Some of you who have read this blog for a while know I actually know the women in the spas. I have actually been in a few of the spas, met the so-called “slaves”. I remember it was almost a year ago when my cat Kolangi died and I brought his left over food to one of the spas because I knew they had a stray cat they liked to feed.
It is weird that story popped into my head when I learned today that CAT got a third member. CAT, or Citizens Against Trafficking, is now a 3 person group that has never met any women in the spas, yet loves to talk to the press about them. This 3 legged CAT has sent a letter to all the Senators today, responding to the 50 professors that wrote a letter against new prostitution legislation.
The letter attacks the professors who have signed, and since I know the source to be Hughes, I know not to believe 99.99% of it. Back in May when I was on the radio a few times, Hughes and Shapiro wrote a 7 page paper on me. Unfortunately I never got a copy of that paper, but when Dan Yorke saw it he said he would not let Hughes or Shapiro say anything on it because it was an un sourced character assassination. This is Hughes obvious m.o. Attack and make up ridicules propaganda, stay away from the facts in the debate. Hughes can not debate on facts because she doesn’t have any.
So lets look at pieces of the letter, I will disect some parts, but not link to the entire pile of shit the letter.
“Part 1 focuses on initial discoveries made by Citizens Against Trafficking researchers about some of the authors and signers of the letter. We found shocking information about what they stand for and the goals of their international campaign…The leading signers of the letter call themselves “sex radicals,” meaning they oppose any limits on any sexual behavior as long as it has the superficial appearance of being consensual.” My uncle could drink a 24 pack and not be as loaded as that sentence. The repetition of “any” builds the sentence up and the “superficial appearance” puts the cherry on top of that propaganda sundae! Since I guess all is fair in a political war, I will now define Citizens Against Trafficking. CAT is a trio of “radical feminists” some even “radical lesbian feminist” who oppose any heterosexual behavior as long as it has the superficial appearance of being a product of force, fraud, or coercion.
The sex radicals are very worried that we might achieve a “moral victory.” “Moral Victory” excellent choice of words. CAT does not care about women who are working in the spas. They want to impose their moral values on women who obviously have a different set of morals. Even when you look at Hughes’ history and see her ultimate goal is to not only impose her morals but also profit once again from the criminalization of prostitution by setting up “John Schools”. In California “Johns” are given redemption if they agree to go to “John Schools” and learn about stds and the lives of prostitutes. (Actually I might like to see a politician like Spitzer in a class led by Hughes just for shits and giggles)
I could go sentence to sentence and rip apart this pile of propaganda. When you have no facts, when you have never talked to one women in a spa in RI, when you have no reason or logic on your side, you have to rely on emotional arguments based in morals judgments. The tactics of CAT offend me as a woman, a feminist, and a Rhode Islander. To use an analogy, I would say that Hughes and CAT are to Rhode Island and sex workers as Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church are to homosexuals. (Actually, Phelps is more honest with his hatred and moral judgements and doesn’t try to blanket it in an a false idea of helping homosexuals.) I am an artist, so I believe in freedom of speech, so even though I do not agree with Hughes or CAT, I believe they have the same right to freedom of speech as everyone else. I just hope that people don’t confuse the propaganda and fear mongering for fact.