Thursday, June 23, 2016

Want to sell books and scare the public? Just make up a scary stat. No one fact checks anyways, right?

There are NOT one MILLION annual sex trafficking victims in the US. The actual stats are barely a hundred, not a million. But hey, why let facts and figures get in the way of peddling a book full of fear? (I guess the old Goldilocks number of 50,000 wasn't enough for Sarnoff.)

Addendum: I contacted her today about hr false stat and this was her response:

Re: Conchita Sarnoff "Sex trafficking myth"
Thursday, June 23, 2016 9:34 AM Mark as Unread

"Conchita Sarnoff" <>

Dear Sir,

You might want to research the issue and statistics further in order to debate the figures.

The numbers you refer to as Myth #14 i.e. "The Child Trafficking Myth: “It's between 100,000 and 300,000 child sex slaves in the United States today,” Ashton Kutcher," are outdated 2012 figures.

Best wishes,
Conchita Sarnoff

Executive Director
Alliance to Rescue Victims of Trafficking

My response:

Derek Logue <> wrote:

Wow, that I the best response you can conjure up? So sometime between 2012 and today, we somehow jumped from one hundred to one million sex trafficking victims? I cite my sources. Where are your sources? Or did you just pull this out your rear end?

And her reply:

Dear Sir,

One child trafficked for sex is one too many. 

Conchita Sarnoff
Executive Director
Alliance to Rescue Victims of Trafficking

She can't cite a SINGLE stat to verify her ludicrous claims.

Is There An End To Child Sex Trafficking?

Photo of Conchita Sarnoff
Executive Director, Alliance to Rescue Victims of Trafficking
10:54 AM 06/21/2016

The first human trafficking guilty verdict in Sarasota Florida was handed down last week, to Ronald McBride III, 22, for six felony counts, one of which was human trafficking. After the jury’s conviction, McBride could face up to life in prison. It is a milestone case for the Sarasota Police Department.

According to news reports the trafficker began “grooming the victim in November 2015, on how to trade her body for drugs and money.” The young woman was in her twenties receiving counseling for drug addiction at the time she met McBride. Instead, McBride got the victim hooked on heroine and crack cocaine.

The girl told the Sarasota police, “If she didn’t make a certain amount of money for a sexual act, McBride would beat her or have another girl beat her. I have to give all the money I make to McBride because he says he owns me.” On the day she escaped, December 29, 2015, McBride beat her with a gun and told her he would come back to kill her. After the beating, she managed to run away nearby U.S. 41. A passerby found her crouched in a fetal position on the ground and called the police. This is a victory for the Sarasota Police Department and the State Attorney’s Office in the 12th Judicial Circuit given the difficulty in convicting a street level pimp. McBride will be sentenced September 16, 2016.  

In the United States more than one million children are trafficked every year.

The global figure is far higher surpassing the 20 million mark according to most recent statistics. Why? After a decade researching the issue of human trafficking, I published a book to help explain the problem.  

TrafficKing tells the story of the most protracted child sex trafficking case in U.S. legal history. Jeffrey E. Epstein, a Wall Street billionaire, was arrested in 2005.  More than two-dozen victims testified against him. After a two-year federal investigation he received a Non Prosecution Agreement in 2007 for two counts of solicitation of prostitution with a minor. Why did he receive such a sweetheart deal given the number of victims who testified? Why wasn’t Mr. Epstein prosecuted under the federal law, Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) like most sex traffickers? Irrespective of the Non Prosecution Agreement, Mr. Epstein remains a registered level three sex offender for life.

Epstein’s human trafficking case set a precedent. Since 2007, a handful of traffickers arrested in Florida for perpetrating the same or similar crimes have attempted to benefit from Epstein’s defense. Their defense in court has been to claim the court was prejudicial based on their different ethnicity, lack of economic resources, and nonexistent political connections. It appears the punishment applied to these men has been far more stringent than Epstein’s Non Prosecution Agreement. This raises an important legal question. Are there two separate systems of justice in the United States? One for the rich and powerful, for men such as Epstein who can afford to live on a private island and rub shoulders with former presidents; and one for the common people who can barely eke out a living?

