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(1) Harvey Weinstein had an Insurance policy to cover $44m payout to Casting Couch Rapees(2) Germaine Greer: why wait 20 years to report it? Calls these women "Career rapees"(3) Greer: if you spread your legs to get a job in a movie, that’s tantamount to consent(4) YouTube revokes ads from Steven Crowder because he linked to anti-Gay T-shirts(5) Trans Woman wins Female Track Championship(6) Citing inclusion of LGBT clerics, Anglican bishops in Africa to shun Lambeth Conference(7) Duterte says he was Gay, but his wife Elizabeth Zimmerman made him a man again(8) Duterte mocks opponent Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, saying his movements show he is Gay(9) Meryl Streep suffers MSM backlash after straying from Hollywood line on ‘toxic masculinity’(10) Communist-Jewish Pioneers of Sexual Degeneracy in 1920s Berlin(11) Orthodox women 'to take action' against opening Hampstead Heath Ladies Pond to Trans(12) I became a woman to break the women’s deadlift record - Zuby(13) Children removed from families get Sex Trafficked(1) Harvey Weinstein had an Insurance policy to cover $44m payout to Casting Couch RapeesQ: Did the Treasury allow those premiums to be deducted as an Expense? In that case, the taxpayers are subsidising his crimes. Weinstein Reaches $44 Million Settlement With Sexual Assault Accusers (Report)5/23/2019by Abid RahmanThe disgraced movie mogul has also reached a tentative deal with creditors of his former studio and the New York attorney general.Harvey Weinstein has reached a tentative multimillion-dollar settlement with women who have accused the disgraced movie mogul of sexual assault.The New York Times on Thursday reported that lawyers representing Weinstein had agreed to a proposed $44 million settlement with his accusers, as well as the creditors of his former studio The Weinstein Co. (TWC) and the New York attorney general.Under the proposed settlement, which has yet to be finalized, $30 million would be earmarked for accusers, unsecured creditors and former TWC employees, according to the Times. The remaining $14 million would be used to pay legal fees.The Times reports that insurance policies would cover the $44 million if the deal is approved by advisers in charge of the former TWC’s bankruptcy proceedings. ...(2) Germaine Greer: why wait 20 years to report it? Calls these women "Career rapees"‘Too far’Feminist Germaine Greer sparks new uproar with ‘career rapees’ commentWITW STAFF03.20.18Germaine Greer addressed her previous controversial remarks on the #MeToo movement — and in doing so reignited a controversy that has resulted in another strong backlash. Greer said that speaking out years after an attack is "pointless" and that those who do so risk becoming "career rapees."She also cautioned about the damaging implications that making public accusations could have on the lives of the very women who level the allegations."The amount of legal muscle that will be used to defend these people is massive and I’m concerned for damage limitation rather than maximisation rather than wrecking people’s lives, so they become career rapees as it were," said Greer, citing the difficulties Harvey Weinstein’s former assistant Zelda Perkins faced.Speaking with Mishal Husain on BBC Radio 4’s Today, Greer built on past comments in which she said that Harvey Weinstein’s victims "spread [their] legs" in return for movie roles by suggesting that they and others who accepted financial settlements from powerful men were "dishonorable" for having done so."Some of whom have been paid six figure sums in the form of non-disclosure agreements," she added. "That’s a dishonorable thing to accept and it’s not something you should boast about."Greer further condemned the #MeToo movement itself, saying that she didn’t believe it had "gone too far" because it hadn’t actually "got anywhere at all.""What we need is to sort out the law regarding rape and to sort out our concept of what it is," she said. "It’s pointless now bringing up this stuff when most of it no action can be taken."Greer wasn’t finished criticizing the #MeToo movement, and scolded women who dared to speak up about an attack after remaining silent for years."Why wait 20 years?" she asked. "I wouldn’t have been sitting around being quiet and keeping a secret." Greer’s remarks sparked considerable backlash, with many focusing on her use of the phrase "career rapees" as a form of victim blaming, though not everyone responded with outrage.