Posted in Current Events, Links, Miscellaneous, Tyranny, tagged Africa, Arizona, censorship, cops, Europe, Florida, Georgia, hysteria, language, New York, Ohio, Texas, tits, United Kingdom, video, Virginia, witchcraft on April 6, 2014 |
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Even if I have lost some important parts of my body, I still want to get rich. – Chamangeni Zulu
I’m grateful for these quiet weeks we’ve had lately; they’ve allowed me to get boring-but-necessary business stuff done for setting up my company and my tour. Pretty soon, you should start seeing new things populating the tour calendar, but if you’re in east Texas toward the end of next week I would like to see you at my book signing in Fairfield. And if you don’t live near any of my planned stops, don’t forget you can get an autographed copy by mail. This week’s top contributor was Jesse Walker, with the first video and everything above it; those between the videos are from Marc Randazza (“legit”), Mike Siegel (“headline”), Radley Balko (“gag”), Clarissa (“Satanic”), Police Misconduct (“driveway”), and Thaddeus Russell (“blasphemy”).
From the Archives
- Pranks, fruit, goats, politicians, words, Hell, Star Trek, empty-headed celebrities and the police state.
- Vaginal injuries are just as likely to result from consensual sex as rape.
- Observable fact: 16-year-old leaves home. Conclusion: sex trafficking!
- A one-woman prohibition campaign enabled by a sleazy political deal.
- Heroic cops save town from menace of a desperately-hungry woman.
- Tattoos, sexy clothes & looking for work are signs of “sex trafficking”.
- Fanatics multiply a credible estimate of “trafficking” victims by 1000x.
- Sex workers in Asia and Africa are an example to those in the West.
- Religious fanatics are always ready to make convenient exceptions.
- What are the possible social effects of the male contraceptive pill?
- The Swedish Model is “a failed experiment in social engineering”.
- Why the “Occupy” movement should support sex worker rights.
- A petition to press criminal charges against prohibitionist liars.
- Judge releases 400 sex workers from “sex offender” tyranny.
- I wish I had all the magical powers Zimbabwean harlots do.
- Another example of how prostitution laws harm all women.
- Laws often have nothing to do with their stated purposes.
- “Sex trafficking”, “survivors” and “reframing experiences”.
- How the entire trafficking myth is held together with lies.
- The word “legal” is not part of this reporter’s vocabulary.
- Becky Adams on her plans for a brothel for the disabled.
- The New York Times takes aim at its own collective foot.
- The French repeal a law against looking & acting sexy.
- The re-awakening of the sex worker rights movement.
- The crumbling of Nicholas Kristof, idol with feet of clay.
- “Sex offender” registration just keeps getting worse.
- An ancient Roman festival and pictures of my pussy.
- How government regulations increase exploitation.
- Eight years in prison for “promoting prostitution”.
- Here’s that weird “pay back” euphemism again.
- Does the Arab Spring need a Summer of Love?
- Is it true that some women orgasm from rape?
- The how and why of the politicization of rape.
- Christmas Eve in a brothel, mid-22nd century.
- More on the upholding of the Himel decision.
- Several links for sex worker rights in Korea.
- Dr. Laura Agustín on “trafficking” hysteria.
- Gloria Steinem, “sex trafficking” fetishist.
- A prohibitionist deception from 2000.
- It all happened on Mulberry Street.
- A “trafficker” under every bed.
- Alexis Wright’s plea bargain.
- Chimpanzee metacognition.
- Muslimahs rebuke Femen.
- Rapist cops of the week.
- R.I.P. Carmine Infantino.