If you are following the Epstein case it seems that way. Perhaps the system needs an overhaul and Epstein’s case might just be the one to pave the way. For more than eleven years, several Epstein related cases have continued to grace the U.S. courts. Since 2007, multiple civil cases and related cases were filed. Today, three Epstein related cases are pending, two in Florida and one in New York. Epstein’s criminal case implicated several high profile personalities and international leaders in the fields of politics, business, academia, including a British Prince.

Since “TrafficKing” was published several victims have reached out asking for help. Others have offered support to help our organization, Alliance to Rescue Victims of Trafficking, stop human trafficking. Every day, in every state across the country heinous human trafficking stories appear in newspapers, on-line journals, television, radio and other digital outlets.

Human trafficking has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. Why? Perhaps one reason is the overwhelming demand and powerful industry of pornography — child pornography specifically. Another could be the rise and power of the pedophile networks in the United States.

The issue of human trafficking has many layers and is complex. Human traffickers can be individuals working for large trafficking networks such as the: Chinese, Colombian, Mexican, Russian, Ukrainian, and the United States’ own MS (Mara Salvatrucha) Cartels, or they can be small, one man, ‘mom and pop’ operators or inner city pimps. There are hundreds if not thousands of operators trafficking children across state lines. A number of traffickers have gone as far as tattooing a victim’s neck in order to claim the girl as property. The average age of entry for a trafficked child in the U.S. is 12. The reason is simple: It is a moneymaking enterprise that has a finite expiry date. That is one reason why traffickers target young children. Another reason is, the younger the child the greater the profit.

One of the biggest impediments for law enforcement remains identification and tracking. Most traffickers hide behind a veil of secrecy called the Internet while others disappear behind the lesser-known “dark net.” Behind this curtain traffickers and perpetrators buy, sell and trade children for sex via the better known social media spaces including: Backpage, Craigslist, Facebook and other platforms that cater to pedophile networks.  

According to Telecrunch, “On any 18 minute period there are 11 million viewers on Facebook on average.” Social Bakers, another forecasting company, claims, “Facebook earns $2.5 billion a quarter from mobile advertising.” The reason the sites are popular with traffickers is because social media companies and advertisers know everything about their targeted audience and in many instances have decided to “turn the other way.”

For example, an ad on Facebook can sell for as low as five cents while the average cost of a Facebook ad is approximately five dollars per 1000-targeted viewers. All social media platforms are after the same thing: likes and shares which is exactly what a human trafficker wants. Unlike Facebook, “most of Craigslist’s revenue comes from job ads, adult service ads, and New York real estate listings, enabling the remainder of Craigslist’s services … to be available to users for free.” While Craigslist charges $75 for a job listing, approximately $10 an ad for ‘therapeutic services’ in the U.S., reposts of live ads are $5 dollars. MasterCard and Visa are accepted.  

There is no doubt the cost of advertising, accessibility to a wide audience, and low risk operation continue to attract and drive traffickers to online platform sites to prostitute children. Law enforcement confronts ever-greater challenges today. These include, how to identify and track victims and human traffickers online and on the street. It is a fact that most traffickers continuously move their victims from one state to another to prevent detection and prosecution. Secondly, how to protect at-risk victims and thirdly, where to house survivors after they have been rescued. There is a tremendous dearth of short and long term housing for survivors in every city of the United States. This situation prevents many victims from attempting to escape the clutches of their predators and lands them right back in their hands.

Another important challenge is data collection. If you can’t measure a problem you can’t solve the problem. Most law enforcement officials and congressional leaders do not have accurate statistics reflecting the increase in demand of trafficked victims. As a result, it is easier for them to sweep the problem under the rug, not lobby Congress for state and federal funding and be free of the responsibility and accountability to the court of public opinion. Some government officials even claim the problem is vastly exaggerated or does not exist at all.

One thing is certain, human trafficking exists. It exists on a massive scale in the United States, across all levels of the socio economic ladder and for several reasons: lust, money, power, and influence. It is time to shine a spotlight on human trafficking and put an end to child sex slavery. The book, TrafficKing and the Alliance to Rescue Victims of Trafficking hope to accomplish just that.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Missouri Gubernatorial Candidate Catherine Hanaway believes liberal "sexual permissiveness" is to blame for CP

Here is your achetypical conservatard pandering pol comparing "sexual permissiveness" with the acceptance of sex crimes. And yet, somehow she is taken seriously.

