BY R.D. Miller
Rape, sexual exploitation and human trafficking are undebatable. These events frequently have a long-term negative psychological impact
It will be an emotional complex journey to regain what has diminished her assertiveness courage, confidence, resilience and beauty.
As many experts have noted, a parent or caregiver, whether through action or failing to act, causes injury, death, emotional harm or risk of serious harm to a child is simply child abuse.
Her Story: I watched in horror an undercover operation where a 13-year-old schoolgirl being sold by her uncle for cash in Kingston, Jamaica, to a Caucasian male who posed as a tourist. Although he was arrested, it opens the dam on this hidden world, where several of these frequently ignores the erosions
These willful infliction of pain and suffering on children through physical, sexual, or emotional mistreatment often gets overlooked until it is maybe too late.
Even more problematic was the re-victimization attitude by some as if this was a pre-written script. “She could have run out of the situation or nothing happened to her.” These systematic issues appear to receive less outrage, and one hope that more attention like an artist Vybz Kartel when he was convicted and sentenced to life for murder. To a great extent, when other global courts moved to make it easier for gay marriage while these broad issues stay in the dark.
The reality: Deplorably, this is not an isolated incident. Last year I noted that Boko Haram represent not just a Nigerian problem. Although in the Caribbean and other poor and developing countries, though Boko mentality has not marched into your local classroom, wielded a weapon and forced 250 girls to leave, for many communities, a beloved daughter, niece, an aunt, sister and cousin being taken one at a time while families are abandoned hopelessly with little and no support..
Poverty, isolation, drugs and/or alcohol or being gay, bisexual, transgender, and yes; trust where a son, and a daughter builds over time with a family or friend, to supporting others in a similar situation, these mentality sick individuals uses their vulnerability to act. But most importantly, the lack of resources; and intervention frequently creates additional risk regarding exploitation, rape or even incest.
This very day I wonder if an Anosognosia condition is taking place along these shores. How often are adolescent students between 14-17 lured into dark tinted vehicles parked a few blocks from these high schools, and universities by older men?
What if the local enforcement simply required most of these 100 percent black tinted car windows to be removed?
These pimps are up the hill, across the street, and upstairs being run by someone you appreciate, trust, and respect. A family member, guardian, schoolteacher, and even a representative of your community that could be one who sworn to protect.
Sexual trafficking, rape and exploitation remain a complex global issue. It is not a South East Asia problem as many often believe according to the experts. Customers no longer have to visit Nepal, Cambodia, Thailand, the Philippines, or even Western Europe like Bulgaria, where sex trafficking remains a significant problem. It can be discovered in your home and local community from manipulation of innocent adolescent girls and boys.
Statutory rape can be witnessed like the norm if some onlookers contemplate their safety, pride, lack of support and resource. This hopelessness equally can cause anxiety that may be seen as a victim accepted an invitation to negotiate between a tuition bill, economic survival for essential needs knowing how uncomfortable, worrisome, and irritable these issues are.
An estimated 800,000 women and children are trafficked each year across international borders. Studies have shown that over 90 percent work for pimps. One in 9 girls and 1 in 53 boys under the age of 18 experience sexual abuse or assault at the hands of an adult.
The silence. Several reports have also noted the region has become an exotic spot for nefarious reasons regarding sex trafficking underground world tourism, both imported and exported. This is a topic where law enforcement cannot do it alone in protecting these young girls; especially high school and universities. These communities from the house next door, pulpit to the hotels must report suspicious activities.
It ensures public awareness for families who are at high risk. Coordination and sharing of information among professionals who are advocates for these victims is key to reducing this problems.
The perception that all visitors arrive only just for relaxation and the good vibes these islands, or this local person does not look like a rapist is a farfetched idea. This incident only highlights that sexual exploitation of adolescent girls and present an urgent problem. Sadly, for a price, one’s economic situation; you may have an abundance of sellers and buyers
Cultural traits, taboos, societal norms, and expectations about sexual behavior that forces silence have to be debunked. We cannot continue to be detached because of our location. Sexual exploitation and trafficking of minors along these shores must be met with swift penalties to send a statement.
Wherever you have a substantial number of missing young-girls, sexual trafficking, child labor experts noted tends to include a high concentration of sexual predators. They are hard to detect in these communities unless you maintain a general registry. They frequently target both local and international students and any vulnerable individuals.
Economics and Laws: (Reuters) 2015, over 1,100 arrested in a nationwide sweep for allegedly praying on kids according to reports. They each use the internet to lure youths and then traffic them in to commercial sex. Among the people arrested in Texas were former employees of the Boys and Girls club, and soldiers.
Many crime experts label sexual exploitation an organized crime business, where profits are high and risks are low. It is an estimated $16-billion a-year operation in Latin America and rising according to the International Organization for Migration. (BBC News) 2012, about 37 arrested in Oxford in what they believed was part of social group selling young girls for sex..
What is going on on these shores, and elsewhere maybe bigger than what is being told. These sexual crime against young people should be seen as the worst crime against humanity, and should be mitigated to protect the public in general.
Managing a hidden task: Normally, where prostitution is legalized it is less likely sometimes to detect these exploitation. In poor and developing nations, disparities between the haves vs have-nots and lack of resources make it a difficult to prosecute despite violations
A new focus: Saying she asked for it, is not a solution, or who should have and perhaps is not a strategy. They are victims, and it is important that these communities have the resources to support without being re-victimized..
Deterrence tools are vital to prohibit visitors from an open door system that allows teenagers to visit their hotel rooms and be traded as if they are a commodity on the stock exchange.
This is a complex matter where it often bounces between rape and consent, but it is simply exploitation and silence cannot address this issue. A holistic treatment approach such as a psychosexual assessment to accountability may reduce exploitation and rape as these perpetrators operate on the belief that it is okay, with little or no consequences.
Although the lack of resources and sometimes, technical skills remain a barrier, holding elected officials and law enforcement officers sworn to protect accountable is undebatable. Equally important, communities have to speak up, even in situations where one finds shame from norms or an unwillingness to come forward in fear of personal ramifications.
Sure, there will be another public statement by a local leader, but little or no support for victim’s and their families.
Simply looking in: Sadly, this June 2015, several media outlets across the world were extremely busy. Many stories and images ranged from terrorist attacks in France, Kuwait, and in Tunisia, where over 30 British nationals were killed, to Greece’s financial crisis threatens to the global economic system and Puerto Rico’s struggles to pay a reported 72 billion in debt.
The Confederate Flag debate was reactivated after nine African Americans were gunned down at the Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in the South; evangelicals struggled with the modern era of same-sex marriage as several court decisions on marriage equality. These social events to even how fast Jamaica track star Usain Bolt will run this year tends to dominate the news cycle while critical issues disappear swiftly. As a result her story maybe just a few lines.
I hope these communities can mobilize not only for entrainment, but when these critical issues move from selected outrage that dies in one news cycle. Soon various politicians will be wearing their political party colors to become the subsequent leader; one wonders who will wear at least one exploited victim on their clothing and how many will stay mute on this missing outrage.
These evolving news stories are important regarding society global socio-economic and social justice issues but for me, it was that four-minute video and how to get back her assertiveness, courage, confidence, resilience and beauty.