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R.G.’s Roundup: Sex Trafficking, Talking About Race, and a Voter-Fraud Unicorn

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How the crusade against sex trafficking in Texas has left child victims behind

By Morgan Smith, Edgar Walters and Neena Satija

Texas Tribune

A form of slavery still exists in Texas. It just isn’t legal and lives in the shadows. The state in recent years has begun to crack down on sex trafficking, but as this series by the Tribune makes clear, there’s still much to be done:

The day after her 23rd birthday, Yvette sat in in a Bexar County courtroom, facing up to 99 years in prison for exploiting a 16-year-old girl.

She wasn’t the ringleader of the “prostitution enterprise,” the prosecutor said. But as an adult who showed a teenager the ropes while they were both being sold for sex, he said, Yvette was just as guilty the pimp.

In other circumstances, Yvette would have been considered a victim.

There are other stories in the Tribune package as well. But there also is a compelling and somewhat related story out of Dallas about a teacher who lost her job for having appeared in pornographic movies. She says she was essentially a sex slave who escaped that life and should not be punished as a victim.

Exemplary Dallas ISD teacher fired over porn past

By Eva-Marie Ayala

Dallas Morning News

A Dallas ISD teacher who was fired because she acted in adult films more than a decade ago says she was forced into “sex slavery” and is fighting to get back her dream job helping children.

Resa Woodward, 38, taught sixth-grade science at an all-girls STEAM academy at Balch Springs Middle School before she was removed from the classroom in November. She was fired after her past in adult films was exposed on social media. She is appealing her termination to the Texas Education Agency.

The Talk

Austin American-Statesman

Often over the past year, the rhetoric of Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter and All Lives Matter have confused and lost the underlying problems of racial attitudes and obstacles in the United States. The Austin American-Statesman attempted to strip away the most heated rhetoric to have a rational conversation between the city’s police and African-American community.

For generations, black parents have had The Talk with their children about how to survive interactions with police: Don’t argue. Don’t get shot. Don’t give them a reason. Come home.

The Statesman and KLRU are hosting a forum to discuss the series and the PBS program The Talk—Race in American, airing February 20. The forum will be on February 28 and can be watched on the KLRU Facebook page or at statesman.com.

Is Eight Years Right for Voter Fraud

By Bud Kennedy

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Rosa Ortega is the in-person vote fraud unicorn that Republicans have been seeking for years: an immigrant who voted illegally in Texas. Sure, there’s been mail-in voter fraud, but the in-person fraudster—the perceived threat to democracy that has prompted all sorts of voter identification legislation—has been difficult to find. The problem with this unicorn is that she has been a permanent legal resident since infancy—and votes Republican. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram‘s Bud Kennedy tells us more:

Rosa Maria Ortega, 37, a Grand Prairie mother of four, is a completely legal American resident with a green card. She has lived here since infancy.

Now, for voting in a general election and also in a Republican runoff, she is facing prison and then possible deportation.

 To watch a jailhouse interview with Ortega, click here.

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  • WUSRPH

    I recognize that sex trafficking is a serious problem….but it is fairly interesting that everyone—especially the politicians–seem to completely ignore the other kind of “slavery”—-workers forced into laboring for someone–that the recent study of the total subject of “human trafficking” talked about. Guess that isn’t sexy enough.

  • WUSRPH

    I know you have an nearly paranoid hate of Obama, but you have got to try to be just a little factual when you make statements claiming that immigration laws (as well as others) were not enforced during this administration. The facts—as reported in the latest The New Republic, hardly a publication that loves Obama in an article defending Trump’s moves—are:

    “President Obama deported more illegal immigrants during his tenure than the sum of all deportations throughout the 20th century. (This statistic is based only on “removals,” or individuals deported from within the U.S., rather than “returns,” or individuals sent back to their native country at the U.S. border.)” (The New Republic)

    This may not have been as many as you would like….but it is clearly a sign that the law was being enforced.

    • John Johnson

      Knock it off. I said nothing about Obama. Our immigration laws have been ignored going back decades and several Presidents.

      • WUSRPH

        Who then in the G W Bush, G HW Bush, and Reagan Administrations was not enforcing our immigration, voting laws and the like? And how far did the pendulum swing to the left during their administrations?

        “deported more illegal immigrants during his tenure than the SUM OF ALL deportations throughout the 20th Century.”

