by Kathy Crest:
As many Americans are coming to grips with the realization that sexual abuse has been a widespread problem in the United States, one that has been kept silent thanks to the cooperation of the media and intimidation practices used on victims, a different form of abuse has begun to surface, that of child sex trafficking.
An alternative news network, known as Disobedient Media, has just interviewed a human trafficking victim, Greg Bucceroni, a man who once escaped the grips of his abusers. Until just recently, stories like Bucceroni’s were met with backlash and character assassination. He tried to tell his story in 2012 but it was not widely accepted by media outlets. This kind of thing is not easy to process by the public, and thanks to secrecy surrounding it, the problem continues to grow. It is also not easy to admit as a man that you were once sexually abused as a child. It is something that many prefer to shove back to the depths of their mind, and forever keep under lock and key.
Bucceroni’s nightmare began in the late 1970’s, when he was troubled boy who quickly turned to child prostitution. He claims the east coast was a hotbed for sex trafficking, and he told Disobedient Media that a prominent sex ring had formed a network of traffickers, made up of abusers and producers of child pornography with ties to organized crime. They included wealthy philanthropists and political figures, including some who had been accused of indiscretions in the past.
According to Disobedient Media: While Bucceroni has been attacked by certain media outlets for his statements in 2012, Disobedient Media’s investigation into his claims found them to be highly credible. Bucceroni’s assertions are corroborated by media reports, emails published by Wikileaks, FBI documentation of mafia activity and testimony from a congressional committee hearing obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests. This particular network whom Bucceroni described, was documented in 1982 by the New York State Select Committee On Crime. The committee’s report covers the time period in which Bucceroni describes being trafficked. After reviewing additional FBI documents, Disobedient Media can validate significant claims made by Bucceroni, and raises serious questions regarding currently active members of the political establishment.
The New York Daily Times picked up Bucceroni’s story in 2012, and they reported he was a child prostitute associated with a pedophile ring that included former Philadelphia businessman, Ed Savitz, philanthropist Samuel Rappaport, and former Penn State coach, Jerry Sandusky. Sandusky was suspected of sexual misconduct with boys, and In 2011, following a two-year grand jury investigation, was arrested and charged with 52 counts of sexual abuse of young boys over a 15-year period from 1994 to 2009. Reuters once reported on the Coach, saying he used a charity he founded to procure specifically at-risk children, stating, “The Second Mile, [is] a charity for disadvantaged youth that prosecutors say founder Jerry Sandusky used to find his child sex abuse victims.”
Bucceroni told Disobedient media that the arrest of Jerry Sandusky is what drove him to tell his story in 2012, as a friend of his had been raped by Sandusky and had later committed suicide.
Bucceroni told how he was once paid for sex by Coach Phil Foglietta, who is now deceased, and was accused of raping students at Brooklyn Poly Prep over a 20 year period. Former Wharton School of Business professor, Lawrence Scott Ward, also had ties to the pedophile ring. Ward is currently serving a prison sentence for trafficking in child porn and smuggling photos and videos of himself having sex with a teenage Brazilian boy. Others involved with the abuse, according to Bucceroni, included Dennis Hastert, Lawrence King, and even former DNC Chair, Ed Rendell among others.
Many boys in foster care and boys’ clubs are targets for sexual abuse, and Bucceroni told how he was abused by a pedophile named Eddy Savitz. He alleged that Savitz operated in conjunction with philanthropist Sam Rappaport, abusing a large number of troubled boys who were easily accessible through the South Philadelphia Boys Club. Savitz was arrested and charged with the abuse, but died of AIDS before he could be tried. The New York Times wrote that authorities recovered 5,000 images of child pornography from Savitz’ residence. Additional reports stated that 200 bags of dirty underwear and socks were also recovered, along with 100 photographs taken at a “storage facility.”
Bucceroni told Disobedient Media that Lawrence King, central figure in the Nebraska Credit Union scandal, would host trips to “take kids from the South Philly Boys Club to Washington D.C.” Bucceroni explained that he was never tortured by Savitz or Lawrence King and was not personally aware of others being tortured but that Savitz used the “honey approach rather than vinegar.”
Bucceroni told of how Savitz use to send boys to “functions” around the country where they would be used as prostitutes. One such incident occurred in 1979, to an after-party following a fundraiser on behalf of Ronald Reagan: “It took place in a townhouse somewhere in Washington DC. When we got there, there were kids from other areas. There was food, watching porn and alcohol and marijuana. We were introduced to guys, like a meet and greet. Afterwards, there was a post-party. Certain people were there… we negotiated a price, did whatever we did, then would go back in and do other sexual deviant acts.”
Bucceroni clarified that Ronald Reagan did NOT attend the after party, but one political figure who did, Dennis Hastert, was later charged and arrested for pedophilia. “Eddy Savitz gave me $40, for Denny. That was the interaction with Denny, who was Dennis Hastert. He was mingling with known adult sex traffickers, inside this after-party in Washington DC.” Bucceroni stated to Disobedient Media that Dennis Hastert was ‘hanging out with Eddy Savitz and Lawrence King.”
Salon reported that Hastert was eventually convicted due to his part in an “elaborate hush money scheme to cover up his years long molestation of teenage boys while he was an Illinois high school wrestling coach from 1965 until 1981.” The Republican was also characterized by the presiding judge as a serial sex offender. A surprising number of politicians called for “leniency” in his defense.