Reason reported that Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agents have been combating human trafficking by sending federal immigration agents to compel suspected victims into partaking in paid sex acts.
Authorities later used these acts to justify arresting women who consented to them, seized their assets, and tell the press it was these women who were the real predators.
Federal agents allegedly had at least 17 sexual encounters with “Asian females” who were employed in massage parlors around Mohave County, Arizona during a five-month period in 2018, per research from the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism at Arizona State University (ASU). According to internal ICE documents, these activities received the blessing of agents’ supervisors.
When it was all said and done, the multi-year operation only produced three misdemeanor charges coming from a single sexual encounter which authorities walked into during a raid.
Elizabeth Nolan Brown noted the following:
The Mohave County investigation—dubbed “Operation Asian Touch”—exclusively targeted Asian massage businesses and spas. Police from Bullhead City and Lake Havasu City began the investigation in 2016 after allegedly receiving reports that some employees at these businesses would provide erotic extras along with back and foot rubs.
Local law enforcement suspected that these businesses were likely fronts for human tracking after discovering that all of the masseuses were Asian women, according to a Homeland Security memo regarding the investigation. In the spring of 2018, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) took on this case.
Nolan Brown highlighted the case of a Chinese immigrant Yuqin Shu:
One of the women charged in this operation was Yuqin Shu, an immigrant from China in her mid-50s who ran a licensed foot massage business in Bullhead City. Shu’s case first came to my attention last fall, via the Mohave Daily News, which reported that Shu’s lawyer was questioning how DHS agents having sex with suspected abuse victims helps protect national security.
“It is unclear how an ICE officer having sexual relations with human trafficking victims in Mohave County, Arizona, protects the nation from terrorist attacks or secures the borders,” stated attorney Brad Rideout in a motion attempting to find the real names of the undercover agents. The agents in question were identified in police documents only as “Arturo” and “Sergio.”
Such cases show the tough kind of work ICE has to put up with.
Like all government agencies, ICE must be held accountable when it’s in the wrong.
Nevertheless, its image should not be besmirched because of the wrongdoings of a few.
With increased immigration, however, America will continue to face socially tense situations like the one in Arizona if never-ending waves of migrants continue landing America.
A sensible way to handle these issues is by passing a moratorium on legal immigration and stopping illegal immigration in order to encourage assimilation and keep migration stable.
Southern Baptist Convention Reverses Course on Name Change After BLP Reporting
They say they’re not changing their name.
The Southern Baptist Convention has sought to dispel reporting from Big League Politics on the organization’s planned name change, arguing that the institution isn’t formally changing its name.
To correct multiple inaccurate reports, “We Are Great Commission Baptists” is the 2021 Annual Meeting THEME.
The GCB descriptor was approved in 2012 for churches to use if it would be helpful in their local context.
The Southern Baptist Convention remains our official name.
— SBC Executive Committee (@SBCExecComm) September 17, 2020
But a close look at the American Christian church’s plans relating to its name reveal that it’s played with the idea far more seriously than they’re making it seem.
Reports of a name change first emerged in a Washington Post article published on Tuesday. SBC President JD Greear told the Post that “hundreds of churches” affiliated with the denomination had “committed” to using the phrase “Great Commission Baptist” as an alternative to the denomination’s longtime moniker. The change would come as Greear touts his support of the Black Lives Matter, although he’s been careful in pointing out he doesn’t support any formal organization related to the movement. Greear also is renaming the church he personally pastors with the term.
The SBC’s 2021 convention will also organize under the motto of “We Are Great Commission Baptists.” Sounds a lot like a name change, even if the SBC’s leadership is steadfastly maintaining it isn’t.
The name ‘Great Commission Baptist’ is theologically sound in the Christian religion, but it’s somewhat questionable that the organization’s leader appears to be emphasizing it at a moment in which political correctness is making its entryism into many Christian churches and organizations.
It seems as if the organization’s figurehead is keen to present himself as a liberal-style suburban Evangelical to the Washington Post, but he changed his tune quite quickly when the rank and file membership of Southern Baptist churches learned that he was promoting the idea of a name change.
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