Occupiers Protest Anti-Child Sex Trafficking Conference
The Occupy movement's hatred for authority is well known. Last fall, Occupy Baltimore was condemned
by the heads of three rape crisis centers after they published a
pamphlet which seemed to discourage victims from reporting rape to
police (preferring instead to handle such accusations as an internal
matter). In a similar move last week, a group calling itself Occupy
Patriarchy protested a conference against child sex trafficking and
"minors" involved in the "sex industry" would be better off without the
intervention of police.
A group called HEAT Watch held a
conference for law enforcement and social workers at the Oakland
Convention Center last Wednesday. HEAT stands for Human Exploitation and
Trafficking, and as you can see by looking at their website, they are primarily focused on preventing the commercial sexual exploitation of children:
The conference is designed to provide those professionals who intersect
with children put into the commercial sex trade with the opportunity to
identify the complex problems and strategic solutions for responding to
CSEC victims, investigations and cases.
This was cause for outrage amongst some Oakland Occupiers, who
decided to protest the conference under the name Occupy Patriarchy.
Zombie at PJ Media went to the protest and points out this explanation for the decision to rally against a group dedicated to preventing child sexual abuse:
The H.EAT. conference is a conference of pigs and their nonprofit
lackeys to increase the harassment, imprisonment, marginalization and
criminalization of sex workers. Fronting as a conference against “child
trafficking,” this conference brings pigs and nonprofits together to
develop policing strategies that line their pockets while leaving sex
workers exploited and disempowered. Pigs and nonprofits hide behind
lies about “safety” and “protection” while they profit off the
incarceration and “reformation” of sex workers. These pigs and
nonprofits neurotically plug their ears to the fact they themselves are
exactly the reason sex work can exist. Sex work, like all forms of
work, can only exist within a society based on hierarchical economic
systems like capitalism, which are protected by the police and
patronizing reformist organizations that keep exploited people from
revolting. The pigs are the enemies of sex workers, and of all workers.
Let’s shut this fucker down!!!!!
Occupiers blame capitalism for everything, including creating "hierarchical economic systems"
which leave sex workers "exploited and disempowered." The rest of the
argument, to the degree it can be parsed as one, is that it would be
better in the long run to let exploitation go unchecked so people
get fed up and revolt. In other words, greater misery for the sexually
exploited is good for the Marxist agenda.
In a longer defense of the protest, an unnamed author writes that the idea HEAT
Watch and the police (aka "the pigs") care about the exploitation of
children is a "LIE." Instead, Occupy Patriarchy says it is all part of a
plot to crack down on voluntary sex workers. To back up this contention, the author quotes an anonymous writer and underage sex worker:
As someone who turned tricks as a 17 year old in order to save the money necessary to escape an abusive relationship
with someone who actually did sexually assault me, I would like to
remind everyone that the reasons that people go into the sex industry
are diverse and complex. There are differences between 'children' and
'minors' -- and we need to talk about their participation in the sex
industry in different ways.
This is obviously a tragic story, if true. But one wonders why this
individual didn't just call the police. Unless there were some very
unusual circumstances, wouldn't that have been preferable to hooking
one's way out of trouble? Not according to Occupy Patriarchy. As with
the pamphlet produced in Baltimore last year, the desire to avoid
acknowledging authority seems to trump all. It's a very unhealthy
impulse and one that we certainly do not want to spread among children
The inclusion of the anonymous story and the reference to
"reasons that people go into the sex industry" all treat prostitution as
a voluntary activity. But that's sidestepping the real issue of child
trafficking, which is definitely not voluntary. The FBI maintains 47 task forces nationwide to combat child sexual exploitation. They have rescued 2,100 children and convicted
1,000 pimps and associates since 2003. Does Occupy Patriarchy really
believe these people wish the police had stayed out of their lives and
left them and their pimps alone?
But having established their (repulsive) justification for
action, about a dozen or so Occupiers turned out at the Convention
Center decked out with signs ("End police terror against minor + adult
sex workers"). Th, when security
stopped them, resorted to throwing eggs and cursing:
raping people!" Andrew Breitbart yelled at a
group of Occupy protesters at a conservative conference
in Washington DC in February. He was pilloried by the left for doing so.
They argued he was being unfair to the movement. But what happened with
the pamphlet last fall in Baltimore and with the protest in Oakland
last week demonstrates that there are people within this movement who
see everything, even the rape of women and children, as merely obstacles
to their extreme
anti-capitalist agenda. There's no way to reason with people like this.
They simply have to be confronted and shamed to whatever degree that is
possible. Say it with me: "Stop raping people!"