The article in the link below from Traffick Alerts brings up a lot of important issues connected with Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking and the foster care/social service system. There are no easy answers but something has to be done about criminalizing a child victim who has already been crushed by being sold and exploited. Should they be further traumatized, labeled, and carry a criminal record for life? What is our responsibility as a society?
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The film “Rape for Profit” won Best Long Form Film at the Justice Film Festival last weekend! Congratulations. This documentary is set in Seattle, but it could be any major city. I posted the extended trailer on February 11, if you want to see that one as well.
Yes, some child prostitutes (under 18) choose on their own to sell their bodies, but why? They are slaves to survival. If they had another choice, would they do it? NO! Or they are desperately searching for love and do not understand the difference between love and sex. Or their bodies have already been violated so what difference does it make? They are slaves of circumstance and need another choice. Bless those who are giving them choices.
Beautiful. Sad. Left me in tears.
A little more justice. A little more hope.
By Vivian Kuo, CNN
Savannah, Georgia, (CNN) — An agent presses against a light blue wall and it gives way. Behind it is a makeshift room made of foam insulation and a cheap plywood frame.
The woman inside is believed to be a victim of a human trafficking ring that law enforcement agents busted during a four-state coordinated raid Wednesday.
She is on a small bed with a thin mattress on springs. A large free-standing mirror sits to the side, and clothes are strewn across the floor.
Upon surveying the scene inside the Savannah, Georgia, townhouse, Brock Nicholson, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agent in charge, said he’s never witnessed a situation like this.
“[This] is basically where they had the victim, where she serviced commercial sex acts, her hellish life is. She lived — all of her possessions, the tools of the commercial sex trade — all…
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How can one look into the eyes of this little girl and not be heartbroken for her. Lord have mercy.
By Samuel Burke, CNN
The mother of a little Afghan girl cannot even turn to face her daughter. She looks down in shame as she explains why she must hand the girl over to drug lords.
The father of the girl has done what many Afghan farmers must do to finance their opium farms: borrow money from drug traffickers. But the Afghan government and international forces’ attempt to halt the opium trade has quashed the father’s poppy business, and with it, his ability to pay back the lenders.
The drug lords have taken him hostage to extract a payment.
“I have to give my daughter to release my husband,” the mother explains with the girl at her side. She looks no older than six.
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