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The Olympics And Trafficking: Myths And Evidence

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There is a free semina on this next week, with many speakers including GATTW. (If you want to support an anti trafficking organisation, then this is the one)

Lots of pro sex speakers at this event.

http://www.iusw.org/2012/01/the-olympics-and-trafficking-myths-and-evidence/

There was a short 7 minute piece on Womens Hour today, argument between the fantastic Grorgina Perry from Open Doors, Julie Bindel.

http://www.iusw.org/2012/01/bbc-womans-hour-19th-january-the-olympics-and-trafficking/

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Yes, I heard the programme. Julie Bindel trotted out the usual mythical statistics - about the 2004 Athens Olympics, about the 2006 World Cup in Germany - which she KNOWS to be wrong. Fortunately Georgina Perry picked her up on this, as, to an extent, did Jenni Murray, and she had to recant a little.

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From the Guardian

http://www.guardian....ions-criticised

Met police sex trafficking investigations criticised

Report accuses officers of 'heavy handed' approach to brothel raids and of failing to find trafficking victims.

" An elite Metropolitan police squad has come under fire in a highly critical report commissioned by the London mayor, Boris Johnson, for its investigations into sex trafficking in the runup to the Olympics. The report accuses officers of a "heavy handed" approach to brothel raids and of failing to find victims of trafficking. The report, Silence On Violence, from London assembly member Andrew Boff, is being considered by Johnson. It criticises the police performance and estimates that they have a success rate of less than 1% in finding trafficking victims during brothel raids.

Police had predicted an increase in sex trafficking in the runup to the Olympics, but they have admitted that they have failed to find any evidence of a rise in the five Olympics host boroughs. That is despite a cash injection of £500,000 from the Government Office for London to specifically target the crime.

Both local police officers and the Met's specialist SCD9 unit, which focuses on human exploitation and organised crime, carry out brothel raids. Both are condemned in the report for failing to adopt an intelligence-based approach to trafficking and for looking in the wrong place to find victims.

"The information I have gathered … demonstrates that police have been proactively raiding sex establishments without complaint nor significant intelligence that exploitation is taking place," writes Boff in the report. He adds that the attitude of some sections of the Metropolitan police to policing sex trafficking "appeared to be based on little or no evidence". Of particular concern is the failure of police to find girls and women trafficked from west Africa, thought to be the largest group of victims. They are rarely found in brothels and are more likely to be exploited in closed communities.

The Poppy Project, which works with victims of trafficking, said that women from west Africa are the largest group they work with. Of 197 Nigerian women they have worked with since 2003 just nine were referred to them by the police. "These women are not coming forward to the police so the police need to be more creative about how they find them," said Abigail Stepnitz Poppy's national co-ordinator.

The experience of one 15-year-old girl who was trafficked from west Africa is typical. "I was locked in a house in London by my trafficker. He brought so many different men there to rape me. I was never allowed to leave the house and was never taken to a brothel. The police didn't interview me until a few months after I escaped. I was very scared of them and didn't want to tell them anything."

Georgina Perry, manager of Open Doors, an NHS project in east London working with sex workers, condemned the policing of sex work in the capital. "There has been a sharp increase in raids and brothel closures in the Olympic boroughs. As a result, women have been displaced to areas where they have no access to support and services. The police approach has been very heavy handed and mistrust and fear of them amongst sex workers is at an all time high.

"Women are terrified to report violent crimes that take place against them for fear of being arrested. This situation neither helps to bring real criminals to justice nor gives intelligence that may combat trafficking."

Boff said: "I believe the police have spent a lot of time trying to find victims of trafficking in the places where they are unlikely to be. The political drivers have been wrong on this. SCD9 is barking up the wrong tree.

"One of my starkest findings was the absence of west Africans among the women found by SCD9. These victims won't be found by going into a massage parlour and asking everybody whether they have been trafficked. "By going in, in this way they are driving some of these women further into the shadows. There is evidence of increasing fear of the police amongst sex workers which has resulted in a reluctance to report crime."

He called on the police to rethink the way they investigate sex trafficking and to build better relations with sex workers.

A spokesperson for the mayor said: "The Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPC) has commissioned an independent study into sex trafficking and prostitution in London. Andrew Boff's report has been received and will be considered as part of the MOPC's study, which will be published later this year."

A Metropolitan police spokesman said: "In general terms SCD9 has had significant success in saving people who have been trafficked and forced into prostitution. Although we have not seen any evidence of an increase in trafficking of sex workers so far in the Olympic host boroughs officers will attempt to identify and assist victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation and seek the prosecution of those responsible."

