Selective Amnesia Regarding Adult Consent in Polygamy
And why there is no such thing as “consenting adults” in patriarchal polygamy.
Below is a list of facts which must be forgotten or ignored in order to believe that patriarchal polygamy should be legalized as a free choice for adult females, that it takes place among consenting adults, and that it is a victimless crime. Read More »
Public Discourse: Ethics, Law and the Common Good
The Perils of Polygamy by Christopher Kaczor, May 21, 2012
Recent empirical research suggests that, in virtually every respect, polygamy is socially detrimental—to society in general, to men, to women, and to children. Read More »
By not mandating minimal educational requirements for home-schooled children, we are allowing the most vulnerable citizens of our country to fall prey to human trafficking. Read More »
Here are some of the goals of the Trafficking Protocol
• That trafficked persons, especially women in prostitution and child laborers, are no longer viewed as criminals but as victims of a crime
• That global trafficking will be answered with a global response. Although organized crime such as traffickers, smugglers, pimps, brothel keepers, forced labor lords, enforcers, and gangs are powerful forces or ganized cooperation by police, immigration authorities, social service agencies and NGOs is encouraged by this Protocol (Art. 10) Read More »
Loyola Law Professor Dr. Kathleen Kim wrote a paper called “The Coercion of Trafficked Workers” describing labor settings where coercion is explicitly codified as a fundamental legal element in human-trafficking crimes. Although this paper is about using psychological means to hold immigrants hostage and achieve slave labor, the concepts can even be applied to adults in polygamy and other cults. Read More »
It’s time to make something clear about polygamy and human trafficking. According to the Protocol on Human Trafficking adopted by the U.S., human trafficking can exist within an isolated community, or even a family for that matter. It does not require crossing borders between Canada and the U.S., or any other country. The definition does not require movement at all. What is does require is the abuse of power and the exploitation of a human being, particularly a vulnerable human being. Read More »
The public wonders how women could ever, in their right minds, join a polygamist cult.
Janja Lalich says, “These people are no different than you and I, if you mean people who join these groups. According to all the studies, people who join these groups are above average intelligence, from stable backgrounds, they do not have any pre-existing psychological difficulties, Read More »
Selective Amnesia Regarding Adult Consent in Coercive, Religious Polygamy
Polygamy might seem like a private act between consenting adults, but that’s because we believe that TV shows like Sister Wives, Big Love, and Cathouse represent reality. Happy face media numbs and blinds the American public and even lawmakers to the cold, hard, not-so-smiley facts.
Here’s What We Must Forget in Order To Justify Legal Inaction or Decriminalization of Polygamy Read More »
Religion-based Polygamy: a form of human trafficking where males subjugate women through psychological coercion which use religious beliefs as the bonding leverage. Females are indoctrinated to believe that they must consent to their own oppression in mortality or they will suffer excruciating consequences and torment in eternity. Read More »
Thousands of women in polygamy have been deeply damaged by the effects of polygamy, yet authorities look the other way, stating that with limited resources, their priority is to prosecute those who marry child brides. While this is understandable, where is the justice for women like Rachel Strong whose sexual perpetrator (her mother’s husband, her father figure and her prophet) Read More »
A study of 207 women trafficked into prostitution found that the vast majority (95 percent) suffered physical and sexual abuse, with the same number experiencing symptoms of trauma akin to those suffered by torture victims. Read More »
Any legislation that allows traffickers to use consent as a defense would not protect most victims of trafficking. Because the traffickers control the trafficking, they also control the evidence. If a pimp can coerce a woman to prostitute, he can force her to create evidence of consent, sign documents, write letters, pose for photographs, and perform pornography – all with the appearance of happiness and choice. Read More »