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Nicole Kidman’s Father Dies Amid Pedophile, Child Murder ring allegations (video included also)

Please follow the link above and read the article.  Alternatively, I will copy and paste the whole thing here below.  This is an article written by investigative journalist and author, Judy Byington.  What follows is unimaginable for the average person.  But it happens everyday all over the world, and it needs to STOP!

Here is the article in full copied below:

Dr. Antony Kidman died Friday after fleeing Australia when accused of the sexual abuse and murder of children in an elite Sydney pedophile ring. A month prior Fiona Barnett had filed a complaint with the Australian NSW police and Child Abuse Royal Commission alleging Kidman’s sexual and physical assaults on her throughout childhood. When the Commission opened an investigation the clinical psychologist suddenly left his 43 years with the Sydney University of Technology and Royal North Shore Hospital to stay in Singapore until he died. The family has refused to comment and Singapore police opened an investigation on what they termed as an unnatural death.

Yesterday Barnett released her own theory about Kidman’s death,” The main perpetrator of my child sexual abuse, Antony Kidman, is dead after I filed formal complaints accusing him of the rape, torture and murder of children in an exclusive Sydney pedophile ring. As a child victim of mind control I feel he’s been sacrificed for failing to adequately program me.”

“Kidman was responsible for ensuring that I never disclosed pedophile ring activities that I witnessed as a child,” she continued. “He failed. News of Kidman’s death impacted me, someone who has undergone intense treatment. I know that there are other victims of Kidman’s crimes out there who are perhaps not as far along the healing path as I am. I anticipate that news of Kidman’s death may have a serious impact on these victims. A perpetrator’s death can even trigger suicidal ideation.

“My complaints last month to the Australian Child Abuse Royal Commission detailed two incidents in which Kidman subjected me to horrific physical and sexual assault” Barnett said. “But there are even more serious crimes against children that I witnessed Kidman commit as a member of the elite Sydney pedophile ring. Those complaints have gone to the International Common Law Court of Justice in Brussels.”

Barnett spoke out the day of Kidman’s death – White Balloon Day 2014 – an event aimed at raising awareness for Australian children affected by sexual assault. She stated, “My contribution to White Balloon Day 2014 is to urge my fellow victims of crime to fight the filth that this monster deposited in their minds and if they can muster the strength, join me in my effort to give a voice to victims who are no longer with us.”

The ICLCJ Court has been looking into Barnett’s allegations against Kidman in relation to their investigation of the global elite Ninth Circle Satanic Child Sacrifice Cult. Over sixty eyewitnesses such as Barnett have testified of Ninth Circle child sacrifice and pedophile activities that spanned the globe, including criminal activities against children in the Americas, Netherlands and UK commonwealth countries such as Australia.

The Ninth Circle was also said to have well organized and secretive human hunting parties that included pedophilia. Privately owned forest groves were believed used in the US, Canada, France and Holland. It appeared children and teens were obtained by the criminal drug syndicate Octopus, which was believed connected to the Vatican. The kidnapped children and teens were said to be stripped naked, raped, hunted down and killed.

Since the tender age of three Barnett had been trapped inside Australia’s vast pedophile network where children were sex trafficked, hunted down for sport and murdered. “In the late afternoon of Oct. 28 1975 I was taken to my sixth birthday party in the Kiama rainforest,” Barnett said. “The cordial was spiked with drugs. I fell asleep. When I awoke it was dark and I was lying naked face-up spread-eagle on a picnic table with my hands and legs tied. Perpetrators took turns sneaking up on me. A large group of men arrived in pick up trucks. They carried rifles and had a pack of starving Doberman dogs. I was told that the group of naked children huddled nearby were my responsibility. I was to run and hide them. Every child I failed to hide would be killed and fed to the dogs. They painted something on my back and chest, and then released us. I pushed the children up over the first steep hill. It was about the second or third hill that the hunting party reached us. Shots were fired and children began dropping all around me. With all hope lost of my saving the other children, I took off and ran for my life.”