Missouri’s Catherine Hanaway panders to conservatives, conflates permissiveness with perversion

The Kansas City Star

Pity the politician caught on tape, hopscotching thoughts into an illogical babble.

Catherine Hanaway’s moment came at a conference last weekend in St. Louis. Her performance was a doozy.

Hanaway took aim at what she termed the liberal framework that values sexual permissiveness as evidenced by out-of-wedlock births. Then Hanaway claimed that it leads to acceptance of all “sexual preferences,” including pedophilia and child pornography.

I kid you not. This came from the woman who wishes to be Missouri’s next governor.

Hanaway began with a common conservative discourse about unmarried mothers. It is a line that conveniently misses the fact that in more than half of such births, the father is a cohabiting part of the family. But why quibble. Where she went rogue was the reach to child pornography as an offshoot of such unmarried sexuality.

This is the crazy that people reserve for friends. Hanaway spoke ideas that she felt would reverberate at the conservative event.

It isn’t that more liberal-minded people disdain marriage or dismiss correlations between out-of-wedlock births and higher rates of poverty. But they flinch at politicians who belittle single, working mothers while at the same time cutting funding for the very things that have been proved to stabilize families.

Education lifts women out of poverty and toward healthier relationships. Not preaching from a podium about morality, birthin’ babies and wedded love.

By Wednesday, snippets of Hanaway’s address showed up in an email blast for Democrat donations. The chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party labeled Hanaway as “nothing but another Todd Akin Republican.” Recall that Akin famously professed the unscientific view that a woman who has been raped can magically avoid pregnancy because her body will shut down conception.

As a former U.S. attorney, Hanaway is painfully familiar with horrendous cases of child porn. Surely she knows that Democrats find these criminal acts equally deplorable. Yet she chose to invoke single, working mothers as a battering ram, drawing a convoluted connection from them to disgusting crimes against children.

She’s right about one thing. It’s too simplistic to call her views a war on women. Rather, the approach is a far more tortured, often paternalistic and offensive view of women.

And it’s so dismaying to watch an educated woman partake in the foolishness.

And here is her original speech:

Appearing at the Educational Policy Conference which featured speakers like former Congressman Todd Akin, former Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann, and Phyllis Schafly, gubernatorial candidate Catherine Hanaway appeared to make the bizarre claim that liberals "sexual permissiveness through abortions and other things" is responsible for the horrific act of creating child pornography. Here's a transcript of her remarks:

"So, the liberals want to talk about conservatives waging a war on women. But, think about what they're talking about. When their chief criticism of conservatives, the chief criticism is that we stand up for the sanctity of life. That because we are pro-life we are somehow against women.

I am here to say that their culture of permissiveness towards sexual activity is the real war on women. Let's start with the notion, well it’s not a notion, it’s a fact, that the fact that the culture of sexual permissiveness has led to record levels of out of wedlock births.

And what has that done for women? It has impoverished women. It has reduced their access to educational opportunities. It has impoverished and endangered their children. It has forced those children to grow up in households where their mothers have to work, to make it economically viable for them to exist and with no fathers. How is that culture good for women and children?

But it goes a step further, and it’s that step further that I want to talk about today. And this is the hard part. So, if you pursue this course that sexual permissiveness is to be valued, which is the liberal framework and that you should protect sexual permissiveness through abortions and other things, you lead to a conclusion where every sexual preference is acceptable.

Now, I still think and pray that an overwhelming majority of Americans believe that those who have a sexual preference for children are evil. But I will tell you that in the four years I spent as the presidentially appointed united states attorney, which is the chief federal prosecutor, a tremendous amount of my time was devoted to child pornography related crimes.