(3) Greer: if you spread your legs to get a job in a movie, that’s tantamount to consent‘Spread their legs’Feminist icon Germaine Greer sparks uproar with comments on Weinstein victims, #MeToo movementWITW STAFF01.26.18Famed second-wave feminist Germaine Greer is under fire once more after claiming that Harvey Weinstein’s victims "spread [their] legs" in return for movie roles and then started "whingeing" about it. Greer, 78, made the controversial remarks in an interview with The Canberra Times shortly before she was named Australian of the Year during a gala event in London. She added that she was disappointed in French actress Catherine Deneuve — not because of Deneuve’s claim that the #MeToo movement was a puritanical "witch hunt" and that men should be "free to hit on" women in the workplace, but rather because the famous French actress had apologized for appearing to endorse harassment in her remarks."What makes it different is when the man has economic power, as Harvey Weinstein has," Greer said in the interview. "But if you spread your legs because he said ‘be nice to me and I’ll give you a job in a movie,’ then I’m afraid that’s tantamount to consent, and it’s too late now to start whingeing about that."Greer also questioned the point of the #MeToo movement, dismissed Dylan Farrow’s claims that Woody Allen molested her when she was seven, and put forth a complicated argument in which she suggested that rape be dropped as a crime and be replaced with "a coherent law of sexual assault." She also claimed that in her day women "weren’t afraid of [men] and we weren’t afraid to slap [men] down."In the wake of the explosive interview, feminists on social media expressed disappointment and anger with Greer, and questioned both her apparent victim shaming as well as her assertion that women used to simply "slap down" men who were assaulting or harassing them.(4) YouTube revokes ads from Steven Crowder because he linked to anti-Gay T-shirts revokes ads from Steven Crowder until he stops linking to his homophobic T-shirts‘A pattern of egregious actions has harmed the broader community’By Julia Alexander  Jun 5, 2019, 3:07pm EDT SHAREYouTube has stopped conservative pundit Steven Crowder from running ads on his YouTube channel after a tweet thread from Vox host Carlos Maza outlined several instances of Crowder using homophobic language.YouTube’s decision to suspend monetization comes just one day after the company stated it wouldn’t remove Crowder’s channel.(Disclosure: Vox is a publication of Vox Media, which also owns The Verge.) [...]YouTube’s decision to suspend monetization also coincides with new measures being introduced to tackle hate speech on the platform. The new policy will lead to the removal of thousands of channels, as well as the suspension of ads on channels that "repeatedly brush up against our hate speech policies." Crowder’s demonetization doesn’t appear to be related to those updates, however, with YouTube pointing instead to an older policy about making the platform look bad.Update June 5th, 3:50PM ET: YouTube indicated in a new tweet that the ad restrictions are not permanent. This article has been updated to reflect the additional information.Update June 5th 4:20PM ET: YouTube issued another update via Twitter clarifying that Crowder would have to fix "all" problems associated with his channel to receive monetization privileges, not just the T-shirt links. This article has been updated to reflect the additional information.(5) Trans Woman wins Female Track Championship 29, 2019 Sean Adl-Tabatabai News, US 3Biological male transgender wins female track championshipA transgender woman has won the NCAA women’s track championship over the weekend.Cece Telfer, a biological male, won the women’s 400 meter hurdles on Saturday night and beat the second place competitor by over a reports: The coach praised Cece Telfer for being the first student-athlete in Franklin Pierce history to collect an individual national title."It was tough conditions out here with the wind and the heat over the last three days but, as she has over the last six months, CeCe proved herself to be tough enough to handle it," head coach Zach Emerson said."Today was a microcosm of her entire season; she was not going to let anything slow her down. I’ve never met anybody as strong as her mentally in my entire life," Emerson said.The NCAA boasts of its "inclusion of transgender student-athletes" because they believe in and are committed to "diversity, inclusion and gender equity among its student-athletes, coaches and administrators. We seek to establish and maintain an inclusive culture that fosters equitable participation for student-athletes and career opportunities for coaches and administrators from diverse backgrounds."The left is completely destroying women’s sports.Recall, "Rachel" McKinnon is a man who won the women’s cycling world championship in October of last year — all he had to do was show up and say he was a woman named Rachel and next thing you know he’s the world champion.Two biological males have also crushed female competitors in high school track in Connecticut, ultimately destroying scholarship opportunities for young girls.Meanwhile the feminists are silent on this issue.