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Local Human Trafficking Response Team formed

October 8, 2013

A case of beer. That’s what one sex trafficking victim’s pimp traded her for, according to Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape Criminal Justice Training Specialist Krista Hoffman....

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Oct-10-13 10:59 AM

Hey E, you greed for money clouds your ethics and your honesty, but it is an industry trait.

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Oct-08-13 10:58 PM

IMO If this saves one woman, child, or man then it's well worth it.

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Oct-08-13 9:50 PM

MisMac- your hatred for the Gas Industry cannot be used to cause the rise of problems in this area. The Gas Industry has strick I mean strick employment rules & they do not allow illegal & poor choices to give them a bad wrap. I am confused how the Gas Industry even became involved,

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Oct-08-13 3:20 PM


Your hatred of domestic energy clouds your mind.

Gas workers must pass pre-employment drug tests followed by random drug tests. If an accident happens, a drug test is conducted.

The industry is very stringent on these matters.

There are some companies that use illegal workers, but Pennsylvania has been very good at closing them down quickly. Most reports of illegals have come from fellow gas industry workers who want Americans to have those jobs.

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Oct-08-13 3:18 PM

I was heavily involved in working against human trafficking in Philadelphia and this is my primary source of information.

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Oct-08-13 3:17 PM


Prostitution is directly related to illegal drugs.

To be clear, I am not talking about Asian, Russian, or Latin massage parlors that are trafficking women from other countries.

I am talking about American women being trafficked by pimps because those American women ran into drug problems.

There are plenty of studies that show this clearly.

In fact, an FBI study in the 1980s linked approximately 70% of all crimes (theft, robbery, prostitution, murder, etc) to illegal drugs.

I favor decriminalizing some drugs and ending the war on drugs. In return, I suggest we increase penalties for drug abuse (driving while under the influence, accidents due to drug use, etc).

Legalizing prostitution is another libertarian idea. I do not favor taxing it any higher than any other business. That makes no sense.

Hero-in is used to enslave young women. It is a physical addiction, not a psychological addiction like most other drugs.

Once hooked, these women will do a

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Oct-08-13 2:53 PM

Fair enough, but my point is, the increased problemms in our communities is due to the industry.

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Oct-08-13 2:51 PM

I thought we were talking about human trafficking?...

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Oct-08-13 2:50 PM

and no, not all of them, but you would be lying if you said that there has not been a disturbing increase in crime, litter, frack spills, aggressive drivers (putting it mildly), accidents, assaults, and some pretty scary tire skid marks on the highways. They make me thankful I was not there at the time and worry about where I will be the next time it happens. Wow, it is so disturbing.

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Oct-08-13 2:41 PM

The SG will not say anything, and I mean anything, that would put a negative spin on what this industry is going to do to this place. Go to Bradford County planning website to get a grasp on the amount of wells that have been drilled there. It is disgusting. They are going to anihalate this place and then move on to other, unless people wake up and don't renew their leases.

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Oct-08-13 2:12 PM


You say you disagree then you repeat what I said? Yes, there has been an increase in supply due to the increase in demand.

Just like we always had bad roads, but now that there is significantly more traffic they are getting worse even faster.

You and Judgeandjury make it sound as if all gas workers are littering disrespectful sex crazed predators...

Guess what, if the prostitutes weren't coming here they'd be going someplace else. But like most small town mentalities; out of sight, out of mind. I don't think the article's premise was that we should kick gas workers out of the state...but I could be wrong...

And none of this clears anything up about what this response team is even going to do. It also shows that the Sun Gazette is really lacking for quality material some weeks.

I'll see if they want to write an article about my zombie response team. I will, at the very least, make sure there is a concise point to the article.

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Oct-08-13 1:50 PM

Thad, I respectfully disagree. The "demand" had sharply increased due to the industry. Thus the need for "trafficing", because the "supply" of prostitutes was not sufficient.

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Oct-08-13 1:29 PM

We have Godwin's law that states: "As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1."

I propose Thad's law. As an online discussion about anything in PA grows longer, the probability of blaming it on the gas industry approaches 1.

Get real. Has the gas industry exacerbated certain problems...sure. Is it the root cause? No. We had prostitutes, escorts, and call girls long before the gas industry was here.

