Combating Child Sex Trafficking: Rethinking how we look at sex.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today in the United States, literally thousands of young girls and boys are trafficked and sold into prostitution. Worldwide, the number of children being raped for profit (purchased mostly by rich, Western men) is in the millions. While this has captured the attention of the world’s most powerful people, including President Obama, I believe the methods proposed for combating this global atrocity will fall short of their goal unless we rethink our culture’s blatant permissiveness of sexual promiscuity.

On Tuesday morning, the Washington based think-tank, Center for American Progress, hosted a conversation on combating child sex trafficking in the United States. Participants in the conversation were US Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), human rights advocate, Malika Saada Saar, and from New York County District Attorney’s Office Human Trafficking Program, John Temple. Discussion focused on a new bill co-sponsored by Senator Klobuchar which seeks to improve the effectiveness of the States in combating the sex trafficking of children.

Articulated by all panelists, but notably Ms. Saar, was the need for states to prosecute not only the traffickers, but the men who purchase sex from them. The motivation behind this is not ideological, but economic. As long as there is demand (i.e. men seeking to purchase time with young girls) there will be suppliers at the ready. If we target the demand by prosecuting the men who pay traffickers for the opportunity to rape young girls, then demand will fall, and supply along with it. This is very sound economic thinking, and the Republican and Democratic Senators who support this bill are right to think that best the solution is in reducing demand for sex with children. Where, however, the discussion around this issue falls short is in the total failure to recognize, or even contemplate, ways to limit demand outside of legal prosecution.

If the panelists at Tuesday’s discussion are correct in their assertions that the core of this issue is demand for sex with young girls, then it is absolutely necessary to consider all of the ways in which our culture encourages unhealthy sexual indulgence. Unfortunately, we have reached a point in our culture where honest discussion of sexual morality is completely tabooed in public policy making decisions.

On Wednesday night I attended a local government meeting in Washington’s Dupont Circle. I watched as the members of the Advisory Neighborhood Commission struggled to find substitute terms for “strip-club”while they debated when to allow a new strip-club to open in their neighborhood. At the highest levels of government, terms like “prostitution” are being substituted for terms like “sex-work” in order to sound less judgmental towards women who engage in prostitution. (see Friday Fax published by C-FAM last month). We have decided as a nation, for reasons good and bad, that personal sexual behavior is completely outside the realm of public discussion, and publicly, we cannot pass anything close to a judgment on matters related to sexual morality.

We are constantly being fed messages that actively encourage sexual promiscuity. Since my internet browser knows I am a 20 year old male, every time I log onto Facebook I am bombarded with advertisements featuring half-naked women. Every time I use the internet I’m never more than a few clicks away from a porn site. As an unmarried Christian, I have never had sex before, but as a college student, I am embarrassed to admit that. Sexual conquest is a mark of manhood in our culture, and even as a devout Christian, I am effected by those pressures.

Sex is addictive, just like a drug. In the same way that the body reacts to addictive drugs, the body craves more sex the more the sexual impulse is indulged. When Christ said that “anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart,” he was attempting to hold the men of Israel to a higher standard of sexual morality than explicitly dictated by the Mosaic law. I believe he was also giving us a warning against sexual indulgence, because of how easily we can become consumed by it.

In what world do we expect to effectively dissuade men from seeking the only sexual behavior we find offensive, sex with trafficked children, when we actively encourage men to seek out any other sexual behavior that suits their fancy? To clarify, I am not saying that sexual promiscuity is the root of all evil. What I am saying is that policy makers are shooting themselves in the feet when they pretend that one form of sexual promiscuity is completely unrelated to another.

We have a very serious problem on our hands in this country and in the world: millions of children are being raped for profit. We owe it to these children to think critically, and honestly, about how we encourage sexual promiscuity, and maybe completely reorient how we look at sex.

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Join the IYc!

Head to the front lines in defense of life and the traditional family: join the IYc!

Human life and the traditional family are being attacked around the globe like never before! The media, Hollywood, and many lobbyists and politicians are advocating for the culture of death and the destruction of the family. They are constantly dressing up falsehood, making it appealing so you will buy into the lie. Make no mistake; you are being lied too!

If you don’t move to shape your future, someone else will!

The IYc is beginning a program where college students from around the world will have the opportunity to learn about, promote, and defend life and the traditional family on an international level. If they are accepted into the program, they will write a blog every other week between June 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015. All blogging by students will be done remotely from their hometowns so students will not have to travel to Washington DC in order to participate. Throughout the 10-month period, they will compete against the other student contributors for a $1000 academic scholarship that will be awarded to the best blogger. All student contributors will attend a major, weeklong United Nations conference that will take place in early to mid-March 2015. Airfare and hotel stay will be covered by C-FAM (http://c-fam.org/en/).

This presents an outstanding opportunity for students to improve their knowledge of the international debate over social issues; improve their writing ability; and their argumentation.

If you’re interested, send a resume, cover letter, and a 1-2 page writing sample to: dir.iycoalition@gmail.com

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Youth Unemployment Potentially Linked to Destruction of the Family

It is not often that questions regarding family structure are discussed as major concerns for multinational corporations or economic policy makers, but in light of recent, groundbreaking developments in economic research, it’s about time that changes.

