Words are used in such a manipulative way by the media.
When I hear “sex trafficking,” I think of prostitution, because that’s how it’s been used. The term “sex-trafficking” was also used when Matt Gaetz was accused of flying a 17-year-old girl out to Las Vegas to have sex with her. It turns out the feds were lying when they accused him of that, but I’m just talking about the term.
Think of that: she was willing to have sex, she was excited about it, getting on a plane to go see him. Also, it would have been legal for him to have sex with her in her home state, it was only illegal because she was crossing state lines.
So that’s what I think of when I hear “sex trafficking.”
But you know what is also “sex trafficking”? Kidnapping a girl in a bathroom.
Eight people were arrested in Oklahoma City for allegedly trafficking a 15-year-old Texas girl at a Dallas Mavericks game last month and now the girl’s family is questioning why more wasn’t done to get their daughter home quicker.
The teen went to the bathroom at the Dallas’ American Airlines Center on April 8 while attending the game with her father and never returned, her family’s attorney Zeke Fortenberry of the Fortenberry Firm, PLLC said in a release, obtained by Fox News.
She was missing for 10 days until she was located by law enforcement at an Extended Stay America hotel in Oklahoma City — roughly 200 miles away — on April 18.
The Oklahoma City Police Department arrested Saniya Alexander, Melissa Wheeler, Chevaun Gibson, Kenneth Nelson, Sarah Hayes, Karen Gonzales, Thalia Gibson and Steven Hill in connection with the trafficking case, according to Fox.
“We are thankful for the work of the Oklahoma City Police Department and the recovery of our daughter,” the girl’s mother said in a statement on May 5. “My heart breaks for the unimaginable things my daughter had to endure for the 11 days she was taken, and I am so glad she is safe as we work toward her recovery.”
When the girl did not return to her seat, her father immediately notified arena security and Dallas police officers of her disappearance, Fortenberry told the outlet.
The family was able to track down the teen with the help of the Texas Counter-Trafficking Initiative (TXCTI) — a nonprofit organization that was able to track down nude images of the girl on a prostitution website.
Here is the gang of kidnappers:
Now that’s what I call a Motley Crew.
But there’s a bigger point here:
What is the point of using the same term to describe both voluntary (although technically illegal or of questionable legality) behavior and literal bathroom kidnapping?
Well, the only possible point of that would be to cause confusion. Part of it is obviously to make prostitution or borderline age of consent situations seems much more extreme than they actually are, but it works the other way too. I literally saw this term and thought it was just some slut whoring it up and only the pimp getting punished because women are always victims.
You see this with the term “pedophilia.” You see that in the media and you think “oh, it’s just some 15-year-old girl who lied about her age on the internet” – but then you might find it’s some homosexual that raped a 3-year-old. They use the same word for a 15-year-old lying about her age and for baby-rape.
They’ve only recently stated doing this. Well, it’s been a decade or so, but it’s gotten much worse.
This is just another example of how unserious our society is, I suppose.
The fact that girls can be kidnapped in the bathroom of sports match games is also an example of the lack of seriousness.