29 February 2013
Every day, while people are eating a burger or texting a friend, a little girl is being taken away from her friends, family, and everyone she loves. This girl is forced to have sexual relations with hundreds of men, day after day, barely seeing sunlight, never going outside. She suffers while her acts are making people billionaires. Most people think this happens oversees, in Cambodia or South Africa . People proudly say that America is a land of freedom and choice, where everyone has a voice. Yet thousands of girls in the United States of America are slaves to the sex trade business. It happens every day in our cities, our communities. U.S. citizens should not only be aware of the child sex trafficking happening in the U.S. as well as other parts of the world, but take a step and help end it.
Americans cannot help end child sex trafficking if they are not aware of the effect it is having in our country. According to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section 2007, all fifty states have reported cases of child sex crimes. A study of Americans’ awareness in 2011 on child sex trafficking suggests that “about nine out of ten Americans (88%) were unaware of the dramatic number people living in sexual slavery” (U.S. Awareness of Human Trafficking, http://trafficking-monitor.blogspot.com/2011/03/u.html). The same study says that over one third of Americans have the wrong definition of what child sex trafficking actually is. Our country cannot begin to tackle this tragedy until Americans are properly informed of the severity of the issue.
We are unaware.
People quickly turn away from this issue and claim that there are hundreds, if not thousand of charities and organizations focused on ending child sex trafficking. The reality is, there is a huge lack of services open for these kids. In fact, “ Each and every report, study or...
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