Dutch therapist Toos Nijenhuis testified at the ICLCJ Court that as a child and like Barnett, she was badly abused and forced to witness child murders that involved global elites, claimed childhood torture at Barnett’s same Australian Holsworthy Army Base and like Barnett, was a victim of Human Hunting Parties. Nijenhuis’ perpetrators included former Pope Joseph Ratzinger, Dutch Catholic Cardinal Alfrink and Bilderberger founder Prince Bernhard. Nijenhuis explained to International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State Secretary Reverend Kevin Annett, her witness to child sacrifices as late as 2010.

The Ninth Circle Satanic Child Sacrifice Cult could easily hide crimes of their global elite members. They were well trained by Hitler’s mind control experts from Nazi Germany. Barnett’s Nazi grandfather’s pedophile network was said to include clinical psychologists Kidman and John W. Gittinger who developed a popular test among psychiatric professionals known as the Personality Assessment System. In the Independent Australia News Barnett stated that as a young child, “Gittinger abused and raped me.”

In another article of the Independent Australia News it was reported that Barnett’s dramatic testimony put members in tears when she went before the Australian Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse. Barnett had named as her perpetrators her grandfather, Kidman, two former Australian prime ministers, a Parliament House governor general and a state police commissioner. As with child pedophile rings in the Netherlands, Europe, Canada and the US, the Australian pedophile network was said to include police officers, psychiatrists, biochemists, psychologists, actors, writers, politicians, university lecturers and medical doctors.

“The Commission was in the process of investigating my complaint when Kidman was found to have left the country,” Barnett said. “Now one month following my notification against Kidman, he is dead. Kidman’s death comes as no surprise. In the past week alone, two people predicted his imminent demise.”

This article is dedicated to victims of the Vatican and mafia-run global elite Ninth Circle Satanic Child Sacrifice Cult, and to the memory of over 50,800 missing children, some of whom rest in 34 mainly Catholic-owned unmarked mass grave sites – that have been refused excavation – across Canada, Ireland and Spain. The child perpetrators continue to live lives free of responsibility for their ongoing crimes. Our prayers are with these innocents, and should be for ourselves if we allow this Child Holocaust by our global leaders to continue.

About the Author
Judy Byington, MSW, LCSW, retired, author of “Twenty Two Faces: Inside the Extraordinary Life of Jenny Hill and Her Twenty Two Multiple Personalities” ( is a retired therapist, Public Speaker, Activist and investigative journalist whose articles on international child exploitation rings have been cited on hundreds of blogs and websites. The ex-Supervisor, Alberta Mental Health and Director Provo Family Counseling Center is the CEO of Child Abuse Recovery and Speakers Bureau (

If you have news tips about child abuse issues that may connect to international child exploitation rings, please email Judy

You are invited to sign our petition to Congress for an investigation of the CIA mind control of children by clicking here:


This is just EXACTLY the kind of CRAP that goes on out in the open, “behind closed doors” everyday all over the world that has pushed me over the edge in pursuit a Law Degree.  I can’t even stand it.  This type of thing, these associations I mean, even happen here in the states.

Do some research on The Bohemian Grove set up in California to see what I mean.  More specifically, search for “Bohemian Grove Exposed.”  If that piques your interest, go to YouTube and search for Senator Nancy Schaeffer.  Not long after she started giving speeches like this one:  she turns up dead.  Read about her untimely death HERE.

These things keep getting covered up, and keep going unnoticed and unchecked.  Whistleblowers are being murdered for sharing the truth.  When will it stop?  I don’t know, but all I can think of right now is that Edmund Burke / Thomas Jefferson mixed quote: “The only thing needed for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”   



I’ve tried to talk myself out of pursing this path, in favor of staying home w my kids and blocking out this world from my vision, and keeping them “safe” under my wings of protection . . . But, I just can’t.

After learning that I had decided to go to law school, a well-meaning attorney friend of ours asked me: Why do you hate yourself?  You know law school is like counting to a million, anybody can do it, but why would you want to?

He made a very good point, and I seriously considered his stance and had to ask myself why would anyone want to do it, and especially why I would want to do it.


In fact, I will gladly count to 2 Million very slowly, if in the end, I can help even one victim of sex trafficking find hope through the legal system and additionally the hope of healing.