        • John Johnson

          For decades we have looked the other way with border enforcement; for decades we have allowed businesses to hire illegals. Any enforcement, at best, was rudimentary. To suggest otherwise is goofy. How do you think we ended up with a reported 10 or so million illegals in the U.S. today?

          • WUSRPH

            I think we ended up with 10 million (down from 11.5) illegal aliens in the U.S. because they serve an important and necessary role in our economy, You refuse to recognize that immigrants, legal and especially illegal, fulfill gaps in our workforce and are a vital part of the effort to control inflation and keep down the cost of food and construction in particular. They fill what I have termed the “first generation” jobs at the bottom of the economic structure. Immigrants have always filled those roles in our system from the very beginning of the nation as take he place of more established residents–both prior immigrants and native born—have moved upward to better, higher paying and higher status jobs. . That is a major reason why the cost of food as a percent of income is lower in the U.S. than in any other developed country in the world. That is why they are here and why the will continue to be. Those here now will eventually also follow the path upwards in the workforce and will be replaced by others. The future holders of “first generation jobs” may be brought in under some types of temporary work programs, but there is no question that they will be needed. That is the way the economy functions and always has. The problem we have in the US today is that the upward movement has slowed down….getting it moving again is where we should concentrate and not on rounding up and deporting those at the lowest level of our economy who fulfill a vital role.

          • John Johnson

            I will try and keep this short and pointed.

            Change the laws then. Don’t have laws on the books that are half heartedly, at best, enforced.

            If there is a need, interview and allow the most qualified to enter the country and supply them with proper documentation. Don’t make the ones we want swim over, and don’t allow the undesirable to either swim or walk, into our country.

            Are you for totally open borders? It would seem so?

            Are you for allowing a company to solicit a well educated engineer from a foreign country, and secure him a green card so he can replace a well trained U.S. engineer at a greatly reduced income? It’s happening every day.

          • WUSRPH

            Laws can be changed by being stricken from the statute books but sometimes it is easier, and less likely to raise the ire of some, to just ignore them. The anti-gay laws still in the Texas Penal Code are an example of the second. Some day during a recodification (cleanup) of the code they will likely be quietly dropped. As the events of the last 20 yeas have shown changing immigration laws has been politically impossible.

            No, I am not in favor of totally open borders, although (except for Asians and Blacks) that is what we had for the first 135 years of this country when most of your ancestors (and a few of mine) came over. Each group was met with a “Know Nothingism” attitude, but, all in all, the country seemed to have done fairly well as a result of the contribution these new people made to our nation. The same is true—or going to be true as time passes—with the 10 million or so so-called illegal aliens.
            However, I would be perfectly happy with a controlled, temporary worker program. It makes sense, especially in periods when their is not sufficient upward movement of some of those who were here before them force. (The slowing down or stagnation of the upward movement can have bad effects on our nation—as shown by the election of Trump). But, however, we get them there is a need and is likely to always be a need for someone to fill the “first generation jobs”……
            As to misuse of the H1B (I think that is what it is called( program. I tend to agree with you that it should be used primarily to bring in only people with vitally needed skills and might even become a temporary worker programs. It should not be allowed to be a way to bring cheaper foreign labor to the U.S.

  • Margaretjsmith

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  • WUSRPH

    JJ and others have complained over the years that the government changed the way it figures the cost of living to make things look better. I wonder how he feels about the Trump proposal to change the way we count imports and exports in order to make the situation look worse.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/320320-report-trump-administration-eyes-changes-to-trade-deficit

    • Valentinadelliott

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    • John Johnson

      Apples to oranges comparison again, Professor. The inflation index which discounts the heavy toll high food and fuel costs take on the cost of living was goofy. Other than health care costs, these two costs affect buying power more than anything else. The change in how the inflation index is calculated now gives us a totally skewed figure.

      If imports come into the country untaxed, and simply move through and out of the country untouched, there is no value added, unless you are simply a fork lift driver or transportation entity moving it from a storage warehouse to an export terminal. No manufacturing jobs are created; nothing is produced.

      Can’t believe that someone as intelligent as you are cannot see the difference.

      Also telling that Obama’s change to how the inflation index is calculated never was reported by MSM, but this contemplated move by Trump is making headlines before it is even fine-tuned or enacted.