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Absolutely Shocking – You Must Read This Article

As we go about our normal lives, the global problem of child prostitution has come to roost right in our cities. This is clearly the most disturbing piece I have read about what is happening in the United States. Dan Rather has just released a report that girls as young as 10 years old are trafficked in US cities. What's interesting is that he mentions that we all think this is only happening in places like Moldova and Thailand. Not true.

He also brings to light how pedofiles find these children. You guessed it, Craigslist. I wrote in This Post how important it was for us to speak out and act about what this company is doing to allow this. Here a direct quote for the article: 

"How many children are being peddled on the streets of Portland and in other cities and towns, to say nothing of the Internet (Justus and other law enforcement people say Craigslist, along with other Internet sites, are major factors in the spread of child prostitution)."

This should disturb you. I pray it disturbs you to action. Go to and join our fight to help prevent and rescue girls and children from these traffickers. 

The full article can be found here. The video of the report here.

Dan Rather – Child prostitution has become a national problem in this country. Yes, I know that you have trouble believing that. You don't want to believe it, so you tend not to.

"Widespread sex trafficking in children?", you may be saying to yourself. "Sure, it happens overseas in places like Thailand and Moldova, and while there may be some of it here there's not that much of it in our country."

Based on a months long investigation and some reportorial digging, I'm here to tell you that you are wrong. We all are. We're in denial.

In covering news for more than 60 years, I'd like to think that few stories shock me anymore. But this is one of them. We ran across it late last year and the more we dug, the more disturbing it became.

Eighty-year-old men paying a premium to violate teenage girls, sometimes supplied by former drug gangs now into child sex trafficking big time? You've got to be kidding. Nope. That's happening and a lot more along the same lines.

The business is booming. One of the worst areas for it runs along lines running roughly from Seattle to Portland, to San Francisco and Los Angeles, to Las Vegas. But no place in the country is immune.

To pick just one example among many, Portland, Oregon is without doubt one of the nation's treasures. It has been voted one of the best places to live and work. But according to police, the city and its outlying communities has become a hub for the sexual exploitation of children. In a recent nationwide sting by Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, Portland ranked second in the country for the number of rescued child prostitutes. And according to Doug Justus, the workhorse sergeant in charge of Portland's tiny Vice Detail, many of the children caught up in this are middle class kids from the area.

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posted May 24, 2010 at 8:47 am

THIS. THIS right here is why I’m writing my novel – for these girls. Too many people are blinded by their own perceptions to see what’s really going on in their neighborhoods. It’s maddening – because the truth cuts deep. Who can blame them, really? I mean, who wants to take the deep breath and look this monster in the eye?
Thank you for taking one of the first glances, Tom.

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posted May 24, 2010 at 10:38 am

Even living here where that article takes place we are blind to what is going on. Few people know the depth of the problems, and many do not want to learn. It is heartbreaking to know what is happening right here, let alone elsewhere in the world.
Some of us are working to be advocates and to raise awareness of the issues, but there are days where it is overwhelming. It is easy to get frustrated and just desire to get the children out of the situations today, yet that alone does not stop the problem. I am still learning how to have a heart and strength that are in this for the long-haul. Burn-out and discouragement are key issues that can take us out of the battle but we need to be in this long-term.

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posted May 24, 2010 at 3:47 pm

This is totally apalling! Men who are involved in child prostitution should be castrated and should spend the rest of their lives in prison! And to think it’s happening practically in my own backyard! Doesn’t matter. It shouldn’t be happening anywhere. I think right now the only way I can help is to pray for those children and to pray that the Holy Spirit goes to work in the hearts of those men/women who are exploiting the children in our world. Wish I could do more!

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Joni in MN

posted May 25, 2010 at 2:47 am

Yeppirs, it is DISGUSTING!!! In fact just the other day I posted on facebook about Craig’s list about a CHILD AD I’d found. No one responded. NO ONE! That shows where this country has gone… into the gutter!!!
What REALLY got me was Craigslist response of concerned people. They refused to do anything! :(
Also sat IN court as an advocate to a child custody case which hit the MSP newspaper. Having the oppurtunity (NOT FUNNY) to work with the gals attorney with searching evidence totally blew me away! But it was horrifing when Judge didn’t pull the kids out of the place where PORN was produced onto net.
I talk about on one of my blogs last year… took me for a LOOP of anger.

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Carole Turner

posted May 25, 2010 at 8:52 pm

Sadly I know first hand about this trafficking of children, that is what I work with. The problem is so deep, so hidden, yet so right in our back yards. As you mentioned, former drug dealers are now realizing how much money there is in selling the little girl down the street who’s mother is a crack head or the daughter of a drug dealer is now more valuable then the drug deals, she can be sold 30-50 times in one day whereas once a drug deal is done, it’s done.
Housing for these victims is the biggest issue facing the church right now. I wrote a blog post about it just the other day,
we have got to get more safe rehabilitation homes for the people rescued from these horrors. They need extensive therapy and long term medical and psychological care and there is just too few such places now.

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Tom Davis

posted May 26, 2010 at 10:46 am

Sounds great Elora! Can you tell me more about your novel?

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Tom Davis

posted May 26, 2010 at 10:48 am

I’ll be praying for you Sherie. I know how you feel. When I returned from Moldova the darkness was overwhelming. I try to keep my eyes on the truth that even if my efforts help one girl, it’s worth. All God’s best to you.

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Tom Davis

posted May 26, 2010 at 10:49 am

Keep Advocating Marcia. Tell the story and find ways to plug in to organizations like CHC. You can come on a trip with us too!

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Tom Davis

posted May 26, 2010 at 10:49 am

Awful. Thanks for you blog Carole. I’m checking it out now.

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