i have been working on a podcast series based on some of the research i’ve been doing on the US military’s trafficking in persons and trade in the sexual servitude of many of these persons. i am trying to keep these as succinct as i can to define some terms and home in on the relevant (and damning) evidence to demonstrate the military’s abuses and domination in these fields, and this installment is a comfy 20 minutes.
the paper i discuss in part for this episode is available in PDF online! i was happy to find this as i was only able to locate it through a university library search — handy to have access to in order to even find it under the NSA searches. this is a great way for any listeners to see the extent of the author’s research in addition to my summation of the legalities and terms i stick to in my recording.
one caveat i offer is that within the podcast i claim that sex tourism is “hard to define”, and i mean that in the legal sense under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. additionally, a comrade sent me an interesting post that i think is a helpful addendum to the habitual use of the term “moral panic” that hangs on around these issues:
It’s fashionable to view such moral panics as media-generated phantasms, and dismiss them accordingly. But that is far from the case. A moral panic is actually a process in which a deep social problem that lies unacknowledged in the collective unconscious erupts into consciousness via the punishing social superego mechanism of the media, most usually through the tabloid press. There then follows a moment of agonising hysteria before the calming, reasonable voice of the paternalistic liberal media tamps it down with imprecations against “mob rule” and “kangaroo justice”. At the end of the whole process, the issues remain pretty much as they were before. Which is to say that moral panics are media-managed cathartic processes that give vent to anxieties while doing nothing to resolve them.