Prostitution Tragedies Rarely Make Headlines
All this news takes up space, and in today’s high-volume, high-traffic media world some news items just never make it to the top.
Like the story of a 16-year-old Romanian girl kidnapped by a fellow citizen and forced to be a prostitute on the streets of Rome, under constant death threats. She somehow managed to send her father a text message, which led Italian police to free the girl and arrest the 25-year-old woman who had kidnapped her.
Or like the news that Italian police believes foreign criminal organizations are fighting over territory in Rome to setup prostitution rings.
Or like the news that a Polish man is being held in custody and allegedly charged with human trafficking and involvement in an international crime organization that forced Polish women to work as prostitutes in Italy, Greece and Japan.
What makes it to the top, instead, is a whole lot of racist filth, like Gian Micalessin’s July 19 article on the Berlusconi-owned Il Giornale newspaper in which he affirms Moldavian citizens are ready to “invade” Italy. Lacking intellectual honesty, Micalessin uses a terroristic tone in his article to alert his readers of upcoming “waves of derelicts” coming to Italy.
Micalessin could have at least mentioned the U.S. Department of State’s annual Trafficking in Persons report, which clearly states: “Romanians and other children from Eastern Europe continued to be subjected to forced prostitution and forced begging in the country. A significant number of men continued to be subjected to forced labor and debt bondage mostly in the agricultural sector in southern Italy.”
Doesn’t sound like many immigrants to Italy come to have fun.
What Micalessin failed to mention is that among those “clandestine Moldavians” are, and will be, hundreds of women forced into prostitution to satisfy the animal instincts of a population kept ignorant thanks to newspapers like the one Micalessin works for.