(6) Citing inclusion of LGBT clerics, Anglican bishops in Africa to shun Lambeth Conference 29, 2019Fredrick NzwiliNAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — As disputes over homosexuality continue to stir within the worldwide Anglican Communion, conservative African bishops say they will boycott a decennial gathering of top clerics next summer unless what the Africans consider godly order is restored.After delaying the Lambeth Conference, normally held once a decade, for two years, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the global leader of Anglicanism, has invited all active bishops and their spouses to the United Kingdom in July and August of 2020 — except the spouses of bishops who are in same-sex unions.But the African bishops object to the invitation of bishops in the communion who are in same-sex unions. Those bishops’ presence, the Africans say, constitutes an endorsement of homosexuality, which they reject as contrary to the Scriptures."I will not be at the Lambeth Conference for those reasons. Others are also boycotting," Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit of Kenya told Religion News Service in an interview. "God’s plan of marriage is between a man and woman for procreation. Homosexuality is a sin before God."Sources said representatives from Nigeria and Uganda, two provinces of the communion with large populations of Anglicans, would also stay home. Both Archbishop Nicholas Okoh of Nigeria and Archbishop Stanley Ntagali of Uganda strongly oppose homosexuality as un-Christian.Nigeria has the highest number of Anglicans within the communion. Uganda is third after U.K., with Sudan and Kenya following.Slated for summer of 2018, the Lambeth Conference was delayed for the first time in its 150-year history when Welby said in 2014 he intended to visit every province before calling the conference, in hopes that all active bishops would attend.His failure to avoid a boycott by the African provinces widens the split within the communion, which has struggled to stay together despite doctrinal differences over the ordination of gays and blessing of same-sex unions.The Rt. Rev. Mary Glasspool, a bishop in the Episcopal church’s Diocese of New York, is married to Becki Sander. On June 22, the Rev. Thomas Brown is due to be consecrated to lead the Diocese of Maine. He is married to Rev. Thomas Mousin. In Canada, suffragan Bishop Kevin Robertson of Toronto married Mohan Sharma in December 2018.All three have planned to attend, though the bishops of the New York Diocese wrote an open letter to Welby in February objecting to his policy excluding same-sex spouses.Shortly afterward, Okoh, Nigeria’s primate, or senior bishop, wrote, "With great sadness, we therefore have to conclude that the Lambeth Conference of 2020 will be an obstacle to the gospel."Okoh is a member of the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON), a network of roughly a dozen conservative bishops — some of them not recognized by the worldwide communion — formed at the time of the last Lambeth Conference, in 2008, to protest the inclusion of two gay bishops from the U.S. and Canada.On May 6, GAFCON’s Primates Council, meeting in Australia, issued a statement saying GAFCON’s delegates in an earlier meeting in Jerusalem had urged the bishops to shun Lambeth 2020 if godly order was not restored in the communion. They said Welby had not responded or acted on their concerns."The incoherence further tears the fabric of the Anglican Communion and undermines the foundation of reconciliation," said the statement.GAFCON has planned its own conference in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, to allow those who will not be attending the Anglican Communion gathering in the U.K. to fellowship together.(7) Duterte says he was Gay, but his wife Elizabeth Zimmerman made him a man again’ President Duterte Says He Cured Himself Of Being GayMay 31, 2019Niamh Harris News, World 0Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has claimed that he was once gay but "cured" himself.Duterte made the bizarre admission while visiting Japan, saying he used to be gay before he met his ex wife, then he "became a man again."He said when he met his now ex-wife Elizabeth Zimmerman he told himself "this is it. I became a man again".RT reports: Duterte is something of a self-styled expert on the question of who is and isn’t gay, if the frequency with which he makes the accusation is any indication. After accusing "most" priests in the Catholic church of being homosexual earlier in the year, during a speech Thursday he decided to ‘out’ a political opponent, and then himself.According to local media, the outspoken leader relayed that anyone in the know would come to the same conclusion about his ardent critic, Senator Antonio Trillanes:I said, "are you sure?" They said, "you ask any gay person who sees Trillanes move, they’ll say he’s gay." No wonder. Good thing Trillanes and I are similar– but I cured myself.He then said that he made the decision to "become a man again" after meeting his former wife, before ambiguously adding "Duterte is gay. So I am gay, I don’t care if I’m gay or not." The jury is still out on that one.While he has never been quite so explicit, this is not the first time Duterte has hinted about his proclivities: In 2017, he joked about having considered bisexuality so he could "have fun both ways."