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Another Brothel Raid

6:15PM ON 11/22/2010
BY Nancy Green

I was not a supporter of criminalizing indoor prostitution, but the police and other agencies have done good work in targeting traffickers, not victims. It takes time, money and political will to find and stop the real crimes. Also, in a departure from business as usual, customers are being arrested and charged.

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5 Comments on “ Another Brothel Raid ”

  1. “Eloida Mejia, 20, Bronx, N.Y., and Dania Mejia-Ruiz, 35, of Minneapolis, were both charged with prostitution; their bail was set at personal recognizance. Demers said the detectives are still investigating where the women were being picked up to work at the house.”

    And how is arresting and charging the women not targeting the victims?

  2. Dave Segal

    Those of us who voted against the bill did so in part because the law was written in a way that made it possible to punish the victims — especially icky, since certain advocates for the bill at time argued that the police should actively punish the victims, in order to coerce them into testifying against their captors. Crazy, and dangerous. I hope that’s not what’s happening here.

  3. @david I would guess so since the article states the women said they were doing the work voluntarily. That would hamper the much vaunted trafficking charges.

  4. Sen Chuck Levesque said something like, ‘I only want to know what will help women’.
    I listened to Sen. Levesque and Sen. Perry and others get slandered for not supporting criminalization. I didn’t support it either, for fear that the new law would lead to arrests that had nothing to do with trafficking.
    The raid last month was triggered by a complaint by a woman that a friend of hers was being forced to work as a prostitute.
    This raid discovered two women suffering a kind of degradation it’s hard to imagine anyone agreeing to if they were not desperate. One woman is only 20 years old. I’d like to know how much of the money they get to keep, and how much went to the pimp. I’d like to know what led them into agreeing to be shipped from state to state. Are they going to retire rich and healthy?
    I think the work we did against trafficking, specifically against criminals using force, fraud or coercion, was not wasted.
    But if the new law is enforced without the political will and resources to target traffickers, then it will just be a case of locking the women up, and it will work against victims.

  5. Prostitition is illegal and immoral, regardless of whether one is the “victim”, a prostitute or a pimp. Women who are forced into it will have their day in court. The police are doing a good job enforcing the law.

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