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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.

For further reading and information:

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Visit the website for the U.S. State Department?s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.

You can contact the Secretary of Defense here, and contact the Secretary of State here.

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.?

See Nicholas Kristof?s multimedia presentations on ?Freeing Sex Slaves.? Read the background information on Nicholas Kristof?s research on Cambodia here.

See Kristof?s reader e-mail comments on prostitutes in Thailand (#744) and on military involvement(#729).

Allen Hertzke, Freeing God?s Children (Rowman & Littlefield, 2004).

Chuck Colson

Chuck Colson was the Chief Counsel for Richard Nixon and served time in prison for Watergate-related charges. In 1976, Colson founded Prison Fellowship Ministries, which, in collaboration with churches of all confessions and denominations, has become the world's largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners, crime victims, and their families.
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