We must go after the traffickers, but we can also target the demand for prostitutes. In this case, we can insist that the military change its culture. And that change is in the military?s best interest, says Jones. Prostitution is bad for morale; it destroys the moral authority of chaplains, officers, and senior enlisted men; and it makes deployments for married men all the more dangerous.
And worst of all, it fans anti-Americanism: ?There is something incongruous,? writes Jones, ?about ambassadors from the world?s greatest democracy capitalizing on the economic desperation of girls in the developing world??incongruous, indeed, and an outrage that ought to be stopped.
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Visit the website for the U.S. State Department?s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.
Preston Jones, ?Conduct Unbecoming: The U.S. Navy and the Girls of East Asia,? BreakPoint WorldView, January/February 2005.
See also this earlier article Dr. Jones wrote on the history of the U.S. military?s involvement with the East Asian sex trade (Adobe Acrobat Reader required).
BreakPoint Commentary No. 050216, ?Broken: When Victims Can?t Escape Their Past.?
Allen Hertzke, Freeing God?s Children (Rowman & Littlefield, 2004).