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Posted in Current Events, Links, Miscellaneous, Tyranny, tagged adolescence, animals, Australia, blogging, Canada, cops, domestic violence, drugs, Florida, Georgia, imaginative fiction, Italy, lawheads, Maryland, Never Call the Cops, New Jersey, North Carolina, porn, teachers, Texas, video on March 9, 2014 |
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It’s a little known fact that as Emily Wilding Davison threw herself under the King’s horse during the 1913 Derby her last words were, “I hope that sometime in the next 100 years, someone introduces a product that makes a woman’s labia pinker. That’s really what I’m doing all this for.” - Jake
If you live in the United States and noticed that you got the notification for this post an hour later than usual, it’s because starting today by government decree your clocks will lie to you about the time until early November. Everyone else in the world should continue getting the notice at the same time until your clocks either start or stop lying to you (depending on what hemisphere you’re in) sometime in the next few weeks. If you’re outside the US and the time was wrong anyhow, it undoubtedly has something to do with however WordPress has the change set up. Got it? I honestly wish we’d dispense with the unholy mess, which costs the US roughly $2 billion per year (and even more since Congress extended it in 2007, putting us out of synch with Europe and Asia). Nor does that count the cost in lives and property damage from the increased number of accidents on the Monday following the change, especially in the spring. Anyhow, in keeping with the theme of this rant I present “Destino”, a collaboration between Walt Disney and Salvador Dali which was mostly done in 1946, then shelved and never finished until 2003. It’s very strange and very beautiful, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. The second video is the first American television commercial for cannabis, but almost certainly not the last; it was contributed by Rick Horowitz. The links down to the first video are a mixed bag; Lenore Skenazy gave us “never call”, “rules” and “kangaroo”; Michael Whiteacre gave us “birthday party”, Radley Balko contributed “mother”, and I found “kayaking” and “masochism” myself. Those between the videos were provided by Radley, my cat, ManCrack, Clarissa, Kate Zen, Dean Clark, Kevin Wilson, and EconJeff (in that order).
From the Archives
- Paint, cities, robots, Ys, cops, bureaucrats, bugs, bunnies, guns, philosophy, kings, myths, clichés, interjections & terrifying pastries.
- Because South African cops are allowed to beat, rape and pepper-spray whores, it’s “official handling” rather than harassment.
- The media suddenly notices “condoms as evidence” policies are asinine.
- Dutch “authorities” narrow bottleneck, wonder why “crime” increases.
- How do verification services like Date Check and P411 screen escorts?
- Is there a penis length or thickness that is too large for most escorts?
- Emi Koyama exposes journalists who knowingly repeated false myth.
- Only whores are “trafficked”; actual slaves are “encouraged aliens”.
- Politicians can’t resist photo-documenting their sexual indiscretions.
- Cops puzzled when “rescued” whores immediately return to work.
- Zimbabwe: “sex trafficking” source, transit and destination in one.
- In which I go far outside my comfort zone to attend a symposium.
- Reverend Lia says churches should actively welcome sex workers.
- Margo St. James on the birth of the sex worker rights movement.
- To Joe Arpaio, consensual sex is a more serious crime than rape.
- More evidence of the evangelical basis for “sex trafficking” myth.
- Two previous columns for International Sex Worker Rights Day.
- The vulnerable party in a sex work transaction isn’t the whore.
- Sex rays can even contaminate the money handled by harlots.
- Western Australian politician seeks to impose Swedish Model.
- The “Facebook pimps” myth just keeps growing and growing.
- What positions are good for a small penis and a large vagina?
- Nobody can challenge secret surveillance because it’s secret.
- Preparing teenagers for adult life by keeping them ignorant.
- Few Irish politicians dare to stand up to Magdalene nuns.
- Nevada is not more whore-friendly than other US states.
- ASPaSIA is working on a code of ethics for sex workers.
- Yet another example of what real sex slavery looks like.
- Sex, food, prohibitionism, crypto-moralism and disease.
- Should I “out” a sex worker friend to my other friends?
- Can mature, chubby women make a living as escorts?
- A thorough refutation of Neumayer, Cho and Dreher.
- The suit against Utah’s criminalization of acting sexy.
- Justine Reilly, Ruhama’s all-purpose anti-whore shill.
- “Following the Money: Spending on Anti-Trafficking”.
- Bitcoin is now the world’s best-performing currency.
- Yet another whore-raping cop gets a paid vacation.
- I just love it when predators feed on one another.
- The appalling ignorance of New York “authorities”.
- The incredible waste of prostitution “stings”.
- Secret Lives and A Natural History of Rape.
- Why footballers prefer pros to amateurs.
- A challenge to prostitution laws in Ohio.
- The sad story of the president’s nanny.
- Because financial survival is shameful.
- Unpacking the sex trafficking panic.
- Who really paid her, and for what?
- Sexual predators with badges.
