Demonstrating in favor of sex trafficking

There was a conference on stopping child sex trafficking.  So the Oakland branch of the Occupy Wall Street protested on the grounds that such efforts are “racist” acts of oppression against “sex workers.”  From Zombie, who provides photos, quotes, and commentary from the demonstrations (caution:  bad language):

If there’s one issue that unites Americans of all political stripes, it’s the sexual enslavement of children. Whatever our opinions on other issues, we all agree that sex trafficking and the prostituting of children is an outrage and a tragedy. Thus, conference attendees included liberal, moderate and conservative politicians; progressive nonprofit organizations; law enforcement groups; religious leaders; and (according to the conference Web site) “social services, medical providers, mental health, education, probation, and community-based organizations.” In short: Everybody.

Everybody, that is, except Occupy Wall Street, who somehow found a way to oppose the abolition of child sexual slavery. In order to justify this seemingly incomprehensible and repugnant position, the Occupiers performed some of the most amazing moral gymnastics you’ll ever encounter. . . .

After protesting on the sidewalk for a while, the Occupiers went berserk and staged a full-frontal assault on the conference. The security guards somehow managed to repel the invasion, as the Occupiers then hurled paint-bombs, bottles of unknown liquid, eggs and other projectiles at the hotel.. . .

The Bay of Rage site’s official announcement for the protest clearly spelled out the Occupy position in this dispute:

This is What Patriarchy Looks Like:

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.

via Zombie » Occupy Oakland protests in FAVOR of child sex trafficking.

So we’re back to “pigs” as a derogatory word for police officers, just like in the ’60′s.  So anti-police sentiment animates both the left and the right.  We also see old-fashioned Marxism, as if the Berlin Wall never fell.

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  • Rev. Jon Bakker

    Well, at least they see the obvious link between the police state and capitalism, because there can’t be one without the other! ;-)

  • Rev. Jon Bakker

    Well, at least they see the obvious link between the police state and capitalism, because there can’t be one without the other! ;-)

  • http://enterthevein.wordpress.com J. Dean

    Wow. I guess I gave even unregenerate reprobates too much credit for assuming that even sex trafficking would be seen as reprehensible in their eyes.

    I suppose that, in light of the fact that humanity has done so many sick, twisted, and debased things both sexually and otherwise in our history, this shouldn’t be surprising, though.

    If anybody is planning on doing a sermon about Original Sin and Total Depravity (a doctrine shared by both Reformed and Lutheran), here’s your source!

  • http://enterthevein.wordpress.com J. Dean

    Wow. I guess I gave even unregenerate reprobates too much credit for assuming that even sex trafficking would be seen as reprehensible in their eyes.

    I suppose that, in light of the fact that humanity has done so many sick, twisted, and debased things both sexually and otherwise in our history, this shouldn’t be surprising, though.

    If anybody is planning on doing a sermon about Original Sin and Total Depravity (a doctrine shared by both Reformed and Lutheran), here’s your source!

  • SKPeterson

    So, the existence of the oldest profession is nothing but a front for capitalist exploitation of the masses. Even in the absence of capitalists or even capital. That’s why Rahab helped the Israelites – because Jericho was an epicenter of capitalist exploitation and it was her way of getting back at “The Man.” Greedy exploiters of the Promised Land, the running dog pig capitalist plutocrats of Jericho deserved their fate at the hands of the people’s liberation forces of Israel.

  • SKPeterson

    So, the existence of the oldest profession is nothing but a front for capitalist exploitation of the masses. Even in the absence of capitalists or even capital. That’s why Rahab helped the Israelites – because Jericho was an epicenter of capitalist exploitation and it was her way of getting back at “The Man.” Greedy exploiters of the Promised Land, the running dog pig capitalist plutocrats of Jericho deserved their fate at the hands of the people’s liberation forces of Israel.

  • http://facebook.com/mesamike Mike Westfall

    Remember, “PIG” stands for “Pride, Intelligence and Guts!”

  • http://facebook.com/mesamike Mike Westfall

    Remember, “PIG” stands for “Pride, Intelligence and Guts!”

  • Tom Hering

    As offensive as this protest is – in so many ways – did anyone read the protesters’ statement carefully? They aren’t stating approval of child sex trafficking. They’re stating the issue is just a cover for what they think the H.E.A.T. conference is really about.

  • Tom Hering

    As offensive as this protest is – in so many ways – did anyone read the protesters’ statement carefully? They aren’t stating approval of child sex trafficking. They’re stating the issue is just a cover for what they think the H.E.A.T. conference is really about.

  • SKPeterson

    Tom,

    Are you suggesting that OWS is saying “Witness the oppression inherent in the system!”?

  • SKPeterson

    Tom,

    Are you suggesting that OWS is saying “Witness the oppression inherent in the system!”?

  • Rich

    Their statement and protest makes as much sense as the Judean Peoples Front, or is that the Peoples Front of Judea? But kidding aside, people with such warped thinking is the sad reality of the world.

  • Rich

    Their statement and protest makes as much sense as the Judean Peoples Front, or is that the Peoples Front of Judea? But kidding aside, people with such warped thinking is the sad reality of the world.

  • rlewer

    “The Oakland branch” Might this have something do do with what they were taught at Berkley or other “elite” schools? The marketplace of goods and ideas not controlled by the state is by definition evil in the minds of the self-appointed “elite.” That is why their professors were such avid supporters of the former USSR and continue to foist their doctrine on their students. Everything must be controlled by the government which will make everything good and fair if we let them have their way.

    This diatribe is the result of their “higher” education.

  • rlewer

    “The Oakland branch” Might this have something do do with what they were taught at Berkley or other “elite” schools? The marketplace of goods and ideas not controlled by the state is by definition evil in the minds of the self-appointed “elite.” That is why their professors were such avid supporters of the former USSR and continue to foist their doctrine on their students. Everything must be controlled by the government which will make everything good and fair if we let them have their way.

    This diatribe is the result of their “higher” education.

  • rlewer

    An enlightening sentence: “Sex work, like all forms of work can only exist within a society based on hierarchical economical systems systems like capitalism.”

    Basically they are saying that work is an evil thing perpetuated by some form of evil society. I guess that is why they have time to practice anarchy and destruction of property. It would be interesting to know who is supposed to provide and who is providing for those who think work is an evil thing.

  • rlewer

    An enlightening sentence: “Sex work, like all forms of work can only exist within a society based on hierarchical economical systems systems like capitalism.”

    Basically they are saying that work is an evil thing perpetuated by some form of evil society. I guess that is why they have time to practice anarchy and destruction of property. It would be interesting to know who is supposed to provide and who is providing for those who think work is an evil thing.

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    Good observation, rlewer. That also explains the attraction that certain members of society have to their cause.

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    Good observation, rlewer. That also explains the attraction that certain members of society have to their cause.

  • Albert Witteveen

    2 Tess 2:11

  • Albert Witteveen

    2 Tess 2:11


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