God has given us all a certain measure of strength to do things with, and when we use what’s “in our hands,” that being the gifts, talents, resources, and knowledge we’ve been given or have acquired, we can truly make an impact that nobody else can erase. What we are meant to do, our purpose, can’t be taken away from us.   This is what compels me.

Even though I’m not so naive as to think I can set out to change the world and conquer alone, I do know that I have to do my part, however small or big it may be.  My part is still a valuable piece to the puzzle.  We all contribute something to the history of this world after all.

When my kids grow up, I hope they can look at me, and see a woman that was willing to be broken for others and take a step of faith even when the path was obscured before her, in order to clear it for those coming up from behind her.  

What do ya’ say??  Let’s CLEAR some PATHS!!

**Peace Out Y’all**

~ Julie ~


Just as a follow up . . . some people are saying the original article could be a “hoax,” due to where it was published (on – a site which allows users to upload anything).  However, with everything I’ve shared here and read elsewhere, I know it’s not.  Not to mention the fact that the article in question has been published on other sites and the facts surrounding the case are all there and are being substantiated.

Here is another site which reviewed the original article on the hope that it was a hoax, and in the end found it to be regarding actual truth where the author found sources and source info.  I know for most this is hard to believe, and they want to believe it’s a “hoax,” which will only make the cover-up that much easier, but it’s not.…/

Furthermore, you have to ask yourself, why would the news media be going out of their way to give condolences to a “lesser known” entity.  Have we heard nearly as much about other celebrities’ parents dying?  Probably not, and for good reason- there was nothing they were trying to cover-up or flush out of the search engines database when searching for those names.

The people involved in these sorts of crimes are high up and “untouchable” and they are that way for a reason . . . because they have control or a controlling interest in things such as mainstream media, etc.  Anyway, I’m convinced people will block out what they don’t want to face, and believe a man died from a fall, even though the Singapore government is investigating the death, but I can’t close my eyes to this kind of thing anymore.

I stand by my original statement:  If you don’t see them (the victims) it’s because you’re not looking.  Let’s stop turning a blind eye to injustice.

sex slaves, who knew? (part 3)

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“The history of childhood has been a nightmare from which we have only recently begun to awaken.  The further back in history one goes-and the further away from the West one gets-the more massive the neglect and cruelty one finds and the more likely children are to have been killed, rejected, beaten, terrorized and sexually abused by their caretakers.”
~Lloyd deMause, 1988

Children: The Modern Commodity

Ok, just so we are on the same page here:  we are continuing on with this series of posts about Human Trafficking, and more specifically, with the issue of sex slavery.  This is the third post in a series of posts entitled, “Sex Slaves, Who Knew?”

(You can read part one, here, and part two, here.)

I have been talking about this issue of slavery for quite some time now among those I do life with.  It has been pretty much a running conversation ever since I became aware of the problem a few years back.

And I have to be honest, when I first started researching and learning about human trafficking and sex-trafficking, and then subsequently sex slaves, and children sex-slaves (three words I just could not have fathomed putting together in that order in a sentence– EVER– had it not been told to me), I got a little sick to my stomach . . . OK, “A LOT” bit sick to my stomach.

To the point of literally gagging in a public university library looking around to make sure nobody heard/ saw my disgust (much less the story I was reading on the screen in front of me).  Can you believe?  I was actually embarrassed/ ashamed of what I was reading and seeing?  Nothing I did, mind you, caused these events to take place.  But, somehow, I felt vaguely responsible and icky for reading this kind of “garbage.”

However, this “garbage,” was . . . TRUE.  REAL, LIFE GARBAGE coming off the pages, repeatedly smacking me in the face, shouting at me : “WAKE UP SLEEPER!!!  THIS is the world you live in . . . this IS the World . . . AND don’t even think for one second that you can close your eyes EVER again!”

And I didn’t . . .  Couldn’t.

I was reading about MODERN-DAY slaves in what can only be described as a modern day NIGHTMARE!  I was reading about men and women, mostly women though, who had been bought and sold numerous times as if they were meat.

