Days after a Missouri Republican running for U.S. Senate, Courtland Sykes, bashed feminists in a sexist Facebook post, another GOP candidate running for the same office is making headlines for an absurd comment blaming human trafficking on the sexual revolution.
During a speech at an event by the Missouri Renewal in Kansas City in December, State Attorney General Josh Hawley linked the problem of sex trafficking to the sexual revolution of the 1960s.
The revolution shift between the ‘60’s and ‘70’s is the cultural movement that eliminated the stigma around birth control, divorce law reforms etc.
“You know what I’m talking about, the 1960s, 1970s, it became commonplace in our culture among our cultural elites, Hollywood, and the media, to talk about, to denigrate the biblical truth about husband and wife, man and woman,” the recording obtained by the Kansas City Star revealed.
“[W]e’re living now with the terrible aftereffects of this so-called revolution, which was in fact, I think, a great step back,” Hawley was heard saying. “And one of them is, one of those effects, is a crisis in our country that goes by the name of human trafficking.”
Polaris Project, an organization that offers National Human Trafficking Hotline, has reported 22,191 cases of human trafficking since 2007.
“[P]eople are willing to purchase women, young women, and treat them like commodities. There is a market for it. Why is there? Because our culture has completely lost its way,” he continued. “The sexual revolution has led to exploitation of women on a scale that we would never have imagined.”
Hawley also believed sexual relationship are appropriate “within marriage.”
Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, whom the Republicans are seeking to unseat, took a jab at his comments.
I didn’t go to one of those fancy private schools, but the history I learned in public schools & Mizzou taught me that the evidence of trafficking of women for sex goes back to before 2000 BC. It didn’t begin with women’s rights and the birth control pill. @HawleyMo— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) January 31, 2018
Meanwhile, Hawley’s spokesperson Kelli Ford said, “Attorney General Hawley has spoken at length about this, so I’m not sure what part was unclear.”
“We now have a sex trafficking epidemic because too many men view women as objects for their own gratification and control... Attorney General Hawley regularly challenges audiences to get serious about sex trafficking by getting serious about changing male attitudes toward women, so that all women are treated with respect, equality, and dignity,” Ford added, trying to color the image of a feminist Hawley.
Hawley then spoke for himself in a tweet:
Get real. I'm for contraception & women working. I’m against exploitation of women promoted for decades by Hollywood & culture. Have to change that to stop trafficking. Fly commercial home from your next Hollywood fundraiser & ask people what Hollywood is doing to our culture. https://t.co/NJ3MdvFGcI— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) February 1, 2018
It is important to note there is no empirical evidence that supports the notion of an increased trafficking during the ‘60s or ‘70s.