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Sex Trafficking and the Oscars

Location: Washington, DC

SEX TRAFFICKING AND THE OSCARS -- (House of Representatives - March 08, 2006)

(Mr. PITTS asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)

Mr. PITTS. Madam Speaker, the front page of Monday's Washington Post carried a heart-wrenching story about sex trafficking in the Washington, D.C., area. The story detailed unspeakable tragedies, including the story of a 14-year-old girl forced into sexual servitude in order to meet her pimp's demand of earning him $500 a night at $50 per sex act.

Oddly enough, that wasn't the only front-page story Monday that mentioned pimps. Right above that story, The Post also reported that the song ``It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp'' was honored with an Oscar this year for being the best original song in a movie.

Should we really be shocked to read of the sexual horrors taking place on our streets when our most popular cultural awards show is handing out awards for songs that glorify prostitution and sexual violence?

This is outrageous and disgusting. Music that glorifies the men responsible for such atrocities, like exploitation of women and children, should be condemned, not celebrated with an Oscar.

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