Your data is incorrect. Fires have not gone down. They remain constant at around 2,000 fires per year (roughly 6-7 a day.) Medical calls have increased dramatically so as a percentage of total calls, it appears they have gone down but Portland has roughly the same number of fires every year. Since fires cannot be predicted, the Bureau places apparatus in an effort to provide the best fire protection across the city. Start cutting fire trucks and you cut fire protection. Adding additional medical and inspection services should be just that, an addition of services....not piling more work onto already busy stations (70,000 calls a year for 30 stations.)
Also, the City would have to renegotiate its contract with the Fire Bureau for this happen, so there's that hurdle. Since Saltzman is not well respected as a fire commissioner, he is not likely to get the rank and file support for this.
This is what the Oregon Trail chapter of the Red Cross does all the time, very well and very economically.
I'm sure firefighters are just thrilled at this idea.
Farenheit451 my friends! how cool
Carey turns Teplitsky out to do the dirty work, while he can sit back and claim plausible deniability when the slip shod study gets shot down. Talk about pimps prostituting innocent girls.
The misleading study from Portland State University attempts to redefine "Human Trafficking," to preclude the actual true meaning, narrowing the term from global to local, thus obfuscating the importation of kidnap victims from Third World foreign countries into the United States. Portland State University advocates Globalism, and cannot tolerate the news of any events which might undermine that agenda.
Dr Christopher Carey and his grad student helper, Lena Teplitsky would have us believe that Human Trafficking is when a pimp sits home in his rat infested Albina apartment playing with his X-Box, and sends his girl out on a bus to SE 82nd Avenue. I wonder how well Professor Carey handles object relations with his young charge?
Such is a typical example of the sort of academic fraud that goes on at Portland State University. Honesty would be to title the study as of local street prostitution.
I suppose it would be too much effort to investigate the brothels. Or is the real purpose to erect a straw man in order to knock it down as if the problem has been solved. To get the public attention on street prostitution as if that were human trafficking, through a quarter million at the tip of the iceberg, then declare victory, leaving the sordid details of real human trafficking safely submerged in the underground sewers.
Christopher Carey, PhD, JD of Portland State University
and Lena Teplitsky, Portland State MPH Candidate
SUBJECT: Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) in the Portland Metro Area
Human Trafficking: the recruitment, harboring, transporting, obtaining, or
maintaining of a person by means of force, fraud or coercion, for purposes of
involuntary servitude, debt bondage, slavery, or participation in the sex trade.
Looking at the statistics, most of the girls are white, have never been abused, and not gang affiliated. It's not clear how many in that group are addicted to drugs, but only about 40% of those in all groups are not, so statistically, it might be possible that none in this group are addicted to drugs.
I think it's fair to conclude, that many if not most hookers in Portland, based on the study from Portland State University, are in the profession by choice. Therefore, the priority for law enforcement and social work, ought to be focused on blacks.
Sex Trafficking at Portland State University
Do it for the children. You don't need to define the problem. Just say that there's a problem and ask for lots of money. If anyone turns you down, simply accuse everybody of abusing a victim. Now, is Amanda Fritz saying that law enforcement isn't doing it's job in Portland, or is she saying that women don't have the right to work in the profession of their choice?
Where is the journalism on this? How about a story on what this supposed sex trafficking is all about? Does this have anything to do with lack of security at the borders of the United States, or are we talking about organized crime from Chicago, New York or Las Vegas moving into Portland?
How does Fritz feel about me taking a little vacation to Pattaya, where the US pays millions of dollars to Thailand to keep prostitution illegal? Thailand is happy to oblige, so it has become socially taboo to refer to the bar girls as hookers. There, any nice girl who wants to meet new guys, go out on a date and make a few bucks can have an easy opportunity. The girls are perfectly free to come and go. They are enthusiastic, almost ecstatic to have some fun and profit. In Thailand and in the Philippines, women treat American men like rock stars. Nobody forces these gals to do anything, but their families often do appreciate the money that most of these ladies send home.