But what really got to me the most, was that not only were men and women sold . . . but, mostly it was c h i l d r e n that were being sold.  As that information sunk in and all of the pictures of children on the side of the proverbial milk cartons of my life flashed through my mind, and it became suddenly clear WHERE they had all gone.  Many of them had been bought and sold . . . for sex.

Children- the MOST defenseless, vulnerable inhabitants of our society.  They are taken advantage of in the wost ways possible.  Sadly, we are part of a world . . . and a society, no less, that takes a little girl and transforms her from this:

And then, turns her into:

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… that

And for what? Why? Why prostitute a little girl??

Well, let’s see from a trafficker’s point of view, and to play devil’s advocate here for a second … there are several “benefits” to trafficking children, and namely little girls, so I will go into a few here.

For starters, trafficking children is a low-risk, high-profit trade. 

Children are easier to deceive, psychologically torment, and lie to.  They have no idea what their rights are as a person.  Some are so well groomed, psychologically, that they actually believe their trafficker/ pimp is the only one who loves or cares for them.

Furthermore, They’re easier to move and hide from authorities.  It’s easier to claim a child as one’s own or as a relative when traveling, and that’s what they do, they travel  . . . a lot.  They have to if they want to meet the wishes of their cliental who are always eager for FRESH FACES.  

Which brings us to our next reason, and that is that they are in high DEMAND, because in more developed nations they are considered to be less of a risk for contracting disease for one thing, and they are also more likely to do certain acts of service, which their older, more experienced “free” counterparts may refuse to do, not to mention the large number of pedophiles that seek out opportunities with children.

The last reason I give you, comes back to the golden coin . . . it is much cheaper to purchase, maintain, and transport a child, so they will, always be in high demand in this trade.

Which brings me to my next question . . .

Exactly, Who is targeted as victims of trafficking?

Traffickers look for very specific things, such as girls from rural areas and abroad, this works out well because they are often uneducated.  They also target those suffering from poverty, homeless children, and the traditional kidnapping is also a common method for obtaining new “product.”

What’s less known is that many victims are being “primed,” and “groomed” way before being thrown out in the sex slave rings.

This process is very psychologically involved.  Often, for the older girls, the trafficker or pimp will build relationships with these girls by bringing them presents and eventually becoming their so-called boyfriend.  Then the traffickers focus on isolation and create within the victim dependency on them.

Many girls and children are being encountered online as well.  They form relationships here and when they go to meet their prince charming- they are kidnapped and thrown into the trade just like an animal led to slaughter.

In fact, in this industry, it is well known that the internet has revolutionized child pornography, Monique Ferraro makes an excellent point in her book, that “if the coming of the internet has not exactly legalized child pornography of the most worrisome kind, then, it has made such material extraordinarily accessible, and almost risk-free to those viewing it. enslaved they are expected to service 20-40 men daily …they now “owe” their traffickers the money spent on their purchase and they are told that they must work to pay off their debt.

Escape Anyone?

Why don’t they just escape?  Or runaway? It’s easy to think, “If I was in that situation, I would refuse to do anything they told me, or I would tell my customers that I was there against my will, and ask them to call the police or the embassy… Or I would fight my way out, even if they killed me…or any other number of thoughts may be running through your mind right now…, the sad truth is that after you refused the first time, you would likely be gang raped, beaten near to death and possibly mutilated . . . you wouldn’t tell your customers anything, other than how happy you are to serve them, and that you hope they come again to see you tomorrow…

. . . because if you didn’t- your family’s lives would be threatened, and judging from the way you have been treated, you have no doubt that they would do exactly what they said they would do to them.

You wouldn’t dare run away, because last week a girl tried it, they caught her, they tortured her first, and then they killed her right in front of you to make an example out of her.

So you see, they really are . . . trapped.

Furthermore . . . Most of the time these women and children are brought to remote places they have never seen before and often, they do not know the language.  And because they are moved frequently, it ensures the highest level of disorientation and allows for the pimps to keep up with the demand for new girls in each port or city.

So, all hope may seem lost for them.  But Actually, and incredibly, girls do make it out alive and get up enough strength and courage to go to the police they have been warned about by their traffickers, who told them they would be arrested or worse, sent back- they get help through agencies like the United Nations (UN), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), International Labour Organization (ILO), and many others.

