AWARENESS IS USELESS WITHOUT ACTION
There are few things in life so monstrous as child prostitution, something that many find hard to even think about. But when we choose not to think about it, we fail to do anything about it. And through our inaction, we abandon the innocent children who are caught up in the reality of those terrible circumstances. If you can’t bear to even think about it, how much worse is it for the children who are actually living it?
About half of sex trafficking victims are children. The average age is approximately 13, many are older, some are as young as 5 or 6. Outrageously, some are even younger.
Children get caught up in the web of child prostitution in various ways:
In the developed world:
In the developing world:
Lack of law enforcement is a major hurdle in the fight against child prostitution. In developing countries, many laws prohibiting child prostitution are simply not enforced. Police officers and even government officials are often complicit in the cover up of these crimes, leaving these children with no one to turn to. Even in America, under current law, when an adult hires a child prostitute and has committed statutory rape, unbelievably the child can be prosecuted as a criminal! Does anybody else see the injustice in this?
When you understand that the average life expectancy of someone who enters the degrading life of sexual exploitation is just eight years, not to mention the terrible abuse suffered throughout their captivity, you can see why the need to rescue and rehabilitate these kids is so important.
If this is something that sickens you, I urge you not to turn away! Let it sicken you to the point of doing something about it! When you truly contemplate the atrocities, abuses and emotional turmoil these children face, you simply can’t turn away. These children are prisoners, are abused daily and endure incredible suffering. They have been failed by their families, their communities, their governments, and society in general. I don’t want to be a part of the society that fails them, I want to be a part of the society that is trying to bring hope to their lives and end their suffering!
This story of underage prostitutes is incredibly disturbing, yet eye-opening: Highway of hell: Brazil’s child prostitution scandal
“Sometimes I wonder about priorities in the human race, we seem so worried about the trivial stuff which means nothing and do nothing about these poor innocent girls living a life most people could never imagine. It makes my blood boil that there are so many men out there willing to take advantage of these kids”.
Comment by Nicki of Sydney
Let’s be adults and stand up for these kids! Stay tuned for ways to help.
“It is our collective voices and actions that will cause a rumble to be heard around the world that human trafficking must end, and we will not rest. We will not stop until every child has been rescued.” Betsy Meenk, Zoe Children’s Homes U.S. regional director