By Marc Montoni at Free Virginia:
|Larimer County Cops?|
In Larimer County, CO, this year, over 300 men have been arrested for attempting to have voluntary sex. Here’s what the cops and their media parrots said about one week’s haul: “An operation to help reduce the demand for human trafficking in Larimer County led to the arrest of eight men who are accused of patronizing prostitutes.”
So the cops [and parrots] equate having voluntary, contractual sex to “human trafficking”.
Ummm.. No. Sorry, Charlie, but prostitution is not trafficking.
Public schools and caging human beings by police might resemble human trafficking, but prostitution does not.
Besides, no actual humans were trafficked, much less prostituted — all of the “prostitutes” were cops hiding behind a computer.
The grand total of confirmed “sex trafficking” cases in Colorado — you know, where someone *was* forced into sex by someone else — for 2017 was: 14. And they were rightfully prosecuted.
In 2017, nationwide, there were 467 confirmed cases of sex trafficking, of which 14 were minors. There is *no* “epidemic” of human trafficking. If anything, there are fewer human beings trafficked now than there ever have been (at least in the United States).
Well, except cops tend to have an increasing problem with screwing teenaged girls (and boys), and passing them around to their buddies. Which *is* trafficking.
And put it in perspective: In 2017, there WERE 393,980 reported serious domestic violence cases, and over 1,237,960 reported violent rapes and sexual assaults.
So perhaps we ought to “end the demand for marriage”?
All the stats are available from the FBI pages – and links can be found on Libertarian Norma Jean Almodovar’s website (2017 stats are the latest until October of this year when the 2018 stats are available).
The Libertarian Party believes you own yourself. If you choose to marry a millionaire because you like the bank account, or if you pay $75 for a handy (like police victim Robert Kraft), you’re having voluntary sex. Voluntary sex is not trafficking, and no form of voluntary sex should be prohibited.
The Libertarian Party’s platform position on sex work spells it out:
2.10 Sex Work – The Libertarian Party supports the decriminalization of prostitution. We assert the right of consenting adults to provide sexual services to clients for compensation, and the right of clients to purchase sexual services from consenting sex workers.
The Libertarian Party Radical Caucus platform describes the Libertarian position on sexual rights even more thoroughly:
1.9 Sexual Rights – Consenting individuals have the right to private choice in sexual activity. We support the repeal of all laws and policies which are intended to condemn, affirm, encourage, or deny sexual lifestyles or any attitudes about such lifestyles. Further, we oppose any government attempts to dictate, prohibit, control, or encourage any private lifestyle, living arrangement, or contractual relationship. Who or how many somebody loves is none of the government’s business. We support separation of marriage and state. Government marriage license regimes were introduced as tools of control like any other license, and therefore we call for their immediate abolition. No free individual should be expected to obtain a “permission slip” from the state in order to marry. We support the repeal of all laws prohibiting or regulating sex work including prostitution, whether practiced by individuals or in the form of businesses such as those operating brothels, massage parlors, or other facilities.
End the wars on men, women, and sex workers of both genders. Repeal the prohibition on sex work. Stop meddling in the private and voluntary affairs of free individuals.
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Written by Marc Montoni <AMCAmbassador@gmail.com>, October, 2019. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.