Undercover video in Virginia PP clinic shows cooperation with “pimp”
posted at 10:12 am on February 3, 2011 by Ed Morrissey
Live Action released the second in a new series of undercover videos taken at Planned Parenthood clinics in recent weeks in which reporters pose as a pimp and prostitute to determine whether the clinics comply with reporting laws. This clinic in Virginia appears ready and willing to help, even after the “pimp” explains that some of his “sex work” employees are as young as 14 and 15. The nurse explains that “we see people from, I mean, every walk of life, so …”
MAN: We’re involved in sex work, so …
MAN: There’s some other girls that we kinda, we manage, and they kinda need help too.
WOMAN: Yeah, I’ve been trying to get him in here for a while now, ’cause we gotta keep them safe.
PP: Yeah, of course. So we see people from, I mean, every walk of life, so … For a while, we were treating like all of the girls at Paper Moon [a strip club] and like, you know, various places around town, so no judgment, no sharing of information, like, uh, nothing here.
MAN: That’s what we were worried about, you know, the health facility, or the government, stuff like that. Now, the more complicated part of it, though, is, um, some of the girls, they’re around like 14, 15, and some of them are from, like, out of state, out of country. They don’t know about the facilities, they don’t know how to get help. I don’t even know how to do it. So, like, what are your, like …
PP: Like, are they legally here? Or are they legally residents?
Believe it or not, that’s the only legal issue raised in this interview — the immigration status of the girls prostituting for the pimp. He had already stated that some of the girls were 14 and 15 years of age, which constitutes criminal sexual exploitation of minors. That requires abortion clinics and all medical facilities to report the information. Did this clinic file a report? We’ll find out soon enough. Also, the dancers at the Paper Moon can’t be terribly happy to know that the clinic is advertising their diseases, especially after watching the nurse assure a pimp of confidentiality to protect his underage sex ring. Maybe law enforcement might want to take a closer look at the activities of that club, too.
This video is marginally less damning than the first, where the clinic manager enthusiastically offered advice to the pimp on how to conceal his business. The clinic worker, whom Live Action does not identify in this video, acts considerably more detached. If the clinic reported this incident to police as required, this tape won’t do any legal damage to Planned Parenthood or to the worker in the tape. But Planned Parenthood takes $300 million in public funding each year, and tapes like this make it clear that taxpayer money isn’t well spent. Congress needs to cut off the money.
Update: Yes, as we noted on the earlier tape, the national office notified the Department of Justice when it discovered that a couple claiming to be a pimp and prostitute had visited a number of clinics asking about Planned Parenthood operations. Each clinic also had a separate legal obligation within their state to report their knowledge of underage girls being run as part of a prostitution ring, too. In the first tape, the manager enthusiastically advised the pair how to avoid legal detection; in this one, the nurse didn’t seem concerned about it. If she didn’t notify local law enforcement immediately of the incident, then that clinic almost certainly violated the reporting law themselves.