Columbia Missourian Article: Recent Arrests bring a north Columbia brothel into the light, raise questions about sex trafficking
After a series of federal indictments and raids, the community learns that a nondescript white house on Columbia, Missouri’s north side had been serving as brothel where an underage age girl from Milwaukee was allegedly the victim of sex trafficking. Reporters rushed to get the story but had been beat to the punch by a young journalist who had been digging into the seedy business for almost 2 years prior to the arrests. Her story would explain how Barry Manthe, the mastermind behind the enterprise, operated with law enforcement cooperation for nearly 3 decades.
Police Protected Pimp utilizes interviews, police reports and other evidence to explore the relationship between the Columbia Missouri Police Department and Barry Manthe, a longtime sex trafficker who was granted virtual immunity in exchange for acting as a police informant.
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STEPHEN WYSE’S COMMENTARY on the impact of the “WAR ON DRUGS” as it undermines our society
DARKSIDE OF THE “WAR ON DRUGS”
As a Military Policeman, I was attached to the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID) on a Drug Suppression Team (DST). For a couple of months before my transfer to Europe, I made small-time drug buys and conducted surveillance and investigations in support of drug related prosecutions. CID is the Army’s version of the Navy’s NCIS made famous by numerous TV series that are so named. As a low-ranking soldier in the “War on Drugs”, I was a true-believer in the cause during this time of my life. The only criminality tolerated by my team was trading the dismissal of charges against a drug-user. If they helped in the arrest and/or prosecution of their drug-dealer. Unfortunately, these type of deals are the least of the criminality tolerated by government agents engaging the on-going battles during America’s “War on Drugs”.
As a child, I was born into the “Land or the Free, Home of the Brave” but the war on drugs has eroded that maxim. In 1970, The United States had approximately 200,000 citizens incarcerated, and by 2016 over 2,200,000 Americans were behind bars with drug crimes being among the leading causes for incarceration. CNN Report The “Drug War” is waged in biased manner. Research has shown that white and black people use drugs at nearly identical rates, but blacks are four times more likely to be arrested for a drug crime and five times more likely to be incarcerated behind bars as a punishment for drug offenses.
Another of the attacks upon civil society is made by our “Drug War” waged across the nation with property seizures under Civil Asset Forfeiture. The government shifts the burden in these seizures to the citizen to prove that their property was legally acquired and possessed. These property seizures are often unrelated to criminal convictions and the property stolen by the government is often then used to fund law enforcement operations or other perks to drug warriors. With these seizures of property and/or money being viewed as “pennies from heaven“ by police and promoting predatory police actions akin to piracy. Citizens often describe these property/money seizures as governmental piracy for the harm it does to them even though they are never charged with and/or convicted of a crime.
Mistaken warrants with no-knock raids regularly lead to the loss of innocent life in our decades long “Drug War”. Violence and corruption are a regular part of the “War on Drugs.” The corruption of our government comes in many forms. Sometimes drug-dealers use law enforcement against their competition and occasionally share the profits or valuable information with the police who then seize drugs or property that is used to continue the cycle. Sometimes law enforcement makes shocking deals with far more reprehensible criminals than minor drug users in order to make a drug arrest. The “War on Drugs” harms American society in ways too vast and complex to be neatly summarized here.
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Full Cast and Supporting Documentation:
Link to Wyselaw.com page with full credits
Sally Buxbaum Hunt as Brittany Crocker
Steve Easterling as Barry Manthe
Tao Weilundemo as FBI Special Agent Sean McDermott
Cody Amos as CPD Officer
Trenton Grierson as CPD Officer
Dawn Jaelithe Williams as Andrea Klatt
Alexis Lyon as 17 year old L.V.
Keri Lawson as Kerry Pruett
Additional Filming and Post Production
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Wyse Law Firm, P.C.: https://bit.ly/2AuLZ6J