Sherrod Brown’s New Bill Lists Voluntary Transactions as Human Trafficking
Many Americans agree both Drugs and Human Trafficking are huge problems within the United States. Luckily for us, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has a plan to stop both of these things. Get both of them labeled as the same thing. I know, genius.
Under his new PROTECT (Protecting Rights Of Those Exploited by Coercive Trafficking) Act, anyone who sells drugs to a sex worker — yes, just a sex worker, not someone being trafficked — would be guilty of human trafficking.
Specifically, the bill amends federal criminal law to say that obtaining any work or services “by means of supplying, furnishing, or providing any drug or illegal substance to a person, including to exploit the addiction of the person or cause the person to become addicted to the drug or illegal substance,” counts as a forced labor offense. Likewise, it would be counted as sex trafficking to recruit, entice, harbor, transport, provide, obtain, advertise, patronize, or solicit someone for sex by means of “supplying, furnishing, or providing any drug or illegal substance to a person, including to exploit the addiction of the person or cause the person to become addicted to the drug or illegal substance.”
So never mind people who sell drugs to sex workers. Simply hiring a sex worker for a night can be considered the same as enslaving them under this new law. It seems like Senator Brown needs to catch up on his Penn and Teller: Bullshit.
It also seems Senator Brown does not understand why enslaving another human being is wrong. It’s not wrong simply because you’re paying someone to have sex with you, far from it. It’s wrong because you are taking away the humanity, autonomy, and freedom of another human being in an agreement that they are unable to terminate. That’s why slavery is wrong. But is seems Senator Brown would not have an issue with slavery as long as everything you made the slave do would be legal to hire someone to do.
This bill is getting bi-partisan support: Democratic Senators Dianne Feinstein, Richard Blumenthal, and Presidential Candidate Amy Klobuchar are supporting it with Republican Senators John Cornyn, Rob Portman, and Thom Tills. None of these people have been friends of freedom.
Dianne Feinstein has been one of the biggest fighters of the current war on vaping the FDA is doing. Richard Blumenthal started the anti-trust lawsuit against Microsoft in the 90s and basically goes around screaming any new technology will lead to human slavery. Amy Klobuchar has supported mass surveillance, she has also sponsored many legislation aimed at stopping human tracking which must not be working considering we need more.
The Republican side is just as bad. John Cornyn is a social conservative who once compared gay marriage to marrying a box turtle. Rob Portman supports authoritarian immigration restriction including Trump’s Muslim ban. Tills has also supported immigration restriction and tried to amendment the North Carolina constitution to ban same-sex marriage.
This legislation is just going to be another failed government program. The only difference is now they are confusing basic human transactions with the act of enslaving another human being. This is, to put it simply, nonsensical.