The Ports of San Francisco
Derek (the witness) Oct 22, 2010
This is a story about how fast life can catch up with you, and how bad it can get.
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What stereotypes do you have?
Do you judge them on what they drive?
Or how big of a house they have?
Or maybe on what kind of clothes they have.
Do you ever take a second look at a man in a business suite?
And think he is a criminal?
Think that the crimes he commits are unspeakable.
Well I want to tell you a little bit of the criminal who hides behind the suit.
I want to tell you about the vicious exploiters.
And make you look twice at some of the men in suits.
The man in the suite I want to tell you about is someone called The Hammer.
He is rich man who lives in an area called Russian hill.
He has his own ports, and a spot in the Marina.
And do you know what goes in and out of those ports?
Young women and men.
He brings them in to work for him.
To achieve sex work to keep money in his pocket.
A vicious pimp who will kill you if he even thinks you are skipping out on him.
He brought me in, and that is when hell started.
I was beaten, raped, and almost killed.
Just because he wanted to show me how he operated his "business".
And just think.
I know how to speak English, and that I am being underpaid.
But these minors that he is bringing into the ports don't.
They are from Russia, Africa, and sometimes, even Southeast Asia.
And these poor, innocent, and naive people don't even know.
But he gets away with it because no one suspects the smile in the suit.
So if you see someone whom you think has something behind the smile,
Don't be afraid of saying something.
Just think to yourself.
Are you smiling back at someone who puts a 12 year old girl on the street?
Be careful at who you smile back at.
You may be smiling at someone like him.
Or maybe even him.
That is all it takes to spot a guy like him.
Is to just think.
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