“Very Often It Starts As A Lark”

February 14, 2010 15:36 pm

by Buzz Brockway · 42 comments

Jerry Luguire, President of the Georgia Christian Coalition makes the rather astounding claim that most child prostitution “starts as a lark” on a “wild weekend” when the girls say “let’s see if we can make some money.”

Luguire made this claim in an interview with Rachel Garrett of GBC News.

Perhaps Luguire and others who think these girls are prostitutes because it’s just so dad-gum fun and profitable should read Hidden In Plane View to get them out of the cocoon they live in.

It is a misconception that girls are willing participants in their own exploitation. Juveniles lack the knowledge, maturity, and awareness to understand the consequences of their action and in making such choices (Boxill & Richardson, 2005). An overwhelming majority of prostituted girls have pimps (Klain, 1999). Girls are almost always recruited into prostitution. In some cases, girls are kidnapped and detained for days and even months. They are even abducted by someone they know and then sold to pimps against their will. FBI debriefings of sex traffickers or pimps indicate that approximately twenty to forty percent of the victims forced or recruited into prostitution were juveniles.

John Konop February 14, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Jerry Luguire, I will pray you see light on how you are spewing hate in the name God!

Buzzfan February 14, 2010 at 3:52 pm

Great googly moogly.

Is there an ACTUAL unwritten rule somewhere that to be the head of a “Christian” political advocacy group you first must prove you have the IQ of a traffic cone?


John Konop February 14, 2010 at 4:03 pm


polisavvy February 15, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Hysterical! :) (IQ of a traffic cone — bahahahahaha).

B Balz February 14, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Why do you hate traffic cones?

Romegaguy February 14, 2010 at 7:22 pm

Brian Kemp thought of that line first

Tyler February 14, 2010 at 4:02 pm

These kids are victims. They are not criminals. I am a Christian, born-again etc. But many professing to be “Christian” would rather judge these girls harshly and claim that this bill legalizes prostitution. These Christian groups claim to be “compassionate conservatives” time and time again but don’t actually act on what they claim. I’m sorry, but that is the definition of hypocrite.

We need to reach out to any child that is caught up in this trap and help them, not prosecute them with the law. One “hole” that needs to be filled in Unterman’s bill is a provision of what to do once an underage youth is caught as a prostitute. As far as I can see, the bill offers no solution as to what to do once an underage child has been caught in the act. An amendment may need to be offered to the bill that seeks to reach out to the girls. Rather than place them behind bars or in the judicial system, we steer them in the direction of help and true compassion. I’m getting tired of groups that have taken up the montra of “Christian” telling everyone what we think. This is one Christian who supports offering these children help, rather than labeling them as criminals.

John Konop February 14, 2010 at 4:04 pm

A very good post!!

Tyler February 14, 2010 at 4:05 pm

Much obliged, Konop. Let’s unite under a just cause. Republican, Democrat, or Independent shouldn’t matter. This is an issue that goes MUCH further than any label or political ideology.

John Konop February 14, 2010 at 5:09 pm

I agree!

Republican Lady February 16, 2010 at 11:10 am

Thanks for the courage you showed in writing your post.

SouthGAConservative February 14, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Go Team! Great comment Tyler!

The exploitation of women and children is part of the problem which causes our soldiers to be overseas. And we look down on how those populations “can’t do things right” then let it happen in our own backyards?!


South Fulton Guy February 14, 2010 at 5:42 pm

Let’s be clear, these extreme legalistic beliefs of Jerry Luguire, President of the Georgia Christian Coalition are no more representative of most Christians, than entitlement assertions of race warlords like Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton regarding Black Americans.

Chris February 15, 2010 at 8:05 am

Which is why both sides need to loudly denounce the Laguires and Sharptons.

Dave Bearse February 14, 2010 at 8:24 pm

The corundum is that the leadership doesn’t appear able to govern without the GCC, and over time won’t be able to govern with ’em.

B Balz February 14, 2010 at 8:56 pm

Mr. Luguire and his ilk represent a gross oversimplification of how young women end up in the sex trade. Comments from Mr. Tyler through Mr. Bearse describe, to me, incongruities that I as a life long GOP voter find deeply unsettling.

Criminals, using sexploitation and human trafficking, and not teenage promiscuity, are the real culprits behind this societal blight. Some here even joke about so-called ‘spa’s’. It is all bad.

Atticus Grinch February 14, 2010 at 9:25 pm

I like how on the one hand a “child” can willingly decide to be a prostitute, in which case she needs punishment for her voluntary acts, but on the other hand the same child can have sex with her 18 year old boy friend and the law (and people like Jerry Luguire) deems that act as child molestation and label the 18 year old “man” as a sexual deviant. After all, in that case, the “child” lacks the ability to consent and we can’t even consider if she did things willingly. Jerry Luguire represents all that is wrong with the Georgia-style Republican politics. I am sure he is friends with Jerry Keen.

appachtrail70 February 14, 2010 at 9:36 pm

Atticus, Jerry Luguire doesn’t represent all that is wrong with Georgia-style Republican politics, he represents all that is wrong with the status quo Christian Right.