- An interview with Tracy Quan.
- Who victimizes sex workers?
- The Miramonte debacle.
- Cheese is brain food.
- The Profumo Affair.
- Baby cured of HIV.
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Posted in Current Events, Links, Miscellaneous, Music, Tyranny, tagged animals, Australia, Central Asia, cops, drugs, Florida, games, Georgia, imaginative fiction, language, Never Call the Cops, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Things We Choose To Do Together, video, witchcraft on February 23, 2014 |
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Young people are taking Viagra because of terrorism. - Dr. Samiullah Khan
As y’all have probably noticed by now, I like unusual covers of well-known songs. Well, this week we’ve got one of the most unusual ones yet; not only is it a cover of a cover (specifically, Soft Cell’s version of the obscure ’60s B-side “Tainted Love”), but it’s played on a really unusual instrument. The video comes to us via Mike Siegel (who also provided “Voynich”), but if you prefer one with a vocal track you can thank Melissa Gira Grant for that. The second video is a terribly rude (but also very funny) commercial called to my attention by EconJeff (who also gave us “Obama“). Everything above the first video is from Radley Balko, and the links between the videos were contributed by Clarkhat, Mike Riggs, Mistress Matisse, Cop Block, Dan Savage, Franklin Harris, Popehat, Jolene Parton, Grace, and Kevin Wilson (in that order).
From the Archives
- Dogs, dildos, Mars, Monty Hall, ignorance, immigration, police state, bureaucracy, fossils, orgasms, Star Wars, LOLcats & the end of time.
- Control freaks won’t be satisfied until every conceivable behavior of “sex offenders” is criminalized.
- DA explains why it’s a good thing he persecutes teenagers for “sexting”.
- Preacher calls hooker with intent to preach at her, gets robbed instead.
- Michael Weinstein wants a new city department just to enforce his law.
- Religious justifications for bestiality laws give way to “abuse” rhetoric.
- And now for something completely different: a man with half a head.
- A reporter actually asks an escort for opinion on “sex trafficking” law.
- Ridiculous exaggerations and addiction rhetoric, but not against sex.
- Sex work is one of the caring professions like nursing or social work.
- Aussie doctor declares “dirty whore” panic “absolute total rubbish”.
- The word “trafficking” is a blunt instrument in governmental hands.
- Article about sex work with the disabled covers good ground, but…
- Rescue industry tries to defend abduction of sex workers’ children.
- An actress demonstrates how little our professions have diverged.
- Comic Relief fails to recognize a “pathological liar” comedy routine.
- Israeli politicians promote Swedish model despite 59% opposition.
- Manipulating statistics to serve an agenda is like a number puzzle.
- The damage to sex workers caused by “end demand” campaigns.
- Oklahoma officials’ creepy enchantment with “human trafficking”.
- Pardis Mahdavi on “trafficking” hysteria as a global moral panic.
- Dublin City Council rejects the Turn Off The Red-light campaign.
- Does a bisexual woman dating a man still really want women?
- Fun promotional video from the Sex Worker Freedom Festival.
- North Carolina law could imprison women for going topless.
- On the cruelty of denying commercial sex to disabled men.
- Another article about single mothers turning to sex work.
- Dr. Paul Maginn has published another appeal for sanity.
- Where is the apology from the Magdalene laundry nuns?
- What prostitutes, nurses and nannies have in common.
- A methodologically-sound study of 10,000 porn actors.
- Activists fight plan to banish sex workers from Atlanta.
- Four things you should know about women who strip.
- Kristof’s fun new way to play God makes its debut.
- How to make money from a moral panic.
- To be anti-choice is to be anti-life.
- The Great Firewall of Iceland.
- Kelly James vs. the TSA.
- Rapist cop of the week.
- The sky is falling!
- Sex at Dawn.
