Voice for the Voiceless: Child Prostitution

13 May

Child prostitution is the sexual exploitation of a child for the renumeration in cash or kind, usually but not always organized by an intermediary such as a parent, family member, procurer or teacher.

It is selling innocence for mere cash.

It robs children of their childhood, mothers of their daughters, and brothers of their sisters. It shrouds a life in shame, destines a person to brokenness, sentences a soul to death. It brings violence, bruises, and scars – both seen an unseen.

And it breaks the heart of God. Let’s let it break ours as well.

Facts about child prostitution worldwide:

There are an estimated 10 million children worldwide engaged in some facet of the sex industry.

In India (where I am going on outreach), the federal police say that around 1.2 million children are believed to be involved in prostitution.

In Thailand 40% of all prostitutes are under the age of 18.

In Vietnam there are 20,000 known child prostitutes.

In Peru there are 500,000 known child prostitutes.

In Brazil there are 500,000 known children living as prostitutes, but it is estimated that there are 1.5 million more unaccounted for.

In Ukraine 40% of the prostitutes are between 11 and 17 years old.

In Australia there are 4,000 children living as prostitutes.

Facts about child prostitution in the United States:

162,000 U.S. homeless youth are child prostitutes.

57,800 children in homes are estimated to be victims.

One-third of street-level prostitutes in the U.S. are under 18 years old.

50% of off-street prostitutes are less than 18 years old. Off-street prostitution includes: massage parlors, strip clubs, and escort services.

12 to 14 is the average age of entry into prostitution for girls under 17 years old in the United States.

Investigators and researchers estimate the average predator in the U.S. can make more than $200,000 per year off one young girl.

So what do we do with an issue this massive?

If you are overwhelmed about an issue or a situation, get to know it. Everything seems bigger and scarier in the dark. Shine the light of God on this dark issue, and seek knowledge. Do some research.

Pray. We can pray, and we can fill those bowls in front of the throne of God with the prayers of the saints, and we can trust that one day He will pour them out, extinguishing the fiery flames of this injustice.

Pray that God would raise up workers, ready to march forth into battle against these evils.

Pray against lustful desires, especially towards children.

Pray against governmental corruption.

Pray that God would minister to the hearts of those already working against these injustices, that they would be renewed, energized, and have great financial blessing. Pray that all their needs would be met, and their ministries would flourish.

Pray that God would open the hearts, eyes, and mouths of His people, that we would be informed and speak out.

Pray against ignorance, against cold hearts.

Pray for sensitivity, that your heart would break over this injustice, just as God’s heart breaks.

Pray against financial gain from the exploitation of minors.

Pray for God to hold the hearts of these children, though they may be hurt physically, their hearts and souls and spirits would be unscathed.

Pray that God stir in the hearts of the comfortable and make them uncomfortable that they would be spurred to action against these injustices.

Pray for hope, pray against frustration and despair.

And be hopeful!

“Because of the oppression of the weak and the groaning of the needy, God will now arise.” -Psalm 12:5

God has heard the cries of His children and He is moving. He knows their names. He feels their suffering. And He loves them dearly.

Get involved:

www.abusewatch.net

www.photogenx.net/sexandmoney

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6 Responses to “Voice for the Voiceless: Child Prostitution”

  1. Deborah Buckingham May 13, 2010 at 5:23 pm #

    Thanks Erika for this information.
    How sad. This should break everyone’s hearts enough
    to want to stop this evil.

    Thank you for these web sites.
    I will be checking them out and passing them on.

    God bless you sweet child of Jesus.
    In Love, Deborah B

    • erikaearl May 13, 2010 at 8:43 pm #

      You are so welcome Deborah! Thanks for reading! I can’t wait to share more when I actually meet these babies face to face in India! God bless you!

      • Ruth Uzoagu March 11, 2011 at 9:49 am #

        God will continually bless you for your good works!

    • BohrMagneton June 16, 2011 at 4:48 pm #

      Try and watch a movie called Kalyug. It’s in Hindi. Make sure you get the English dub or English subtitles. Tell me if that doesn’t break your heart.

  2. Roberto August 13, 2010 at 5:00 am #

    Hi Erika.. have you heard of the 146 project??great website.. I forwarded to a friend that i think would love to meet you..she is also a photographer and campaigner for children’s rights and anti-slavery..here is Biba’s website.. the link for love146 is on the bottom…
    http://www.bybiba.com/about-biba.html

    regards

    Rob

  3. raja(critics) June 19, 2011 at 2:09 am #

    HEY ERICA……U ARE DOING A GOOD JOB….CHEERS

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