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Sex trafficking: society’s dirtiest secret

Of the many mistakes I’ve made in my police career, one looms large.

I recall driving my patrol car through downtown Auburn when three people crossing the street caught my eye. Two were young girls, about 16, wearing clothing best described as skimpy on what was a crisp afternoon; the third was a young man in his early 20’s. They got into an old Chevy as I drove past, and I never saw them again.

Two things occurred to me in the following order. First, a part of my brain ran the image through a racial profiling filter and decided

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Punishment was, is and always will be an issue

Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s masterpiece, “Crime and Punishment” is the story of Raskolnikov, a man who contemplates then commits a violent crime. His inner turmoil severes him from society, and his struggle to reconnect is a theme as relevant  today as it was in 18th century Russia.

Leonard Pitts of the Miami Herald (Trib 5/10) and Katie Baird, a UWT professor (Trib 5/9) introduce us to their own versions of Raskolnikov: Pitts’ subject is a cynical inmate wondering how society is going to help him, while Baird’s is a reformed felon working and going to

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Pitts’ video rant requires a rethink

As much as I admire him, my relationship with Leonard Pitts is…complex.

Pitts, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist whose syndicated column appears regularly in the Trib, is a master of the short essay and a champion of many righteous causes.

That doesn’t mean I agree with everything he writes, of course. Our relationship–if you call forking over money to hear him speak at UPS a relationship–has more to do with craft and less to do with ideology.

In last Sunday’s column (11/27), Pitts denounced the infamous police pepper-spraying incident at UC Davis. Others, including myself, have likewise nibbled at

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