Some personal and not so personal rants and raves on the news, politics, social issues and other stories of interest. I am an atheist and a lesbian who happens to have bipolar disorder. To boot, I am also a stroke survivor who has seen the best and the worst this country has to offer. I do not tolerate bigotry and stupid smart people piss me off. I am out and proud, treat me with respect, I will treat you with respect. Oh, and I rag on the religious establishment, deal with it!!
",,,[T]he issue is not adult prostitution or sex among consenting adults:
“That’s totally removed from what we’re focusing on here, which is
children sold to be raped.”
as a society derided the Roman Catholic Church as an accessory to child
sexual abuse, and we lambasted Penn State for similar offenses.
we as a society are complicit or passive in a similar way, by allowing a
popular website called Backpage.com to be used to arrange child rape.
Consider what happened to a girl I’ll call Natalie, who was trafficked
into the sex industry in Seattle at age 15.
was every parent’s nightmare,” Natalie’s mother, Nacole, told me. “It
can happen to any parent. Fifteen-year-olds don’t make the best choices.
I dropped her off at school in the morning, I was expecting to pick her
up after track practice in the afternoon, and then I didn’t see her for
108 days.” The girl ran off to a bus station, was found by a pimp, and
within days was being sold for sex on Backpage.
Backpage has classified ads for everything from antiques to boats, but
it makes its money on escort ads. It has about 80 percent of the U.S.
market for online sex ads in America, mostly for consenting adults but
many also for women who are forcibly trafficked or for underage girls.
Children in at least 47 states have been sold on Backpage, by one aid
girl was eventually rescued by the police, but by then she had been
beaten and threatened by her pimp and endured innumerable rapes. “She’s
forever changed,” her mom said. “Her siblings are forever changed. Today
she struggles with life.”
there were a major American website openly selling heroin or anthrax,
there would be an outcry. Yet we Americans tolerate a site like
Backpage.com that is regularly used to peddle children. We avert our
eyes, and the topic tends not to come up in polite society.
“I had no idea how much juvenile trafficking goes on until my family became a victim of it,” Nacole said.
of children are trafficked for sex each year in the United States, but
there are no solid numbers. What is clear is only that it’s a big
problem that gets minimal attention; it’s essentially never mentioned in
the current political campaign.