about time

Years ago in Winnipeg, I met a woman named Cherry Kingsley. Young, vibrant, exciting and full of piss and vinegar. She had been adopted and through a mill of foster homes before winding up on the streets fending for herself. For too many women, children actually, this meant prostitution for survival.

She said she was aware of what was going on around her, constantly sizing up people and their actions. She was appalled at the numbers of children who were, like her, on the streets and sexually-exploited. She decided to speak out, to tell people what she saw, but more importantly what should be done.

First, she said society needed to stop pretending. Stop looking the other way. Stop allowing this exploiting of children for sex to go on with a wink and a nod. Begin to open your eyes and recognize the machinery for what it really is. Begin by acknowledging that this is a business. People in various strata of society want their cut from this business. Begin by admitting that the sexual exploitation of children happens because it’s licenced in one way or another.

Cab drivers ferry johns and the children they will rape. They are licenced by city halls across this country. City halls also licence massage parlours. Some, and people always know which ones but don’t do anything, provide a licenced place where children are exploited for sex. Hotels (also well-known via the grapevine and by cabbies) allow johns to bring children into their rooms to be sexually-exploited.

Get it? It’s a business. It makes money. It has a product and a means of production. And the mayor is a pimp.

That last one woke me up. The mayors may not literally be pimps, or knowingly facilitation these crimes, but licences are issued and stuff happens all  the way along the food chain.

Why raise this? Because maybe someone was listening to Cherry Kingsley and others like her.


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One response to “about time

  1. After reading this information Why has the US Government given back money to our Filipino brothers in arms but not to our very own Native American Indian Veterans whos military service dates back before WWI? Copy and paste the next sentence ..It explains everything

    Maybe the Native American vote will be the difference in the upcoming senate elections

    The stimulus bill resolves a six-decade dispute over their U.S. service

    “Recently, H.R. 1, also known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (economic stimulus plan), was signed into law by President Obama. This plan included a $198 million dollar package that was meant to dole out a $15,000 dollar lump sum to Filipino veterans who are now citizens, and $9,000 to Filipino veterans who are not citizens. This plan is intended to provide “equity” for the Filipino veterans. Unfortunately, this does not provide full equity for them, and is rather, a shallow gesture.
    In addition, the plan requires veterans to sign a “release” that is intended to “constitute a complete release of any claim against the United States by reason of any service,” which will affect their ability to seek further compensation from the government.

    For over 63 years, Filipino veterans have fought for their rights. For over 60 years, Philippine Scouts, Guerillas, and members of the Commonwealth Army of the Philippines have been denied Veteran’s pensions, a sum that is exponentially larger than a paltry sum of $15,000. In previous years, veterans were granted the ability to come to the U.S. and obtain citizenship, but still to this day, they are still denied parity with other veterans in terms of overall benefits. They receive reduced social security pensions and only limited access to health care.”

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