So it is a federal crime to possess distribute or produce child pornography, and it should be. Well what concerns me is the slide in our culture that says hey everything is okay and so why should just having a picture of something be a crime, because to possess child pornography is a crime, why should that be a crime? Well, it should be a crime, and this is some of the difficult stuff I have to talk to you about, and please forgive me, 70% of those images depict kids under the age of 12, 50% of the images depict kids under the age of 5, 30% under the age of 2, and the children are not alone, they’re really crime scene photos, they’re photos of children being raped, that’s what they are. So even calling them pornography, I really think we should call them crime scene photos."

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Cindy Del Buono compares an alleged sexual assault to the Orlando massacre

Wow, she compares a man who commits an alleged sexual assault to a man whose act of terrorism killed 49 people. Just when I thought the feminist-powered victim industry couldn't get any more insane.

And I really hate how the victim industry downplays false allegations. If "only 2% to 8%" of abuse allegations are false then of the 850,000 people forced to register on the public pillory, then between 17,000 and 68,000 of them are registered as the result of false allegations. So even by her standards, up to about 1 of every 11 allegations are false.

O yeah, and that whole "rape culture" myth is just another meaningless buzzword.

Close to Home: Stopping sexual assaults begins with the courage to speak out
BY CINDY DEL BUONO | June 16, 2016, 12:07AM

What the stories of Brock Turner, the former Stanford swimmer found guilty of sexual assault, and Omar Mateen, the man responsible for the deaths of 49 people in Orlando, Fla., have in common is a flagrant disregard for humanity.

Sexual violence in particular is at epidemic proportions in our society. We must stop tolerating it as a mistake in judgment, as with Turner, who was convicted of three counts of sexual assault against an unconscious victim.

Dismissing the horrific victimization of Turner’s crime on the survivor, Judge Michael Aaron Persky levied a 6-month jail sentence with three years probation. A Persky recall petition has since garnered more than 1 million signatures, and a Stanford law professor, along with at least three well-known political consultants, have joined the now national recall effort.

A national conversation has ensued about privileged perpetrators receiving diminished sentences.

But what can’t be forgotten is the extraordinary courage required of the victim to speak out and begin the long journey toward reclaiming herself. Her bravery in standing up to her perpetrator at the sentencing hearing was the call to action for all survivors — an assurance that they are not alone and that their voices must be heard.

Please join me and thousands of others who are fighting to eliminate sexual violence by choosing to look inward and then act. Consider:

False reports of sexual assault are rare. Its incidence is the same as other crimes, 2 percent to 8 percent. This means that up to 98 percent of the time, a person stating he or she has been sexually assaulted is speaking the truth.

Sexual assault is behavior that is encouraged in our society. College athletes make up 4 percent of the college population yet commit 19 percent of sexual assaults. Many who rape are repeat offenders. Yet expulsion is rare. There are societies in our world today where men do not rape women, where interpersonal violence and male dominance do not exist. When your favorite athlete or actor or otherwise privileged male, or your family member, neighbor or friend, commits sexual assault how do you respond?

Each of us may be contributing to a rape culture. With no other crime do we shift blame to the survivor instead of the perpetrator. No woman deserves to be assaulted no matter what she is wearing, whether she has been drinking, what her sex life is like, what time she is out, where she is at or whether she changes her mind during an initially consensual sexual encounter. Is there a part of that sentence that you don’t wholeheartedly agree with?

There is tremendous work and advocacy on behalf of and to support survivors of sexual violence through Verity, Sonoma County’s sole rape crisis, healing and trauma center. Verity staffs a 24/7 rape crisis hotline for sexual assault survivors and their families in Sonoma County (***). Our volunteer state-certified sexual assault counselors accompany and support survivors during the medical exam where evidence of assault is collected and medical needs are assessed. Counseling services and support groups are provided. Verity staff and volunteers partner with our schools to increase awareness of sexual assault, sexual harassment and child abuse prevention and intervention strategies through classroom and community presentations. We are a non-profit organization relying on grants, donations and volunteers to accomplish this life-saving work.

Beyond supporting Verity, the three most important things you can say to a sexual assault survivor are: “I believe you. It was not your fault. Thank you for having the courage to share this with me.”

Brave women and men are speaking out — and our society’s views about sexual assault are changing. Verity is a channel through which you can make a real impact.

