Read the full article in the Published Reporter here. Below is Marc Ang's interview with former sex crimes prosecutor who makes some bombshell commentary about the sex trafficking charges in the Raniere case.
I caught up with Nicole Blank Becker, a famous sex crimes attorney, Chief of Sex unit in Detroit for approximately 7 years and extremely involved in Child Advocacy Centers, winning awards after her work with hundreds of victims. The Michigan based lawyer’s position is a simple one: after reviewing the evidence in this case, she sees that the federal government uses charges to strong arm people they are trying to ruin, make it a news story and soon the story takes over as the prevailing narrative and overshadows the facts.
Her position is simple and she articulately says,“Unfortunately, it is my position that the federal government is oftentimes using charges to strong arm people and make up a really good story so that ultimately, we forget about what the law is and what the elements are that the government has to prove. And the story takes over, which is not the way we learned in law school. Nor is it the way we practice in the courtroom.”
She also brings up a great point about how“sexual acts must be proven for purposes of sex trafficking. I was looking at the elements of sex trafficking: interstate commerce, coercion, knowingness, sexual acts, which are all elements that must be proven for purposes of sex trafficking. And my reading of the transcript frontwards and backwards, it simply didn’t even come close to what the legislator intended”.
In addition, it has to be proven beyond unreasonable doubt. The law’s intent is such, and should be to protect victims but also the truth, to protect people from random accusations without merit.Now,“human trafficking”is getting thrown around, minimizing an issue that is suppressed whenever an America First administration is out of power. We saw this dramatic shift from the Trump to the Biden administrations.
Only President Trump was able to shed light on the actual commonplace issues around trafficking: the border issue, mules bringing children over the Mexican border and issues in our domestic foster care system. What has happened instead is the weaponizing of certain rules to build a character assassination agenda on certain individuals they want to take down, understanding that people are not concerned with the finer details and important facts in a lawsuit. This is exactly what we saw with the Mar-a-lago raid on former President Trump. The accusation is enough to convict an accused in the trial of public opinion.
The sensationalism in tandem with the planting and tampering of evidence create an air of sentiment geared towards vilifying the person they are going after. Nicole said something powerful. How about the actual victims of real human trafficking?“Those who are purely victims, their horrible experience is minimized”.Raniere in this case was billed as a human trafficker just because of his relations with one 29 year old. In certain states, 16 years old is the age of consent. Throwing this term of“human trafficking”around especially in the courtroom and planting evidence of child pornography seems to be the go-to function for the corrupt government agencies. In fact, during this trial, he was locked in a jail cell with an actual human trafficker and has been subject to horrifying conditions while waiting for justice to be served.
Becker says these targeted individuals are“convicted before a trial has even started. Dealing with the government on that case, I saw for myself firsthand how the criminal justice system in America works. It’s not ‘innocent until proven guilty’. It’s guilty until proven innocent.”
When I asked Nicole why this cult leader was targeted, she says“Raniere is a powerful individual. His influence was large, with his connections to presidential figures in countries like Mexico, Fortune 500 companies. These types of people scare the government and ultimately, the government decides they should be taken down. Judges are given an immense amount of power”.
The bottom line on this case:“human trafficking”allegations are being thrown around at just about everyone since the #MeToo movement, hurting actual victims of human trafficking and minimizing their experience and pain. And even worse, certain individuals are vilified with planted and tampered evidence to create a monster and the media, unconcerned with facts and concerned more with sensationalism, fuel the public flogging of these individuals or are curiously silent when there is evidence to the contrary. It happened with Joe Exotic from Tiger King, President Trump and now, Keith Raniere.
When asked what Becker would do to fix this problem, she says,“In general the system is weaponized. It needs a complete overhaul to de-weaponize the system.”Her heart is with true human sex trafficking victims and this Raniere case and tampered evidence has been a major step backwards for them.