US Troops May Face Court-Martial For Soliciting Prostitutes

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    A "small" victory in the war on human trafficking, because a significant number of the girls sailors, airmen and soliders purchase services from in Japan and South Korea are traffick victims.

     
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    Can consenting adults have sex ? Seems lots of ways around this mandate
     
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    As much of a libertarian as I am, I think this is a good move. Not only will it reduce trafficking of women in war zones (which is not far removed from slavery), it will hopefully reduce the number of Joes with STDs.
     
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    uh...what about in places like Germany, where prostitution is legal?
     
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    Just because it's legal doesn't mean that a) it's morally right, or b) that the women haven't been trafficked there.
     
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    I guess the words of the law suggest 'illegal' prostitution to me...
     
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    The hardest part for police and government authorities to figure out is whether or not a girl/woman has been trafficked. In my personal experiences here in this part of the world, I have met Russian girls who were promised jobs in America for a pretty steep "travel" fee, then found themselves in South Korea or Japan and forced at gunpoint to surrender their passports. Even worse are the Indian and Cambodian girls here in Japan especially, who are sold by their families or neighbors for money. What happens to them between being sold and servicing regular Joes (whether they be soldiers, regular citizens, etc etc) is a near uniform story of horror. They are gang raped repeatedly, treated like subhuman life forms and "molded" into submissive whores by handlers, usually older women. Between making them dependent on illicit drugs or painkillers (or both) and barbaric acts of duplicity (beat you one day, feed you the next),their souls are crushed and they become perfect whores for pimps to make money off of.

    Especially in Japan, there is no excuse for a military man to be partaking in prostitution. There are WAY TOO MANY Japanese girls/women who would love to date an American guy, and treat them like royalty.
     
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    What happens to these women is truely horrific and unfortunate, but it seems to me penalizing our troops for the illegal activity of others isn't right.

    But in the case of a G.I. "paying and engaging in sex with a known prostitute, and it's ILLEGAL, where ever that is", then I think they SHOULD get busted for that.
     
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    i hope that they will not be "gunning" for US forces here in Japan or South Korea. However, what this really means is that NCO's (both junior and senior) are going to need to cross a leadership threshold. It may seem uncomfortable for some, but WE have to make sure our guys know the rules and know the consequences, as well as the backstory of what traffick victims go through.
    We just talked about this and my e-8 (senior chief for me) put it this way:
    "it comes down to "y'all don't know the full story of the girl, so don't get involved. the money you pay for her could be supporting the 21st century slavery or even worse, some Asian terrorist group with ties to criminal organizations."
    "now go out to yokohama and meet you a single japanese girl!"
     
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    This is another plain case of the authorities either lacking the willpower or authority to go after the initial perpetrator. It's the same ideology that was applied in the failed war on drugs. Go after the user to reduce or eliminate demand. It will always fail.
     

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