The Media Machine

The national news has hit!  And they are not giving the whole story, like usual.  CNN has done two interviews with Gianinni, both times referring to the 16 year old that was found as a run away!  A RUN AWAY?  Gianinni herself says the 16 year old is a runaway.

What I can’t understand is why do they never use the word human trafficking now?  For years they media has been hounding on how they need to change the prostitution law because of human trafficking in the Asian massage parlors.  Now when they actually find a human trafficking victim they don’t refer to her a human trafficking victim but as a runaway?!?!  When the Providence Journal first reported this story, they reported it as follows:

A 16-year-old girl from the Dorchester section of Boston who’d been missing since February was found Monday in a basement apartment in South Providence with a man wanted for escaping from prison in Boston. The mystery of her whereabouts was nearly solved by chance five days ago, when a patrolman found the teenager bleeding and incoherent at the same apartment at 593 Prairie Ave. She said her “boyfriend” had punched her in the face after her shift as an exotic dancer at Cheaters strip club, according to a police report.

This 16 year old is at the center of a huge media blitz.  This 16 year old victim (who was sent to prison when found) is now being referred to as a “runaway”.  Interesting how the media skims over the fact she was TRAFFICKED BY A MAN WHO HAD ESCAPED FROM PRISON, and instead call her a “runaway”.

This case has set off a big media blitz.  It is sad that what the news stories are not mentioning  the fact that this 16 year old was exploited at the same time that General Assembly failed to pass a Human Trafficking law.  How sad is that?  What the media is focusing on is the “prostitution loophole” again, and once again these two things have nothing to do with each other.

Actually, I do see one similarity with the situation of underage strippers and the “prostitution loophole” in Rhode Island.  Both situations are big media stories about nonexistent issues have been used to further someone agenda. In RI, over the past 10 years after repeated raids and arrests of women, local, state, and federal agencies have not been able to find any human trafficking victims in an Asian massage parlor.  Just like how now the police said that they  have visited all of the strip clubs in the city and found no  juveniles performing. The owners of the strip clubs have come out and said that they would not and do not hire juveniles .

“We have so many girls who want to work,” Shappy said. “Housewives, college students, office workers, hairdressers. I have an LPN, an RN, a girl at the ticket counter at Green [Airport]. …

“We don’t want [minors] in the place. We respect the laws. There’s enough business to be happy with the way things are.”

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  1. Pingback: Update on RI Prostitution (TV Edition) « Mixtapes for Hookers

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