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Posted in Current Events, Links, Miscellaneous, Music, Obituary, Tyranny, tagged animals, California, censorship, cops, disease, drugs, Florida, Georgia, harm reduction, hysteria, Illinois, internet, lawheads, Maryland, Michigan, nanny state, Never Call the Cops, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, surveillance, teachers, Things We Choose To Do Together, United Kingdom, universal criminality, video, Wisconsin, yellow journalism on February 9, 2014 |
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The human body is not essentially…pornographic, and I think to make it so is a mistake. - Pat Robertson
This was one of those weeks in which I couldn’t be sure who was going to take the top position; it went back and forth several times before Radley Balko took it with six. Popehat and Grace were tied for second place with four each (“irony”, “911″, “nanny”, and “fireman” for Popehat; “Palm Beach”, “3rd”, “hair”, and “spray” for Grace); Jesse Walker (“gothic”, “Pat Robertson”), Cop Block (“10″, “20″) and Edward Cunningham (“together”, “test”) had two each, and the rest of the links were provided by Franklin Harris (“RIP”), Walter Olson (“physics”), Police Misconduct (“cop-lovers”), Jasper Gregory (“scrolls”), Jason Kuznicki (“cost”), Jemima (“strip”), Mike Siegel (“ABC”), and Lenore Skenazy (“sign”). The Via North Carolina Harm Reduction requested I share the second video, and I discovered the first while reading this article in order to answer a reader question.
From the Archives
- Cookie Monster, swans, monsters, tag, Stairway to Heaven, prohibitionism, cops, government, language, drugs and huge ships.
- Libertarians want government out of our bedrooms, but some politicians want people out of their bedroom clothes.
- Some “sex trafficking” fetishists waited until Super Bowl Sunday to trot out their claims last year.
- “Police have a special inclination toward confabulation…[and] an incentive to lie“.
- Kansas Supreme Court rules strippers are employees, not contractors.
- African countries which are more civilized about sex work than the US.
- When the state turns custom into law, most people don’t even flinch.
- Look past the “sex slave” rhetoric to what’s actually going on here.
- “For $11 per minute, patrons…can ask for the…butt pillow…service“.
- Atlanta’s police chief wants to “banish” sex workers from “his” city.
- The high standards of American journalism have reached Pakistan.
- Femen protests are less annoying if you just look at the pictures.
- My little sister’s peerless recipe for chicken and andouille gumbo.
- What advice do you have for an escort who’s losing regulars?
- The namesake of my “That Was the Week That Was” feature.
- Another would-be sex worker “ally” who should just shut up.
- Follow-ups to examples of cop violence against sex workers.
- Video of a thought forming in the brain of a larval zebrafish.
- A study identifies the genes that cause gendered behavior.
- A short biography of the wild and extravagant Cora Pearl.
- Must every strong urge now be described as an addiction?
- Is the United Kingdom learning from her former colonies?
- In Saudi Arabia, a war between humans and baboons.
- Indian politicians try to quietly criminalize prostitution.
- Machines built by bigotry work to grind up everybody.
- Another bogus “meat kills” study from radical vegans.
- More good stuff about sex work with disabled clients.
- Why are some women attracted to mass murderers?
- Yet another debunking of the “gypsy whores” myth.
- Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans?
- Man says female IRS agent coerced him into sex.
- There’s more than one way to skin a lawhead.
- Harvey Silverglate reviews Unlearning Liberty.
- Cult hysteria meets “sex trafficking” hysteria.
- Judge sends man to prison for comic books.
- Dr. Brooke Magnanti on the “pimp” myth.
- My two previous columns for Imbolc.
- Two excellent posts by readers.
- Another “dog bites man” thing.
- All prohibitionism is the same.
- What Would Orrin Hatch Do?
- The hooker vote.
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Posted in Current Events, Links, Miscellaneous, Music, Tyranny, tagged animals, cops, Georgia, holidays, internet, language, Latin America, New York, Ohio, Russia, surveillance, Texas, Things We Choose To Do Together, video on December 15, 2013 |
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Oh, you’re gonna shoot me? - Robert Redus, last words
Behold the power of prior planning: despite being in New Orleans since Wednesday and having a horrible sinus headache yesterday, I still managed to get this Links column done on time. The first video is the Beatles’ Christmas record for 1966; these were sent to members of their fan club every year from 1963 to 1969, but this one is IMHO the best of the lot. Everything above it was provided by Jesse Walker, the second video was provided by my cat and the links between them were provided by Eugene Volokh (“Dalek”), Radley Balko (“metadata”), Grace (“suicide” and “sarcasm”), Mike Siegel (“Shakespeare”), Cop Block (“body slam”), Popehat (“eventually”), and Mike Riggs (“together”).
