SYLVIA McCRORY MAY 2020
The purpose of Christian Parenting Today is above all to honor God. In doing this, I feel we must keep parents informed of the dangers facing children in today’s world. In researching this topic, I am reminded of two passages in the Bible.
Now the tax collectors and “sinners” were all gathering around to hear him. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” Then Jesus told them this parable. “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”
Luke 15:1-7 (NIV)
One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “of all the commandments, which is the most important? “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”
Mark 12:28-31 (NIV)
Many will begin reading this series of articles and think, “this does not apply to me and my family, so I am not going to be concerned about child sex trafficking.” First, I hope this never applies to your family. But the Bible clearly instructs us to love our neighbors as ourselves. With that command, then we should be more than concerned. These are CHILDREN who are being used as objects for the pleasure of others. Second, I hope these articles will open your heart to the realities some children are living in at this moment. I fear many people are willing to turn their attention away from something so horrifying, because it is easier to pretend it does not exist. I must confess, I am stunned that many times there is more concern over stray animals, than stray and lost people, especially children. This brings me to my first passage, heaven rejoices over the one lost sheep that is found, more than ninety-nine who were not lost. I hope you will stay with us as I attempt to share with you the information, I have learned about Child Sex Trafficking.
The definition of Child Sex Trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, obtaining, or advertising of a minor child for the purpose of a commercial sex act, which involves the exchange of anything of value – such as money, drugs or a place to stay- for sexual activity.
The traffickers prey on the most vulnerable. Prime targets of traffickers are children in foster care, with those moved from one foster home to another being easier targets, runaways, throwaways – children not wanted by their families, children with emotional problems, homeless children, and naive children. Some children are even sold by drug addicted parents for money or drugs to feed their habit. Although, these are the prime target groups, child sex trafficking includes all socio-economic, racial, and cultural groups. Females were originally believed to be the most at risk, however, studies have found the number of males is growing. Sex trafficking is a worldwide problem including the United States, South and Southeast Asia, Central America, South America, and Western Europe.
First Children are Lured into This Dark World
Let us look at how predators and traffickers lure children into this horrific world.
Children are typically lured into Sex Trafficking by the promise of a comfortable lifestyle, complete with food, clothing, makeup, and a place to live. Many traffickers pretend to love these children, take care of them, they woo them with promises of love and security. Traffickers are aware vulnerable children are searching for a home filled with someone who cares about them and loves them.
Other traffickers lure children with dreams of fame and fortune. They may pose as talent scouts, or representatives from modeling agencies. These traffickers con children into believing they will become famous and live the life of luxury. Children are made to believe there are glamorous jobs awaiting them.
Children are Sex Objects, Even Sex Slaves
The world starts crashing in on these children.
In the beginning the children are sometimes in a honeymoon stage. Some children may think they are being loved and cared for by these traffickers. However, the reality soon kicks in and the children find themselves living in a dirty motel room. Some children are beaten into submission, they may have their clothes taken away, leaving them lying naked on a bed. Many children are drugged into a state of submission and addicted to drugs, dependent upon their trafficker for their next fix. Brainwashing is another tactic; children are told they are no longer wanted or loved by their families. They may be told the trafficker knows where their family lives and will kill or harm their family if they try to escape.
Some reports have stated girls are left lying naked on a bed while multiple men have sex with them. Girls have also been handcuffed to the bed to prevent escape. Many of these children are living in fear of being beaten by their pimp or trafficker, if they attempt to escape.
Children are sometimes transported into and out of countries. Language barriers for the children make them more dependent upon their pimp with little chance of escape.
The Trafficker Advertises These Children Online or by Word of Mouth or by the Reputation of Their Pimp
Many traffickers set up business in areas with conventions, close to airports. Children may be exploited through street prostitution, adult night clubs, illegal brothels, sex parties as well as hotel and motel rooms.
Traffickers may exploit children by recording and making movies of them having sex, in order to sell the videos. They may take photographs of nude children in sex acts, to sell the photographs.
As you read this, my prayer is it will touch your heart, that we will begin to explore and act on ways to rescue and prevent this horrific crime against our most precious children. Tomorrow I will continue to explore more about the victims. I hope you will be with us.