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Dayton man cited in sex trafficking sting

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Joel2828

That sounds like tehy tried to pay for a prostitute. Is sex trafficking a new word for prostitution or is it something altogether different?

OntheIsland

Human trafficking is the modern form of slavery, with illegal smuggling and trading of people, for forced labor or exploitation. Sex trafficking in particular exists throughout the United States and globally. Sex traffickers use violence, threats, lies, debt bondage, and other forms of coercion to compel adults and children to engage in commercial sex acts against their will. For more information, visit www.PolarisProject.com. The National Human Trafficking Hotline is (888) 373-7888.

sbagwell

Merriam-Webster defines sex trafficking as: "The illegal business of recruiting, harboring, transporting, obtaining, or providing a person, especially a minor, for the purpose of sex." The term has been in common use in law enforcement circles for many years.
The man was charged with "commercial sexual exploitation," which is a new one for me. If we have a new euphemism at work, I would say it's the latter, not the former.
Also, I would note that neither the News-Register nor anyone else in the media makes up the terminology. That's the work of the government, and more specificially, the government's criminal justice arm.
We try to be as specific as possible, and in this case, Portland PD's self-described "sex trafficking sting" netter a "commercial sexual solicitation" suspect.
But, yes, I get your point. We used to call the sellers "hookers" and the buyers "johns."

Steve Bagwell, managing editor

OntheIsland

Mr. Bagwell, please reconsider your statement that we used to call the sellers "hookers" and the buyers "johns." I urge you to recognize that we used to call the sellers "pimps" and the buyers "johns". Humans who are coerced in one way or another to perform sex acts against their will were once ignorantly called "hookers". In truth, they themselves are victims of crime.

sbagwell

I appreciate your point as well. However, please understand that I was merely acknowledging historic terminology, not commenting on its fairness or appropriateness.
In the paper, we try to use terminology that communicates clearly without gratuitously offending. We try to avoid both terms that have become offensive to a significant element of our population and terms that are so euphemistic that they seem strained, artificial, perhaps even incomprehensible.
Referring to the past is not the same as embracing it. I am in total agreement with you are which party is the victim and which ones are the victimizers -- plural because I inclue both the controllers and the customers on the victimizing side.
Steve
Steve

OntheIsland

Thanks, Steve. I appreciate your response and reassurance.

Seabiscuit

"Also, I would note that neither the News-Register nor anyone else in the media makes up the terminology. That's the work of the government, and more specificially, the government's criminal justice arm."

Learn something new every day! I thought the Legislature was a part of the Legislative Arm of Government........

167.008 Commercial sexual solicitation.

(1) A person commits the crime of commercial sexual solicitation if the person pays, or offers or agrees to pay, a fee to engage in sexual conduct or sexual contact.

(2) Commercial sexual solicitation is a Class A misdemeanor. [2011 c.151 §3; 2013 c.720 §2; 2015 c.98 §1]

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