From the Archives
- Surveillance, propaganda, Prohibition, Calvin & Hobbes, puppycide, cops, Pearl Harbor, concentration camps, DNA and Manic Pixie Prostitute.
- Philippine cops & bureaucrats want immunity to lawsuits filed by sex workers who were “rescued” against their will.
- Two columns on governmental regulation of human sexual relationships.
- Just because someone made a movie doesn’t mean the subject is real.
- Censors selflessly devote their lives to watching porn so others can’t.
- How police privilege and anti-prostitution laws endanger all women.
- In the US, this story would be forced into the “trafficking” paradigm.
- Officials admit they knew a law they wanted was unconstitutional.
- Idiot calls cops to complain that a hooker shorted him 10 minutes.
- Aspasia explains to a feminist why many women aren’t feminists.
- Sydney cops raid brothel which won a judgment against the city.
- Why Kate Gould is opposed to criminalizing the purchase of sex.
- Another politician, another sex crime, another slap on the wrist.
- Xaviera Hollander is now a 69-year-old hotelier in Amsterdam.
- The European Women’s Lobby is totally detached from reality.
- Clearing sex workers from Louisiana’s “sex offender” registry.
- Why a gay activist is conflicted about same-sex marriage.
- Never put your name on a building while you’re still alive.
- Another study finds almost no “sex trafficking” in the UK.
- Holier-than-thou whining from licensed masseuses.
- The perfect job for a sadistic, misogynistic pervert.
- A documentary about the inspiring Rachel Wotton.
- Cops try to pin Long Island killings on a non-cop.
- The real purpose of the “condoms in porn” law.
- “Human trafficking” compared to other crimes.
- “The world’s first college of applied sexuality“.
- The confusing idea of “legalized” prostitution.
- French politicians love persecuting whores.
- Yet another teacher outed as a porn actor.
- Yet another thing you can’t be addicted to.
- Don’t confuse push factors for pull factors.
- Puritanism takes precedence over charity.
- Pretending all adolescents are the same.
- Can men and women really be friends?
- A primer on the indexing of this blog.
- An Austrian sex-education kerfuffle.
- The clueless leading the hysterical.
- A speech by Jill Brenneman.
- Rapist cops of the week.
- More “sex ray” hysteria.
- Strippers in the news.
- Lethal butt injections.
- Cheapskate spiders.
- Sex and Punishment.
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Posted in Current Events, Links, Miscellaneous, Music, Tyranny, tagged Africa, animals, California, cops, Georgia, Greece, imaginative fiction, internet, Never Call the Cops, South Africa, Sweden, Texas, United Kingdom, video, witchcraft on November 17, 2013 |
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The Blues are not about choice. You stuck in a ditch, you stuck in a ditch; ain’t no way out. - from “How To Sing the Blues”
This was a relatively quiet week for links, and I’m glad to say that I haven’t yet seen much unseasonably-early Christmas stuff yet (though I did have to re-activate the email filter which automatically deletes anything with the words “Black Friday” or “Cyber Monday” in the subject line). I’m nearly finished with my book, and the cover art should be here in the next few days; I’ve also been working on some other extracurricular stuff I’m sure y’all will like, which will be announced as it’s released. Everything down to the first video is from Radley Balko; the video itself is from Aspasia, and the second video (a short film from 1966 on the making of 2001: A Space Odyssey) is from I Am Curious Blue. The links between the videos were contributed by Szusa (“Greek music”), Brooke Magnanti (“Prince”), Mike Siegel (“update”), Neil Gaiman (“Heisenberg”), Walter Olson (“ice”), Rick Horowitz (“Circle K”), and Jesse Walker (“python”).
From the Archives
- Skepticism, Star Wars, Southern belles, censorship, UFOlogy, politics, piss, torture, D & D, delusions and Uncle Sam as abusive husband.
- “Leading a crusade” against any sexual behavior is probable cause for suspicion of practicing it.
- With sex worker “allies” like the ACLU, who needs Farley and company?
- What forced prostitution and violence against women actually look like.
- The inevitable result of laws which treat women as helpless victims.
- Governments block legal challenges to tyranny by refusing to listen.
