Revisiting Prostitution's Numbers
Story has potential to bring about change: I was really impressed by this article [“Real Men Get Their Facts Straight,” Martin Cizmar, Ellis Conklin, and Kristen Hinman, Feature, 6/29]. Going and gathering actual data and writing a story, what's that called again? Oh, that's right, journalism. It's been so long since I saw anything but infotainment, I'd forgotten what it looked like. Thanks for reminding me, Village Voice Media.
I hope Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore read this and put their money where it can do some good — to fund social services (especially mental health programs) for former child prostitutes, and to get them off of the streets.
Reported numbers do not indicate total number of sex trafficking victims: Calculating trafficking numbers by the number of arrests made for underage prostitution is like calculating how many people work at a sweatshop by checking tax records. So many of these girls and boys are completely outside the system and impossible to quantify. Not to mention my biggest issue with this article, which is that whether it's 800 or 300,000 doesn't matter. Any number of girls going through this ordeal is too many. The fact that they trivialize the seriousness of the issue by saying it's really “only” 800 girls is horribly irresponsible for a national publication [company].
He may be misguided, but appears well-intentioned: Great piece. Well sourced. My only complaint, if one could call it that, is the portrayal of Ashton Kutcher as ultimately less interested in doing good than appearing to do good. He may be tragically misinformed, but I have no reason to believe that he has anything but the best intentions. Hopefully this article will clear the air and direct attention where it's most needed.
The numbers may be embellished, but it's still a problem: Okay, it's a given, there should be more credible facts, especially for as big of campaign as they [Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore] are making it. But honestly, who cares? Isn't one child subjected to this one too many? The writers really sound like they're saying it's okay for this kind of thing to be going on because it's not as bad as [Kutcher and Moore] say it is. I understand [the writers] didn't actually say that, but that's how it comes off, and it's pretty lame.
Blog Comments of the Week
In response to a blog post about the federal stance on marijuana: This is so disgusting [“Medical Marijuana: Justice Department Says It's Illegal and the Feds Will Arrest You,” Chris Roberts, the Snitch, 7/1]. People who have chemotherapy are suffering in complete misery and they [the feds] want to bust them as criminals for seeking relief. I hope the politicians against marijuana have to go through chemotherapy so they understand real pain. It's a miracle plant, and our government is full of liars. The people who made marijuana illegal are the real criminals.
In response to a blog post about vegan meals for S.F. inmates: I'm rather surprised nobody is complaining about making “accommodations” for criminals [“Arrested Vegans Get Vegan Meals in S.F. County Jails,” Caroline Chen, SFoodie, 7/5]. Of course we live in a country where the public thinks you're guilty before proven innocent, so why would you treat an innocent person accused of something kindly? Regardless, this is good news.
Pascual H Romero