Co-Morbidity

 

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In the land of the blind the one eyed man is king

According to SAMHSA’s 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) (PDF | 3.4 MB) an estimated 43.6 million (18.1%) Americans ages 18 and up experienced some form of mental illness. In the past year, 20.2 million adults (8.4%) had a substance use disorder. Of these, 7.9 million people had both a mental disorder and substance use disorder, also known as co-occurring mental and substance use disorders.Various mental and substance use disorders have prevalence rates that differ by gender, age, race, and ethnicity. 

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Those are the American figures, now take a look at some British ones, in 2014/15 there were 8,149 hospital admissions of drug related mental health and behavioural disorders that’s 14% higher than the previous year. There were also 14,279 hospital admissions for poisoning as a consequence of drug use, that’s 57% up on 2003/4. 

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24% of those arrested by police for assault later tested positive for drugs, in 12% of those cases the drug of choice was cannabis. More British people than ever are taking drugs but to all intents and purposes we’re not addicted, even with a surge in drug abuse brought on by a recession, austerity and economic uncertainty. Despite this lack of addiction there’s been an increase in comorbidity ( mental illness coinciding with drug use), an increase in drug driving, and an increase in assaults (how many of those involved in the perpetration of knife & gun crime would have been found to have used drugs if they’d been caught at the scene?).

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There’s been an increase in parents attending their own children’s funerals, an increase in police attending teenage crimes scenes, an increase in community concerns about the increasingly violent ways in which teenage members of their communities are meeting their end. The only thing that hasn’t increased is governmental concern about what’s going on, the kind of concern that could lead to an increase not a decrease in policing numbers and police budgets. British police have form when it comes to targeting big time drug dealers and the havoc and mayhem they create in Britain’s cities. Out of control children (black and white) are running around with guns and knives and pockets stuffed full of cash and besides being bemused, the government has cut policing budgets time and again and chosen to do nothing.

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The stats on Cannabis farms make for astounding reading, that’s thousands of suburban terraced homes in which plants and not people are being housed. The police used to raid thousands of these properties a year, returning the homes to estate agents who could then arrange for them to be filled by real people with real housing needs. However, the number of cannabis farm raids has dropped, the reason? A cut in policing manpower and budgets.

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Tied to the issue of cannabis farms is modern slavery, the enslaving of homeless people for the sole purpose of cultivating the cannabis crop. According to Teresa May (she who has declared Eritrea a ‘safe haven’ for returning refugees) ‘Britain leads the world in its efforts to tackle modern slavery’ but not it would seem in eradicating homelessness or cannabis farming. 

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Lives Destroyed For Profit

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-Private Eye

‘We humans must be the most depraved and corrupt species that ever walked the earth. No other creature enslaves as we do,for pleasure of power and profane profit. Humans capture, imprison and enslave all of creation, plants and animals, and their own kind too, and bend them to their will. Humans are the slavers of this world. No more wooden sailing ships ply the waves filled with sickened and prostrate Africans chained in their own vomit and waste, destined for the cottonfields of America or the plantations of the British territories. Their labour, sweat and tears filled the coffers of the traders in Liverpool and Boston, and the banks of London and New York. Now, the slavers are the sex tourists and traffickers travelling in style across oceans and continents to ravish the weak, who have been born into poverty and live in chains of debt (Father Shay Cullen,Slavery Now & Then, 2007). 

If Harvey Proctor is innocent of any ‘historical’ wrongdoing, then I feel certain the sympathies of the general public will go with him. Just as I am certain the sympathies of the general public went with Gary Glitter, when he was initially accused of being a sex tourist out in Asia all those years ago, and prior to any arrests and convictions. If however Mr Proctor is arrested, charged and then prosecuted, I would suggest that readers bear in mind what a man who spends his days rescuing unwanted children, has to say about the nature of adult sexual interest in children and sex tourism in Asia, it is nothing more than the most depraved kind of human slavery. Should the establishment choose to ride to the rescue of Mr Proctor please bear in mind the article below, concerning an ‘abducted sex slave’ whose father was told, that the power of the men who had enslaved his son was  such, that if he valued his life he wouldn’t continue to demand to know, what had become of him.

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Slavery, The Preda Foundation & Father Shay Cullen

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I really don’t know how to describe this man’s work, so I thought I’d start off with this really cheery picture of Father Shay Cullen and two nice looking ladies holding up a Fairtrade poster. Then I thought I’d go on to describe this priest’s parish, which in the words of Danny Smith, founder of the Jubilee Campaign, is ‘Olongapo City (in the Philippines) once described as the biggest brothel in the world’. Now how best to describe Father Cullen’s flock? Here we go,

‘Child sex slaves are chained to beds, abused daily, threatened and tortured, punched and punished, beaten and bruised and made a plaything for the powerful, a toy for the depraved. Many are murdered when no longer useful or a liability to the slave masters. Others commit suicide or perish from disease, abuse and despair’ (Father Shay Cullen,Slavery Now & Then 2007)

A long time ago (in the 80s and 90s by his account) Father Shay Cullen mildly resembled a U.S marine, because he did, he was frequently asked if he wished to buy the services of prostituted…children. That would have been enough to galvanise any decent honourable human being into action. But then the good father was notified of 18 child prostitutes, who had turned up at the local hospital, in need of treatment for a variety of sexually transmitted diseases.

Horrified and enraged (I get the distinct impression) Father Cullen went to the police, only to find that they were too corrupt to be arsed. Not so Father Cullen who having figured out who was doing the buying, and having engaged the help of the Preda Human Rights Team led by Alex Hermoso, campaigned ferociously for the removal of the naval bases fuelling the trade.

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Father Cullen’s talent for being a successful nuisance was so pronounced, that the authorities tried & failed to have him deported. It was so pronounced that his life has been threatened, that notwithstanding the naval bases were closed down courtesy of the Philippines Senate in 1992. Problem solved? Problem morphed as has been proved by the sex tourism community that has sprung up in the Philippines, far away from the prying eyes of richer nations like the UK and the U.S. Who would have thought to hear a Priest say this? And I quote,

‘People have come to believe that ‘white is right’. If the foreigners do it then the practice of enslaving women and children for sexual gratification must be right for everyone. Child abuse in Philippine homes has soared in recent years and only now is the full extent being uncovered’

An estimated 1.5 million sex tourists travel to Asia each year. The trade is considered so lucrative that powerful government officials team up with pimps who have remodeled themselves as ‘tourism developers’. Yes, modern slavery is alive and well in the Philippines, due in part to incompetent officials and abusive police (does this sound familiar?). The most disquieting element of this however, are those 1.5 million sex tourists whose permanent homes are in Europe and the UK, not in the Philippines.

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The picture of the naked emaciated child is not gratuitous, it is a picture of one of the hundreds of boys and girls rounded up from doorways and roadsides by police in January this year, and put behind bars, to make the poverty-racked city of Manila look more presentable, for the Pope’s visit.

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Father Shay Cullen deserves a medal the size of a dustbin lid!