Would you be willing to give 5 minutes to fight for children who are being sexually trafficked?
In light of the upcoming U.S. holiday – the 4th of July – I’m reminded of the reason we celebrate this day: Freedom.
However, I can’t help but think of those who still do NOT have the same freedoms even though they live in the same neighborhoods and are natural born citizens of the same country. I’m speaking, of course, of minors who are recruited and sold for sex.
Right now, U.S. children are enslaved to satisfy adults whose sexual appetites are groomed by industries – both legal and illegal – who profit from selling their young bodies. Up to 300,000 children under 18 are lured into the commercial sex trade every year. 14,500 to 17,500 are trafficking into the United States each year.
Annually, pornography is a $10 to $12 billion dollar industry protected as free speech under the First Amendment in People vs Freeman of 1988 (California Supreme Court). However, while the business cultivates adult demand for sex with minors, it also actively targets minors to capture and create lifelong consumers through aggressive internet tagging while operating with extremely limited federal or state regulations.
The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCSE) website states “There is a great deal of science and research that reveals a wide range of harm caused by pornography as well as direct links to increased demand for the sale of minors for sex and sexual violence against women. This industry affects the developing brains and shapes the sexual templates of children. It also contributes to the rise in sexual dysfunction now experienced by many young men and can be tied to the normalization of dangerous sexual behaviors. It’s time for our elected officials to address the effects of pornography consumption as a public health crisis.”
You can make a difference by urging your congress member(s) to attend the 2015 Congressional Briefing organized by the NCSE on July 14th from 1:30 to 30:30 pm at the U.S. Capitol building.
This meeting is also open to their staff, the press, and the public. However, it’s important for you to contact your congress member(s) to encourage them to attend. Using all three means of contacting them (phone, email, and fax) will be the most effective.
Click this link to read more about it: http://endsexualexploitation.org/briefing. Scroll all the way down the page to use the invitation links provided (scrips are provided).
You can also help spread the word by sharing this link: https://exit58drivingdowndemand.wordpress.com/2015/06/30/19 or post this photo (provided by NCSE) on social media:
Until Our Children Are Free,
V. Lynn Kolb
Exit 58 Coordinator