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By on June 30th, 2011

The Village Voice has written an article and has listed OJC, along with other organizations (see below), implying that we are over estimating the number of children involved in trafficking or prostitution in the U.S.

The Village Voice may have reasons not discussed in their article for trying to disprove these numbers. The Village Voice Media group is the parent company for Backpage.com.  A company who has a website with adult ads.  See this article…http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/01/28/siu.selling.the.girl.backpage/index.html?hpt=Sbin

However we want to bring up what they did say… This is from their article….

The Village Voice states that they did an investigation and spent two months researching law enforcement data.  “We examined arrests for juvenile prostitution in the nation’s 37 largest cities during a 10-year period.  Law enforcement records show that there were only 8,263 arrests across America for child prostitution during the most recent decade.  That’s 827 arrests per year.  Compare 827 annually with the 100,000 to 300,000 per year touted in the propaganda.”

• USA Today: “Each year, 100,000 to 300,000 American kids, some as young as 12…”

• CNN: “There’s between 100,000 to 300,000 child sex slaves in the United States…”

• Media Bistro: “There are an estimated 100,000 to 300,000 victims of child prostitution…”

• Salon: “Roughly 100,000 to 300,000 American children are prostituted each year…”

• Family Court Chronicles: “Nationwide, 100,000 to 300,000 children are at risk for sexual exploitation…”

• Wikipedia: “Anywhere from 100,000 to 300,000 children are at risk for sexual exploitation…”

• U.N. goodwill ambassador Julia Ormond: “100,000 to 300,000 potentially trafficked…”

• Press TV: “Child trafficking rampant in the U.S. An FBI bulletin shows that 100,000 to 300,000 American children…”

• Orphan Justice Center: “An estimated 100,000 to 300,000 children in forced prostitution in the U.S….”

• C-SPAN: “Children in our country enslaved sexually…from 100,000 to 300,000…”

The Village Voice seems to be mostly focused on discrediting Aston Kutcher and Demi Moore and their campaign – Real Men don’t buy girls.  Kutcher and Moore are working hard to rescue girls and make a difference.  Check out their facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/dnafoundation.

However, they did bring up Orphan Justice Center… so OJC would like to respond and invite the Village Voice to use their voice to help, to bring life, to see hurting children rescued.

People who are interacting with runaway teens, or children in the foster care system, or abused children, recognize when reading these numbers that they are most likely low.   They also know that the number of children having to be involved in sexual acts is almost impossible to determine.  The horror stories of children in and out of the foster care system would indicate many more children forced to have sex than the numbers listed.

Also – arrest numbers are such a small part of the concern.  How can you compare that data to the concern for children that are never found because no one is telling their story?

The children that we talk to are usually hidden, frightened, and literally scared for their lives.  We have seen 5-year-olds who can tell of sex and violence that is horrible.  At the same time they are frightened to tell authorities because their lives have been threatened. The point is – they don’t have a voice – no one is speaking up for them!  We want to speak up for them and have them be counted.

If it is only one child – it is one child to many!

We invite all of our partners and friends to join us praying for truth to be revealed!  Stand up – now more than ever before and find out what is happening in your city and your neighborhood.  Bring life to your city – stand for those who can’t stand for themselves.  Ask God to bring Light to the darkness so that we can see children free.

3 “Give justice to the poor and the orphan;

uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute.

4 Rescue the poor and helpless;

deliver them from the grasp of evil people. Psalm 82

 

For more understanding of Child Sexual Exploitation or Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking … here are some sources to review…

http://www.sharedhope.org/Portals/0/Documents/SHI_National_Report_on_DMST_2009%28without_cover%29.pdf

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children states… The sexual victimization of children is overwhelming in magnitude yet largely unrecognized and underreported. Research indicates that 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 10 boys will be sexually victimized before adulthood.

http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PageServlet?LanguageCountry=en_US&PageId=2815#4

 

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