This post is the result of an email from Pink Flamingo friend and confidant Sally Vee. She also sent me the following email: “…I’ve become aware from various comments that some right wingers are skeptical of the SxTfk campaign because of the U.N..”
It is quite remarkable how often we agree on something or notice something. I’ve noticed that part of the campaign on this entire vile topic comes from liberal sources. That doesn’t bother me. Just because something is liberal is no reason we reject it. Frankly, this is neither a liberal nor conservative issue. It is one of protecting the innocent against the worst filth on the planet.
“...The trafficking of children for sale at the Super Bowl is well documented. Texas Attorney General Abbott is taking a stand and has prepared a task force to identify and respond to traffickers who plan to sell children at the Super Bowl. However, it is not enough to expect law enforcement and victim advocates to bear the entire burden of responding to this issue, which is expected to include many victims. In support of the efforts of the task force, we are requesting the Super Bowl Host Committee embrace a proactive approach with community members by endorsing the “I’m Not buying It” campaign, which would raise awareness and deter the buying of children during the Super Bowl.
As evidenced by the tremendous amount of work and money the Host Committee has channeled into Slant 45, clearly improving the lives of children is a priority. Countless children in the DFW region have benefitted by the commitment and opportunities provided by this program.
However, the children trafficked to DFW to meet the demand of the Super Bowl are being left to fend for themselves. According to the Dallas Police Department children exploited through sex trafficking have an average life expectancy is just seven short years. The average age a child is tricked and trapped in sexual slavery is just 13 years old. These children are beaten, brutalized and tortured for the profit and pleasure of others.
This Super Bowl Host Committee’s hard work has turned the North Texas Region into a showcase with a record number of million-dollar sponsors, state-of-the-art infrastructure and events that appeal across audiences. They’ve set the standard for the Super Bowl experience….”
The NFL is ignoring this request and the information. This is the time where The Pink Flamingo would usually make a snark about how I detest football (I do) and how I think that the whole hype behind the Stupid Bowl is just plain disgusting (I do). I find the information about child sex trafficking and the whole Super Bowl institution somehow predictable.
The Pink Flamingo has made no secret of the things that happened in my past. Finally coming to grips with what happened to me has made me very aware of the things that go on around me when it comes to the exploitation of children. In my generation one in ten of us have been molested. The current generation of those who are growing up, or are in their early twenties have an even more horrific stat. One in five have been abuses sexually.
If you know five teenagers, the odds are one of them has been molested. Just making a child aware of “stranger danger” is not enough. In fact, in away it makes things worse. Children should not be made to fear every adult they do not know. Odds are it is the adult they do know, a family member who will molest them. It will most likely be a family member who will murder.
It is rarely a stranger.
When it is, the problem is there are so many familial abductions, molestations, rapes, and murders that the cops automatically zero in on a family. When it is a strange, they are so busy dealing with the fact that the odds that they never bother looking for a stranger.
When this happens, the poor kid never stands a chance.
“…Domestic minor sex trafficking is the buying and selling of America’s own children. It’s our children being forced into sexual slavery. Federal law defines domestic minor sex trafficking as the exchange of a sex act for anything of value. A sex act includes pornography, stripping, oral sex, massage parlors, etc. Anything of value includes a place to stay, a hamburger or higher status in a gang. Many times, the victims are vulnerable children fighting to survive.
While it is true that there are children who are at higher risk for becoming a victim, such as runaways and throwaways, all American children are at risk. Gangs and the Mexican cartels are sending recruiters into Texas schools to find victims. Children are kidnapped. People they know are selling them and threatening their families if they tell. Sometimes their own families sell them.
One little girl finally told her captor just to kill her – she couldn’t do it anymore. The pimp refused, telling her he makes too much money off her. If she wouldn’t do what he told her to, he would kidnap her 8-year-old little sister and pour battery acid over her face while she watched. The little girl complied, living in a dog cage when she wasn’t being sold to man after man.
A lack of awareness in our country, coupled with the explosion of the Internet, makes the job of the pimp and the recruiter extremely easy and the job of law enforcement extremely difficult. The scope of this horrific crime seems impossible, but each person can make a difference by teaching their own children about the traps of traffickers and knowing the red flags to watch for in other children….”