What role do pimps play in Oregon's sex trafficking trade?
As a multi-racial person I have no direct experience with pimps or prostitution because it overly affects my racial group. I've observed prostitution activity along MLK boulevard but steer clear.
I grew up seeing "blacksploitation" movies Like Super Fly, Shaft and many others in which the lady's man, pimp, hustler was a hero. But I separated reality from entertainment and moved along. Sex trafficking creates suffering through thoughtlessness, depravity and self destruction.
Since people are going to engage in prostitution it should be legalized. Meanwhile sex trafficking needs to be stopped. Difficult situation to be sure. Prostitution isn't going away unless we get lucky and promote several more centuries of enlightenment. Good luck with that.
How does their depiction in popular culture affect law enforcement efforts to curb human trafficking in the state?
Media depictions of pimps and prostitution made it easier for law enforcement to profile stupid miscreants who decided to model their lives based on what they perceived via media. A Cadillac with the "pimp" personalized license plate makes a pretty good target for police.
Generally, the existence of pimps and prostitutes represent a middle finger to "civilized" society. The message is, "If I can't be accepted in this society as a fairly-treated and contributing member then I'm going to flaunt my contempt for you by getting paid while saying 'f-you'." In this sense, sex trafficking represents rebellion against a racist, elitist society that profits from supporting a permanent underclass. At least that's how some oppressed people view the situation.
What new laws and programs are helping stop sex traffickers?
Today I'm not aware of the new anti-sex-traffic laws. Seems like the job has gotten much harder now that sex traffickers use the Internet and more discretion. Prostitution on the street is not as obvious as it used to be.
Pornography, where women and men are "paid" for sexual performance, is not prosecuted as prostitution. Adult clubs, where sex traffic business can be conducted, thrive.
I've heard that johns' cars can be impounded and their crime reported publicly.
I'm most aware that female prostitutes are harassed most while they suffer the brunt of male exploitation. Law enforcement efforts against prostitution always seemed backward.
I caught a john and prostitute "conducting a business transaction" in his car in front of my house. I shined my flashlight in the car and made enough of a nuisance of myself that they pulled up their clothes and sped into the night. Three cheers for coitus interruptus! So gross to find exploited condoms in my yard. Fortunately that hasn't happened recently; prostitution has moved to someone elses' front yard.
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