Case study: Fatima, (changed name) 18, west Africa

Fatima grew up in a remote village in west Africa. She does not know what happened to her parents but she was informally adopted by a childless couple soon after birth. The couple used her as a domestic slave and her body is covered with scars from beatings with various implements which she received from a very young age. The couple did not allow her to go to school and she is illiterate. At the age of 15 the couple sold her to a man she had never seen before. She has no idea what price she was sold for but was happy to leave her village with the man.

"The man was very nice to me. He gave me good food to eat and told me that he was going to take me to Saudi Arabia to look after children. He also said I could go to school. I was very happy to be leaving my village and hoped that my life was going to improve. I had always wanted to go to school and at last I was going to get the chance."

But instead of taking her to Saudi Arabia the man took her to Sierra Leone, where he obtained a false passport for her. For the first time in her life she saw electricity and television. From Sierra Leone she and the man flew to London. Here he locked her in a house and invited men from many different backgrounds round to the house to rape her.

"I don't know if the men paid money to do this. I never saw any money," she said. "I was very frightened when I was locked in that house. I didn't want to go back to my country. All I wanted to do was die. I used to stand by the locked upstairs window and thought about jumping out and killing myself so that I could end my nightmare."

After a few months Fatima's trafficker allowed her to go outside to put the rubbish out.

"He told me to come straight back inside but I ran away. I stopped two people in the street and asked them to help me. They gave me some food and took me to the Home Office in Croydon."

Home Office officials placed her in a hostel with people from other countries. "It was very noisy and people were drinking alcohol. I'm a Muslim and I didn't like this. I was scared."

She claimed asylum and was given accommodation in London. She was taken to see a doctor for a check up and to her horror was told that she was pregnant as a result of one of the rapes. It was not until a few months after her escape that she was interviewed by police.

"I was very unhappy because the police asked me questions and filmed me. I thought they were like journalists and would put the film about me on TV so I didn't want to talk to them."

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Julie Bindel is a lunatic feminist who will lie and distort figures to suit her cause, her ultimate aim would be to eradicate prostitution throughout the world, that is never going to happen.

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From the Guardian

http://www.guardian....ions-criticised

Met police sex trafficking investigations criticised

Report accuses officers of 'heavy handed' approach to brothel raids and of failing to find trafficking victims.

" An elite Metropolitan police squad has come under fire in a highly critical report commissioned by the London mayor, Boris Johnson, for its investigations into sex trafficking in the runup to the Olympics. The report accuses officers of a "heavy handed" approach to brothel raids and of failing to find victims of trafficking. The report, Silence On Violence, from London assembly member Andrew Boff, is being considered by Johnson. It criticises the police performance and estimates that they have a success rate of less than 1% in finding trafficking victims during brothel raids.

Police had predicted an increase in sex trafficking in the runup to the Olympics, but they have admitted that they have failed to find any evidence of a rise in the five Olympics host boroughs. That is despite a cash injection of £500,000 from the Government Office for London to specifically target the crime.

Both local police officers and the Met's specialist SCD9 unit, which focuses on human exploitation and organised crime, carry out brothel raids. Both are condemned in the report for failing to adopt an intelligence-based approach to trafficking and for looking in the wrong place to find victims.

"The information I have gathered … demonstrates that police have been proactively raiding sex establishments without complaint nor significant intelligence that exploitation is taking place," writes Boff in the report. He adds that the attitude of some sections of the Metropolitan police to policing sex trafficking "appeared to be based on little or no evidence". Of particular concern is the failure of police to find girls and women trafficked from west Africa, thought to be the largest group of victims. They are rarely found in brothels and are more likely to be exploited in closed communities.

The Poppy Project, which works with victims of trafficking, said that women from west Africa are the largest group they work with. Of 197 Nigerian women they have worked with since 2003 just nine were referred to them by the police. "These women are not coming forward to the police so the police need to be more creative about how they find them," said Abigail Stepnitz Poppy's national co-ordinator.

The experience of one 15-year-old girl who was trafficked from west Africa is typical. "I was locked in a house in London by my trafficker. He brought so many different men there to rape me. I was never allowed to leave the house and was never taken to a brothel. The police didn't interview me until a few months after I escaped. I was very scared of them and didn't want to tell them anything."

Georgina Perry, manager of Open Doors, an NHS project in east London working with sex workers, condemned the policing of sex work in the capital. "There has been a sharp increase in raids and brothel closures in the Olympic boroughs. As a result, women have been displaced to areas where they have no access to support and services. The police approach has been very heavy handed and mistrust and fear of them amongst sex workers is at an all time high.

