GATT AND THE FLESH TRADE
by Judith A. Reisman, PhD
Heeding the "free trade" rhetoric describing GATT, one would think
its speedy passage meant greater international trade with governments
elected by and accountable to an informed, literate electorate, all
of whom share American legal and moral standards. Those concerned
about our new yoke to foreign nations and multi-national powers
(outlined in GATT's 22,000 pages plus) may find reason for larger
concerns when examining the organized, decades long, international
traffic in drugs, child labor and heterosexual and homosexual child
prostitution and child pornography.
In fact, many foreign countries profit from illicit drugs, child
labor, prostitution and pornography. Jeane Kirkpatrick, our former UN
ambassador, recently revealed what has been in the international
literature on child abuse for decades: namely, that is
common practice, worldwide:
Researchers estimate that more than 200 million children-eight to 14
years old -work as virtual slaves, 12-to-14-hour days, seven day
weeks, under subhuman conditions, for pennies or for nothing
....Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nepal, China .... Whole export
industries depend on child bondage.
So there is a darker side to our culturally diverse "trade"
agreements, an underbelly which finds child prostitution a common
Third World currency, even staining the corporate flag of the United
Nations on 7 March 1988. For on that day UNICEF's Belgian director
was convicted of involvement in child pornography and prostitution.
Friends of the UNICEF administrator had long been luring children
into his UNICEF basement, where records were photographically made of
the children's sexual assault.
While , a Dutch pedophile publication in Amsterdam,
protested that "the supposed involvement of UNICEF with a child
pornography case was sensationalized by the press," the US press
remained almost uniformly silent about UNICEF's "supposed
involvement." The mainstream press is similarly reluctant to reveal
the massive facts surrounding global child abuse, while the 1993
courageously exposed the sex trade "tourism" of
children in the Third World.
Prostitution of even the smallest children is so fully integrated
into many national cultures that my recent analysis of (a world guide available in American
bookstores) found that 47 percent of the 139 nations cited addressed
possibilities of legal or illegal sex with boys. Many otherwise
"respectable" countries such as the Netherlands, Germany, Italy,
Spain, Mexico and Japan (where adult "lobbyists" have successfully
reduced the age of sexual consent to 13 years) provide advertisements
and addresses for boy brothels- from "House of Boys" in Frankfort, to
"Boystown" in Thailand. Looking at Germany, 48 citations appear for
pedophile organizations or bars where boys may be obtained to
sexually please the weary world traveler.
says: "love-starved boylovers flock to Thailand from
countries where their tastes are socially taboo and prohibited by
law." In a modern, sexually brutal version of "The Ugly American,"
provides brazen advertisements for prostituting young
Thai boys. In Thailand, ($771 per capita income in 1986) a man
pays $12 for sex with a boy or youth while a hotel room will cost him
To accommodate the growing trade in Thai boys a new $10 million
development, "Gay estate," is being built in Thailand, says , the homosexual weekly newspaper of the nation's
capital. anticipates a September 1995 opening for the
"800-home estate for Gay men . . . women or straight men [will not
be] interested in living there." Explaining that pedophiles were
visiting Thailand to take advantage of the more liberal atmosphere,
quotes on the delights of the Thai scene.
Once you have selected your new friend, you can either take him to
your hotel, or you can rent a room above the bar (in most places).
Note that you must pay the bar a take- out fee which usually varies
between 10.0 and 200 baht, but you must also pay your
friend....usually 300 to 500 baht, depending upon your
To the cynic, graphic descriptions of what their
constituency may expect sexually from nude "go-go boy" sex shows,
bars and such, strongly suggests either governmental involvement in
the child sex traffic and its golden real estate fallout, or
nationwide child prostitution by governmental disinterest and
default. Similar travel guides directing American men to destitute
hence "willing" young boys are available for a score of other new
global trade partners.