Cindy Del Buono is a member of the board of directors and crisis line counselor for Verity. For information, go to

Saturday, June 11, 2016

The M'Naughton Rule: Michaela Naughton took her complaints against an employed registrant to FB and it backfired

It is too bad I didn't see the action over at the Roxborough Rants & Raves page at FB (mostly because I don't actually USE FB), but it seems that Michaela Naughton make quite a name for herself and not in a good way.

You know, the M'Naughton rule was once a legal standard for determining insanity. I'd say M in M'Naughton must stand for Michaela.

When Your Boss Is Also a Registered Sex Offender
Would you be okay working with someone who is on the Megan’s Law registry for life? If not, where should they work?


Once a promising young cadet in the police academy, Conshohocken’s **** is now a convicted sex offender. In 2014, at the age of 29, Laurenzi pleaded guilty to statutory sexual assault and sexual abuse of a child. The victim took private ballroom dancing lessons from ****, and investigators said that he videotaped some of their more than 20 sexual encounters, which occurred when the girl was 14 and 15 and **** was 27.

*** will be listed on the Pennsylvania Megan’s Law website for the rest of his life. So does that mean he shouldn’t be able to work at the local pizza parlor?

If you ask 24-year-old Roxborough mom Michaela Naughton, the answer is a resounding yes. Until two weeks ago, Naughton worked as a server at the new East Norriton location of Mister P Pizza & Pasta, where **** was her manager.

“When I first met him, I knew something wasn’t right,” says Naughton, a health management student at the local community college, who added that she never really got along with Laurenzi. “My dad was a cop for 33 years, and I just have a sense about these things. Being around it all the time, you pick up on it.”

Certainly, Naughton didn’t think that Laurenzi was a registered sex offender, but her persistent belief that something was amiss led her to Google his name.

And, voila.

Naughton saw the articles about Laurenzi’s crimes and also found his entry on Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law website, where Laurenzi is listed as a tier-three sex offender, the most serious classification. (The two charges that Laurenzi pleaded guilty to are actually lower-tier offenses, but Pennsylvania law states that anyone guilty of more than one lower tier offense is automatically on the third tier.)

With what she felt was damning information in hand, Naughton told her co-workers about their manager’s misdeeds, and she went to the owner of Mister P’s Pizza, Giuseppe “Joe” Piroso, to ask why a guy like Laurenzi would not only be working at Mister P’s but also in charge. And to her surprise, she says Piroso defended Laurenzi, explaining that he was well aware of his history and status as a registered sex offender.

Naughton continued to raise holy hell, and within a few days, she says that Piroso fired her, something he denies.

“I got fired because I found out information about the manager and tried to take control of the situation and do the right thing,” maintains Naughton.

She was quick to point out that there was at least one girl under the age of 18 working at Mister P’s as well as a constant stream of customers who are children and teens, and Naughton surmised that this must be in violation of Laurenzi’s restrictions as a tier-three sex offender. After all, many sex offenders found on the Pennsylvania Megan’s Law website are not allowed to have contact with minors.

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But that’s actually not the case with Laurenzi, whose only restriction is that he is not allowed to have contact with the victim, as the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office confirms. He’s allowed to live where he wants and work where he wants, and neighbors do not get a notification of his conviction nor is Piroso required to tell his employees or customers about Laurenzi’s past.

Like with most criminal sentences, the restrictions and requirements facing a sex offender can vary greatly, and the law recognizes that there is a difference between a “sexually violent predator” — think of most of the defendants on Law & Order: SVU — and someone convicted of a crime like Laurenzi’s.

But Naughton doesn’t see much of a difference.

“I’m sorry but these kinds of people just don’t belong in our society,” she decrees. “They just don’t. Honestly, people like him should get 25 to life, if you’re going to violate a child like that. He knew he was doing something wrong. If anyone ever does that to my child, I will be sitting behind bars. I can guarantee you that.”

On the day that she says she was fired, Naughton took to a local community Facebook page to let Mister P’s Pizza have it, telling people her side of the story and pleading with them not to eat at Mister P’s anymore.

“I saw what she wrote, and I can’t believe she is being so mean,” Piroso told us when we asked him about Naughton’s post. “I didn’t even fire her.”

