It’s an ongoing campaign to end the child sex trade.
An estimated one million new children enter the commercial child-sex-trade each year, but if everyone respected our “Don’t Buy A Kid” campaign and refused to buy a child, that commercialized child sex trade would fail. That simple. Probably following the forced end of commercialized exploitation of children the criminal elements of the child sex industry would turn to other criminal activity but at least the future of the human species would not be bartering with extinction on account of its threat to its own offspring. For this and many other reasons, don’t you think this problem deserves your attention?
Some people say, “I can’t do anything about this?” Well. We are. Join us.
How can we help?
1) Vigorously go after the customers. “Don’t buy a kid!” is the message which can be delivered by society, it’s law enforcement and its criminal justice system. Because in most of the world the criminal justice system is not functioning well (Commercialized Child Sex Exploitation is a criminal industry that grows in leaps and bounds), society must play a bigger role. Put pressure on your local and national governments. Spread the word and be on the lookout. Warn people, “Don’t buy a kid!”.
2) Mentoring for Child Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation
Help these children get out of this dangerous world. Convince them to leave the life; find them SAFE SHELTER. Help them survive beyond “the life”. Mentoring can pair an adult woman who has survived commercial sexual exploitation in her adolescence; it can pair trained clergy or skilled mental health professionals; or it can pair a trained YOU, with a girl who has been identified as a victim of sexual exploitation. Mentoring can stabilise a girl within the first 72 hours of identification by law enforcement or child protection services, thereby decreasing the likelihood that she will run away during this time. Mentoring should provide extensive support and motivation to the young women over time, increasing the likelihood she will engage in re-constructive services, including even participation in a criminal prosecution against her offender when appropriate. The goal is to help the survivor and to end child sex exploitation by perpetuating the mentoring of other survivors (creating survivors) and vigorously prosecuting perpetrators.
3) Don’t Buy A Kid! Educate the world on the perils of Child Sexual Exploitation. Shout it from the roof-tops if you must, “Don’t Buy A Kid – (Boy or Girl)”.
Defining The Child Sex Trade Problem
The commercial sexual exploitation of children involves crimes of a sexual nature committed for financial gain or other economic reasons.
These crimes include:
- trafficking for sexual purposes,
- sex tourism,
- mail-order-bride trade,
- stripping, and
- performing in sexual venues such as peep shows or clubs.
Children may engage in or be coerced into prostitution to meet their daily needs for food and shelter; they may be controlled through physical, verbal, or sexual abuse; they may receive threats of violence against their families; or they may have pornographic images taken and used against them as blackmail.
Research on children who are victims of Child Sexual Explotation suggests that these children have a different constellation of risk factors, vulnerabilities, service needs, and challenges than other youth populations. Children who experience Child Sexual Explotation are sexually, physically, and mentally abused; socially isolated; afraid; and ashamed. They can become overwhelmed and revictimized when engaging with the juvenile justice system or when serving as witnesses in criminal cases against their exploiters. They often feel that returning to the streets is their only option.
Research and evaluation findings on mentoring programs indicate that the length, frequency, and quality of mentoring relationships are important components of program success across a variety of mentoring programs. Other studies indicate that mentoring may be even more effective for “high-risk” children, accelerating their social development, decreasing the likelihood that they will become depressed or engage in violence. Efforts that build or enhance mentoring programs focused on these high-risk youth and provide appropriate support services can empower girls and boys to exit the commercial sex industry and move past their involvement with the justice system and their experiences with victimization to develop their full potential.
Most recently, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States provided the following findings and conclusions on service provision to child victims/survivors of Child Sexual Exploitation Part II: Current and Emerging Strategies, Chapter 6: Victim and Support Services:
- Finding 6-1: these children are in need of services.
- Finding 6-5: services and resources are scarce, and when available, these services are unevenly spread geographically, and service providers vary in their ability to provide the specialized care for these victims/survivors.
- Finding 6-7: few service providers address the needs of boy victims of Child Sexual Explotation