Rape and Reap
Child labor and prostitution destroys children emotionally and
physically, with pediatric and juvenile AIDS a growing disaster. The
incentive is great, however, as records of child rape translate into
huge international profits when pornographers sell these crimes
against children via photos, films and videos. In an article titled,
"The Global Grasp of the Mob," notes a developing trade
in children, including embryonic body parts. It is unconscionable
to pretend global entrepreneurs are not already using our
government's decision to permit embryo research in the United
States as a marketing opportunity for global trade via body-parts
Trafficking in such abject human misery runs in tandem with the use
and sale of illicit drugs. Drugs which are easily available in many
nations culturally diverse from our own USA corrupt officials at
every level, and tempt parents into sale and trade of their children
for drugs and/or money.
The World Ministerial Conference on Organized Transnational Crime,
held in Naples, 21 November, cited the profits made from the
harvesting of body parts, child prostitution, kidnapping, baby
trafficking and drug dealing. NORMAL (the National Organization for
the Reform of Marijuana Laws, funded for years by ) has long
been the legal American based group defending domestic and foreign
organized crime drug traffickers.
When reading in of the Italian mafia's "R&D" (research
and development), I recalled with some surprise and equal dismay,
that early in 1980, while I was on faculty at Haifa University, an
Israeli newspaper reported that Bob Guccione, the
magazine publisher, employed scientists to research DNA. The presence
of monied pornographers in the illicit drug industry and "futuristic"
R&D is chilling and cannot be what we, in the United States, would
define as in "the best interests of the child."
With what commitment or moral authority will America withstand the
criminal drug traffic if even a portion of the claimed "up to 25
percent of the While House staff" are drug users themselves? This
recent revelation to the American people by House Speaker Newt
Gingrich, though flatly denied by the White House, was confirmed by
Rep. Frank Wolf of Virginia, whose staff investigated the issue,
while scores of books by known drug users document our past
governmental officials, including once- president Jimmy Carter's drug
czar, Peter Bourne, in illegal drug activities.
Criminal drug merchants have powerful, well connected American
allies. The Medellin cartel was identified in expose as
having met in 1992 with the Palermo clans in Florida "to acquire a
franchise for import of cocaine into Italy and its sale throughout
Europe." In December 1986, NORMAL held one of its many conferences in
Key West, Florida, where NORMAL lecturers instructed high-priced Ivy
League lawyers on how to undermine American law in the service of
"automatic-weapon- carrying hoodlums of Bolivia and Colombia who dust
our urban ghettos and discotheques with cocaine" as reported by the
As for global trading, how tightly is GATT connecting Americans with
brutal and corrupt criminal governance? Has our precious nation been
mis-wed to a worldwide mafia, a global mob incapable of respecting
our hard-won civilities? Before we allow ourselves to be led any
further down the primrose path, some tough questions might justify an
annulment of this hasty union.
1 , by Jeane Kirkpatrick, December 1993, p. 29.
2 , 2/3 (Spring 1991) 18-30.
3 Paul Ehrlich, "Asia's Shocking Secret," , October
1993, p. 68.
4 , 1989 (New York: The Journal), p. 722.
5 '92/93, and hotel fees are
scattered throughout, "short time rooms" being less, "Single US
$25-28, double $28-33," p. 794.
6 , 10 June 1994, p. 19; the quote is from
, p. 787.
7 , p. 789-791, 793, 797, 798, 799, 802-3, 806, etc.
8 , November 18-24, 1994, p. 4.
9 , "Panel OKs Research on Human Embryos," p. A2.
10 "Technology A Beacon Of Hope To Infertile Couples," , 4 December 1994, p. A10. The article finds
couples paying up to $10,000 for the woman to be implanted
embryonically, suggests a massive industry in embryo farming for
sales relating to infertility-or for human harvesting, as in the
worst science fiction. Millions of Third World women could be cheaply
used in such labor. See cartoon, "Body Parts" in Carr and Meyer's
(Brentwood, TN: Wolgemuth and Hyatt, 1990), p. 148.
11 , 6 December 1994, Al. 12 Patrick Anderson, (New York: The Viking Press, 1981). Anderson, a
pro-cocaine and marijuana writer, reports very fairly thoroughly on
the activities of his comrades in the drug movement.
13 "NORMAL's Bad Trip," July-August 1986,