Aside from governmental agencies, there are many Non Governmental Organizations seeking to end this atrocity to mankind and there are many ways to get involved with them via their websites.

If you would like to learn more about them, I will list some of them below for your convenience.  And here is a quick video from one of the organizations (The Girl Effect) trying to help girls by prevention.

Lastly, the most important thing to realize in all of this, is that this is happening EVERYWHERE, even in your own backyard.  Go ahead do a quick search of your city (or the largest one near you) with the key word: trafficking alongside it, and see what turns up.

It’s just too close to home for me, which is why I have decided to do this research and why I have vouched to talk about this issue with as many people as I can, because I want people to realize:

If you don’t see them, the victims, that is, it’s only because you’re not looking.

Thanks for taking the time to read through this and to share this post with others.  Because it is only through the help of many that we can see this atrocity end.

**Please click on the icons below, to learn more about these incredible organizations!


Sex Slaves, Who Knew? (part 1)

Sex Slaves, Who Knew? (part 2)

sex slaves, who knew? (part 2)

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So where does human trafficking actually occur?

Well, in my thesis, I talked mostly about the trafficking problem in central and south America, which is so widespread it is supposed to surpass Thailand, the forerunner, in just a few short years.

However, throughout my research it became more and more clear that this is a world-wide problem and because of our increasing technology and as an effect of globalization- it cannot be limited to any one corner of the globe- similar to the Atlantic slave trade- except BIGGER!

Ok, so Here’s the same map I showed you in part one, to remind you of the scope of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade:


 And here is a map of Human Trafficking Routes in 2011 . . .


So, as you can see by comparing the two maps, the modern slave trade is much more prolific!

And because of this it generates roughly $32 Billion dollars of revenue a year- with many estimates ranging much higher due to the clandestine, or hidden nature of the trade.

It is almost impossible to know the actual numbers.

Having said that, does it surprise you that the media has only more recently been actively involved in reporting this abuse to us? 

It surprised me at first, but, with that much profit and with many governments benefiting- I guess it’s not all that surprising, after all.

I mean, for the sake of face, our government, in particular, over the years has “protected” us from all sorts of “evil” information, like the JFK conspiracy and the goings-on at Alcatraz to name a few.  I often wonder how much more information I have been deemed too incapable of comprehending to be privy to.

But that’s getting off the point a little. 

Don’t you want to know where that money is coming from and where it is going?  Well, you can track that for yourself, somewhat in the following maps:

As you can see in this first map where the destination countries are highlighted, it shows not only where sex-slaves are trafficked into to work including the tens of thousands of women and girls forced to work in the U.S., Europe, and Thailand, but also where modern forced labor is still alive like in the Dominican Republic, Brazil, and Burma.

Now in this Next graphic, you can see the estimated number of slaves in each country and also the Type of Slavery, whether the country is mainly a “producer,” or “buyer” of slaves, so to speak.

And if you’d like to see a quick slide show on where fighting trafficking is the Worst  in the US of A and explanations as to why . . . click to see The 7 Worst States in the Fight Against Human Trafficking – 2013 Edition.

If you don’t have time to view the slide show, here is a short list ascending to the worst state for the fight to end human trafficking :

7.  North Dakota

6.  Arizona

5.  Utah

4.  Colorado

3.  Deleware

2.  New Hampshire

1.  South Dakota

And there are a TON of other maps, graphics and even apps online, such as the Slavery Footprint Survey you can take here, and MANY, many more resources to help you to see where the problem is.

However, the MOST important factor in all of this is not Where it’s happening, but who it’s happening to.

**Find out WHO is targeted and who is involved in the selling of children as commodities in my upcoming post, Sex Slaves, Who Knew? (part 3) “Children the Modern Commodity.”

Also, you can Read Part One of this post, here.

sex slaves, who knew?

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A few years ago, I was preparing for my senior year in college and needed a topic for my senior thesis.  One of my ideas was, “The Effects of Missionaries in Mayan culture” overtime.

However, I wasn’t quite that passionate about that topic.  I knew I would need something to really grab my attention and hold it, if I were going to write a 30+ page paper.

