Allison Mack, an actress, known for her role in the TV show Smallville, has appeared in court on charges of aiding a sex trafficking operation disguised as a mentoring group. Also charged was Keith Raniere, the head of a self-help group Nixivm, an entity the feds believe to be a front for a prostitution ring. Ms. Mack is accused of helping him to recruit women who were then exploited “both sexually, and for their labor,” the New York prosecuting attorney said.
Mack was held without bail and is facing 15 years in prison the BBC reports. Ms. Mack has pleaded not guilty.
The website polarisproject identified interactions with 40,000+ cases from women who sought help from 2007 to 2017 from various helplines.
According to the humantraffickingsearch.org “In 2017, 8,759 cases of human trafficking were reported to the NHTH, representing over 10,000 individual victims, almost 5,000 potential traffickers, and more than 1,500 businesses involved in human trafficking. This was a 13 percent increase in cases compared to 2016. Women and girls were disproportionately victimized, comprising approximately 80 percent of the identified survivors. While only 35 percent of survivors reported race/ethnicity, Latino (1,230) was the most represented, followed by Asian (979), White (699), African/African-American/Black (592), and multi-ethnic/multi-racial (136).”
2017 statistics categorize human trafficking in three groups: (1) sex trafficking; (2) sex and labor trafficking; and, (3) labor trafficking. Sex trafficking is the most common among these groups, followed by sex and labor trafficking, and labor trafficking.
OUR FREE OPINION
We have continuously called for the legalization of prostitution with appropriate regulation. Women (and men) are regularly driven into dark and dangerous spots in the country to conduct their business out of fear of being arrested. The murder of sex workers is not that uncommon (see Gilbert and Profit ).
If legalized, pimps and other “handlers.” would be eliminated. Regulations, including regular physicals and mental health assistance, would mitigate against collateral damages and prevent homicides and other abuse.