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Thursday, February 09, 2006

Tonight on ABC: Selling American Girls Into Sexual Slavery

Tonight's ABC News Primetime Live will air a domestic trafficking story about American girls sold into sexual slavery here in the United States. The piece features Norma Hotaling, founder of SAGE, a non-profit that aims to bring an end to the commercial sexual exploitation of children and adults. Hotaling, an ex-prostitute, also teaches a class to men who are caught soliciting women and girls for sex. Here's a piece I wrote about Hotaling and the class in March 2005.

The story airs tonight at 10:00 pm EST/PST.
Norma Hotaling, SAGE Founder and Executive Director, has been working with Primetime on this story for several months now. The show will focus on two young women ripped from their lives by violent pimps, held in horrific situations and then rescued by persistent heroes. The story definitively portrays the reality that trafficking of American women and girls is happening right here on American soil.

"I was assigned this story in late August 2005. After several weeks of research, I reached out to Norma, given her expertise in this area. Norma and her work and the work of other organizations like SAGE have informed the way I perceive this horrific problem. I want to thank Norma Hotaling for her tremendous work in this area and for helping to inform the way in which we are reporting this story."
-Mark Stanoch, ABC News Primetime Live Producer


At 2/09/2006 9:32 AM, Anonymous timmy said...

Sounds like this show will test one's opinions about the wrongness of capital punishment.

At 2/09/2006 10:44 AM, Blogger storiesinamerica said...

Wouldn't it be nice if 'pro-life' groups put more of their resources into this issue?

As to your point about capital punishment. It's far more complicated than that. It'd be easy to say, 'kill the abuser. Get rid of him.' The problem is, most abusers have also been abused. Society needs to speak openly about these issues rather than pretend they don't exist. Just like abortion. It's easy to say, 'abortion is wrong,' yet those with that opinion refuse to talk about sex, birth control, rape, incest, etc...

At 2/09/2006 11:56 AM, Anonymous timmy said...

I'm not involved nor have any connection with pro-life groups, but my understanding is that they make a distinction between the taking of (what they regard as) innocent life and those that are guilty of cold blooded slaughter -- motivated solely by profit and interest.

Given their position that there are moral differences between the innocent and the guilty, there would be no contradiction between support for the death penalty and opposition to abortion.

I thik they would say (in defense of capital punishment):
The cold-blooded killer has treated the innocent victim as though he were guilty, and the necessary corrective is for society to insist on treating the guilty killer as what he is.

At 2/09/2006 4:08 PM, Anonymous kristin said...

Thanks for alerting us. I'll definitely watch.

timmy, I believe she meant that pro-lifers aren't working on issues like sex slavery. They're obsessed with the unborn and controlling women's bodies, but once they're born, they're on their own.

At 2/09/2006 4:09 PM, Anonymous kristin said...

I have a lot more respect for "prolifers" who adopt, btw.

At 2/10/2006 2:13 AM, Anonymous timmy said...

"I believe she meant that pro-lifers aren't working on issues like sex slavery."

How pro-lifers prioritize their resources is something I know nothing about. Neither do I have any idea how much money and resources pro-choice organizations contribute to the problem. Regardless, it seems to me that sex slavery is primarily a criminal issue better suited to be dealt with by police and law enforcement agencies.

"I have a lot more respect for "prolifers" who adopt, btw."

I find that a rather odd thing to say. I respect and admire anyone who would adopt and give a good home to a child. Their position on abortion has no relevance to me. Not everyone is able to adopt children, for any number of reasons, and of course most people who want children have their own. Would you not respect and admire someone who chose to be a good mother to her own child, especially if she sacrificed her own self-interests to do so? I don't get the distinction.

I'm also am perplexed as to why you would say that pro-lifers are "obsessed" with the unborn and controlling women's bodies. Of the pro-lifers I know, they seem to be perfectly rational, well meaning people who believe in the sanctity of life...which includes the lives of unborn children.

I suppose I could just as easily say that pro-choicers are obsessed with already-born and have an obsessive desire to sanction the killing of unborn children...but I think the issue is far more complicated than that -- and most of all, serves no useful purpose.


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