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white slavery, sex trafficking

Discussion in 'News' started by lord_casek, Mar 13, 2006.

  1. lord_casek

    lord_casek 12oz Royalty

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    cynthia mckinney

    U.S. stalls on human trafficking
    Pentagon has yet to ban contractors from using forced labor

    By Cam Simpson
    Washington Bureau
    Published December 27, 2005

    WASHINGTON -- Three years ago, President Bush declared that he had "zero tolerance" for trafficking in humans by the government's overseas contractors, and two years ago Congress mandated a similar policy.

    But notwithstanding the president's statement and the congressional edict, the Defense Department has yet to adopt a policy to bar human trafficking.

    A proposal prohibiting defense contractor involvement in human trafficking for forced prostitution and labor was drafted by the Pentagon last summer, but five defense lobbying groups oppose key provisions and a final policy still appears to be months away, according to those involved and Defense Department records.

    The lobbying groups opposing the plan say they're in favor of the idea in principle, but said they believe that implementing key portions of it overseas is unrealistic. They represent thousands of firms, including some of the industry's biggest names, such as DynCorp International and Halliburton subsidiary KBR, both of which have been linked to trafficking-related concerns.

    Lining up on the opposite side of the defense industry are some human-trafficking experts who say significant aspects of the Pentagon's proposed policy might actually do more harm than good unless they're changed. These experts have told the Pentagon that the policy would merely formalize practices that have allowed contractors working overseas to escape punishment for involvement in trafficking, the records show.

    The long-awaited debate inside the Pentagon on how to implement presidential and congressional directives on human trafficking is unfolding just as countertrafficking advocates in Congress are running into resistance. A bill reauthorizing the nation's efforts against trafficking for the next two years was overwhelmingly passed by the House this month, but only after a provision creating a trafficking watchdog at the Pentagon was stripped from the measure at the insistence of defense-friendly lawmakers, according to congressional records and officials. The Senate passed the bill last week.

    Delay seen as weakness

    The Pentagon's delay in tackling the issue, the perceived weakness of its proposed policy and the recent setbacks in Congress have some criticizing the Pentagon for not taking the issue seriously enough.

    "Ultimately, what we really hope to see is resources and leadership on this issue from the Pentagon," said Sarah Mendelson, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a national security think tank in Washington. She also had called for creation of an internal Pentagon watchdog after investigating the military's links to sex trafficking in the Balkans.

    Rep. Christopher Smith (R-N.J.), author of the original legislation targeting human trafficking, said there seems to be an institutional lethargy on the issue at the Pentagon below the most senior levels. He said he was concerned that the Pentagon's overseas-contractor proposal might not be tough enough and that the delays in developing it could mean more people "were being exploited while they were sharpening their pencils."

    But he pledged to maintain aggressive oversight of the plan.

    `We're addressing the issue'

    Glenn Flood, a Pentagon spokesman, said he did not know why it has taken so long to develop a proposal but said, "From our point of view, we're addressing the issue."

    An official more directly involved with the effort to draft a formal policy barring contractors from involvement in trafficking said it might not be ready until April, at least in part because of concerns raised by the defense contractors.

    Bush declared zero tolerance for involvement in human trafficking by federal employees and contractors in a National Security Presidential Directive he signed in December 2002 after media reports detailing the alleged involvement of DynCorp employees in buying women and girls as sex slaves in Bosnia during the U.S. military's deployment there in the late 1990s.

    Ultimately, the company fired eight employees for their alleged involvement in sex trafficking and illegal arms deals.

    In 2003, Smith followed Bush's decree with legislation ordering federal agencies to include anti-trafficking provisions in all contracts. The bill covered trafficking for forced prostitution and forced labor and applied to overseas contractors and their subcontractors.

    But it wasn't until last summer that the Pentagon issued a proposed policy to enforce the 2003 law and Bush's December 2002 directive.

    The proposal drew a strong response from five defense-contractor-lobbying groups within the umbrella Council of Defense and Space Industries Associations: the Contract Services Association, the Professional Services Council, the National Defense Industrial Association, the American Shipbuilding Association and the Electronic Industries Alliance.

    The response's first target was a provision requiring contractors to police their overseas subcontractors for human trafficking.

    In a two-part series published in October, the Tribune detailed how Middle Eastern firms working under American subcontracts in Iraq, and a chain of human brokers beneath them, engaged in the kind of abuses condemned elsewhere by the U.S. government as human trafficking. KBR, the Halliburton subsidiary, relies on more than 200 subcontractors to carry out a multibillion-dollar U.S. Army contract for privatization of military support operations in the war zone.

    Case of 12 Nepali men

    The Tribune retraced the journey of 12 Nepali men recruited from poor villages in one of the most remote and impoverished corners of the world and documented a trail of deceit, fraud and negligence stretching into Iraq. The men were kidnapped from an unprotected caravan and executed en route to jobs at an American military base in 2004.

    At the time, Halliburton said it was not responsible for the recruitment or hiring practices of its subcontractors, and the U.S. Army, which oversees the privatization contract, said questions about alleged misconduct "by subcontractor firms should be addressed to those firms, as these are not Army issues."

    Once implemented, the new policy could dramatically change responsibilities for KBR and the Army.

    Alan Chvotkin, senior vice president and counsel for the Professional Services Council who drafted the contractors' eight-page critique of the Pentagon proposal, said it was not realistic to expect foreign companies operating overseas to accept or act on U.S. foreign policy objectives.

    "This is a clash between mission execution [of the contract] and policy execution," Chvotkin said. "So we're looking for a little flexibility."

    He said that rather than a "requirement that says you have to flow this through to everybody," the group wants the policy to simply require firms to notify the Pentagon when their subcontractors refuse to accept contract clauses barring support for human trafficking.

