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Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2009

    Serious Subject, lost audience

    Mr.Kara lost his credibilty with me when he stated "In the current U.S. occupation of Iraq, thousands of South Asians and Middle Easterners have been allegedly trafficked for forced labor on U.S. military bases, their passports confiscated and wages unpaid."

    I have lived on U.S. bases all over the world for more than 25 years and have had contact with scores of local civilian workers. The allegation Mr. Kara makes raises a big red BS flag. Yes, GIs have routinely and for decades patronized prostitutes around U.S. bases. However, the suggestion that a large scale civilian group would be imported to perform forced labor on a U.S. military installation rings such a false note as to undermine the rest of Mr. Kara's research and assertions.

    In Mr. Kara's later discussion of the "Elasticity of Demand", he generates his "data" using a tiny patron sample (4 men) for whom he had to "prod and suggest answers more than once to extract the data." Based on that interviewer-led information, he created the "Demand Curve for Sex Acts" for any brothel in Kamathipura. That's like feeling an elephant's tail and announcing to the world that an elephant is a long, cylindrical animal with no legs.

    Sexual Slavery and violence against women and children is a serious subject, but Mr. Kara's method of basing assertions on frail information and miniscule sample groups then drawing continental or global conclusions does a disservice to this subject. Very disappointing.

    Texas, USA

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