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Raped by the System: the Wadakancherry Rape Case

The prime accused in the case is a corporation councillor belonging to the CPM that is ruling the state

mercoledì 23 settembre 2015

Child Prostitutes: Victims and Survivors of Child Rape

"This picture was taken around the time of my 17th birthday. What it does not tell you is that from the ages of 10 to 17, I was sexually exploited throughout the western United States, charged with solicitation and prostitution, and jailed as if I was a criminal.


I was not a child prostitute or child sex worker. I was a victim and survivor of child rape. And so are the other kids out there now who are being bought and sold for sex. They are victims and survivors of child rape."

​​​​​​-Withelma "T" Ortiz Walker Pettigrew

Here, across the U.S., we have child sex slave markets that are not unlike what exists in Cambodia, the Philippines, and India

Girls are sold to the very same types of men, and they are tortured in almost identical ways if they attempt to leave. Yet these girls, the girls from Southeast D.C. or South Central L.A., are seen as the "ho," the "bad girl"--the "child prostitute."

When the media reports on this issue of child sex trafficking in the U.S., the victims are often described as "child prostitutes," "child sex workers" or even "teen hookers." According to research by the Human Rights Project for Girls and The Raben Group, there have been more than 5,000 instances in the past five years when reporters for print, wire, and online outlets have used the phrase "child prostitute" or other variations on the phrase.

The term "child prostitutes" is dangerous and harmful because it conveys that trafficked and exploited children have choice and agency, and that they are criminals. But, in truth, these kids have been denied choice and agency. They have been coerced or manipulated into selling their bodies, and they have been subject to what is commercial serial rape, as minors. 

The term "child prostitute" makes the abuse trafficked children have suffered somehow different from other forms of rape or sexual abuse of minors, when in reality that is not the case.

But, It is not just about language. It is abut the law too, and how abused and trafficked girls are wrongly criminalized.

Over 1,000 children every year are arrested for prostitution. Many of them are even of legal age to consent to sex, let alone commercial sex. Moreover, Congress made clear in The Trafficking Victims Protection Act, that children are not "prostitutes." 


Federal law clearly states that any individual under the age of 18 who is induced to perform a commercial sex act in exchange for anything of value is, by definition, a victim of sex trafficking--not a prostitute.


At the state and local levels, however, trafficked children are not contemplated as victims. Instead the girls, many of them between the ages of 12 and 14, are arrested, detained, and prosecuted.

We must, in language and law, eradicate the notion of a "child prostitute."

That is why the Human Rights Project for Girls has started the No Such Thing campaign--that there is no such thing as a "child prostitute." There are only victims and survivors of child rape. And they deserve all the legal protections, supports, and services afforded to other child victims of abuse.

On this day, the 153rd anniversary of the announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation, let's acknowledge that unfortunately the bodies of certain children and youth--who are disproportionately poor, black and brown--continue to be rendered property. On this anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, let's take an easy step towards giving dignity and justice to our kids who are being bought and sold, and insist that they are acknowledged and named as victims and survivors of child rape--and not criminalized. Because how we are named is how we are treated.

Please answer Withelma "T" Ortiz Walker Pettigrew's call to action and sign our petition asking the Associate Press, to stop using the term "child prostitute"--there is, simply put, no such thing.

Stop Calling Kids "Child Prostitutes" Malika Saada Saar 09/23/2015

Raped by the System 25 AGOSTO 2015


Baby Prostituzione Casi aumentati di 5 volte in 2 anni 15 MARZO 2015

Paedophiles sell child abuse images for bitcoin 14 APRILE 2015

Raped by 60 men 18 MAGGIO 2015

OXFORD PAEDO RING 3 MARZO 2015

Boy’s rape filmed in Dolphin Square 24 AGOSTO 2015

Westminster paedophile ring: rape and murder of three boys 26 AGOSTO 2015

Blogger brasiliano decapitato indagava su pedofili e baby-prostituzione 22 MAGGIO 2015

Teen girls sold by ISIS like 'packs of cigarettes' 9 GIUGNO 2015

Trafficking of Minors in the Philippines 16 AGOSTO 2015

Child rapes have soared 151% in 5 years 24 AGOSTO 2015

India, A Child Abused Every Second 1 SETTEMBRE 2015

Child Rape in India 8 AGOSTO 2015


Sex Trafficking in USA 7 SETTEMBRE 2015

Sex Trafficking and Porn Addiction 29 GENNAIO 2015

Promoting Prostitution 19 SETTEMBRE 2015

Call for action against child rape and murder 21 SETTEMBRE 2015

Gang Rape in Cambodia 23 SETTEMBRE 2015


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