(8) Duterte mocks opponent Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, saying his movements show he is Gay President Duterte Says He Was Once Gay 'But I Cured Myself'By Shane Croucher on 5/31/19 At 6:53 Am EdtPhilippines President Rodrigo Duterte has claimed he was once gay but "cured" himself of homosexuality in controversial remarks made during a trip to Japan.According to Rappler, a Filipino news publication, Duterte mocked his political opponent Senator Antonio Trillanes IV by saying his movements show he is homosexual. Duterte also reportedly "confessed" that he was gay before he met his ex-wife Elizabeth Zimmerman."Good thing Trillanes and I are similar. But I cured myself," Duterte said during a speech on Thursday, Rappler reported. "When I began a relationship with Zimmerman, I said, this is it. I became a man again."He subsequently added: "Duterte is gay. So I am gay, I don't care if I'm gay or not."Duterte, whose ruling PDP-Laban party made large gains in May's elections, has flip-flopped on LGBT rights. Prior to his election as president in 2016, Duterte pledged the introduce same-sex marriage to the Catholic country. But he later switched to favoring same-sex "unions" instead."Same-sex marriage is good. Everyone deserves to be happy," Duterte told his country's popular talk show Vice Ganda back in 2015.But two years later, after his election, during a speech criticizing transgenderism in the U.S., Duterte said: "There is no gender because you can be a he or she...That's their culture. It does not apply to us," BBC News reported."We are Catholics and there is the Civil Code, which says that you can only marry a woman for me... a woman to marry a man. That's our law so why would you accept that gender?"His latest comments about homosexuality follow remarks in January about gay Catholic bishops and child molestation. Duterte has clashed with the Catholic Church over its criticism of his brutal war on drugs."Only I can say it, bishops are sons of bitches, damn you. It's true, most of them are gay," Duterte said at a ceremony for the groundbreaking of a new high school in January. "They should come out in the open, cancel the celibacy and allow them to have boyfriends."Duterte has overseen and encouraged thousands of extrajudicial killings by police and armed militias in his bloody war on drugs. His deliberately incendiary rhetoric is inciting further violence on the streets of the Philippines, which he hopes will purge them of the illicit drugs trade."I never said I do not believe in God. What I said is your God is stupid, mine has a lot of common sense. That's what I told the bishops," Duterte said in January amid Catholic criticism of his drug war."I never said I was an atheist. Well, the presidency is a God-given gift. I am sure God would not have given me the position if I was bullshit...I couldn't have made it in life...without God. But these bishops of yours, kill them. They are useless fools. All they do is criticize." ...(9) Meryl Streep suffers MSM backlash after straying from Hollywood line on ‘toxic masculinity’ From "Eric Walberg" ( time: 1 Jun, 2019 16:29 Edited time: 2 Jun, 2019 08:59© Reuters / Mario AnzuoniMeryl Streep, the actress often referred to as the ‘Queen of Hollywood’, suffered an unusually sharp backlash from the otherwise adoring mainstream media over her defense of men and criticism of the term ‘toxic masculinity’.Streep was promoting her debut appearance in the upcoming second series of the HBO hit ‘Big Little Lies’ during a Q&A hosted by Vanity Fair. During the talk Streep interjected after co-star Nicole Kidman said a male viewer told her he was a fan of the show.@piersmorgan Meryl Streep slams term 'toxic masculinity', says it's damaging to boys/men & adds that 'women can be pretty f*cking toxic' too.I've had my issues with Ms Streep, but on this, I applaud her. ????@InStyle #MerylStreep doesn't agree with the term "toxic masculinity.",753 3:38 PM - May 30, 2019 Twitter Ads info and privacy 579 people are talking about thisChristina Sommers ? @CHSommersMeryl Streep suggests we stop using term "toxic masculinity." It’s harmful to boys. Plus, she says "women can be pretty f***ing toxic." She’s right. … [...]The collective furor is a result of the media’s "echo chamber of conformity," according to the Hill’s Joe Concha. Appearing on Tucker Carlson Tonight, Concha noted that the world of Hollywood is much like the MSM: stay in line, or you’ll be cut from the crew."It's an echo chamber of conformity. If you step outside that lane... then you probably will be ostracized," said the journalist.