The way Piroso tells it, Naughton was a difficult employee and “had problems with everybody.” He says that in addition to her hellfire over Laurenzi, Naughton was always giving another server a hard time, and so when the situation regarding Laurenzi came to a head, he had a talk with her.

“I told her that if she kept insisting on causing trouble all the time, I would have to take her off the schedule for a while,” Piroso recalls of the conversation. “I try to build a nice environment and make sure that everybody is getting along, but you just can’t make all people happy.” (Naughton disputes Piroso’s account and insists that he fired her because of her complaints over the manager.)

As for Laurenzi, who did not return calls seeking comment, Piroso has known his family for years.

When the original press reports came out, Piroso says he couldn’t grasp the fact that it was really Laurenzi, whom he met when Laurenzi was in his teens.

“I couldn’t believe that it’s the same guy,” Piroso remembers.

After serving just five months of a nine- to 23-month sentence in county jail, Laurenzi became eligible for work release, and Piroso readily offered him a job at Mister P’s.

“We couldn’t be happier with him,” says Piroso. “He made a mistake, and he’s paying the price. He’s very easy to work with — unlike some people — and does a great job for us. I don’t know why she has to make such a big deal about the past.”

Naughton’s lock-’em-up-and-throw-away-the-key reaction may be overblown and unreasonable, but it’s certainly not uncommon. And with the information so readily available, as it is on Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law website, it’s hard to keep your past a secret if you’re a registered sex offender.

While reentry is difficult for any ex-convict, it is particularly difficult for sex offenders, who don’t seem to understand just how difficult life on the other side of a sex offense conviction is going to be, according to this 2012 study published on behalf of the Pennsylvania Prison Society. Finding housing and employment can be particularly challenging, and then there’s the stigma that never quite goes away once your neighbor finds out you are on the registry.

It’s commonly thought that sex offenders are highly likely to reoffend after reentering society, but that’s simply not the case. In fact, sex offenders are among the least likely to commit their crimes again. Still, the fear is real and enduring.

Taken to its extreme, the fear of sex offenders can lead to vigilante murder and disastrous scenarios like the one that played out in Miami, where a colony of dozens of sex offenders grew under a bridge, because they had nowhere else to go.

“I always try to help people and give them a second chance,” Piroso tells us. “I’m just trying to help him get his life back on track. If we don’t open up ourselves to people like that, is it really any good to have them living on the street?”

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Cheesehead sheriff David Beth actively protests the right of registrant to live in his county

It should come as no surprise that a sheriff who actively protests a registered citizen has a problem with dishonesty and the typical backscratching associated with redneck sheriffs. This pig claims he can't trust DHS on registrant placement, but who can trust a biased sheriff abusing his power?

Sheriff Joins Neighbors in Protesting Sex Offender Placement
Posted: May 28, 2016 9:48 PM EDT
Updated: May 28, 2016 9:48 PM EDT
By Evan Kruegel

At Mark Rogers' rural Wheatland home, the signs in the front yard say it all: "No Violent Sexual Predators".

     "It's 75 feet from my house, that they're trying to place a sex offender."

That offender is 53-year-old Michael McGee, twice convicted of sexual assault, including the assault of a 10-year-old. According to Sheriff David Beth, the state's Department of Health Services chose the Kenosha County location for McGee, because there was no room in Racine County, where he lives. 

     "We're all on board with making sure Mr. McGee finds a safe place to go, but it's not in Kenosha," says Beth. "Find a place for him in Racine."

Sheriff Beth joined a handful of picketers outside Rogers' home Saturday, one day after he made headlines for questioning the honesty of DHS.

In a letter sent to every Sheriff in the state, Sheriff Beth writes "I have no faith DHS will be honest to any of our departments in the placement of Violent Sex Offenders."

Sheriff Beth says his department was told a different sex offender, classified as non-violent would be the one residing next to Rogers. That's when he says the state pulled a switch, without telling anyone involved.

     "This is a major concern to the people of Kenosha," he says. 

Rogers says he'll continue to fight the ruling. If McGee moves in, he says he'll have to move.

     "We just want it to stop," he says. "I don't want to have to move from my home, and I don't think I should have to."