Also in Thailand, extremely young girls can be rented and abused, but not by foreigners. That takes place in slummy areas where no tourist would want to go or would even be welcomed. All the millions of dollars in US bribery does nothing to stop that despicable evil. Does this happen in Portland? If Amanda Fritz has ever defined the term sex trafficking and explained in detail the situation in Portland, I've never read or heard about it; certainly not in the Merc.
Sex trafficking? Like illegal aliens from Central America being smuggled in through Mexico to Arizona, then bussed into Portland, or Tibetan nationals kidnapped and shipped in containers to the Port of Portland? I suppose there could be legally sponsored blonde Ukranian immigrants here being coerced by the Russian mafia under threat of being sent back to the former Soviet bloc, but just exactly what the hell is Fritz talking about? How about scholarships for black teenage hookers from Albina?
I'm sure throwing money at this problem will help.
Or at least employ someone so Fritz can feel better about it.
Denis, the silent majority does "speak up." By giving money to the shelters, food bank, building affordable housing within our resources, and a $40 resource access center just a couple of years ago. Maybe what the silent majority wants is for the homeless advocate agencies to stop lecturing us and show some appreciation every once in awhile. Maybe we would like the downtown of the city we love to be civil and not menacing, and not look like crap.
Here is typical liberal Portland thinking:
1) Really really CARE a lot
3) No homelessness!
Caring isn't a plan. "Someone just needs to give us more money" isn't a plan. These agencies will always say they need more money. There is no "enough". They will always tell you that some sort of watershed is right around the corner if they just had X more money.
Portland is humane. I and many others give money directly to these agencies, and I'm sick of people like you telling me I'm "inhumane" because I get sick of aggressive criminals downtown, and I don't want my city to look like shit. Fuck you. What exactly have you done recently Denis, besides talk? "Care" a lot?
Denis, do you ever travel to other cities? My guess is that you don't. If you did you'd realize that even in much larger cities you don't see aggressive pan handlers on every other corner, people laying on sidewalks all day in commercial and retail districts, and shanty town tent camps in the middle of town. In the USA Portland is pretty unique in our accommodation of homeless and tolerance of anti-social behaviors. Why does Portland have these problems while NYC, DC, Minneapolis, Seattle, Dallas, and Phoenix do not? Why do other cities provide their homeless with one-way bus tickets to Portland?
For what it is worth Denis, your op-ed printed here just landed on Nick Fish FB page with a "thank you, for challenging us to be bold."
The tent town is on private property. Why would they want to move? It's not their idea in the first place. If nobody offers them a more attractive alternative, they aren't going to be leaving for less. Does anybody expect the campers to pull up stakes, head for browner pastures, only to then be turned away?
It falls the the City Auditor to chastise everybody, now? As long as the City isn't currently being sued, then what's anyone's motivation? Too bad Dina Gormand isn't here to elaborate about the benefits of suing all the rat bastards, but she's been censored.
Nothing new here. It seems to take an awful lot of courage, conviction, and public support to enact any meaningful and beneficial police reforms anywhere in this country. If only politicians were volunteers.
Looks like the Mayor must be dirty and the pigs got him by the balls.
Wright ain't altruistic by any means.... this was just a payback to Randy Leonard.
Nothing more, nothing less.
It isn't like he was some great homeless advocate up untill Leonard made him close down Cindy's Adult Bookstore and demolish the building.
Don't make him out to be a better man than he deserves.
When Nana died, the family wanted to sell the farm. Even though one of my uncles was the former mayor, the family couldn't get the twenty acre parcel zoned for housing because the occupants of the newly constructed housing development next door, liked the land vacant so their dogs could go over their to shit and their kids could then play in it.
The former mayor's brother who was living on the farm, told the neighborhood association that since the farm was zoned as such, he now was intending to raise pigs. Do you know what it's like to live next to a pig farm? Have you ever driven I-5 with the windows down as you pass Umatilla?
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