Monday, October 26, 2009

Child exploitation and prostitution

I was surprised to know that there are more than 200k children trafficked in united states.

The website says,

"Among children and teens living on the streets in the United States, involvement in commercial sex activity is a problem of epidemic proportion. Approximately 55% of street girls engage in formal prostitution. Estes Report, Executive Summary at 7. Of the girls engaged in formal prostitution, about 75% worked for a pimp. Id. Pimp-controlled commercial sexual exploitation of children is linked to escort and massage services, private dancing, drinking and photographic clubs, major sporting and recreational events, major cultural events, conventions, and tourist destinations. Id. About one-fifth of these children become entangled in nationally organized crime networks and are trafficked nationally. Id. at 8. They are transported around the United States by a variety of means – cars, buses, vans, trucks or planes, Id., and are often provided counterfeit identification to use in the event of arrest. Id. The average age at which girls first become victims of prostitution is 12-14. Estes Report at 92. It is not only the girls on the streets that are affected -- for boys and transgender youth, the average age of entry into prostitution is 11-13"

4 comments:

justicefordalits said...

you will be more surprised to know that in India it is very small number.
In India there is atleast 2 million.
http://www.diwala.com/404/human-trafficking-and-its-victims-a-sad-truth/
go through the link if you have time.

Gade said...

thanks for the link.....it is devastating to know things like that going on under the belly of "india shining"

justicefordalits said...

Hi Gade,
We must appreciate the courage of the writer/reporter of that post.He wrote it the way it is.
Yesterday only U.P police arrested two women and one men who were trafficking girls form bangladesh,Nepal and Bengal.
An anonymous person's letter to police describing the details of these people helped police arrest these traffickers.
I wish for more such Anonymous and
salute the courage of the reporter of that article.

Gade said...

yes, it was a nice piece of reporting. India poor are too many, almost 500 million living under 2 dollars a day. It is a complicated situation.
Need to appreciate good reporting. All this is because of poverty,rural unemployment and failure of the government to provide minimum welfare security to the poor.