, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

FBI Director Christopher Wray told NPR on Thursday that “while the motive remains still under investigation at the moment, it does not appear that the motive was racially motivated.” https://text.npr.org/978193998

Where is the discussion of “massage parlors” and human trafficking?

According to Polaris’ 2018 report on human trafficking in massage parlors: “Demographic information shows women involved are virtually all from South Korea or China, speak limited English, and are in dire economic straits. Their average age is between 35 and 55, and most are mothers.”

Why is this happening? Why isn’t this question raised instead of spinning the shootings as anti-Asian? Why aren’t we having a debate about human trafficking and how Biden’s border policy facilitates trafficking?

Polaris also noted that “Massage parlors provide the comfort of a built-in cover story for sex buyers — that they just “wanted a massage.” However, these “massage parlors”, which engage in prostitution, undermine the reputation and safety of legitimate massage therapists, who have to learn to protect themselves from men who don’t understand the difference. Polaris found “more than 32,000 cases of human trafficking reported through the National Human Trafficking Hotline… Trafficking related to illicit massage businesses accounted for 2,949 cases—second in prevalence only to trafficking in escort services…. By data mapping and cross referencing numerous publicly available datasets, Polaris found more than 9,000 massage parlors operating in America. They exist in every single state, and revenues for these businesses total approximately $2.5 billion a year. Evidence gathered from the National Hotline, focus groups, and extensive case studies, suggests that thousands of women are being trafficked in massage parlors in the United States on any given day.”See more here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2021/03/18/report-details-human-trafficking-in-massage-parlors/

Texas is doing this on their own now: “Governor Greg Abbott today announced the expansion of Operation Lone Star to include efforts to crack down on human trafficking related to illegal border crossings.” https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-announces-expansion-of-operation-lone-star-to-include-anti-human-trafficking-efforts

Human Trafficking, 2019, is the seventh report from the national Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program’s Human Trafficking data collection. Forty-eight (48) states and the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico participated. The 2019 report shows a total of 1,883 incidents of human trafficking were reported: 1,607 were in the category of commercial sex acts, and 274 were instances of involuntary servitude.” https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2019/crime-in-the-u.s.-2019/additional-data-collections/human-trafficking

Atlanta Shooting Suspect Says Sex Addiction, Not Racial Hatred, Spurred Attack
By VOA News (edited to remove most malarkey)
March 19, 2021 02:13 AM
Authorities in the southern U.S. state of Georgia say suspect Robert Aaron Long claimed Tuesday’s shootings at three Atlanta-area massage parlors were not racially motivated but were instead a result of “sex addiction” issues. Seven of the eight victims were women.

The 21-year-old man was arrested just hours after the attack. Atlanta Deputy Police Chief Charles Hampton Jr. said Long had “frequented” two of the parlors located in Northeast Atlanta.

Long had been expected to be arraigned Thursday afternoon, but The Washington Post, citing the Cherokee County district attorney’s office, said Long waived his right to appear, doing so in writing through his attorney.

In addition to six victims of Asian descent, a white man and a white woman were also killed.  A ninth person remained hospitalized with injuries, police said.

Authorities have identified four of the victims as Delaina Ashley Yaun, 33, of Acworth; Paul Andre Michels, 54, of Atlanta; Xiaojie Yan, 49, of Kennesaw; and Xiaojie Yan, 44, whose address is unknown.
Elcias R. Hernandez-Ortiz, 30, of Acworth, was injured.
The other victims’ names have not been released.

Prosecutors Wednesday charged Long, of Woodstock, Georgia, with eight counts of murder and one count of aggravated assault. He was arrested late Tuesday and was being held in the Cherokee Country Adult Detention Center.

Esther Kao, an organizer with a group that does outreach work to Asian and Asian American sex workers, told the Associated Press that “There’s this assumption that all these massage parlor workers are sex workers. That may or may not be the case.” She said, “The majority of massage parlors are licensed businesses that also provide professional, nonsexual massages.”

Cherokee County Sheriff’s Capt. Jay Baker told reporters that Long “apparently has an issue, what he considers a sex addiction, and sees these locations as something that allows him to go to these places. And it’s a temptation for him that he wanted to eliminate.”

Officials  said Long may have been on his way to Florida to commit more shootings when he was arrested.

Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant said it was too early to classify the shootings as hate crimes.

The first attack took place at a massage parlor in the town of  Acworth, about 50 kilometers north of Atlanta. Authorities there said a shooter killed two Asian women, a white woman and a white man, and wounded another man.

About an hour later, police in Atlanta found three Asian women dead from apparent gunshot wounds at a beauty spa.  They then found another Asian woman dead of a gunshot at a spa a short distance away.

Police said surveillance video showed the suspect’s vehicle at all three locations and that they were very confident the same shooter was responsible for all the attacks.

The attack was the sixth mass killing this year in the United States and the deadliest since the August 2019 Dayton, Ohio, shooting that left nine people dead, according to a database compiled by The Associated Press, USA Today and Northeastern University“. https://www.voanews.com/usa/atlanta-shooting-suspect-says-sex-addiction-not-racial-hatred-spurred-attack