- Some Greek officials believe in “sex rays”, even if the people don’t.
- Whore-hatred in World War II France and contemporary Iceland.
- Why sex worker rights have languished while gay rights thrived.
- Portland, Maine elects a burlesque dancer to the school board.
- Why opponents of prostitution should fight whore stigma.
- The stark difference between two “rescue” charities.
- Aspasia on would-be allies and “concerned parties”.
- Rachel Wotton’s wonderful charity “Touching Base”.
- What European news stories on sex work look like.
- Judges rule that sympathetic magic really exists.
- The tale of a brutally-thorough client screening.
- Map of surveillance societies around the world.
- A rare refutation of an embellished memory.
- Australia dumps a porn-censorship scheme.
- Umpteen thousand people can’t be wrong!
- The difference between morals and mores.
- Veronica Franco, courtesan and poetess.
- Thieves posing as sex workers in Kenya.
- When Someone You Love is A Sex Worker.
- The “sex robot” morons are at it again.
- How to render a bad date line useless.
- The forgotten angels of Dien Bien Phu.
- Hard facts about “sex trafficking”.
- Another “dog bites man” study.
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Posted in Miscellaneous, Perception, tagged Arizona, California, cops, fantasy, Florida, Georgia, hysteria, King of the Hill, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, prohibitionist myths, Texas, Wisconsin, yellow journalism on November 4, 2013 |
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Thou shalt not covet; but tradition
Approves all forms of competition. - Arthur Hugh Clough
One of the most fascinating aspects of “sex trafficking” hysteria is the bizarre competition I’ve dubbed “King of the Hill” after the boys’ game; each city and state boasts that it is one of the “top” or “leading” or “major” destinations, sources or “hubs” of sex trafficking in the United States. And “boast” is the right word: while it’s typical for cops to exaggerate crime statistics in order to justify ever-increasing budgets and power, this goes far beyond that; they and many other fabulists seem to take a kind of perverse pleasure in pretending that their territory is the best at providing, receiving or transporting “child sex slaves”. And a pretense it is:
According to the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), no statistics are kept for the number of Human Trafficking cases prosecuted for each individual state. They are also unable to provide the number of individuals indicted in each state or how many victims were involved in each case.
Since there is absolutely no basis for any interstate comparison, intercity comparisons belong strictly to the realm of fantasy. But virtually every “trafficking” fanatic speaking to every reporter, class or ladies’ club meeting will insist that whatever place he’s speaking in is “a major hotspot”, citing whatever authority sounds good (the FBI, DoJ and Homeland Security are favorites) and “explaining” that the high level of activity is due to the presence of interstate highways, proximity to some “sinful” place like New York or Atlanta, remoteness from other places (yes, really), or even (in a bizarrely 19th-century touch) the presence of navigable waterways, presumably for the slave-ships to sail in upon. As of this time I have no explanation for the popularity of this pissing contest, nor why absolutely nobody asks even the most basic questions of these bizarre braggarts. However, I think it might be interesting to compile all of the claims in one place, to be modified later as new ones come in. Since many of the claims are (unsurprisingly) very vague, I’m going to count all words like “major” or “near the top” as being claims for the top ten. The first table is for states, the second for cities. Don’t try to compare rankings of cities with that of the states in which they lie; you’ll hurt your brain.
||“According to Homeland Security”
||“Large agricultural industry & international border”
||Interstate highways and “major events”
||Interstate highways, trains & buses, 3 airports
||Major highways and large rural areas
||“The State Department reports”
||“World’s busiest airport”
||“Travellers from around the world”
||Major highways, “destination point” (?)
||Strip clubs, interstate highways, two rivers
||Interstate highways & immigrants
||“highways, year-round sports & conventions”
||Tampa Bay, Florida
Of course, no explanation is ever given of how these “trafficked children” are transported; given the sheer volume (especially during mega sporting events), perhaps they’re crammed into secondhand school buses or packed in shipping crates with holes drilled in the sides for air. Presumably, we’re supposed to take it on faith, just like we’re supposed to accept these mysterious figures from nowhere, the mystic ability of “pimps” to hide hundreds of thousands of captives, and the economic viability of enslaved whores when there are plenty of independent ones to be found in every city in the world.
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