Dave Bearse February 14, 2010 at 10:36 pm

As type of successor to a Moral Majority that was neither moral or a majority, they’re neither Christian or Right.

Icarus February 14, 2010 at 11:48 pm

I’m not embarassed to be a Christian.

I’m extremely embarassed how I allowed false prophets to take the mantle of my religion during the 80’s, 90’s, and much of the 00’s and use it by perverting the message of Christianity to build their own kingdoms here on earth.

The things done today in the name of my religion sicken me.

Ken in Eastman February 15, 2010 at 2:37 am

Well said, Icarus!

Kellie February 15, 2010 at 6:20 am

“I’ll pray for you, Icky” 😉

Jane February 15, 2010 at 12:39 am

The Christian coalition is a weak shell of itself especially in Georgia after Sadie Fields left. While I agree with Sadie and other social conservative leaders on most issues, this is one where they have not fully studied the issues. Sen. Unterman is 100% correct, Child prostitutes are victims not criminals. She is not making this argument as a libertarian who might support the complete de-criminalization of sex, but as a fellow social conservative who understand those who use power and force to sexual oppress women are the real criminals not the children who are forced into the sex trade.

Ken in Eastman February 15, 2010 at 2:54 am

Watch the interviews, they are very telling.

Listen to Jerry Luguire:

1 – say that what a minor does should follow them into adulthood and be a part of their record, otherwise “she can enter life as an adult without any bad past”

2 – refer to teenage prostitution starting as “a lark in high school” but most of the girls affected by this bill aren’t even in high school yet!

3 – “it takes two . . . punish them both” – so a 14-year old girl and an adult man are equally responsible? I don’t think so.

4 – “if a girl entices men on the internet . . .” she should be punished just a if she does so on the street. OK, but it sounds like some poor schlub is on the internet looking at the Braves trades on ajc.com and BOOM! some teenage Jezebel uses her unnatural wiles and savvy tech skills to make him meet her somewhere, give her money and have sex with her.

5 – “it removes the stigma of being arrested” Uh, Jerry, I know you don’t want to treat them as minors but they are and there will be no front page story listing their names, addresses, parents’ names or even their descriptions. There will be no less stigma than there is now.

Ill-informed, well-intentioned people are the ones who drives the asphalt trucks and rollers that pave the road to Hell.

ACConservative February 15, 2010 at 8:07 am

Didn’t Jesus teach us not to throw rocks at prostitutes?

ByteMe February 15, 2010 at 8:54 am

So you’re saying we’re not supposed to throw rocks at Luguire? You’re no fun.

John Konop February 15, 2010 at 9:04 am

I have good friend who is a preacher, and he told me Jesus is about love and forgiveness and it sad how so many have perverted the message.

Ken in Eastman February 15, 2010 at 11:51 pm


Your preacher friend is right on both counts. I think Jerry Luguire needs a WWJD band and I think he needs to look at it before he begins to talk of how people deserve punishment.

kyleinatl February 15, 2010 at 9:59 am

It’s like the cylon civil war!!!

Kellie February 15, 2010 at 10:17 am

I remember when I was in high school and I toyed with the idea of prostitution; the hours are good, money is easy- it really looked like a viable option. right…

ByteMe February 15, 2010 at 10:19 am

And you could use the time to catch up on your sleep….

B Balz February 15, 2010 at 10:29 am

Me too, Kells. I said three ‘Hail Mary’s’ and the feeling passed….

Kellie February 15, 2010 at 7:43 pm

It’s just all a part of growing up. 😉

Romegaguy February 15, 2010 at 7:48 pm

and if you are a prostitute, Richard Gere will drive by, take you shopping in Beverly Hills but not kiss you on the lips

Kellie February 15, 2010 at 8:44 pm

the easy life with Richard Gere 😉

sethweathers February 15, 2010 at 11:04 am

i agree with Icarus

B Balz February 15, 2010 at 11:12 am

Good job on the broadcast, Seth. Keep it coming!

Buzzfan February 15, 2010 at 11:31 am

“Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.”
Ronald Reagan

sethweathers February 15, 2010 at 12:21 pm

@ b balz – thanks! feel free to submit story ideas @ any time (must be gwinnett related in some way)

ACConservative February 15, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Hey, its President’s Day. That mean’s no school. Whose up for going out and becoming prostitutes?!

B Balz February 15, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Say your prayers, the feeling will pass.

Epicurean February 15, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Do you think I can get P.E. credits for prostitution?

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