Opinion | Trump Uses Kids Sold Into Sex Slavery to Score Political Points – By Nicholas Kristof – The New York Times

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Credit…T.J. Kirkpatrick for The New York Times

“Few people on earth are so exploited as children trafficked into the sex trade. And now they are being exploited again, by President Trump.

“My administration is putting unprecedented pressure on traffickers at home and abroad,” Trump declared at a White House meeting on trafficking last month. “My administration is fighting these monsters, persecuting and prosecuting them, and locking them away for a very, very long time. We’ve had a tremendous track record — the best track record in a long time.”

I’ve been reporting about human trafficking all over the world since the 1990s, so part of me is thrilled that a president is highlighting this issue. Ivanka Trump has made it a signature issue, and she organized the White House event. The president used the occasion to announce a new White House position to oversee antitrafficking efforts, and all this high-level attention could be very helpful.

Yet it’s increasingly clear that this is less about protecting children and more about exalting Trump, whose administration is actually prosecuting fewer traffickers and making it harder for some trafficking survivors to get help. As a result, major antitrafficking organizations boycotted the White House session.”

David Lindsay Jr.
Hamden, CT | NYT Comment:
Thank you Nicholas Kristof, and god bless you. You keep talking about topics that are unpopular. You continue to bring untouchables into the light.

 

 

Google and Sex Traffickers Like Backpage.com – by Nicholas Kristof – NYT

“Sex traffickers in America have the police and prosecutors pursuing them, but they do have one crucial (if secret) ally: Google.Google’s motto has long been “Don’t be evil,” and I admire lots about the company. But organizations it funds have for years been quietly helping Backpage.com, the odious website where most American victims of human trafficking are sold, to battle lawsuits from children sold there for sex.

Now Google is using its enormous lobbying power in Washington to try to kill bipartisan legislation that would crack down on websites that promote sex trafficking.”