Sex-Trafficking American Girls – A ‘Rape for Profit’ Commodity

Leslie Carol Botha: This is what happens when one gender treats the other as secondary…. the objectification and pornification of women – now affecting our adolescent daughters.  This could be your daughter, niece or neighbor. Parents need to know about this issue – because the life and safety of their daughters are at stake.

How can I link sex-trafficking into hormone health?  Many adolescent girls act out in hormonal (premenstrual rage) and run-away from home. Some jackass pimp on the street preys on them – offering food, shelter and a life of glamour….and then she is gone. One simple hormonal error in judgement can cost her a life of enslavement.

Selling American Girls: The Truth About Domestic Minor Sex-Trafficking

Forbes
Brooke Axtell, Contributor
December 3, 2012

The sex-trafficking of U.S. children is America’s dirty, little secret.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, human trafficking is the second fastest growing criminal industry — just behind drug trafficking. Approximately half of all victims are children.

The National Human Trafficking Resource Center estimates it’s a $32 billion industry, with about 50% of this revenue coming from industrialized countries. This surpasses the sale of illegal arms.

Sex-trafficking is essentially systemic rape for profit. Force, fraud and coercion are used to control the victim’s behavior, which may secure the appearance of consent to please the buyer (or John). Behind every transaction is violence or the threat of violence.

What happens to trafficked children in the U.S. when they are discovered by the police? Often they are arrested on prostitution charges, thrown into jail and treated like criminals, even though they are minors.

Instead of receiving counseling in a safe, supportive residential facility, many are forced to endure the additional trauma of juvenile detention. One reason for this is the lack of training to help law enforcement recognize and assist victims.

In 2008, New York was the first state to establish a Safe Harbor Law to decriminalize underage victims of sexual exploitation. Since then, 9 states have followed suit, but in the remaining states, children who are bought and sold for sex are still sent to jail.

Legally, they cannot consent to sex with an adult, so the use of the term “child prostitution” in the media is misleading. In any other context, this would be considered statutory rape.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.