Numbers numbers numbers. I have my own experience with numbers. Yes Let’s talk about numbers and rape. Let’s talk about numbers and sex trafficking. That’s been my experience as a sex worker rights activist- that false numbers are used to push narratives along with ‘save the children’ from sex trafficking. It’s highly effective to inflate numbers. Anti prostitutionists, vastly faith based non profits which get millions in federal funding to spout their ‘numbers’ took a study from 2001, a study called the sexual exploitation of children in the United states, canada and Mexico that ESTIMATED GUESSTIMATED rather, that between 1400 and 300,000 children were AT RISK for exploitation and they ran with the 300,000 figure. That’s the number that opportunistic legislators and anti trafficking groups use when talking about sex trafficking. However, when we look at FBI and DOJ data of the arrests of minors found in prostitution stings over a 32 year period- only 35,364 female minors were arrested (yes they arrest these children) so I scratch my head and ask how the 300,000 ANNUALLY number can even seem realistic to people. It’s not. According to the DOJ and FBI numbers, the lower guess of 1400 annually is far more realistic but won’t garner the shock that is needed to pass new laws to further restrict ADULTS engaging in consensual prostitution which is the true underLYING agenda. That same study stated that 96% of the child sexual abuse they studied was not commercially based and was perpetrated by a person in a position of trust- a minister, doctor, coach, teacher, relative, police officer, etc. Looking at the DOJ data we find hundreds of thousands of rapes and sexual assaults, many many more than prostitution arrests. Yet BILLIONS are being poured into the anti sex trafficking narratives (never mind that the majority of human labor trafficking is non sex related according to the state dept and virtually NOTHING is being done to address it). I think it is a profound shame that so much money is being invested in a false narrative while very little is being done in terms of rape and sexual abuse. How many untested rape kits are sitting around police labs? Over 100,000? It’s got to be many more than that I’m guessing. When those kits are tested if they ever are, what will that reveal?! It’s not going to be pretty.