Have you ever read something so despicable that it is hard
to imagine? I have been following the whole “child sex trafficking” issue
recently and how it is becoming more and more of a problem around the country
in hundreds of cities around the country. Yes, that is what I said, ‘child sex
trafficking’ is growing in our communities, and you would hardly ever know it.
Check out these headlines:
Then I read this from my own backyard newspaper:
Auburn, California; Hamilton County, Tennessee; DeKalb
County, Georgia; and now CLARK COUNTY, WASHINGTON???? These articles are just
four that I found in a 5 minute search. Child sex trafficking, now one of the
most profitable crimes in America, is affecting thousands of communities in our
country, including, mostly likely, YOURS. What is it?
Remember the good old days, when pimps were the slick Willy
guys who controlled prostitutes in the movies? The movie has become a reality
and the pimps, well, they are no longer the slick Willies, they are the normal
looking guy that looks like a typical neighbor. They are on the lookout for
girls between the ages of 12 – 18 who they can manipulate and drag into a
prostitution ring. With threats of killing them or their family members, pimps
get the girls where they want them, then sell them off. . . time and time again. And they are hanging out
at teen gatherings in every community.
Starting with this blog, I hope to help bring this atrocity
to light. There are organizations who help to rescue these girls (and boys),
but few programs that help to prevent such a crime. One program that is making
a difference, is one that was created by AWARE, a Clark County non-profit
organization who has been working with youth prevention programs for almost 15
years. The program is called Deceptions.
Take some time to read about this incredible prevention program for teens.
As the Chairman of the Board for this great organization, we
are committed to prevention education to restore hope for the next generation
by inspiring students to embrace and follow character-based principles that
lead to healthy relationships and families.