Occupy Oakland Came Out to SUPPORT Child Sexual Exploitation and Human Trafficking?

Looks that way. Despite media claims to the contrary the Occupy movement has never had a coherent message aside from the nebulous desire to “smash capitalism” while making demands that people continue to participate in capitalist enterprise in order to subsidize Occupiers lifestyles through the taxation of activities the Occupiers claim are immoral. Otherwise the movement simply tries to line up against whatever Americans in general believe. This time Occupy Oakland may have went too far for even the most rabid armchair revolutionary as they held a protest targeting a meeting of groups trying to stop human trafficking and child sexual exploitation:

On Wednesday, June 13, members of the Occupy movement protested against a conference dedicated to combatting child sex trafficking — thus, the Occupiers in essence were coming out in favor of one of society’s most loathsome moral crimes.

The protesters mostly were members of Occupy Oakland Patriarchy, a group within the overall Occupy movement tasked with overthrowing our civilization’s “patriarchy.”

The conference which so infuriated them was called HEAT Watch, short for the National Human Exploitation And Trafficking Watch Conference.

If there’s one issue that unites Americans of all political stripes, it’s the sexual enslavement of children. Whatever our opinions on other issues, we all agree that sex trafficking and the prostituting of children is an outrage and a tragedy. Thus, conference attendees included liberal, moderate and conservative politicians; progressive nonprofit organizations; law enforcement groups; religious leaders; and (according to the conference Web site) “social services, medical providers, mental health, education, probation, and community-based organizations.” In short: Everybody.

Everybody, that is, except Occupy Wall Street, who somehow found a way to oppose the abolition of child sexual slavery.

The picture above (courtesy PJ Media) illustrates two points about the protest. The first is that it is rich, White, sheltered suburbanites who make up such asinine protests – the very people who knowingly are accomplices to the sex slave trade through their patronage of sites like Backpage and CraigsList.

The second and more important point is that this woman, who knows that children don’t go willingly into prostitution and that the adults these conferences are talking about are being forced into it as well, is willing to tell a lie that keeps people in sexual servitude to make her political point. In other words these protesters are defending rape for profit operations targeting the most vulnerable because it fits in some nebulous political or cultural agenda they have. These protesters just don’t care about the victims or right and wrong.

Understand these protesters are claiming that we should do nothing when some pimp is selling a child to perverts. We should do nothing when illegals are kidnapped and forced into rape camps (they call them brothels) by gangs. But the rest of us are “exploiters” and greedy?

This isn’t just about politics. Our society is increasingly inundated with voices like this, people who claim child exploitation is no big deal, that children are sexual beings etc. Often these people are involved in groups that promote a pro-pedophile agenda but rarely do we see an example of pro-pedophilia activism as clear and open as this. These people were fighting to stop people from rescuing children from sexual servitude. Is that what our society has become?

Is this a left/right issue? Are we really now choosing sides on issues of rape and slavery? Where is the condemnation from the rest of Occupy? Where’s the press coverage? Where do we stand as a nation when our privileged, spoiled dregs are fighting for the “rights” of pimps and sex slavers to force women and children into prostitution?

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6 Responses to “Occupy Oakland Came Out to SUPPORT Child Sexual Exploitation and Human Trafficking?”

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  2. Melissa on January 9th, 2013 9:06 am

    This story makes no sense. In another story you report that police had charged 2 trafficked teen girls, one aged 16 and the other just 13 years with prostitution.

    Surely this woman’s poster only demands that the police stop terrorising adult and child sex workers, a perfectly reasonable thing to demand given that a) we know that the police terrorise trafficked children (as reported elsewhere in your site) and that b) that arresting and charging adult sex workers is unhelpful and immoral if, as you claim, most have been forced or coerced?

    How does supporting sex workers (most of whom are doing the work via force, coercion, deception or financial desperation) equate to supporting pimps and traffickers?

    Genuine question

  3. Rob Taylor on January 9th, 2013 1:02 pm

    A)The “support” is not helping them, this woman was demanding that we allow children to “decide” to be prostitutes.

    B)All adult prostitutes that aren’t being forced are drug addicts. And as adults they have to make their own decisions about how they live, legal or not. Conflating adults and children minimizes the evil of people kidnapping and raping children.

  4. Malevolent April on January 9th, 2013 2:00 pm

    Can children “decide” to be sex workers? No. And supporting child sex workers… Are you fucking kidding me? That IS supporting their pimps and traffickers. The only support a child being forced to prostitute needs is a way out and for the person who put them there to be behind bars. Period.

  5. DodiaFae on January 9th, 2013 8:41 pm

    Melissa… you need to work on your reading comprehension there a bit, lady. Assuming that this is the other piece you’re referring to, Rob did explain (and, having followed this issue to some extent, since I’ve been pretty involved in anti-abuse activism for a few years now, I can say that he’s right) that they don’t always immediately know the age of the prostitutes involved until they bring them in. Once they’re brought into custody, minors are generally handed over to whatever child exploitation division that particular law enforcement agency has in place so that they can get help. With all the publicity this particular issue has been getting over the last few years, they’re unlikely to treat minors as criminals. Unfortunately, however, the system needs work, which is what this conference was about. In some instances, the only way to get a victim into the system, and get them help, is by charging them, because they have no referral system in place yet. (Again, what this conference is about.) Do you not think that being brought into the police station as a first step to being rescued from such a horrible situation is far, far preferable to being stuck in that situation any longer?

    So, why would this… person… be protesting this conference? Did she not realize that the desire to fix whatever problems there are within the system in order to better protect the victims from sex trafficking is the sole reason for law enforcement officials attendance?

    Also, as Rob pointed out in his response above, if an adult chooses to become a prostitute, for any reason (usually drugs), and is not forced into it for any other reason, and she’s not abiding the local/state/federal laws, then she deserves to be arrested for it. As both Rob and April pointed out, the protesters were not helping anyone worth helping. The only help the pimps need is into an 8×8 cell with a much larger cellmate. The protesters don’t care about the victims. If they did, they’d have done a bit of research into what this conference was actually about (obviously, they didn’t, or they wouldn’t have been protesting to begin with). They only care about whatever their political agenda is this week.

    You know, I’ve always found the Occupy agenda to be incredibly vague. This, however, sends a pretty clear message.

  6. Joan Steiner on April 3rd, 2014 4:38 pm

    someone please contact me. I know of a girl on Backpage her post number is 16 22 7 235 Asheville North Carolina I know for a fact she is prostituting young girls and yes a lot of heroin is involved. I don’t know how to stop her she used a child and I know and now the young girl is hooked on heroin and will not go home to her parents who love her very much they cannot find her but they saw her picture on backpage as escort service. when trying to find her the woman who also is prostituting is denying she is using this child. somehow this needs to be stopped. please help me hopefully some paren will see this and maybe we can save a life u may contact me

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