Yesterday, the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) launched their brand new, and very innovative, Global Youth Wellbeing Index. The first of it’s kind, the index is the start of a hugely comprehensive method of measuring the well-being of the world’s youth. In attendance at the launch were representatives of government, NGOs, and business who all feel that the index is a great leap forward to utilizing the world’s youth for the betterment of global societies and economies.

Opening remarks highlighted the very important fact that the youth of the world are not just a special interest group, but a massive economic resource which can be a very real, tangible energy source for the future growth and development of the world. This current youth generation makes up the largest youth generation the world has ever seen: in both gross numbers and percentage terms. 1.8 billion people worldwide are between the ages of 10 and 24; that’s about a quarter of the world’s population! And yet, the world’s youth have remained one of the most overlooked groups by businesses and policy makers for well, basically forever.

Many of the speakers (including South Africa’s ambassador to the United States, Ebrahim Rasool) spoke not about the problem of unemployment, but the problem of unemployability. In other words, it is not that jobs aren’t available, but that the youth aren’t qualified to do those jobs. Among the many reasons brought up by the panel for this apparent skill deficit among young people, was the breakdown of the family unit, and the need for young people to have strong role models.

President and CEO of Hilton Worldwide, Christopher J. Nassetta, mentioned that he is finding the bigger problem not a gap in education or vocational skills, but basic LIFE skills; skills like personal hygiene, working on a team, or even knowing how to show up to work on time! As a 20 year old college student with very little experience in the professional world, I know that literally EVERYTHING I know about how to be a good employee I learned from the close relationships I have with my parents and grandparents. I know that the single greatest educational resource I have ever had is my family. All of the “life skills” which Mr. Nassetta mentioned I learned at home; from my parents and grandparents who showed me everyday what it meant to take ownership of your work, give your absolute best to your employer/customers, be proud of what you do, and work your butt off. I cannot imagine what a skill deficit I would be in without these role models in my life.

What the remarks of Mr. Nassetta, and the findings of the CSIS index, are starting to expose are the downsides of not having these types of close, family relationships. What is particularly exciting, is that these downsides are not being recognized in an ideological or philosophical manner, but in hard numbers, and in the very real struggle of employers like Hilton Worldwide to find life-qualified employees.

Moving forward, my hope is that businesses and policy makers begin to realize the true value of the traditional family. Families, just like world youth, can no longer be viewed as a special interest group: the breakdown of the family unit must be viewed as much more than an ideological/social problem. If the youth of the world really are, as the CSIS President put it yesterday morning, the single greatest energy source for future economic growth, then dismantling the family unit may be the single greatest disservice we can do for the world economy at large.

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Hijacking the Dream Pt. 2: The Abortion Nightmare

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated. We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.” -Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood-

Do you believe the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) would be on the same team as Margaret Sanger who referred to black Americans as human weeds that need to be exterminated?

That may sound like an absolutely ridiculous thought, but it’s exactly what Planned Parenthood wants you to believe. With their tactics of deception, if they can deceive the public to believe a Christian reverend and an American hero is on their side, it will be a great way to provide continued support for very lucrative abortion mills built on a harrowing foundation of dead babies and their emotionally devastated mothers.

However, for some time, the Rev. MLK Jr’s niece, Dr. Alveda King, has courageously defended the integrity of her uncle’s word. As a pro-life advocate for Priests for Life, she continuously informs the public of MLK Sr. discouraged her mom from having an abortion and saved her life. She informs us that the Rev. MLK Jr. was raised in a very pro-life household and even made a passionate defense of the unborn during a Christmas sermon in 1967:

Now let me say that the next thing we must be concerned about if we are to have peace on earth and good will toward men is the nonviolent affirmation of the sacredness of all human life. Every man is somebody because he is a child of God. And so when we say “Thou shalt not kill,” we’re really saying that human life is too sacred to be taken. We are all one in Christ Jesus. And when we truly believe in the sacredness of human personality, we won’t exploit people, we won’t trample over people with the iron feet of oppression, we won’t kill anybody.”

What a stark difference from the racist, anti-life quote from the Planned Parenthood founder.

Dr. Alveda King has also shined a great deal of light on Margaret Sanger’s plan to “dupe colored ministers”. She addresses Planned Parenthood’s “Margaret Sanger” award and how it was awarded to the Rev. MLK Jr. in 1966. She states, “Dr. King was not aware that the population control agenda aimed primarily at Negros during his lifetime, included sterilization, abortion, and chemical birth control that would ultimately be linked to stroke, heart attack and breast cancer. He was mislead to believe he would be helping his people.”

For a two part write up on the Rev. MLK Jr’s relationship with Planned Parenthood, click here: [Part 1] and [Part 2]

Unfortunately, since 1973, Planned Parenthood has led the “Abortion Nightmare” blotting out the American Dream for over 40 million of its unborn citizens, at least 13 million of which were black.

We must stand strong in the memory of the Rev. MLK Jr., and passionately defend the lives of the weakest and most vulnerable.  The mass killing of babies worldwide needs to stop along with the unjust use of an America hero’s name to support it.

(For “Hijacking the Dream” Pt. 1, click here.)

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