I get that the NY Post isn’t written by intellectuals for intellectuals. And I also understand that they run features designed to sell papers to stay afloat. So it comes as no surprise that the publication ran a long piece (for them) on human trafficking just yesterday.
All things considered, I thought the writers caught the gist of trafficking’s reality. For example, they reported that many girls don’t view themselves as victims. And they even interviewed one who said that a Snoop song was what recruited her. So far so good. But then came that quote of the day:
According to JIM KLEIN, 36 year veteran of the force – and current commander of the NYPD Vice Unit, “I can confidently say the majority — the overwhelming majority — of people engaging in sex for money are doing it against their will.” That is the most preposterous statement I’ve ever heard about the pay for play game.
In 20 years of selling advertising to escorts and/or their bosses or pimps (yes, I had two pimps with Pimp of the Year trophies), I’m not aware of one girl in that division of flatbackers who was working against her will. All were willing participants!
Look! I’m not saying that trafficking doesn’t exist in the sense that girls are getting coerced into the business with the threat of extreme violence if they try to leave. What I’m saying is a) I’ve never seen it in 20 years. And b) there is absolutely no way the majority of ho’s are working against their will. And for the Post to even print that bull shit is irresponsible given how gullible, uneducated and uninformed their average reader is.
I don’t expect people who aren’t in or at least on the periphery of the business to really understand it. But a police inspector with 36 years on the force? That amazes me. He must have been misquoted. Or quoted out of context. Because that statement is beyond the pale. My two cents. I’m out.