The Human trafficking scandal involving Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) raises further questions about the Obama Administration’s troubling record of selectively enforcing American law for political gain, and the Main Stream Media’s active cooperation with that agenda.
The Drudge Report broke a scandal involving Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) going to a tier 3 Human Trafficking nation — the Dominican Republic — to visit prostitutes. According to the State Department here These are the following U.S. Laws on Trafficking in Persons that Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) is in jeopardy from —
1. The Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000 (P.L. 106-386),
2. The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2003 (H.R. 2620),
3. The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2005 (H.R. 972), and
4. The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 (H.R. 7311), also known as the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act.
The TVPA laws are set up for easy extra-territorial law enforcement as they are laws where guilt is a matter of fact and not intent.
Statutory Rape Laws are an example of a law of fact. It does not matter if you didn’t know the person you were sleeping with was under age. If you slept with him or her, you are guilty. Being drunk or any other excuse only applies to the penalty phase, not the guilt or innocence of a felony sex offender conviction.
Similarly, under the TVPA, if you are an American citizen and sleep with a 15-year old prostitute in a Tier 3 nation like Thailand or the Dominican Republic. You are going to be in jeopardy not just for sleeping with a prostitute, but the American age of consent applied to you over seas. Even if the local age of consent is very much under that of the American state the visiting American is legal resident of. [Sen. Menendez (D-NJ) is subject to age provisions of New Jersey Permanent Statues, Title 2C, Chapter 14, Section 2]
Also according the State Department here the last version of TVPA also requires Pres. Obama to impose sanctions of Tier 3 Human Trafficking countries like the he Dominican Republic.
Penalties for Tier 3 Countries
Pursuant to the TVPA, governments of countries on Tier 3 may be subject to certain sanctions, whereby the U.S. government may withhold or withdraw nonhumanitarian, non-trade-related foreign assistance. In addition, countries on Tier 3 may not receive funding for government employees’ participation in educational and cultural exchange programs. Consistent with the TVPA, governments subject to sanctions would also face U.S. opposition to assistance (except for humanitarian, trade-related, and certain development-related assistance) from international financial institutions such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.
Imposed sanctions will take effect on October 1, 2011; however, all or part of the TVPA’s sanctions can be waived if the President determines that the provision of such assistance to the government would promote the purposes of the statute or is otherwise in the United States’ national interest. The TVPA also provides for a waiver of sanctions if necessary to avoid significant adverse effects on vulnerable populations, including women and children.
No tier ranking is permanent. Each and every country can do more, including the United States. All countries must maintain and increase efforts to combat trafficking.
Too date, no sanctions have been applied to the Dominican Republic. According to a Federation of American Scientists report “In September 2010, President Obama waived the imposition of any TIP-related sanctions on the Dominican Republic because U.S. assistance to that country is either in the U.S. national interest or intended to help combat human trafficking.”
The Main Stream Media black out of the TVPA implications of both the Secret Service Prostitution scandal (exhibit A) and the new Sen. Menendez (D-NJ) prostitution scandal may simply be a matter of what Glenn Reynolds calls “Democratic operatives with media by-lines” being selective in their reporting.
The problem I have with that thought is that as currently structured, TVPA is a perfect “honey trap” for Americans who use foreign prostitutes, or have legal in foreign country but under age in America liaisons with foreigners, for intelligence services, (or politicians controlling those intelligence services) of any nation, including our own, who wishes to have “undue influence” inside our media, our national security or political establishments.
Reporters have a well deserved reputation as being “high sex drive”. Reporters are widely reputed to be heavy users of foreign prostitutes in the “international hotels.” Hotels that are under continual surveillance by intelligence services of all nations. Whatever jeopardy those Obama Administration Secret Service Agents or Sen. Menendez (D-NJ) face under TVLA, reporters are currently in similar jeopardy and are subject to the same “selective law enforcement pressure” otherwise known as political corruption, AKA THE CHICAGO WAY.