Nicholas Kristof’s great article in the New York Times yesterday went very far in educating Americans that commercial sexual exploitation of children happens right here in the U.S. Most people think it is only happens in other countries, caused by intractable poverty. But we are not a poor country, and yet children under 18 are bought and sold in prostitution every day. It happens because 12 or 13 year old children are naïve and easy to coerce. Pimps are seeking out such youngsters because there is a huge demand for fresh flesh in a prostitution market that is very vigorous. We need to create a social safety net that insures that every child has protection and assistance as they navigate the difficult teenager years, especially abused, runaway or throwaway children who are so vulnerable. We need to create strenuous information campaigns aimed at all men with the simple message that child exploitation is illegal, both in the U.S. and abroad. This is not rocket science. This is not impossible. It just requires the political will to do so.
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Bart Lubow, of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, took the time to talk to us about about what the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI), and how it has changed the way children are handled by the justice system.
While our documentary was officially released last week, that’s not the end of the story. One film could not possibly capture and detail the heart-wrenching saga of every youth, let alone the full story of the survivors’ lives used in the film.
While the following is little more than a minute long, it captures much of the emotion and heart-ache being a child victim of commercial sexual exploitation.
What I Have Been Through is Not Who I Am Extended JL’s Story
Arresting children involved in prostitution does not rescue them. That is the clear message of “What I’ve Been Through Is Not Who I Am,” a new documentary released by ECPAT-USA and WITNESS that tells the story of Katrina, a formerly sexually exploited teen who was arrested many times. It was only after she accepted an offer of help from a safe haven that she was able to escape.
With this happy new year, we wish to share with you the progress and great strides currently being achieved at the Georgia Care Connection, as talked about in this extended interview from our documentary by Jennifer Bennecke.
What I Have Been Through is Not Who I Am Extended Interview Jennifer Bennecke
Georgia Care Connection, Executive Director
Nix Conference & Meeting Management is leading the charge
among meeting planners worldwide to help end child sex trafficking. Nix is initiating a
first-ever Meeting Planners Code of Conduct in January, Human Trafficking Awareness
Month, and encouraging industry peers and competitors to join them in addressing the
issue at every hotel where they do business.