I call child prostitution a paradox because to use this term is absurd. I believe in most cases, prostitution is a choice. That is not the case with children who are sexually exploited. Every child I have ever found who was in the child sex trade was there because they were either kidnapped or sold and forced into a life that was not their choice. How can anyone call a child from the age of 4 to 12 a prostitute? Children who are sexually exploited for financial gain by the most evil, vile human beings on earth – are slaves. They are used for two reasons: 1. To satisfy the sick desires of the most despicable men on earth and 2. To give financial gain to people with no conscience or compassion whatsoever.
I have met many young women through the years who were rescued from their life of terror. I have yet to meet one who has said it was their choice to go into the sex trade and service 10-15 men a day for almost nothing, enduring beatings, starvation, being drug induced and forced into sex or rape… sometimes violent rape. The beatings would happen whenever the girls did not perform to the satisfaction of the client.
What has happened in our world? Shouldn’t we be progressing as a civilized society? We are surely progressing in the area of technology, but as a civilization – we are failing socially. This is one of the fastest growing industries in the world today. A multi-billion dollar enterprise. If we were progressing as a society should be in the arena of social behavior, shouldn’t this be decreasing? Shouldn’t the demand be declining? How can we (who are civilized) allow this evil to happen? And it is happening throughout the world at an alarming rate. There are currently more than 2 million child sex slaves. How is that possible? How can any nation turn a blind eye to this crime against innocent children? As I write this, my heart is breaking with the knowledge that right now – somewhere in our world – there are children being used in a way that is simply unspeakable because of how evil, dark, dirty and heinous a crime is being perpetrated against them.
English Philosopher Sir Edmund Burke once said:
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” It was true when he said this in the 1700′s and it is true today.
Albert Einstein, (one of the greatest minds in modern society) said:
“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”
One voice cannot do much. I’m reminded of the beloved classic Dr. Seuss story; “Horton Hears a Who.” One voice did nothing, but when the entire city of Whoville joined together… their society was saved.
One voice can scream about this injustice until his voice becomes nothing more than a whisper. Few will hear him. It’s going to take each one of us who see this injustice for what it is for something to change, and to make a difference in the life of that young girl who will cry herself to sleep tonight. No matter who you are, no matter what country you live in, no matter what language you speak, we must cry out in unison to end this evil against our children. We must band together.
Will you join me? Alone I can do very little, but screaming together about this injustice we can change the world for many children who are desperately crying for help.
Will you be one of those who “do nothing”? Will you be one who doesn’t “do anything about it?” Or will you live the following by Mahatma Gandhi – one of the world’s most humble men?
“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”