    Still, Chvotkin said, "We don't want to do anything that conveys the idea that we are sanctioning or tolerating trafficking."

    In a joint memo of their own, Mendelson and another Washington-based expert, Martina Vandenberg, a lawyer who investigated sex trafficking for Human Rights Watch, told the Pentagon its draft policy "institutionalizes ineffective procedures currently used by the Department of Defense contractor community in handling allegations of human trafficking."

    Without tough provisions requiring referrals to prosecutors, they said, contractors could still get their employees on planes back to the U.S. before investigations commenced, as they allege happened in several documented cases in the Balkans. They said some local contract managers even had "special arrangements" with police in the Balkans that allowed them to quickly get employees returned to the U.S. if they were found to be engaged in illegal activities.


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    To read the investigative series "Pipeline to Peril," go to chicagotribune.com/nepal



    this is some news we need to discuss.
  2. CACashRefund

    CACashRefund 12oz Loyalist

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    what makes it white slavery?
  3. lord_casek

    lord_casek 12oz Royalty

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    dyncorp has been found to be involved in white slavery rings many times.

    nothing is being done about it.

    think kidnapping.

    no joke.

    oh, and google is your friend (for now)
  4. lord_casek

    lord_casek 12oz Royalty

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    dyncorp is not a subsidiary of halliburton, but they do receive backing. plenty scary.
  5. yum

    yum Junior Member

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    whats the definition of 'white slavery'
  6. lord_casek

    lord_casek 12oz Royalty

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    white slavery

    Forced prostitution.

    white slavery

    White Slavery is a term which has had a number of different meanings.

    Economic Metaphor

    The term was originally used in the 19th century to denote the enslavement to wage labor experienced by workers in industrializing Britain.

    The use of the term spread to the U.S., where it held particular currency for post-bellum Americans who felt that freedom was defined by the ability for a man to earn a living and support one's family.

    As the U.S. had just abolished slavery, the right to earn a living was invoked often during Reconstruction. This use of the term "freedom" was supported by property laws and poor laws, which privileged property holders.

    The expression wage slavery has replaced this use.

    In the American South

    During the period of slavery in the United States, there were some slaves who had mostly white ancestry and/or appeared white, due to the legal doctrine of partus. The existence of these slaves was highly emphasised in anti-slavery propaganda.

    Forced Prostitution

    By the beginning of the 20th century, the term was coming to mean as well the abduction of white girls into forced prostitution, and after about 1905 it was used for this definition almost exclusively. "White slavery" was the focus of a major moral panic at the end of the Progressive Era. Although sexual slavery did and still does occur, "white slavery" is usually used to refer to this moral panic, where there was a perception that this form of abuse was a danger to every young woman.

    The term generally had racist overtones.

    Chinese immigrants were particularly stereotyped and demonized as white slavers and were referred to as the yellow peril during this time. As an example of this in American culture, the musical comedy Thoroughly Modern Millie features a Chinese-run prostitution ring.

    Similar accusations have also been frequently applied against Jewish men and appear in a great deal of anti-Semitic propaganda.

    In the Extreme Right-Wing

    The term white slavery is also used in revisionist and white supremacy literature to refer to any slavery of people with light skin.

    BURLAP Member

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    uh, aren't dyncorp the guys that were also caught trafficking young sex workers to saudi royals awhile back..?
  8. lord_casek

    lord_casek 12oz Royalty

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    yep, same ones. they're a shady bunch.
    not many people are aware of how much
    crazy crap these fuckwads are into.

    oh, and dyncorp is also part of the RFID move
    in the u.s. everyone will be chipped if they have
    their way.

    are we cattle?
  9. KaBar2

    KaBar2 Senior Member

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    That depends. Are you armed to the teeth? If the answer is "yes, " then no, you are not cattle. If the answer is "no," then you might as well be cattle, because you are absolutely powerless to defend yourself from people who would like to herd you around.

    BTW, every military force in the world has camp followers and always has. It's hard for me to imagine any young woman getting recruited into wartime employment in a combat zone without knowing what's up. Most of the time, the girls are pros to begin with. Maybe not all the time, but no pimp in his right mind wants to deal with an amateur when much more productive professionals are available.

    When I was stationed on Okinawa, all the hookers were from the Phillipines. The only Japanese working girls we ever saw were half- or quarter- or eighth- American. It was kind of eerie--they looked American from a distance, but they were like Okinawa's "untouchables." If you think Americans are racists, wait til you get to visit Japan. Holy shit, they take race hatred to a whole different level.
  10. lord_casek

    lord_casek 12oz Royalty

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    kabar: tell me about texas and the toll roads.
    do the spanish own the major highways? king of spain?

    dyncorp is down there, too...
  11. Smart

    Smart Dirty Dozen Crew

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    Wait... everyone's down on dynacorp but from what I gathered off that wikipedia definition, we should be looking at the Chinese and the Jews... and probably rounding up all the Chinese Jews...

    THEN we can worry about Dcorp...
  12. lord_casek

    lord_casek 12oz Royalty

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    we need to be worrying about dyncorp and blackwater
    being hired in as "hired guns" while all the sheriffes deputies in jefferson parish louisiana are being fired. fascism. armed to the teeth men who are not under the control of local law enforcement, but instead are under the control of dyncorp and blackwater.
  13. H. Lecter

    H. Lecter Senior Member

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    Government = International Mafia
  14. spectr

    spectr Guest

    we are all slaves to the allmighty dollar we just got better masters then some other slaves.
  15. Dick Quickwood

    Dick Quickwood 12oz Loyalist

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    WHITE slavery? something must be done about this, at once!