A Story of America’s Prostituted Children; A Call to Action
By Linda Smith with Cindy Coloma
- Caution: Mature Content
- Published in 2009 revised in 2011
- 163 pages
Synopsis: The author Linda Smith was a U.S. Representative who after she left politics founded the organization “Shared Hope” to help women and children in crisis. This book not only tells the story of “Lacy” but of many others lives and how they got sucked into the “night” life. She explains how predators manipulate children (aka the product) “as young as 11” into prostitution and drugs.
- “it’s cheaper and less risky getting a girl from a small town or a city in the U.S. than to import women and children from other countries.” (page 11)
- “while any child is vulnerable to being targeted and recruited by a pimp, the reality is that pimps seek out youth who are experiencing strife in the family, such as verbal, physical, or sexual abuse.” (page 119)
- “…100,000 children are the human products meeting the demand of the sex trafficking industry in the U.S. alone. Around the world, more than 1 million children are subjected to human trafficking for sex or porn. The industry is estimated to bring in $9.5 billion annually.” (page 95)
Someone gave me this book, they said it was interesting and eye opening. This book is very small but has a Huge message. For me that message is “Pay Attention, someone’s life may depend on it!”. I was sick at how easy it is to lure a child into this life. Our children are being not only bullied but preyed upon. I urge you to read this book slowly and absorb the details of how it’s done. The information in this book has encouraged me to not only share it with you but to point out we all need to pay attention more; really pay attention!
There is a scenario of a pimp that goes to his nephews wrestling match and notices a couple girls sitting by themselves. He tells his nephew he’ll have a party (complete with alcohol and drugs) for the wrestling team if he invites those two particular girls. He gets them high then encourages the boys to have sex with the drugged girls. Then the next day tells the girls that no one will want them but that he would take care of them. This seriously shocked me to my soul because I can totally see this whole scenario play out in my head; who hasn’t noticed a couple kids that don’t fit into the popular crowd? Or who has a reputation for being different?
Its pointed out clearly to me, that no one starts out in life wanting to be hooked on drugs or to be a prostitute. What is it that we all want? To be loved, protected and to feel safe! Think about this the next time you see a homeless person or you are at a school function and see kids that don’t quite “fit in” with the rest. Don’t turn your nose up or make rude comments because that could be someone you know and after all they are someone else’s children. An old saying, I grew up hearing was “until you walk a mile in their shoes, you don’t pass judgement”.