(10) Communist-Jewish Pioneers of Sexual Degeneracy in 1920s BerlinFrom: Gerald Goldberg <> Jewish Pioneers of Sexual Degeneracy in 1920s BerlinBy Mike Walsh on Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 08:00In 1919, Magnus Hirschfeld and Arthur Kronfeld, founded the "Institut für Sexualwissenschaft" (Institute for ‘Sexual Research’) in Berlin. Both were active in the German Communist Party and were prominent members of Berlin’s Jewish community.A multitude of degenerate services were offered at the institute, including the first surgical sex changes in modern history, abortions, lectures and ‘sex counseling’, room rentals, a large library of pornography and erotic literature on every possible perversion (including bestiality and pedophilia), and a Museum of Sex featuring a wide array of homosexual fetish items, dildos, "masturbation machines", etc.The institute hosted tens of thousands of visitors each year, including school class field trips. Hirschfeld was a notorious sodomite, popularly known in the Berlin gay scene by his cross-dresser name Tante Magnesia.He also founded a committee for gay rights and wrote and published many degenerate books and journals, including Jahrbuch für Sexuelle Zwischenstufen (Yearbook for Intermediate Sexual Types). In fact, he’s the sinister figure that coined the term ‘transvestite’.  Hirschfeld campaigned to end the Berlin police department’s arrest of cross-dressers and prostitutes.In 1921, Hirschfeld organized the First Congress for Sexual Reform, which led to the formation of the World League for Sexual Reform, with conventions held in Copenhagen [1928], London [1929], Vienna [1930], and Brno [1932]. [...](11) Orthodox women 'to take action' against opening Hampstead Heath Ladies Pond to Trans ReporterMay 23, 2019 13:10Strictly Orthodox women 'to take action' against opening Hampstead Heath Ladies Pond to transgender swimmersThey cannot use the pond as Halacha - Jewish law - does not recognise any gender changeStrictly Orthodox women are reportedly preparing to "take action" against the decision to open the Hampstead Heath Ladies Pond to transgender swimmers, which means they cannot, under Jewish law, swim there.Under halacha, no one can change their gender, and so trans women would not be considered women.While Jewish law permits Strictly Orthodox Jewish women to be in a state of undress in front of other women, it is forbidden in front of men.University of Reading Professor Rosa Freedman said on Twitter she had "explained [the concept of] trans to an ultra orthodox chassidic Jewish Rabbi whose wife and her friends will no longer be able to swim at Hampstead Ladies Pond… perhaps the most difficult conversation I have had on the issue to date."I spoke to his wife (who swims there every day) and she wanted to know 'what can we do? and how do we do it?' She is currently creating a group of religious women to take action. This is why I love women -- present us with a problem and we will self-organise to find a solution. — Rosa Freedman (@GoonerProf) May 22, 2019The change was brought in by the City of London Corporation, which manages Hampstead Heath, after a public consultation.The corporation claimed the "overwhelming majority" of the 21,000 valid responses to the consultation favoured admitting trans women to the ladies pond.Opponents of the decision have claimed that close to 50 percent of the responses were deemed invalid, apparently because "they did not address any of the questions on gender identity".A JC understands a judicial review challenge is being prepared against the City of London’s decision, in which strictly Orthodox Jewish women are expected to be involved.Edward Lord, from the City of London Corporation, said: "This policy will ensure our public services do not discriminate against trans people."We support a wide range of service users and we want to ensure they can all feel comfortable accessing and enjoying our facilities."All communities should be fully respected, and equality and basic human rights upheld."(12) I became a woman to break the women’s deadlift record - Zuby on the need to protect women’s sport and the cult of identity politics.SPIKED24th May 2019Men’s and women’s sporting competitions have historically, with a few exceptions, been separate. But in recent years, it has become more common for trans women (biological males) to compete in women’s events. Trans women have competed against biological women in the top flights of several sports, including athletics, cycling, handball, volleyball and weightlifting. Most famously, Rachel McKinnon, born male, won gold in female track cycling at the 2018 UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championships.Many argue that male biology confers certain unavoidable advantages and so women could lose out if women’s categories are opened up to biological males. Zuby, a rapper, podcaster and fitness coach, set out to prove this. He has produced several viral videos in which he breaks British women’s weightlifting records while ‘identifying’ as a woman. spiked caught up with him for a chat.spiked: Why did you decide to identify