"Women are terrified to report violent crimes that take place against them for fear of being arrested. This situation neither helps to bring real criminals to justice nor gives intelligence that may combat trafficking."

Boff said: "I believe the police have spent a lot of time trying to find victims of trafficking in the places where they are unlikely to be. The political drivers have been wrong on this. SCD9 is barking up the wrong tree.

"One of my starkest findings was the absence of west Africans among the women found by SCD9. These victims won't be found by going into a massage parlour and asking everybody whether they have been trafficked. "By going in, in this way they are driving some of these women further into the shadows. There is evidence of increasing fear of the police amongst sex workers which has resulted in a reluctance to report crime."

He called on the police to rethink the way they investigate sex trafficking and to build better relations with sex workers.

A spokesperson for the mayor said: "The Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPC) has commissioned an independent study into sex trafficking and prostitution in London. Andrew Boff's report has been received and will be considered as part of the MOPC's study, which will be published later this year."

A Metropolitan police spokesman said: "In general terms SCD9 has had significant success in saving people who have been trafficked and forced into prostitution. Although we have not seen any evidence of an increase in trafficking of sex workers so far in the Olympic host boroughs officers will attempt to identify and assist victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation and seek the prosecution of those responsible."

Case study: Fatima, (changed name) 18, west Africa

Fatima grew up in a remote village in west Africa. She does not know what happened to her parents but she was informally adopted by a childless couple soon after birth. The couple used her as a domestic slave and her body is covered with scars from beatings with various implements which she received from a very young age. The couple did not allow her to go to school and she is illiterate. At the age of 15 the couple sold her to a man she had never seen before. She has no idea what price she was sold for but was happy to leave her village with the man.

"The man was very nice to me. He gave me good food to eat and told me that he was going to take me to Saudi Arabia to look after children. He also said I could go to school. I was very happy to be leaving my village and hoped that my life was going to improve. I had always wanted to go to school and at last I was going to get the chance."

But instead of taking her to Saudi Arabia the man took her to Sierra Leone, where he obtained a false passport for her. For the first time in her life she saw electricity and television. From Sierra Leone she and the man flew to London. Here he locked her in a house and invited men from many different backgrounds round to the house to rape her.

"I don't know if the men paid money to do this. I never saw any money," she said. "I was very frightened when I was locked in that house. I didn't want to go back to my country. All I wanted to do was die. I used to stand by the locked upstairs window and thought about jumping out and killing myself so that I could end my nightmare."

After a few months Fatima's trafficker allowed her to go outside to put the rubbish out.

"He told me to come straight back inside but I ran away. I stopped two people in the street and asked them to help me. They gave me some food and took me to the Home Office in Croydon."

Home Office officials placed her in a hostel with people from other countries. "It was very noisy and people were drinking alcohol. I'm a Muslim and I didn't like this. I was scared."

She claimed asylum and was given accommodation in London. She was taken to see a doctor for a check up and to her horror was told that she was pregnant as a result of one of the rapes. It was not until a few months after her escape that she was interviewed by police.

"I was very unhappy because the police asked me questions and filmed me. I thought they were like journalists and would put the film about me on TV so I didn't want to talk to them."

So, to summarise, if plod are failing to feel trafficker collars it must be that they are incompetent, rather than that there might just be far fewer of such collars to feel, than had been predicted.

The radfems, embarrassed that their bloated false stats are not being supported by arrests, are blaming plod. That's not going to endear them to the boys in blue. But the alternative would be to admit that the evidence does not fit their theory.

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This is a tragedy. I believe that trafficking is a dreadful crime but comparatively rare. An overhyped clampdown on more mundane paid sex is pandering to the hysteria but not tackling the problem.

I have come across apparently savvy, attractive and well dressed 'escorts' giving a good service but who speak little English and work from luxury apartments/hotel rooms moving around the country. Whilst I imagine some Mr Big is organising this, I don't believe the girls are helpless victims doing this unwillingly. I believe they are making money they wouldn't be able to do by themselves. However, I suppose that my suspicion would put me foul of the new law if I had indulged. However, I expect that like the hand guns and pit bull terriers legistation, the law will prove misguided in not addressing the problem and unenforceable in practice.

For example: search on the purple site for the text 'Enjoys all my list - 75£' and you will find a group of similar profiles. In Plymouth this week, Newcastle last, previously in Peterborough, Chester, Northampton etc. You might think this was a Private Gallery selling exercise but these are attractive real escorts who appear to deliver. Would you?

