293, 000 U.S. children exposed to sex trafficking

Jean-Guy Allard

AROUND 239,000 U.S. minors are the potential victims of prostitution networks in the United States. The U.S. Justice Department website has revealed, in a section on child sex trafficking, that the majority of victims are runaway youths or those thrown out of home by their parents, and living on the street.

In a country that is once again is attempting to vilify Cuba by including it in a State Department report on the subject of person trafficking, tens of thousands of youths abandoned by their families are resorting to prostitution in order to get the money they need to survive or acquire what they want or need.

Other youths are recruited into prostitution by forced abduction, pressure from parents or by deceitful arrangements between these and the traffickers, notes the report, which cites various studies confirming these assertions.

It goes on to state that once these youths find themselves involved in prostitution, they are forced to travel far from their homes and, as a result, are isolated from their friends and family. In this situation, few of them are able to develop new relationships with other young people or non-abusive adults. The lifestyle of these children is bounded by violence, forced drug use and constant threats.

The official text reveals that among children and adolescents living on the streets in the United States, “their involvement in commercial sex activity is a problem of endemic proportion.”

Approximately 55% of street girls engage in formal prostitution, and of these, 75% work for pimps in escort and massage services, in private clubs, major sports events and tourism.

One fifth of minors are captured by national crime networks and are transported across the United States, often with a false identity in order to avoid them being arrested.

The average age at which girls first become victims of prostitution is 12-14 years, and in the case of boys, between 11 and 13, the report notes.

In another part of the website, the Justice Department admits that the Internet has become the privileged vehicle for child pornography, the authors of which are protected by the labyrinth of the network of networks.

Many of these youths are influenced by ‘pop culture,’ which often makes an apology for prostitution and pimps, according to quoted studies.

The Justice Department website admits that the resources needed for girls found on the street – such as accommodation, medical attention and therapies – are not available when they are brought before the courts.

On the subject of human trafficking, the U.S. press has reported on a number of cases of Mexican or Central American women deceived or kidnapped and brought to the United States, where they are forced to work in the sex industry.

One case that made the headlines is that of Jeff Botts, who trafficked 12,000 women of Chinese, Ukrainian, Russian and Japanese origin into the U.S.

Every year U.S. production of online pornography that is flooding the world reaches new records in income. The last available data put it at $13.62 trillion.

The U.S. attacks on Cuba with the intention of damaging the country’s image are merely the last in a long series of Washington’s defamations, lies and fabrications in the dirty war against the Cuban Revolution.

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