U.S. military court hears case on prostitution at Army base

AUSTIN, Texas Mon Dec 2, 2013 9:24pm EST

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AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. military court began hearing arguments on Monday in the case of a soldier accused of being a part of a suspected prostitution ring at Fort Hood, one of the largest Army bases in the United States.

The Fort Hood case was part of a spate of embarrassing sex-related incidents in the military earlier this year that prompted Congress to look at ways to make top brass more accountable for the conduct of soldiers.

Master Sergeant Brad Grimes, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, was charged earlier this year with conspiring to pay a female private for sex. His trial is expected to be one of several involving the suspected prostitution ring at the base in central Texas.

Another soldier, Sergeant First Class Gregory McQueen, is being investigated of operating a prostitution ring with at least three female soldiers, U.S. authorities have said. McQueen was not immediately available for comment.

Grimes' lawyer, Daniel Conway, said his client was persuaded by a fellow soldier to "hook up" with the private but money was never paid and Grimes never had sex with the woman in question.

"This is a case where the cart was put before the horse, where a press release was issued before any adequate investigation was done," Conway told Reuters.

U.S. lawmakers announced in November a renewed push to make sweeping changes in the way the military handles complaints of sexual assault, though approval of their plan in the Senate is far from certain.

(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Philip Barbara)

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winston1952 wrote:
Why is prostitution against the law? Where is the crime when two adults agree to have sex in exchange for money? This isn’t trafficking, which isn’t a sex crime but is a human rights abuse. Those forced into sex workshould not be charged with prostitution but should be rescued from the traffickers. These laws allow too many dehumanize sex workers. If they aren’t looked on as having the same rights as the rest of society then those who prey on women find easy targets in sex workers. This attitude needs to change we need to see sex workers as people with the same wants and needs and rights as the rest of society.
There is a more important consideration than legalization. Today sex workers and their customers are marginalized and viewed through a distorted lense. They are dehumanized and as a consequence it is too easy to take advantage of or abuse them. We need to recognize they are members of our society with the same wants and needs as everyone. Many if not most add to society in a positive manner, paying taxes, raising families adding to the economy etc.
Prostitution has been around forever and will be with us forever as well. We need to change our approach. Many escorts are in the business voluntarily and are contributing members of society. They pay taxes raise children and contribute to the economy. Yet they are forced to live outside of society. They live at risk of robbery assault rape (yes rape) and murder without recourse to protection under the law. This needs to change.

Legalizing will allow escorts the opportunity to contact police when they need to. Right now they can’t because no matter why they call they are subject to arrest. Believe me escorts who are in the business for themselves are as against trafficking as you are. Legalization will allow escorts to be removed from the criminal element. Just like gambling, and alcohol and other so called vices, when legalized prostitution will be no longer a vehicle of the mob or pimps or gangs.

If you want to learn more about escorts watch the documentary “American Courtesans” This is a movie where sex workers, their families and even customers have a chance at speaking unscripted about their lives. It is powerful and fascinating and has been shown in film festivals all over the world including the ECU festival in Paris and Women’s International festival in Miami and won awards for best editing and best documentary.

Kristen DiAngelo is also a voice for the rights of all sex workers and has launched The American Courtesans Project www.the-ac-project.com to bring light and humanity to the world of sex work. She is giving lectures at Rutgers and San Francisco State later in the year.

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Dec 03, 2013 7:57am EST  --  Report as abuse
Mylena wrote:
Well. I don’t see the crime out there. If they are normal, they can not have sex each other (same sex). Another way if they are homo, why the forces took them in?

Dec 03, 2013 10:05am EST  --  Report as abuse
hawkeye19 wrote:
The President’s moral values are spreading like wildfire.

Dec 03, 2013 10:12am EST  --  Report as abuse
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