some real research and: "It was like a fart in church. Because basically I was saying their office was a waste of time and money."

http://www.villagevo...news/lost-boys/

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As usual, the moralists provide no evidence to link adult ads with traffiking and child abuse. The recent research, by London Met Uni (covered in another thread) shows that in London very few working girls are traffiked.

I am of course strongly against the evils of child abuse and traffiking, by force or deception, but I fail to see how banning adult ads would reduce these. I do not have any evidence either, but I would have thought that anyone engaged in these illegal operations would not want to expose their activities to the Police, and other agencies, on the adult pages of ad mags.

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