“Imagine you are a 13-year old girl. You do normal 13-year-old girl things: go to school, hang out with friends, fight with your mom. Then one day you meet an older guy who promises to shower you with gifts and help you fulfill your dreams in the big city. You trust him and run away from your family and friends to a strange place, and he starts telling you need to start working, need to make money so you can be happy together. Before you know it you are sucked into the world of forced prostitution and sex trafficking. All your money goes to your pimp, whom you thought loved you, so there is no escape, no way to get back the normal 13-year-old life you left behind.”
The average age of entry into commercial exploitation in America is between 12 – 14 years old. This is astounding! Sex trafficking is catching up to drug trafficking as one of the biggest crimes worldwide. In the United States, prostitutes are seen as criminals not victims. Instead of helping these young girls escape their pimps; our laws prosecute them, while their traffickers go free. The law says that any prostitution of minors automatically violates federal anti-trafficking laws; any prostitution of minors automatically violates federal anti-trafficking laws; however, more often girls selling sex are seen as criminals even if they are only 12 years old.
The United States was ranked for the first time in the 2010 U.S. State Department Trafficking in Persons Report.
We Have to Create a Change! Inform others of the atrocity of sex trafficking that is happening in the very cities where they live! Start discussions on Facebook and Twitter. Write blogs and get your voice out there. TALK ABOUT IT! Contact your state lawmakers and ask them to look at the new law passed by the Georgia State Legislature against sex trafficking!
We’re working in Central Kentucky! Our precious children are so worth it! Google for a group near you and get involved! ~Jen