as a woman to break the women’s deadlift record?Zuby: I already have a lot of footage of myself working out, including the video of me ‘breaking’ the women’s record. Around the time I posted the video, there were multiple news stories popping up about transgender athletes – technically biological men – competing against biological women. They were winning races and competitions in all kinds of sports. I’d seen this kind of thing springing up over the years, but in a very short period of time it seemed like there were lots of casesOut of curiosity, I googled what the British women’s powerlifting records actually were and I saw that I could beat all of them. So that video I posted, that wasn’t me lifting my maximum – the women’s record is 215kg and my maximum is 275kg. It’s similar for the bench press. And the women’s squat record was roughly the same as my own personal best. So I tweeted the video:I think that adding ‘PS I identified as a woman… Don't be a bigot’ is what made it go viral. I just tweeted it out there. At the time I had about 19,000 followers. I knew it would resonate with my audience. I thought they would find it funny and that would be that. But within 10 minutes the video had over 10,000 views – by the time I went to bed, it had over 300,000.Everything just blew up and I started getting contacted by news organisations across the globe. It was weird on all levels. I tripled my social-media following. ...spiked: Do you worry that racial identity and racial divides are making a comeback?Zuby: Honestly, I wish we didn’t even have to talk about race. There was a period – certainly in my own life – where it seemed like people stopped caring about race. But in the past few years, there has been this concerted effort to make it a huge thing again. That’s one of the key reasons why I don’t like identity politics. I think it’s incredibly divisive. It’s not the way I was raised and it’s not how I think.Obviously, I can see with my own eyes what skin colour people are but I don’t make major assumptions based on that. I find that incredibly annoying when people do, whether it’s positive, negative or neutral. To assume anything about me – that I think in a certain way or believe certain things – simply because I’m black, is the definition of bigotry. It’s not important to my identity at all. It doesn’t say much about me apart from where my ancestors are from.I don’t like the narrative of ‘white privilege’ or any of the oppression narratives, either, especially because in 2019 I don’t believe that they are true. People will argue with me until the cows come home about this but I don’t see any evidence for it. I’d be much more open to the concept of white privilege if we were talking about 30 or 40 years ago because it would be a lot more real. But there’s nothing I can’t do or achieve in the US or the UK because of my skin colour. As long as that’s the case, can we just get on with stuff? That battle has been won, but people still want to fall back on these racial categories. Ironically, it’s coming from people who claim to be against bigotry, but they are promoting bigotry themselves.Zuby was talking to Fraser Myers.(13) Children removed from families get Sex Trafficked in Social Services System Most at Risk of Being Sex TraffickedBY PETR SVABMay 22, 2019 Updated: May 22, 2019 ShareAmong children reported as likely victims of child sex trafficking upon running away from home, most have one thing in common—they were supposed to be looked after by the government.In 2014, some 10,000 endangered runaway children were reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), a nonprofit that serves as a clearinghouse for reports on missing children. Nearly 1,700 of them were likely victims of sex trafficking and of those, 68 percent were in the care of social services when they went missing, be it a group home, a government facility, or foster care.While these sobering statistics have been reported for years by the NCMEC, more recent data suggests that the problem is even more acute.In 2017, nearly 25,000 runaways reported to NCMEC and nearly 3,600 were likely victims of sex trafficking. Of those, 88 percent came from the social services system.In fact, children in the social services system are the group with the highest prevalence of child sex trafficking, said Robert Lowery, NCMEC’s vice president who heads its missing children division.The real scope of the problem almost certainly goes beyond NCMEC’s data. The FBI reported over 420,000 missing children in 2018, while Lowery said the actual number of missing children could be as high as 1.3 million a year.While most of the missing children are found, return on their own, or weren’t missing to begin with, there still appears to be a strong link between child sex trafficking and the social services system.In 2013, 60 percent of child sex trafficking victims recovered as part of an FBI raid in 70 cities had "some familiarity with or involvement with either group