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Zero tolerance, zero accountability, zero prosecutions – FAR/DFARS be damned!

After reading the Washington Post article below I felt compelled to design a new recruiting flier for my friends at the Defense Department (DoD), State Department (DoS) and Justice Department (DoJ), all FREE OF CHARGE of course! It is regarding their “look the other way” policy for sex trafficking among US Government contractors. I feel if they were more public about the fact they WILL NOT enforce the Federal Laws they would be able to attract even more qualified deviants to the Middle East and SE Asia. That would at the very least, get them out of the States!

  • Work from the comfort of your taxpayer funded living quarters.
  • Dream of being an entrepreneur?
  • Want to retire to the sunny beaches of SE Asia?
  • Tired of those American women treating you like the slug you are?
  • Bored with assaulting, harassing and raping your co-workers, even though we don’t care & we won’t prosecute?
  • Has owning a brothel always been a dream?
  • Concerned that current laws and regulations will put you behind bars?
  • Worry no more, when it comes to US contractor employees, we promise to look the other way.
  • Turn your dreams into reality, apply now and become a government contractor employee!
  • What are you waiting for, get your career on the path to success today!
  • A stable of underage women forced into slavery is waiting for a “Pimp Daddy” just like you!

- We don’t prosecute perps, we do business with them –
~Signed the DoD, DoS and DoJ

U.S. policy a paper tiger against sex trade in war zones

By Nick Schwellenbach and Carol Leonnig
Saturday, July 17, 2010

(WP) An eight-year-old policy forbidding government contractors and employees from engaging in sex trafficking in war zones has proven almost impossible to enforce, despite indications that such activities are occurring in Iraq and Afghanistan

The policy, instituted eight years ago by President George W. Bush and still in effect today, calls for prosecutions of government employees and contractors and suspensions or disqualifications of companies whose workers engage in trafficking. Bush’s get-tough language also threatened criminal prosecutions for solicitation of prostitutes because many of the women are forced into the work.

Agencies say the cases are difficult to pursue because of limited investigative resources and jurisdictional questions. But some experts and lawmakers believe that authorities are turning a blind eye to evidence of such crimes.

“Zero prosecutions,” said attorney Martina Vandenberg, a former Human Rights Watch investigator, “suggests zero effort to enforce the law.”

The State Department reported recently that allegations of contractor employees procuring commercial sex acts were “well publicized” but noted that no contractors have been prosecuted and no contracts terminated.

Rep. Christopher Smith, R-N.J., author of 2000 U.S. anti-trafficking law, questions whether agencies vigorously pursue allegations. “If you care about the women who are being exploited, you don’t look askance when those that we’re paying to do jobs for us are exploiting them,” he said.

Justice Department spokesman Alejandro Miyar said that the agency “investigates all credible allegations of human trafficking.”

An Army Report

Nearly a decade after Dyncorp International LLC employees were accused of buying and selling women from throughout Eastern Europe — and not prosecuted — the State Department alerted the U.S. Army to allegations made by a freelance journalist. The journalist said she had interviewed women held in Iraq as involuntary servants in debt slavery.

The February report, posted online as part of an Army PowerPoint presentation, alleged that supervisors of an Army subcontractor in Iraq had sexually assaulted some of the women.

“The women were recruited from their home nations with promises of well-paying beautician jobs in Dubai,” said an Army summary, “but were instead forced to surrender their passports, transported against their will to Iraq, and told they could only leave by paying a termination fee of $1,100.”

The subcontractors work for the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, which runs restaurants and other commercial operations on military bases.

An Army Criminal Investigation Command spokesman, who declined to discuss specifics, said the allegations “were investigated and not substantiated.”

In another allegation, a former Blackwater guard said that he saw colleagues and American soldiers paying Iraqi girls for sex acts. The allegations surfaced in a lawsuit filed last summer in the Eastern District of Virginia, alleging wrongful death and abuse on behalf of families of Iraqi victims. But the anonymous statement detailing the allegations was withdrawn by the Iraqi families, who agreed to a settlement in January.

The former guard, who asked that his name not be used out of concern for his safety, said that in 2005 he watched older boys collect dollar bills while Iraqi girls, some as young as 12 and 13, performed the sex acts.

The former guard said he reported this to his Blackwater superiors, but no action was taken. “It sickens me to talk about it even now,” he said.

The former Blackwater guard said he provided the information to a grand jury, but the Justice Department would not confirm or deny the existence of an investigation.

Stacy DeLuke, a spokeswoman for Blackwater, now known as Xe Services, said the firm “vehemently denies these anonymous and baseless allegations.” She said Xe policies forbid human trafficking.

Brothels in Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, trafficking evidence came to light after 90 Chinese women were freed after brothel raids in 2006 and 2007. The women told the International Organization on Migration that they had been brought into Afghanistan for sexual exploitation, according to a 2008 report.

Nigina Mamadjonova, head of IOM’s counter-human trafficking unit in Afghanistan, said the women alleged in interviews that their clients were mostly Western men.