Nowhere in a million years did I imagine my thesis would end up being about SEX TRAFFICKING of CHILDREN.  In fact, I had barely even heard about the issue very much at that point.  But it in the end, that’s what it was that I was passionate about.

What follows is a little of what I learned . . .

But, before we get to the meat of it, we have to dig a little into our history.

. . . Slavery . . .

Slavery.  The word just evokes horrid connotations . . . doesn’t it?

Remember that humiliating, dehumanizing trade – of human beings . . . no less . . . more specifically of African Americans . . . but . . . they weren’t African Americans back then . . . now, were they?

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No, they were only Africans . . . Negroes . .  cattle . . . at least that’s how they were treated.


Just to jog your memory . . . The Atlantic Slave trade is recorded as taking place from 1650-1860- Although it was banned in the US as early as 1807 making it illegal the following year. Essentially, it took over 30 years to be banned everywhere …and even beyond that well into the 19th century ending “officially” in 1860…

For wherever there was a market or demand for slaves in the Americas the trade would continue.

But thankfully, the world worked together to abolish slavery and we have been “clean and sober” of our slave addiction for close to 200 years now.  What a relief!!  Well, that’s all…the news ends there…. nothing more to report… “no news is good news,” right?…

. . . OR is it . . .

If that were the end of the story, you could just stop reading here and now, and go about your life.

Unfortunately, it’s nowhere close to being over…

 It’s Still Happening . . . in fact, it never ended . .


It just got worse…it became more discreet…but you know, nothing is new about the slave trade …really…except the name and number of victims… Today, it’s called Human trafficking ….- what a much nicer way of putting it.  It doesn’t sound nearly as offensive as “slave trade”- such a heavy statement …one we’re not prepared to admit that we’re involved in either directly or indirectly- but by turning a blind eye to it- that’s just what we are…



If this makes you a little uncomfortable, try to imagine how the 27 million slaves around the world feel right now – this very minute – experiencing more than a little discomfort, more like … torture on an hourly basis.  

Oh, and Here’s A little trivia for you: 

Did you know:

During the 1980s, there were 3 TIMES the amount of victims trafficked for the purpose of prostitution in South-East Asia alone than in the ENTIRE history of the Atlantic Slave trade, which took place over a 400 year period?

To give you some perspective, the Atlantic slave trade claimed roughly 11.5 million victims, while sex-trafficking in South East Asia during the 80s claimed 33 million victims” In one decade, in one geographical region.

 That’s A LOT!

But, What is Trafficking Anyway?

Well, “trafficking” is the umbrella term used for all types of Human slavery which include, but are not limited to: Manual labor, forced organ donation, and Forced sex or prostitution of another person.

It is also defined as Being tricked into leaving home or recruited by false promises of work, security, opportunity, or education. It means being moved to another city, country, continent- or, it can be domestic- which means keeping you in your own country, town, or home. 

It’s an all encompassing term and also a non-encompassing term at the same time- In other words, while it includes an infinite number of possible situations- it doesn’t cover everything and legislation in each city, state, and country differ in their policies and even definitions regarding trafficking- which makes it very difficult to prosecute or enforce.

*Please read, “sex slaves, who knew? (part 2)” to find out where trafficking occurs.

Legalizing Prostitution … is it worth it?

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Ok, here we go off the beaten path for a bit… But… How to bring this topic up?? …Hmmm… Ok, let’s just get out with it…

After having this conversation quite a bit, I thought it would be a good idea to publish my own thoughts on the topic of legalizing prostitution.  This is a topic birthed from another topic near and dear to my heart, which is Sex-Trafficking.

So without further ado, here is an excerpt from my thesis, entitled: Children: The Modern Commodity, A Treatise on Sex-Trafficking. 

Appendix I: Considerations in the Effectiveness of Legalizing Prostitution


The vote is still out on regulating or legalizing prostitution.  This is still a highly controversial issue with strong opinions held on both sides.  On one hand, it is argued that legalizing prostitution exposes what is done in private and forces change, in that taxes must be paid, licensure for brothel owners must be obtained, health inspections must be allowed, and other governmental controls can be enforced to ensure the safety of “sex-workers.”  This, of course, would imply that these workers are indeed “voluntary” and not forced or coerced.  The idea is that regulating prostitution will make honest work out of it. 

