Mixtapes for Hookers

Donna Hughes Has Been Getting Her Ideas From Watching The Manchurian Candidate, Or Something.

The March 20th Citizens Against Trafficking newsletter singles out one man previously unmentioned by either CAT or me, and it includes levels of insincerity and downright meanness that are rather shocking even by CAT’s finger-wagging standards, so I’m going to hold off on discussing that one until a better time (ie not the middle of the night.)  So let’s jump ahead, to the newsletter they posted Sunday.

Two nights ago, there was apparently a protest in front of one of the spas on Federal Hill, led by someone who used to live in the building.  (I’ve talked about this before.)  According to Donna Hughes and Melanie Shapiro there were “about two dozen” people there, though photographs show a grand total of four people, one of whom if I’m not mistaken is Donna Hughes herself.  (There was no media coverage whatsoever of this event, though, so I suppose we’ll have to take their word for it.  I’d like to mention, though, that it seems odd to picket the landlord of a non-owner occupied on a Sunday evening when pretty much no one is likely to be around and when the usually bustling street has a minimum of traffic.  But what do I know?)

Hughes, who co-wrote this newsletter with her assistant, Melanie Shapiro, is again using her McCarthyist trick of talking about trafficking as the unseen enemy lurking behind every corner.  And, like Senator McCarthy, she is not going to let little things like facts or legality or libel deter her.

There’s a footnote at the bottom of page 3 of the newsletter:

CAT notes that some of the signs at the protest stated that human trafficking was occurring at this brothel. Since to our knowledge there has been no police investigation, it is not known if the activities there would meet the legal
definition of human trafficking.

Well that’s something.  At least she’s acknowledging that the “Asian Spas = Human Trafficking” sign being held up in the CAT newsletter* has no basis in fact.  But then we turn the page.

This is the paragraph at the top of page 4:

It is only when the spa‐brothels are shut down that the organized crime networks will no longer be able to recruit and traffic women in these venues. Stopping landlords from renting to the brothel managers is an efficient and effective way for local police to end the exploitation of and violence against women in their jurisdiction.

Do you see what they did there?  They fully acknowledge that there is no evidence whatsoever that this business is involved in human trafficking, but they are very willing to say that they “recruit and traffic women” anyway.

The Bulletin also has vague talk about “the Asian organized crime networks” and about a “scummy looking man” and a massage therapist named “Stacie” whose name Hughes seems to have spelled wrong.  Also someone across the street from the spa yelled at them, but that’s okay; they consider the event a victory because some passing cars honked at them.

(As an aside, a flooded valley forced me to detour by the spa on my walk home this afternoon, and I picked up one of their signs, which was still in the street two days later; I didn’t even know they had protested until hours later, but the sign’s in my kitchen now.)

[*Although I’m pretty sure that’s Hughes herself holding the sign.  Right?]

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Did you see that IDiversity.org posted your Sunday blogs on Monday? Without any statement either. Interesting enough, those posts have disappeared. Do you know them? They’rrrreee watching you …. :)

Comment by Megan Andelloux

I hadn’t!

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