In late 2007, officials at ArmorGroup, which provides U.S. embassy security in Kabul, learned some employees frequented brothels disguised as Chinese restaurants and might be engaged in sex trafficking. A company whistleblower has alleged in an ongoing lawsuit that the firm withheld the information from the U.S. government. James Gordon, then an ArmorGroup supervisor, alleged that a manager “boasted openly about owning prostitutes in Kabul” while a company trainee boasted that he hoped to make some “real money” in brothels and planned to buy a woman for $20,000.

Gordon said he warned his bosses and also alerted Heidi McMichael, a State Department contracting officer.

Months later, according to Gordon, he asked McMichael why no action had been taken and she told him the matter had been referred to the FBI. She declined to comment, as did the bureau. Gordon said that the trainee was fired but no other action taken.

Susan Pitcher, a spokesman for ArmorGroup’s parent company, Wackenhut Services Incorporated, said in an e-mail that the company would not respond to Gordon’s allegations. She stressed that ArmorGroup policies prohibit trafficking.

An internal corporate investigation in November 2007 found that a Kabul program manager knew that some workers had violated company policies by “seeking out prostitutes.” .

The report disputed allegations that the manager frequented brothels but concluded that he knew about activities “that could bring discredit upon both the company and the client.” A letter of reprimand was placed in his file.

A Difficult Mandate

Justice Department prosecutors privately complain that the zero-tolerance policy is nearly unenforceable– partly because it makes little distinction between organized sex trafficking and voluntary prostitution.

“Are we interested in chasing every contractor that gets a hooker, or using our resources to go after the guys who force people into modern-day slavery?” asks one former trafficking investigator, who requested anonymity.

Law enforcement faces two main challenges in pursuing such crimes — gathering evidence and legal jurisdiction — according to Laura Dickinson, an Arizona State University law professor.

The FBI has 35 to 40 agents in war zones, but they are focused on investigating fraud and corruption. The military’s own law enforcement agencies have about 150 agents in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait handling all types of felony-level crimes.

Some experts say investigators and prosecutors will likely decline a trafficking case if it proves time-consuming and manpower intensive.

Gordon, the former ArmorGroup manager, questions whether agencies take the allegations seriously.

“If it’s so serious,” he says, “if you have a zero tolerance policy, why aren’t you doing anything?” (Click HERE for original article)

I am disturbed there is one company clearly missing from this list of alleged offenders of sex trafficking in the war theater and SE Asia and that’s KBR! KBR managers and employees have been accused of sex trafficking by their own employees and victims from the time they first set foot in Iraq. And yet the DoD, DoS and DoJ just seem to look the other way. I’m not sure what more they need for evidence. A personal invite to partake? A video? Because evidently sworn affidavits of KBR employees is just not enough. (see above)

Ms Sparky

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10 Comments

  1. Comment by Ms Sparky:

    Of all the pimps KBR has caught and fired or were allowed to just DMOB not one was charged with a crime. KBR and the DoD could care less about the trafficking of these people and it’s not just women. TCN men are pimped out as well.

    If KBR spent as much time and energy policing their own and reporting on their own management as they do trying to cover up for their employees and find out who’s contacting Ms Sparky I would have a lot less to write about.

  2. Comment by Barry:

    ‘The only thing necessary for the triumph [of evil] is for good men to do nothing’
    Edmund Burke

  3. Comment by Ms P:

    Love your articles…as always you can really tell it like it “REALLY IS”.

  4. Comment by Jim:

    Who is the subcontractor hiring for AAFES? I bet they are out of Kuwait.

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  9. Comment by AMK9-HONEYWELL CORRUPTION AT ITS BEST!!:

    Government contracting is one of the MOST corrupt entities of the U.S. government that exists on the earth! As a contractor who has worked with several companies overseas since 2008, I can tell you that it is all about who you know, who you blow, the color of your skin and the affiliations you have with the military, corporations, and corrupt clubs like the White and Black FreeMasons. Companies like Honeywell, who brought the (Black) FreeMason representatives: Jacy Gerald, Benny Williams and John Johnson to work in both Iraq and Afghanistan have gotten away with so much government money, waste, fraud and abuse, and have terminated or dicredited anyone who could possibly have said or done anything about it, that it makes the Founding Fathers of the U.S. Constitution turn over on their graves. On the other hand, American K-9 Detection Services out of Lake Mary, Florida allow their Vice President of Operations sexually harass women openly and defend him with a plethora of lawyers, and FIRE their HR Department just to get away with it! They also openly use the “N” word when describing the few African Americans who work for them and joke and brag about getting away with not hiring blacks by hiring South Africaans, because it implies that they are hiring blacks, when they are really hiring white South Africaans, who make open comments about racism. They have even boasted about paying Afghan corruption fees that they call “commissions” knowing that it is illegal, and have still not been called on the carpet, because they are a subcontractor, not a PRIME VENDOR. Word to the wise–if you are a company out there looking to get away with sexual harassment, waste, fraud and abuse, and cheating the American taxpayer out of millions of dollars, then do what AMK9 does–become a SUBCONTRACTOR–because the OIG does not investigate Subs, they only investigate and hide the misdeeds of Prime Vendors….screw all of you Honeywell, AMK9, scumbags who make Average American targets for other countries who hate us because they have to deal with you!

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