Furthermore, advocates argue that by criminalizing prostitution, women working freely in the sex industry would be stripped of their means to provide for themselves and their families.  This makes one wonder: should as much sympathy be doled out to the local drug dealer, as well?  Nevertheless, the Netherlands have adopted this stance toward prostitution.  Under their governmental regulations for prostitution, brothels are legal if the owners provide the same benefits to their employees as other business owners, and if they have proper licensing to prove they are following the mandates set up by the Sex Purchase Act. 

The goal is to minimize trafficking by regulating the types of brothels and by declaring which workers are allowed to conduct business within them, i.e., no illegal foreigners are granted permission to work either as a prostitute or in any other capacity.  On the other hand, advocates for the abolition of prostitution argue that the only way to eradicate sex trafficking and to prevent it in the future is to dismantle its market entirely, which in turn, would protect those most vulnerable to it.

Regardless of the method utilized in the greater goal of eliminating trafficking, efficiency is what is sought after.  Brothel owners, traffickers, and the “Johns” that support them are all criminals, and prior to the 1999 decision, which legalized their business, they were already involved in it illegally with relative impunity. This is obviously the one thing that simply slipped past the radar of those legislators fighting for governmental regulation of prostitution in the Netherlands. 

Incredible, as it may seem, this fact alone was a major contributing factor in the decision to legalize the brothel-run business: because the Netherlands were not enforcing the original law outlawing brothels, they moved to legitimize them, in an effort to better control them (MFA, 2004).  If this type of “efficiency” seems a bit counterintuitive or even a little ironic, it’s because it is.

In other words, the likelihood of organized crime members smiling and handing over the profit they worked so hard to steal just to pay taxes- seems quite farfetched to say the least.  What is more probable is that those running these types of “businesses” made the move to be more discreet in their business dealings and continued running their show underground or illegally. 

While it is true that some brothel owners, or others seeking a business investment, may have taken advantage of this new system and converted to it wholeheartedly, the obvious situation is this- once owning a brothel was decriminalized, those choosing to remain in anonymity could do so more easily and gain an even higher profit than their tax-paying counterparts, by continuing to offer the best rates in town.  In fact, not only have many sectors of the brothel-run sex industry in the Netherlands failed to do any such “required” reporting, traffickers in the sex trade now view the Netherlands as a safe house where they can easily attain a somewhat cloaked status. 

In essence, what power is there to stop this?  By creating a law to legalize a previous crime based on the fact that there was no enforcement of that previous law, only seeks to suggest that a further problem lie ahead in the enforcement of the new law requiring taxes.  Now, to save face, the Netherlands will lead the world in believing that it was not an enforcement issue, but rather an air of nonchalance surrounding the issue that guided their decision. 

However, in light of the sheer numbers involved and the enforcement issues faced around the globe, this appears as no more than a scapegoat law.  Thus, if there were too many illegal brothels running to be able to properly incriminate them in the past, it would seem only logical that by legalizing them, in an attempt to regulate such a trade, would make it all the more difficult to enforce.  Again, unless properly enforced, a simple law does nothing to stop the average criminal from choosing to play by different rules.

Interestingly, the Netherlands and Sweden made opposite decisions about how to approach this criminal activity at virtually the same time in 1999.  So, with more than ten years into the plan, onlookers are curious to know the effects of each decision.  So much so- that according to the Women’s Justice Center in Sacramento, CA in 2003 the University of London did a comprehensive analysis on the outcomes of prostitution policies in other countries, such as Sweden, the Netherlands, and others after being solicited to do so by the Scottish government, then seeking to update their own laws.  What they found was that,

“legalization and/or regulation of prostitution led to: a dramatic increase in all facets of the sex industry, a dramatic increase in the involvement of organized crime in the sex industry, a dramatic increase in child prostitution, an explosion in the number of foreign women and girls trafficked into the region, and indications of an increase in violence against women” (de Santis, 2004).