Daffon

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According to the Evening Standard a mini Romanian crime wave has started with Romanians being shipped in by the coachload as beggars, pickpockets and prostitutes. The story alleges that in one recent weekend, 50 women were "shipped" into the Sussex Gardens area near Paddington to work as street prostitutes.

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/crime/marble-arch-the-new-crime-ghetto-home-for-romanians-7675141.html

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According to the Evening Standard a mini Romanian crime wave has started with Romanians being shipped in by the coachload as beggars, pickpockets and prostitutes. The story alleges that in one recent weekend, 50 women were "shipped" into the Sussex Gardens area near Paddington to work as street prostitutes.

I think it more likely that they'll be involved in child- begging and pickpocketing, than prostitution.

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Those Daily Mail photos looked so posed.

I have been montoring the numbers of girls/agencies on the advertising sites for the olympic and non-olympic boroughs in London. So far, I have seen a small increase (less than 5%) in girls in both areas, compared to six months ago, so I have found no evidence of a 'games effect'. Doubtless the police will say this is down to their good work, but in that case, why is there no increase in adjacent non-olympic boroughs.

I've just done a search of 'gold service' - I got plumbers, dry cleaners, insurance, travel agents ..... but no escorts. Is the Daily Mail still trying to get a Booker prize for fiction?

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Unhelpful of Madam Becky to tell the Sun there isn't evidence of large-scale influx of working girls at these big events and then last week the Sun to misquote her 180 degrees...

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Advert in today's paper:-

Olympic Tickets Available:-

Athletics from £695

Basketball from £495

Beach Volleyball from £595

Gymnastics from £595

Equestrian from £495

Track cycling from £695

Rowing from £995.

Cheaper to go punting.

Edited by Zzzorro

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Unhelpful of Madam Becky to tell the Sun there isn't evidence of large-scale influx of working girls at these big events and then last week the Sun to misquote her 180 degrees...

You never talk to the press. Period

Have people learned nothing from the News of the World debacle???????

Of one tablod journalist, it was said give him a 10 word quote and he'll make a half page story out of it.

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I've only glanced through this report by Gaatw, but it seems very sensible and well-balanced:

http://www.gaatw.org....11.15.2011.pdf

I just read the report and it's excellent. The concern is that police and other resorces are wasted when strategies are based on 'data' that is unsupported by evidence. We saw this very clearly with the massive waste of police efforts in the Pentameter and Pentameter 2 operations that were supposed to be 'inteligence lead' but produced almost no results.

I, like most on this forum, am totally opposed to traffiking and exploitation of sex workers but dealing with this will not be effective if resorces are squandered by police, social workers etc. being sent on wild-goose chases by the rad-fem extremists touting false numbers to promote their own agenda.

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..... but no escorts. Is the Daily Mail still trying to get a Booker prize for fiction?

No, probably not! All that they are doing is trying to sell newspapers! The problem is that the Great British Public does like smut, but won't admit it so gets it by reading "all about it" and then self-righteously dissapproving!

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So, the Olympic Games are over. We are looking forward to the Paralympics’ games, but what happened with punting during the main event? This is my own observation. I live in an Olympic borough and visited Stratford and the West End several times:

  • The number of ads on Internet sites went down in the Olympic boroughs.
  • Adverts for WGs in my local papers stayed the same as before the games.
  • I did not see any WGs in the West End streets or Stratford.
  • I saw no less than three camera crews photographing "WGs" around Soho

So, where were these tens of thousands of WGs who were supposed to descend on London, according to the Rad Fems? Unless you believe the Border Force did a great job in keeping them out, the London games demonstrated that the narrative about WGs flocking to, or being trafficked to, large sporting events is nothing but a vacuous myth.

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And here we go again for the imminent Brazil Olympics:

The Olympics won’t be a boon for sex workers, and not because of Zika virus
Gregory Mitchell 4 August 2016

Fears of increased ‘sex trafficking’ during the World Cup in Brazil proved unfounded. Could the lessons learned in 2014 be applied to the Rio Olympic games of 2016?

Brazil is about to once again play host to a major sporting event, with the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympic games to take place later this week. This sporting extravaganza has once again been accompanied by sensationalised media reports regarding an anticipated explosion of human trafficking. Moral panics and sporting events have been closely linked for over a decade now, with remarkably similar media reports regarding ‘a big spike in sex trafficking’ having accompanied coverage of international sporting events in countries such as Germany, South Africa, and the United States.

One of the most depressing features of the media reports is that they get debunked time and time again, only to rise unscathed from the ashes with each new event.

More details at https://www.opendemocracy.net/beyondslavery/gregory-mitchell/olympics-won-t-be-boon-for-sex-workers-and-not-because-of-zika-virus

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