AND THE ARTICLE WAS ABOUT HUMAN TRAFFICKING, NOT JUST PROSTITUTION! Of course it sounds like it's about prostitution...and illegal immigrants...and drugs...because it's not very concise about what the problem is or how this response team is going to do anything to help it.

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Oct-08-13 12:21 PM

Let's get to the bottom of this issue. The drugs are not the cause, the prostitution is not the cause. This is a problem directly related to the gas industry. All you folks that support the industry and complain about the negatives that come with it are just as responsible for the drugs and the prostitution. You can't have both a respectable culture and the fossil fuel industry. They are mutually exclusive. If you want the gas industry you have to accept the scum that inevitably comes with it. And don't lose your minds, I know lots of fine people who work in the industry, but let's be honest, there are some less than attractive folks that come along with it too. And this is what you get. You made the choice, but thanks to the PR of the industry you didn't make it in an informed way.

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Oct-08-13 12:05 PM

Wow, SG prefers the word rubbers over co*domes.

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Oct-08-13 12:03 PM

All one needs to do is go to a site where the industry has been working to find the used ******s thrown on the ground along with all the other garbage spewed into our forests. And that's the visible disregard, just think about what we can't see them doing........

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Oct-08-13 11:33 AM

this has nothing to do with the drug problem and everything to do with the scum that have relocated here and expect to be seviced. Get real.

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Oct-08-13 10:39 AM

Make prostitution legal, regulate it, tax it. It will not solve all problems but certainly some. It does not take a lot of research to find prostitution is alive and well in this area. The activity has increased since the gas industry arrived. If you are interested and want your eyes opened, read about the Korean Massage Parlors and the huge network of people involved and what some of these girls go through to get a "better life" in America, it is sad. (Oh be careful, you will get to websites that can be very disturbing and definitely not kid friendly)

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Oct-08-13 9:52 AM


Just like the article, you are confusing separate issues. Anyone can go look through craigslist, there is nothing mysterious there. What leads you to believe that: "These girls are rarely independent."? Are you just guessing, or do you have actually statistics from our local area to back that up? Are you also saying that all prostitutes are drug users? Your brush seems awfully broad.

If drugs are the root of this, wouldn't make sense to take care of them first?

Just as an interesting fact, most other countries have started dealing with the human trafficking problem by legalizing prostitution. It makes it much easier to determine what someone is doing by choice or being coerced into doing.

Not saying that is the solution here, just food for thought.

Maybe my zombie response team would be equally as effective against h-e-r-o-i-n addicts.

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Oct-08-13 9:15 AM

It is not a diversion tactic. It is prudent to be prepared for what comes along with the hero-in problem.....human trafficking.

Drug users need money. We already have an excess of low-level crimes like theft, etc. That comes mostly from men hooked on drugs. Women use their bodies to make money.

Right now, there are few prostitutes in our area, but as more girls get hooked on hero-in, they find themselves doing things for money.

The ads start on Craigslist and include propositions in local bars. It is very low-key and most citizens never notice.

Then, as the numbers increase, the money can't be made through those channels. That is when they walk the streets.

These girls are rarely independent. They are owned by the dealers who supply them the drugs.

That is where Williamsport is heading.

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Oct-08-13 8:44 AM

Apparently the name of the drug that is causing problems in our area can't be put in a comment.

Insert that certain drugs name where ****** appears.:rolleyes:

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Oct-08-13 8:41 AM

This is one of the more bizarre and disjointed articles I've read on the Sun Gazette online. While I'm sure there are occurrences of human trafficking in the area is this something the local police and district attorney's office can't handle without a "response team."

This article seems to be full of strange bits of information on prostitution only loosely correlated with each other.

"One study found that purchasers, ... actually like the appearance of bruises and cuts."

Umm...Maybe I'm a bit out of touch with prostitution, but I'd be curious to see the study on this. I guess if I were going to get a prostitute I would rather she looked more like a model than an abused drug addict.

Then we're on to Mexican's working at a Lowes in Sayre...Were they being forced to work at Lowes against their will? Because if they weren't, they have NOTHING to do with human trafficking.

I'd like to propose a zombie response team next.

Seriously, let's focus on ****** for n

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Oct-08-13 6:16 AM

Whats this...a diversion tactic....taking the focus off the drug problem????

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