Transcript of Child Prostitution
photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli A Growing Epidemic Child Prostitution What is it? Child prostitution is the commercial exploitation of children. It is completely illegal, unregulated, and immoral, yet the revenue from it is constantly growing: ten million children worldwide are forced to participate in some part of the sex industry. It can be tied in with crimes such as kidnapping, rape, sexual and verbal abuse, child pornography, human trafficking, and many more, yet the punishment for child prostitution in most places around the world is very low-maintenance and it is not seen as a subject of importance. In fact, according to an interview with an under-aged prostitute and her younger sister from South Africa, some of their regular customers are police officers. Where does it take place? How Long Has Child Prostitution been an issue? Bibliography What are the Facts? Most pimps force drugs upon their prostitutes to gain more control over them. To make sure that they will not run away, they tell them that their parents do not want them back, that they are unloved. The pimps bribe the naive children with drugs, money, or even by making the prostitute think that they love them. They also scare the children, aged as young as 9 years old, into staying with them by "trunking them"(locking them in their car trunk for hours on end, where they could suffocate or starve), physical abuse, sexual abuse, and verbal abuse. These kids, who majority of them are female but a study showed that the number of boys involved in the epidemic increased largely in Pakistan, are scarred for the rest http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prostitution_of_children It is a serious issue all over the world but most of the biggest problem areas are under-developed third-world countries as they lack justiced prosecution laws. Thailand is notorious for being a popular sex-tourist destination, and child prostitution is dense in cities in South America, South Africa, Hong-kong, India, and America. It occurs in brothels, the underground scene, the internet, in motels, and sometimes unsafe and unsanitary places such as abandoned buildings or on the street. Child prostitution has been growing in places such as Sri Lanka, India, and Nepal, because the demand of sex-tourism in foreign places has been increasing rapidly. http://raisetheirvoice.com/30-days-of-prayer-for-the-voiceless/child-prostitution It is hard to pinpoint exactly when child prostitution became a problem, but it has been around most likely ever since prostitution has been, which would be the early 19th century; since the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom. Child prostitution accounted for 25% of prostitutes taken into custody in 2000, and the percentage increased by 2% in only one year. of their lives. Most will never have a job, start a family, or ever lead a normal life, as they will have to deal with self-loathing, extremely low self-esteem, drug addictions, and sexually transmitted diseases. http://www.restlessbeings.org/projects/dhaka-street-children/child-prostitution-the-facts Statistics There are 40,000 child prostitutes in South Africa. In Thailand, the average age of a child prostitute is 10-12 years old. On an ordiniary day, they would engage in some sort of sexual facet 10-15 times, and sometimes 20-30. Who is Involved? The countries that are involved are Brazil, China, Thailand, United States, and India. It is most prevalent in India, where there are about 400,000 to 575,000 children exploited. Brazil being second, at 100,000 to 500,000; the United States is third, with 300,000; and lastly China and Thailand, with 200,000 each. ECPAT estimates that 20% of the 20 million children in India alone are involved in the commercial sexual exploitation network. http://english.pravda.ru/society/stories/11-10-2006/84991-child_prostitution-0/ -Venezuala has around 40 thousand underaged prostitutes.Full transcript
-Peru and Brazil have 500,000 child prostitutes each.
-Canada has 200,000 child prostitutes.
-Between 300,000 and 600,000 of the 2 million prostitutes in the USA are under 18. What is Being Done About This? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7En-A1k1Ac The ECPAT is an international organization that raises awareness and money to help stop child trafficking for sexual purposes, child pornography, and child prostitution. They advocate for a legal system that will criminalize the traffickers and the customers, rather than the child. They also provide quality aid for the victims, and they give them opportunities for schooling and a life by putting them in child care centers and foster homes. Are These Initiatives Helping? Yes, these initiatives are helping, but not by much. Even though the organization is doing everything they can to help the children, by raising money, awareness, and by actually traveling to where it is most prevalent and bringing the children to new homes, it is an extremely hard issue to solve; since it is mostly an underground society that thrives at night, in dark alleyways, and in somewhat dangerous areas, it is hard to find the child prostitutes to help. Not only that, but their pimp is usually keeping a close eye on them to make sure nobody steals them. Lastly, most of the children are dependent on drugs, they do not trust anyone, and they are terrified of their pimp beating/starving/trunking them, so sadly majority of the children saved from sexual exploitation end up back on the streets sooner or later. There isn't much more to be done, as the ECPAT and other smaller organizations are doing all there is to do; only thing left that could help would be to continue raising awareness and support for the organization so as to make sure their motives are never weakened. To raise awareness and funds, share these websites on any of your social networking pages: https://america.cry.org/mainapp/donation.aspx?Pagetype=SEM&gclid=CP7J4_mm8rQCFYVFMgodQBEAwQ http://www.childrenofthenight.org/?gclid=CIXegsun8rQCFck7MgodjkIApw http://ecpatusa.org/