by William Skink
I think the most important portal into understanding the structures of global power is the portal of human trafficking, especially the trafficking of children.
That vast networks of powerful, successful traffickers exist is not debatable. The evidence is in the profits. Here are some numbers:
Human trafficking earns profits of roughly $150 billion a year for traffickers, according to the ILO report from 2014. The following is a breakdown of profits, by sector:
$99 billion from commercial sexual exploitation
$34 billion in construction, manufacturing, mining and utilities
$9 billion in agriculture, including forestry and fishing
$8 billion dollars is saved annually by private households that employ domestic workers under conditions of forced labor
The numbers are numbing, which is one reason people have a hard time moving from the large scope, as represented by these immense profits, to how these networks actually operate.
The scandal with the Trudeau administration in Canada is a good example. The scandal is ostensibly about bribes and political interference in a court case, but it goes much deeper than that. Moon of Alabama gives a good, surface-level summation of what the scandal is about. Here’s the opening paragraph:
Between 2001 and 2011 the Canadian construction and engineering company SNC-Lavalin bribed officials in Libya with tens of millions to get contracts in that country. In 2015 the company was charged by the Public Prosecution Service of Canada. It tried to avoid a trial and argued instead for a negotiated settlement since it had cleaned shop by changing its chief executive officer.
Things get interesting when you start looking at the powerful individuals/families that exist around heads of state like Trudeau. For example, Trudeau’s “Revenue Chair” is Stephen Bronfman. The Bronfman clan have deep Canadian roots and lots of wealth to throw around. And hey, family being what it is, sometimes a family member (or members) becomes an influential force in a sex cult. You know how it goes.
While you can read about this billionaire heiress’ involvement in a sex cult accused of engaging in human trafficking in upstanding media platforms like the New York Times, this cult’s involvement in trafficking children for sexual exploitation is not usually a prominent part of the story.
Not only is legacy media incurious about the darker connections of stories like the Trudeau scandal, there are active operations run through corporate media intended to poison the well of honest inquiry.
When I write the word “Pizzagate” most will see that term and think of absurd accusations that Hillary Clinton personally chained up children in the basement of a pizza parlor in DC. When an unhinged individual showed up with a gun to Comet Pizza, that sealed the deal. Now anyone who even entertains the idea that there is something to the accusations of the Clintons and their “foundation” being involved in any way in human trafficking can be not just dismissed, but accused of perpetuating a dangerous conspiracy theory that lead to direct threats of violence to totally innocent people.
This is very convenient for the Clintons, considering their interest in saving accused child trafficker Laura Silsby from accountability for kidnapping children from Haiti:
On January 29, 2010, Silsby was arrested with nine other American nationals attempting to steal 33 children from the country, most of whom were not even orphans and had families according to some reports. CNN reported on February 9, 2010 that this was not the first time Silsby had attempted to traffic children out of Haiti. Haitian police acting on a tip had intercepted Silsby in an earlier, separate attempt to remove 40 children out of the country. She was turned back at the Haitian border. For a brief period, Haitian authorities were considering adding a new kidnapping charge based on this evidence.
Hillary and Bill Clinton took an extraordinary interest in Silsby’s case from the moment she was arrested and almost immediately stepped in on her behalf. The Harvard Human Rights Journal stated that one of Bill Clinton’s first acts as special envoy for the United Nations in Haiti “was to put out the fire of a child abduction scandal involving American citizens.” On February 7th, 2010, The Sunday Times reported that Bill Clinton had intervened to strike a deal with the Haitian government, securing the release of all co-conspirators except for Silsby. Prosecutors ultimately sought a six-month sentence in Silsby’s case, reducing charges for conspiracy and child abduction to mere “arranging irregular travel.” A shockingly light penalty given the circumstances of her arrest, which would likely not have been possible but for the intervention of the Clintons in Silsby’s case.
On February 9th, 2010 Hillary Clinton consulted with Counselor Cheryl Mills and other attorneys in an email discussing the U.S. Government’s “options” regarding the arrested Americans. The heavily redacted memo attached to that email does not reveal what these “options” consisted of. However, the State Department’s American Citizens Services is only authorized to offer lists of local, English speaking attorneys to Americans arrested or detained abroad. To go beyond that authorization is a severe violation of protocol and is illegal. Additional emails reveal that the State Department was involved with making statements on the Silsby scandal and preparing to assist Silsby’s co-conspirators with their return to the United States, although this is consistent with State Department protocol in these situations.
Power, corruption and pedophilia is a bipartisan affair. Just ask Dennis Hastert. Or, better yet, ask Donald Trump about the pedophile he and the Clintons have in their shared social orbits, Jeffrey Epstein. Thanks to a recent judgement, it looks like Epstein’s sexual appetite for young girls is going to be a problem again:
A judge ruled on Thursday that federal prosecutors broke the law by failing to keep victims adequately informed about a plea deal that Jeffrey Epstein, a prominent financier, cut to avoid federal prosecution for sexual encounters with numerous underage girls.
Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta was the U.S. attorney for Southern Florida at the time the agreement was negotiated more than a decade ago. The Justice Department’s internal watchdog for attorney misconduct announced earlier this month that it had opened an investigation into the government’s conduct in the case.
U.S. District Court Judge Kenneth Marra said Thursday that prosecutors violated the Crime Victims Rights Act by failing to notify victims before signing off on the arrangement, under which federal prosecutors promised not to prosecute Epstein in federal court if he pleaded guilty to a pair of prostitution-related offenses in a Florida state court.
“Petitioners and the other victims should have been notified of the Government’s intention to take that course of action before it bound itself under the NPA,” or nonprosecution agreement, Marra wrote.
Marra criticized federal prosecutors for not only hiding the agreement from the victims but also misleading them about the state of the case.
“Particularly problematic was the Government’s decision to conceal the existence of the NPA and mislead the victims to believe that federal prosecution was still a possibility,” the judge wrote.
Powerful pedophiles and the networks that feed their appetites exist and have existed for a long time. Their tentacles reach into law enforcement, social service agencies, faith-based organizations, international aid organizations, organized crime, intelligence agencies, corporations and governments.
There is another incentive to avoid this topic–in can be fatal. Natasha Jaitt was recently found dead, something she predicted could happen in a portentous tweet. From the link:
Last year, Natacha Jaitt, a model, socialite, TV presenter, and former contestant on the show Big Brother, came forward claiming she had evidence of a high level pedophile ring involving VIPs, politicians, movie stars, and other celebrities. The allegations led to a barrage of attacks against her—including death threats. And, this month, she was found dead in a nightclub, prompting calls of foul play by her family.
In 2018, Jaitt had made explosive allegations that dozens of high-profile sports and entertainment personalities were involved in an underage prostitution ring. Indicating she feared for her safety, she once went as far as to warn via Twitter that she could pay the ultimate price for revealing dirty information she had on some of the country’s rich and famous.
After making these allegations of child sex rings, Jaitt made several television appearances and noted that she received death threats and a slew of backlash. This prompted the former model to go on Twitter to let people know that she would never harm herself.
“WARNING: I am not going to commit suicide, I am not going to take too much cocaine and drown in a bath, or shoot myself. So if this happens, it wasn’t me. Save this Tweet,” she wrote in April, 2018 according to a translation from the Times.
I get that human trafficking is a disturbing topic that most people with a soul and a conscience feel an immediate revulsion toward. But it is happening at a scale that is hard to imagine, and it is facilitated by powerful networks corrupting the institutions and organizations meant to keep those who are vulnerable safe.