I have talked about prostitution and similar issues before. Today I read this article on forced prostitution in Holland.
...another image of prostitution is starting to emerge -- that of unwilling women trafficked by criminal gangs... once she arrived in the Netherlands the man she had thought of as a boyfriend sold her to criminals... "When you force a woman into prostitution you steal a life, you steal her future. She loses everything and later she is too ashamed even to have contact with her family..." Distrust of the police and stories of light sentences for pimps frequently make such victims too scared to seek help.
What a sad statement that is. Unfortunately, it does not surprise me at all. Prostitution is an extremely lucrative business, and not one that draws people of upstanding moral character, especially when it comes to traffickers, pimps and brothel owners. Recall the points made in the article from the Tyee that I talked about back in December. Decriminalizing prostitution does not reduce violence committed against women; in fact, it often increases.
The saddest fact of all is that women in Holland feel they cannot go to the authorities for help. This is incredibly unfortunate. The law is supposed to protect and help the innocent, those who otherwise cannot help themselves. Instead, the guilty go free and the innocent remain in bondage.