homes or the foster care system," said NPR justice correspondent Carrie Johnson in 2013.In 2012, Connecticut Department of Children and Families reported (pdf) that of 88 child victims of sex trafficking it identified, 86 had been "involved with child welfare services in some manner," many of whom were "victimized while in foster care or residential placement."The question follows, why?Stripped of FamilyOver 440,000 children were in the social services system as of September 2017. Only in a minority of cases were the reasons for removing the children from their families grim circumstances, such as physical abuse (12 percent), parent incarceration (7 percent), or a parent’s death (1 percent). The most common reasons for the removals were neglect (62 percent) and drug abuse by one or both parents (36 percent).Parental drug abuse can be as simple as failing a single voluntary drug test. Neglect can mean as little as missing homeschooling paperwork, or even letting a child eat sweets before dinner.While Lowery stressed that social workers are trying to do a "thankless job" as best they can, they have considerable power to have a child removed from his or her family based on minimal evidence. While the system differs from state to state, a social worker generally only needs to write an affidavit alleging neglect and, with no further evidence, obtain a removal order from a family court judge.There have been cases where workers have fabricated evidence, twisted facts, or were even engaged in trafficking the children they were supposed to protect.Once the child is in the system, it can be exceedingly difficult for the parents to get their child back.Sometimes, social workers would form an impression of the family early on and "try to fit the evidence" to that impression, said Kevin Hickey, an Arkansas attorney with experience in foster system cases, in 2017. "So if they don’t like you or they think you’re a bad parent, you’re in for a long haul."As The Epoch Times previously reported, the system appears set up to incentivize workers to remove children, not necessarily to help families rehabilitate.Hard to Come BackIt’s not hard to see that children in these situations, whether victimized by parents or the social services system itself, could be vulnerable to pimps eager to give them a false sense of belonging.The My Life, My Choice Project based in Boston found that of the first 40 girls they worked with who were living in group homes within the foster care system, 38 had been approached by a pimp for recruitment, according to the 2009 National Report on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking: America’s Prostituted Children (pdf)."What we have learned is overwhelmingly, while these kids may leave home voluntarily, while they may be runaways or any one of a variety or variations on that theme; they are seduced, they are tricked, they are lured into this practice and then they lose the ability to walk away," said Ernie Allen, NCMEC president and chief executive, as quoted in the report. "These kids literally become 21st-century slaves."Pimps are especially skilled at developing dependency in their victims, bit by bit offering attention, care, and material rewards while isolating their victims from any other supports such as family, friends, and community. Once the victims are materially and emotionally dependent on them, they can withhold rewards or mete out punishment for disobedience.Their main targets are children aged 12-14."It’s scary sad when a 14-year-old girl is walking down that street hand in hand with her captor and thinking, ‘This is normal, this is what 14-year-old girls do. I’ve been doing this since I was 12 years old,’" said Inspector Jim Klein, Commanding Officer of the NYPD Crime Prevention Bureau in a previous interview, commenting on an actual case the department handled.The girl, from South Carolina, was tracked by her family to New York, where the NYPD found her and returned her."You want to hear the frustrating part about it? Right after that, she runs away again and she’s back in NYC," Klein said. "They caught her again, but this is a recurring phenomenon."When law enforcement takes these kids back home, many times these kids walk right back out the door on their own and right back into the clutches of these offenders," said Lowery, who has a law enforcement background himself."We’re good at finding them. But, I tell you, the challenge is keeping them. … The frustration that we face is how we keep those children in a safe place?"One thing that may help is investing some of the social service’s dollars into rehabilitating the families these children have been removed from or ran away from to begin with.The Family First Prevention Services Act, which was included by Republicans in the 2018 budget, enables just that—to use the foster system’s funding on services that help prevent a child’s removal from their family and help families stay together.Follow Petr on Twitter: @petrsvab