A new report card of how the 50 states in the U.S.A. protect children from adult sex traffickers, including pedophiles, gave over half the states, 26, a failing grade! Six other states earned a D.
Also, no state earned an A grade, and only four states – Illinois, Missouri, Texas, and Washington – were given a B grade!
The two groups releasing the study were Shared Hope International, an anti-trafficking non-profit group, and the American Center for Law & Justice.
According to Shared Hope International, the study’s methodology was vetted by experts in the anti-trafficking field, including the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law, Children at Risk in Houston, the National District Attorneys Association, and Ambassador Mark Lagon, director of the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Person 2007-09).
The states getting failing grades are California, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Michigan, Virginia, Nevada, Colorado, Alaska, South Carolina, Utah, Maryland, Montana, New Mexico, Hawaii, Arkansas, South Dakota, North Dakota, Idaho, Nebraska, Maine, Connecticut, Kansas, New Hampshire, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
Washington, D.C. was also given a failing grade, while states like Ohio, Alabama, Indiana, Iowa, Delaware, and Mississippi were given a D.
This means that 32 states got either a D or an F!!!
The study measured such things as Protective Provisions for Child Victims, Criminal Justice Tools for Investigation and Prosecution, Criminalization of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking, and Criminal provisions for Traffickers.
Recently, MOVIEGUIDE® reviewed a documentary on sex trafficking called NEFARIOUS. In it, three prostitutes revealed that the movie PRETTY WOMAN, where a street prostitute services and then gets engaged to a rich client who “sweeps her off her feet,” was a major reason they got involved and trapped into sex trafficking.
MOVIEGUIDE® Founder and Publisher Dr. Ted Baehr asks, “How many other girls and boys now active in the sex trade either as providers or clients were influenced by sexual content in movies like PRETTY WOMAN or TV programs like SEX AND THE CITY, HUNG, or GLEE*?”
“Clearly,” he concluded, “the rich politicians who constantly ask for our donations, the people they hire to protect us, and the mass media leaders who create the culture are failing America’s children.”
Shared Hope International’s Protected Innocence Initiative is “a comprehensive strategy to promote zero tolerance for child sex trafficking.”
According to the group’s study, the average age a child is lured or forced into prostitution is 13-years-old. Also, experts estimate that at least 100,000 American juveniles under 18 are victimized through prostitution in the United States each year.
*Note: GLEE, a show popular among some teenagers, recently ran an episode where four teenagers engaged in homosexual or heterosexual sex together.
- Source: Shared Hope International, 12/01/11.