BY R.D. Miller
Looking in: During the month of June 2015, 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 numerous court decision 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.
These evolving news stories are important and related to our global socio-economic and social justice issues but for me, it was a four-minute video.
Her Story: I watched in horror an undercover operation where a 13-year-old schoolgirl was 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 beaches frequently ignores the erosions.ear
Sexual exploitation and human trafficking are undebatable. These events frequently have a negative psychological consequence long-term. An emotion complexity diminishes her assertiveness to gain back courage, confidence, resilience, and beauty.
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.” It seems more outrage when Jamaican dancehall artist Vybz Kartel was sentenced to life for murder and the US Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage.
The reality: Sadly,this is not an isolated incident. Last year I wrote that Boko Haram is not just a Nigerian problem. Although in the Caribbean region, the Boko mentality has not marched into a classroom, wielded a weapon, and asked 250 girls and left for the hills. A beloved niece, an aunt, sister, and cousin are being taken one at a time while families are left hopeless with little and no support..
The risk factors that can lead to exploitation are running away, poverty, homelessness, drugs, and/or alcohol use and, supporting friends in prostitution, or being gay, bisexual, transgender, isolated, and yes; trust.
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?
These pimps are down these roads driving unlicensed taxis, 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 the law enforcement community sworn to protect.
Statutory rape seems like the norm as onlookers contemplate safety, pride, lack of support, and resource. Many are left wondering if she accepted the invitation to negotiate between tuition bill and a meal knowing how uncomfortable, worrisome, and irritable the image is.
What if the local enforcement simply required most of these 100 percent black tinted car windows to be removed?
Sexual trafficking of minors is not only a South East Asia problem. Customers no longer have to visit Nepal, Cambodia, Thailand, the Philippines, or even Western Europe like Bulgaria, where sex trafficking remains a major problem according to the expert, it can be found in your home from incest, and manipulation of local innocent young girls and boys.
An estimated 800,000 women and children are trafficked each year across international borders. Studies have shown that over 90 percent work for pimps. An epidemic requires mandatory reporting of victims..
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. Furthermore, the responsibility to protect these young girls; especially high school, 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 solving these problems.
The perception that all visitors arrive only just for relaxation and the good vibes these islands offer is a farfetched idea. This incident only highlights that sexual exploitation of adolescent girls present an urgent problem and, for a price, you 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.
What is going on on these shores, and elsewhere maybe bigger than what is being told. For some of us, sexual crime against young people is the worst crime against humanity.
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 organized crime selling young girls for sex.
Managing a hidden task: If a country accepts legalized prostitution, it is less likely to have a severe punishment. In poor and developing nations, disparities between the haves vs have-nots and lack of resources make it a difficult to prosecute despite violations of both national and international laws.
They are victims, and it is important as risk measures for general recidivism as one would target an offender with a higher-risk probability of re-offending.
For the safety of others; 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. This requires a holistic treatment approach for offenders from psychosexual assessment to accountability that will reduce exploitation, rape as these perpetrators operate on the belief that it is okay, with little or no consequences.
New focus: Although the lack of resources and sometimes, technical skills remain a barrier, holding elected officials and law enforcement officers are sworn to protect accountably is undebatable. Equally important, communities have to speak up, even in situations where one finds shame from norms and an unwillingness to come forward in fear of personal ramifications.
Sure, there will be another public statement, but little are no support for victim’s and their families.
I hope these communities also assemble not only for entrainment, but these critical issues demand better protection and selected outrage. Soon numerous 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 remain mute on this missing outrage.