Yesterday, I read an article put together by John Whitehead at the Rutherford Foundation entitled “The Essence of Evil: Sex with Children Has Become Big Business in America”. I am going to spend a few days on this article. Although the article is painful to read, it is packed full of the inconvenient, in-your-face truth. The problem with human trafficking is that while we all agree that it is bad, it is not polarizing and it does not sell the news. As Americans, we do not like to face ugly realities that do not affect us even if they exist in our own back yard. While many will argue that the American Civil War 1861-1865 was about state’s rights, I must assert that one of the main causes of the war was slavery. Here we are in the year 2019 and slavery has gone underground. It is bringing in more illicit money than ever before. What has happened to cause our country to turn a blind eye?
A quote by Investigative Journalist Amy Fine Collin’s sums this up best. “It’s become more lucrative and much safer to sell malleable teens than drugs or guns. A pound of heroin or an AK-47 can be retailed once, but a young girl can be sold 10 to 15 times a day—and a ‘righteous’ pimp confiscates 100 percent of her earnings.”
What is going on with our society that allows for this kind of behavior? John Whitehead states that over 300,000 young girls are trafficked in the United States each year and that each one has a life expectancy of seven years. These girls are subjected to beatings, rapes, murders, disease, starvation, emotional and physical abuse, torture, and the worst human conditions imaginable. This is slavery, and is an American problem. This is not a Democrat Problem, a Republican Problem, or any other party problem. This is America’s problem, and on a grander scale, is part of a global crisis that includes human trafficking, kidnapping, domestic servitude, organ harvesting, and a host of other crimes against humanity.
As Americans, we try to believe that it is not touching our world, yet it is the average citizen who participates. The article points out that everyday businessmen, clergy, lawyers, husbands, fathers, and those you would never believe to be involved are participating. As much as this is not a political party problem, this is also not a man problem. There are many cases of women pimps and madams who run trafficking syndicates and become rich because of the suffering of those they prostitute. Organized crime networks, gangs, cartels, terrorist cells, and other groups often buy protection from people who can protect them, i.e. complicit politicians and crooked cops. It is happening in everyday America and not just in the big cities.
I would argue that taking down these networks would do more to stop crime in the US than focusing solely on gangs and drugs. The problem for all of us is that we all agree that this is bad, but it is not polarizing. If it was speculative, inflammatory, or filled with conspiracy, it would be the top of America’s list of problems to fight. We at Captive Audience PTRT are committed to fighting human trafficking and all forms of captivity wherever they are found.