Monday, May 24, 2010

Why Child Pornography Is Wrong?

Recently in headline news, Japan has blocked a ban on the ownership of child pornography. They tried to justify that it denied the people's freedom of the press and freedom of expression. I read this that the Japanese people condone the sexual abuse of children. Child abuse alone is already a big wound in our modern society but the sexual abuse of children is the biggest gash we have placed on the generations that would inherit the earth.

Rape has been used as a weapon of war to demoralize the survivors especially the raped women. Our sexuality was never meant to be used for bestiality. It is our sexuality that promotes our drive to reproduce, to give birth to new life. It is meant to be used to express love not hate...

Wikipedia defines child pornography "as a record of sexual abuse. Abuse of the child occurs during the sexual acts which are recorded in the production of child pornography." Child pornography is a multi-billion dollar industry and children as young as infants are abused in the production of child pornography. "These guys are raping infants and toddlers. You can hear the child crying, pleading for help in the video. It is horrendous," Flint Waters, an investigator with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force was quoted saying. These pedophiles are not humans, they're not even animals because animals have emotions too. They are monsters that prey on children out of their small size, innocence and helplessness. Even wild animals show sympathy to those who are suffering... It is known that lions are ethical killers. When they hunt wildebeest, they block their prey's airways by biting the wildebeest nose until it dies in its claws. Suffocating is the fastest way to kill anyone or anything that breathes. But these pedophiles love to hear the anguish screams of these young children. They delight in it...

There is an anime video game called "RapeLay." The main objective of the game is for the player to sexually abuse a mother and her two young daughters. Here is Wikipedia's article on it: RapeLay My first thought was is how could anyone even think of creating such a game. But obviously, a lot of Japanese for it has become very popular even outside of Japan. I am not condemning Japan but Japanese women & children must be protected from this horrific crime. It is always the most helpless and most vulnerable who are harmed just because...

But here's something to think about:

Wikipedia on Child Pornography

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Great Human Trafficking Headlines from Last Week

Washington Post has an article on Courtney's House May 21, 2010 by Petula Dvorak
Human Trafficking Isn't Just Overseas

Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City partners with Somaly Mam
Bloomberg Against Human Trafficking

Sunday, May 16, 2010

What is Sex Trafficking?

A brutal, hidden and almost-ignored crime is happening in our own neighborhoods all around the world. No matter where you are in the world, in Bangkok, Thailand or Lancaster, Pennsylvania (the heart of Amish country), it is being committed every day, every hour, every second in your own backyard. Women and children are being pimped for sex. Pimping may not sound so bad but it is... The music and entertainment industry has glamorized the pimp so much that most people think it's actually a good job that makes you a lot of money. SO WRONG...

A pimp is a sex trafficker. But what is sex trafficking you may ask. Sex trafficking is the exploitation of persons (even young men are victims) for sexual slavery. What is slavery? Benjamin Skinner, the author of " A Crime So Monstrous: Face-To-Face With Modern-Day Slavery", defines it as "a slave is a human being forced to work through fraud or threat of violence for no pay beyond subsistence." That may sound not too bad either because the average American worker feels that way. But sexual slaves have been forced into prostitution against their will...

They are lured with jobs as waitresses, hairdressers and as nannies but end up in brothels were they are beaten and raped. And a lot of them are abducted right in the middle of city streets, especially young children. What do you think what has happened to most of the people on missing children and missing persons ads? I am afraid to admit that I will not be surprised to find out that a majority of them have become victims of sex trafficking.

Sex trafficking is not yet a legal term but it should be as nations and US states are currently putting human trafficking in their law books. If a sex trafficker is arrested, they are usually only charged with prostitution. Prostitution is a slightly lighter charge than rape. And most of the time, victims of sex trafficking become criminals in the eye of the law because victims out of fear and/or attachment to their pimp/sex trafficker cannot admit that they are actually being coerced into sexual slavery, almost always forcefully pressured into doing sexual favors for strangers. Stories of sex trafficking victims are horrific... They are gang-raped, severely physically abused and murdered. These are the extremes but most victims who escape are seriously psychologically wounded and sometimes physically injured from STDs (sexual-transmitted diseases) and remnants of beatings and mutilations.. Even years after they've been freed from sexual slavery.

So, what are you going to do? Just sit there and read this post and do nothing... I hope not. I hope you are as enraged as I am against this terrible crime against humanity. There are many online resources out there; here are a few...

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Stereotypes & Assumptions

I am a young Asian woman living in the United States. I know there are many Asian women who are being trafficked for sex in the United States and around the world. I am not blind to this. I have been aware of sex trafficking since I was a school child. I just didn't know what it was called until now. In Third World countries like my homeland, the Republic of the Philippines, are trapped into sexual slavery because of poverty and/or the allure of making lots of money in prostitution. In First World countries like the United States of America, they are abducted and beaten & tortured (physically & psychologically) as young girls, average age 13. But not just Asians, but also Caucasians and African-Americans in the US are abducted and enslaved by sex traffickers.

I am a 29 year-old woman who usually is dressed in conventional business clothes because of the dictates of my day job. But on my free time, I can say I dress pretty fashionably and sometimes, a bit on the trendy, rock & roll side. But also because I tend to look 10 to 15 years younger than my actual age, I am mistaken for a high school kid. Today, it was so odd that I was asked for ID when I used my debit card to buy food. I wasn't even buying alcohol or tobacco. I guess the cashier thought I was 15 or 16. Too young to have a card. He must have been shocked to see my birth date. LOL! But this is just the benign side of being a girl and being Asian...

I cannot validate this with anything yet but I believe the area I live in a big hub for sex traffickers. I have just been informed about a few drug houses on a certain street and this street is close to a Montgomery County police station. As I walked on this particular street, it donned on me that this is just the surface because as abolitionists are learning that drug trafficking is closely linked to human trafficking especially sex trafficking. And while I walked on the street, men as they drive by whistle, honk their car horns and call me as if I was a prostitute or a pimp. I was shocked. I was wearing a short summer dress. Not that short... It was only two inches above my knees. It was a conservative length in my view... I was scared and mad at the same time. I really couldn't believe what was happening just because I was wearing a short, sexy dress. It's a terrible assumption. I tried to ignore them but it's hard to especially when you know what they may be thinking. And on this street, small children are living with their families. They play on the streets in the summer. I am more afraid for the little girls than for my own safety.

And then on Sunday afternoon, I saw a woman with shorts & high heels walking from the Silver Spring Metro station. Not a very common sight in downtown Silver Spring at all. But what got me suspicious was her behavior... She had her hair styled like, I'm sorry to say this, a prostitute. She kept looking around as if she was looking for prospective clients or worst... Then she had a black bag that seemed to hold something very precious to her especially when she kept making sure it was secure. Maybe I've been watching too many thriller or mystery movies but these are signs I've learned to pick up on.