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This Trafficking Is Nuts

Obama's ACORN condones what Hillary's State Department condemns.

By 9.16.09

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By now the only people who have not heard about the undercover video reports that expose the radical housing and election fraud group ACORN as human trafficking enablers are those who limit their news consumption to the formerly mainstream media. That is few.

The rest know about the damning evidence captured by activists James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles, who (as of this writing) have shared via the new Big Government  website (has one ever seen a more splashy debut?) the criminal intentions of ACORN tax and housing specialists in Baltimore, Washington, Brooklyn and San Bernardino, Calif.

There's plenty to nauseate taxpayers who, according to a Washington Examiner analysis, have seen $53 million in federal funds flow to the organization and its affiliates since 1994. Nudging the ACORN employees into territory with which they seemed all-too-comfortable, James and Hannah requested help obtaining a home for their brothel while seeking advice on how to deceive the government, avoid paying taxes, hide their illegal business, file false documents, violate campaign finance laws, and likely a host of other felonies.

That list is an infuriating peek into where the mind of a publicly funded crook would go. As elicited by the "pimp and the prostitute," the ACORNers came off as routine, wink-and-a-nod corruption condoners, if not perpetrators.

Then you get to the child sex trafficking. Did James and Hannah know something ahead of time about the depths of these sick minds? Convicted predators are unacceptable even among their fellow prisoners, often getting beat up or killed behind bars. But the ACORN workers acted as if sexual abuse of kids was just another hurdle to overcome for their potential clients.

To refresh, after James and Hannah recorded a stupefying amount of desire to aid and abet, they posited the following at the Baltimore ACORN office:

James: Well here is the problem: Not only does Kenya (Hannah) have her business, do her thing, but she works with girls who are like 14, 15.

Kenya (Hannah): Well there are like 13 girls from El Salvador that I have kind of gotten wind on the street that they are coming and I have let the right people know that I am interested in taking care of them and getting them used to the area and getting them used to society.

Shira (ACORN worker): That you keep to yourself.

Later came more advice to keep the prostitution ring quiet:

Shira: No, no, no, no, you don't bring that up. [Kenya/Hannah] is purchasing a house. Do not. She is buying a house to live in….

James: We understand.

Kenya: Okay no phones, no El Salvadorian girls…

Shira: No nothing.

James: Well they still exist but you just don't talk about it….

Shira: That is between you and whatever. What ever you do you do not you do not discuss it…

Similar scenarios played out during the duo's visits to the other ACORN offices. How does the Obama Administration, the top beneficiary of ACORN's efforts over the years, feel about this? Here's what Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrote in a Washington Post op-ed upon the June release of the State Department's 2009 Trafficking in Persons report:

To some, human trafficking may seem like a problem limited to other parts of the world. In fact, it occurs in every country, including the United States, and we have a responsibility to fight it just as others do. The destructive effects of trafficking have an impact on all of us. Trafficking weakens legitimate economies, breaks up families, fuels violence, threatens public health and safety, and shreds the social fabric that is necessary for progress. It undermines our long-term efforts to promote peace and prosperity worldwide. And it is an affront to our values and our commitment to human rights.

The Obama administration views the fight against human trafficking, at home and abroad, as an important priority on our foreign policy agenda. The United States funds 140 anti-trafficking programs in nearly 70 countries, as well as 42 domestic task forces that bring state and local authorities together with nongovernmental organizations to combat trafficking.

How ironic: activity condoned by ACORN contracts human rights. Meanwhile, the annual TIP report assesses each nation's efforts to combat trafficking and assigns grades based on their laws, enforcement, successes and failures. In his introduction to this year's report, Ambassador Luis CdeBaca wrote:

Sadly, there are thousands who are trapped in various forms of enslavement, here in our country…oftentimes young women who are caught up in prostitution. So, we've got to give prosecutors the tools to crack down on these human trafficking networks….It is a debasement of our common humanity, whenever we see something like that taking place.

What does the TIP report say about the country invoked by James and Hannah?

El Salvador is a source, transit, and destination country for women and children trafficked for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation and forced labor. Most victims are Salvadoran women and girls trafficked within the country from rural to urban areas for commercial sexual exploitation…. Salvadorans have been trafficked to Guatemala, Mexico, Belize, the United States, Spain, and Italy, for commercial sexual exploitation.

The State Department verifies the activity is occurring, and the rotten ACORN enables it. Yesterday House Republican leaders called upon President Obama to halt all funding and break government ties with ACORN. Considering their radical propensity to weaken civil society and undermine national security, that and a cruise ship to Gitmo sound commensurate for their behavior.

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Paul Chesser publishes CarolinaPlottHound.com, a news aggregator for North Carolina, and is a contributor of articles, research and investigative reports for both national and state-level free-market think tanks.