Editor’s Note: Scroll to the bottom to see our letter to the state representative who doesn’t think child sex trafficking is a big issue.
A former Arizona State representative allegedly told a woman he didn’t want to ‘demonize’ child sex trafficking and that the two would have to agree to disagree.
According to a report by The Week, David Stringer, who resigned from his political position on March 27th after being accused of being involved with sexual assault against two children, told an activist last year that he didn’t think child sex trafficking was a big deal.
Stringer said that the issue wasn’t as common as the activist was making it out to be – which is a scary thought, considering how much information is known about the crisis of human trafficking in the US, especially with minors.
If you hadn’t heard, we’ve done some work with the organization DeliverFund – a force specifically designed to help train officers how to hunt and take down sex traffickers. This team is made up of the most elite former CIA operatives, NSA analysts, Special Forces, and FBI agents and their only mission is to destroy evil.
“I don’t like to demonize it,” says a male voice attributed to Stringer to child sex trafficking.#Arizona ethics investigators say two women allege former Rep. @AZDavidStringer made disturbing comments relating to the trafficking and abuse of children. https://t.co/XEf6JN4lJU
— The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) April 5, 2019
So now we’ve got a message for you, David.
Dear Mr. Stringer,
We couldn’t help but notice the flat-out disgusting and disturbing comments you made about the seriousness of child sex trafficking in America. We’re sad that we took an oath to protect people like you. Denying an issue, probably to conceal your own criminal behavior, doesn’t make that issue go away.
Guess what? We’ve seen it firsthand. We’ve seen the look in the eyes of the little girl who was abducted not once, not twice – but three times by the same prostitution ring.
We’ve seen the toll taken on a child after they’d been raped repeatedly for months on end.
We’ve questioned the meaning of everything when we saw those same children show signs of endearment to their captors.
We’ve knocked down doors and taken down predators that quite frankly should never be allowed to see the light of day again.
We’ve seen the broken spirit of parents who would never see their children again, simply so someone could pump their kid full of drugs and make a quick buck.
We’ve had to lay in bed awake at night knowing that evil pieces of s–t are out there doing this every day… yet the government doesn’t have a dedicated agency to combat it.
We’ve had to watch traffickers go free because departments don’t have the training or the resources to fight evil at its source.
We’re sorry that you see news stories making light of Robert Kraft and others getting ‘happy ending massages’– regardless of the fact that those trafficked girls were forced to see 1,500 clients a day.
We’re sorry that you didn’t listen to the cries of agencies like DeliverFund who told the world that events like the Super Bowl and the World Series brought exponentially more trafficked women to those cities.
But now, we hope you get what’s coming to you.
Justice is sweet, and payback’s a bitch.
Police and supporters from all across the country.
The activist that originally spoke with Stringer on the issue, Merissa Hamilton, reached out to Law Enforcement Today. Here’s her response to the allegations against Stringer and the need for Arizona to adopt Anti-SLAPP laws.
Arizona needs anti-SLAPP reform to protect victims and advocates from getting sued into silence.
Posted by Merissa Hamilton on Friday, April 5, 2019
She released a formal statement to LET.
“With Arizona being a border state and having a high population of children in the child welfare system, we are at high risk for children becoming victims of child sex trafficking. Fifteen year olds aren’t ‘just a bunch of prostitutes’ as allegeded in that video. Rather, child victims suffer lifelong serious damage. I thank our brave men and women in law enforcement who tenaciously pursue these predators and rescue children to safety. I encourage Arizona and other states to adopt greater anti-SLAPP protections so victims and advocates can come forward against public figures sooner with legitimate public safety concerns without the fear of intimidation and being sued into silence.”
Last year, DeliverFund introduced their newest initiative – Operation Throat Punch.
Here’s what they’re doing.
Knowing that sex traffickers look for ads of young escorts to take, DeliverFund built out hundreds of ads in dozens of cities across America … on the websites that these sex traffickers are using to recruit and pimp young girls.
The ads look like they’re for a young lady. But when the trafficker clicks to look at more pictures, this video instead takes over their screen.
Once they hit the video, DeliverFund has them. And not only are they working with law enforcement to destroy evil … but they’re trolling the people who clicked the ads.
Facebook. Instagram. Their messenger apps. Websites that they visit. Games they play online. They all get filled with ads from DeliverFund letting them know that they’re being tracked … and that the group is onto them.
Before you start complaining that it’s not just sex traffickers that look at these ads – it’s also “John’s” – here’s what we’d say:
We don’t care.
We don’t take pity on those who are enabling sex traffickers to drug and pimp out girls by providing them a lucrative market. Perhaps now they’ll think twice about it.