Prosecutors want crackdown on websites selling illegal sex

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  • NeifyT Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 10, 2016 6:03 p.m.

    @Hope & Faith,

    While I agree with you 100%; it is not in the interest of the government to work toward a religiously moral society; that is best left to churches.

    What it is in the interest of government is "risk reduction." Scientific studies have shown a clear risk reduction when children (even from potty training age) are taught about their bodies and the biology related thereto. Further; most children who are abused are abused by close friends and family; not by strangers... most of those who join the proverbial oldest profession do so because they lack opportunities and get caught in this web; it becomes a life-sustaining yet ever worsening cycle.

    Further abusers prey on both groups because it can be done in the dark (as you rightly point out).

    The steps the Government can make toward change:
    1) decriminalize consensual adult activities even where money is involved
    2) comprehensive education for all children in the PUBLIC SCHOOL systems starting in kindergarten and each year thereafter
    3) provide more opportunities for other activities; other ways of making money; and healthy relationships.

  • Liberal On Planet Zion SLC, UT
    Oct. 3, 2016 2:29 p.m.

    @Hope/Faith

    "The only way to change a shadow is with light. Religious intolerance means amoral society. The fix: Restore religion".

    OK. Exactly how? Specifics please. Does intolerance pertain to atheists? Does religious intolerance pertain to Muslims? (Most definitely see a lot of this. Unfortunately all one must do is read through the comment section from certain articles in this newspaper.) Whom exactly defines morality? Me? You? Our neighbors? The government?

    "Right now, more and more professors are teaching hate against religion. Somehow religion doesn't get protection, but if it were a professor teaching that gay marriage was wrong- there would be an outcry".

    Could you please pass along credible cited source material? I've searched the Internet and found nothing. Thank you.

  • lets be mature Meridian/USA, ID
    Oct. 1, 2016 9:23 a.m.

    GaryO

    Please. It's pretty obvious why they would not tell you which websites allow you to solicit sex. That doesn't mean this is all made up

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    Oct. 1, 2016 8:30 a.m.

    Didn't Trump tell us to go to a porn site?

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    Oct. 1, 2016 8:09 a.m.

    " . . . traffickers use popular websites to advertise sexual services."

    Oh really?

    Which ones?

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 30, 2016 9:45 p.m.

    These 'Victims' are unwilling to cooperate with prosecutors because they have endured a history of abuse? What kind of sense the that make? Even the ones new to the profession wouldn't cooperate. This this is how they make their money.

  • Hope & Faith give us strength Utah County, UT
    Sept. 30, 2016 9:30 p.m.

    ...continued.

    The only way to change a shadow is with light. Religious intolerance means amoral society. The fix: Restore religion.

    When lawmakers start taking religious freedom seriously, then the moral compass of society will change. Right now, more and more professors are teaching hate against religion. Somehow religion doesn't get protection, but if it were a professor teaching that gay marriage was wrong- there would be an outcry.

    I'm not even saying religion should be promoted. I'm just saying it needs to be protected. We allow people to promote just about any form of behavior on a college campus. Yet we can't allow people to promote a religion that teaches us to self-govern ourselves. And we wonder why immoral things increase.

    Are we daft?

    This lawmaker is focusing on symptoms. He's not treating the cause. A moral people doesn't commit crimes. If everyone chose to live a clean, healthy, virtuous life of learning- where would the crime be? Where?

    Treat the cause, not the symptoms.

  • Hope & Faith give us strength Utah County, UT
    Sept. 30, 2016 9:25 p.m.

    "he plans to push for legislation in the United States to make it illegal to use websites to solicit illegal sex and to hold internet companies accountable for sex trafficking that occurs on their platforms."

    ***

    That's exactly what won't work.

    1 - Punishing Facebook would mean that Facebook would block bad content to avoid punishment.
    2 - If you block bad content on Facebook, suddenly Twitter gets millions of new users.
    3 - Could you pass a law against smoking if 90% of the population were smokers? Not effectively.

    I'm not saying nothing should be done. I'm saying that legislators who think like legislators aren't thinking like users and addicts. If Apple never considered the way users thought, they wouldn't have customers.

    You have to look at this with a different lens:

    1 - If the internet ceased to exist tomorrow, addicts would build more night clubs.
    2 - If you legalize prostitution, then you can regulate it.
    3 - If you aren't willing to legalize it, the shadows eventually become commonplace (Marijuana).