As the first to implement this type of legislation, in Sweden, there is a “Zero-Tolerance” stance on prostitution: the buyers are prosecuted while the sellers are not.  So, ten years later is there still prostitution in Sweden? The answer is yes, however, there has been a substantial decrease in the numbers of prostitutes found; on the street, that is.  With that being said, there is a group of people that claim that this legislation has actually made it less safe for sex-workers, in that, it is all done underground now, where the hope of rescue is slim to none (Ritter, 2008).  Ritter also quotes a local escort who reasons that:

“if a sex worker seeks to establish contact with a client on the street, and police are waiting around the corner, she’s going to jump into the car without making a security assessment,”

which can result in more violence and abuse for these “hidden” workers. Supposing this to be true, the underground, un-regulated, illegal sex trade of human beings is happening everywhere with Sweden being no exception.  Thus, to be so obtuse as to suggest that as a result of Sweden passing this legislation, an underground prostitution network has evolved, rather than acknowledging its prior existence, one must really reach far. 

In actuality, the underground network in question, has been and continues to be omnipresent or everywhere, including in those countries in which prostitution has been legalized, and perhaps even more so now, due to all of the newly formed “legal” business aggregating there.  It must be a comforting realization for traffickers to see that there are not enough people or agencies, to govern, properly monitor, and enforce these laws and regulations for even the known or registered working population in this field, let alone any others slipping in unnoticed. 

So, while the number of prostitutes in the underground network is unknown in Sweden, likewise in the rest of the world, it is still a huge risk for the traffickers and pimps to set up shop in a country so openly averse to this type of business.  To expound on this assertion,

“when the buyers risk punishment, the number of men who buy prostituted persons decreases, and the local prostitution market becomes less lucrative.  Traffickers will then choose other more profitable destinations” (Ekberg, 2004). 

As more time passes, this seems to be the case.   For instance, it is becoming more apparent in countries like the Netherlands that a lack of restriction in this area breeds more rebellion; and many have spoken out about their disapproval of the increasingly larger number of individuals who have been quite-obviously trafficked into their country.  In response to this, some sources indicate that even,

the Netherlands appear to be taking a step in the direction of how Sweden has been approaching the problem for the past ten years.” (de Jong, 2009). 

Still, the question remains-: what makes more sense for a trafficker? The decision may seem a bit taxing for even the most astute trafficker: whether to set up shop in a country that openly declares the illegality of his actions or in a country that embraces his lifestyle to some degree.  Add to this a multitude of like-minded individuals, and the choice becomes much easier to make.  Kajsa Wahlberg, a member of the human trafficking unit of Sweden’s National Police board, says,

“police know from eavesdropping on human trafficking rings that Sweden is considered bad business because of its tough stance” (Ritter 2008). 

Not only are underground networks the only ones viable in Sweden, but they are also prey to the laws and legislation prosecuting even the “Johns” or customers, which also makes the choice for the Netherlands, and other countries like it, a little more appealing for traffickers.  Once again, as a reminder, it does not take too much brainpower to become a trafficker, but ignoring this fact requires even less.  Traffickers are

“calculating profits, costs and marketing [along with] the risk of getting caught,” Wahlberg said. 

Essentially, they are trying to create a bad market for these activities, and their success is being noticed around the globe (Ritter, 2008).

In conclusion, while trafficking and forced prostitution occur everywhere, those countries choosing to take a stand against the outward manifestations of it within their own borders by fighting for abolition, are making greater strides in seeing the eradication of trafficking than those choosing an alternative path.  As to those fighting for the “right” to prostitute themselves, it should be noted that the devastating results of such an industry where there is more demand for services than those willing to perform said services freely, will always require trafficking to ensure a balanced number of workers available.  

The case at hand, then, is whether to allow the rights of some to hinder the freedom of all.  There comes a time when the government has the power to make a decision for the betterment of all, if compromising a few, to do the right thing.  In the case of legalizing prostitution, where the rights of some directly interfere with the freedom of others to the point of the exaction of that freedom, the means to gain economically will never justify the end result of slavery.

So, there ya have it folks, my take on the legalization of prostitution… Now, what is YOUR take on it? I would love to know!


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