The June 22 article “Local Prostitution Ring Busted in National FBI Sweep” left more questions than answers. If a prostitution ring was in fact “busted,” why was there no mention of arrested pimps or organized crime figures? Why was there no mention of rescued minors or women being freed who were being held against their will?
I was under the impression that one of the primary goals of human trafficking police operations was to rescue women from being forced to work as prostitutes. But if that’s true, then why were all of the alleged prostitutes sent to jail? Were they victims or perpetrators? What am I missing here? The article, unfortunately, fails to elaborate on this “ring” and why no one else was apprehended.
Based on the statement included in the story that the day following the arrests there were almost 40 ads placed on a website offering sexual services leaves me with one last question: Why do I get the uneasy feeling that the war on prostitution is starting to look a lot like the war on drugs? And we all know how that turned out.
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