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Monday marked a huge success in the fight against human trafficking. But the FBI’s long-term investigation exposed ugly facts about an underground industry that thrives within our borders. To detail the frightening reality, Piers Morgan invited former “America’s Most Wanted” host John Walsh to share his insight on the sting that shed a bright light on the magnitude of the American sex trade:
“It's not just the FBI who have worked with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children since 2003, but it's their 270 other partners, local and state law enforcement agencies who got together to catch about 150 pimps who bring these underage girls from state to state, terrorizing them," Walsh said. "Many of them are for other countries and brought in here. FBI said at least 50 countries bring children in here to be used in sex trafficking and child prostitution.”
Walsh made it clear that these results were not entirely unexpected. Though sex trafficking is often thought of as a product of inhospitable economic and living conditions, the industry is even larger and more profitable in the U.S.:
“People expect it to go on in India, Cambodia ... Malaysia, Vietnam, yes. Those are third world countries and it does exist there. But the United States is the number one offender of sex trafficking of children, and the number one buyer of exploitation of children involved in sex trafficking," the guest explained. "People have really got to realize that this is just the tip of the iceberg, that these law enforcement agencies really don't have the resources, and when you think about it, lots of these kids were runaways, about 500,000 kids hit the streets every year. Running away from physical or sexual abuse at home, and one of the three of those are either kidnapped or forced into it by gangs. And when they recover these girls, and I've done these cases before, they're terrified to testify against these pimps. So where do they go? They have nowhere to go. It's really something, this first world, richest, most powerful country in the world is ignored for years.”
From Anthony Weiner’s lewd chats to Eliot Spitzer’s history with prostitutes and Bob Filner’s inappropriate workplace behavior, it seems new details of political sex scandals are making news every day. On Monday evening "Piers Morgan Live" invited attorneys Gloria Allred and Alan Dershowitz to offer their candid reactions and detailed as part of a segment entitled "Law and Disorder."
When specifically asked about Weiner's future, Allred predicts disappointment for the New York City Mayoral candidate:
“Weiner, I think, in his original therapy or attempt to get help was not really I think forthcoming with the public afterwards about the fact that he really either hadn't gotten the kind of effective help he wanted to get or maybe didn't want to get effective help. But essentially, he wasn't helped because he continued," she told Piers Morgan. "I think the fact that he was not as forthcoming as he should have been is really going to hurt him. And that's why he suffered a drop in the polls.”
Moving west to California, Allred offered the analysis that comes as a result of her already being involved in the case:
“As to Mayor Filner ... whom I am suing on behalf of Irene McCormack Jackson, we ... basically opened the floodgates with our lawsuit and our news conference last Monday, where we alleged that he had asked her ... to come to work without her panties on, that he liked to see her naked, tried to kiss her and all of that," detailed Allred. "I think he's going to have a hard time surviving. We're calling on him to resign, just about everybody else, including Senator [Dianne] Feinstein and Nancy Pelosi and others are calling on him to resign.”
Dershowitz touched upon the point that sex and politics are not unfamiliar to one another, noting that John F. Kennedy was a notorious womanizer:
“One thing that should be pointed out is all three of these people are progressive, liberal, civil rights advocates, supporters of women rights," he noted. "Yet, they engage in this kind of conduct.”
Trying to differentiate the particular cases from one another, Dershowitz continued:
“You have to distinguish Filner who has victims from the others whose victims really are their wives and their families and perhaps their constituents because their conduct seems, at least on the surface, to be voluntary. But it seems to me that Eliot Spitzer - you know, he worked for me. He was my research assistant so I may have a bias here, too - is the most qualified person ever to run for controller in the city of New York," noted the Harvard educated lawyer. "I suspect his competence will overcome his past mistakes whereas, you know, Weiner's candidacy was always very questionable and Filner is a hard case because he was a good mayor and popular and progressive.”