A pat on the butt, exposing genitals at coworkers and subordinates. Groping, inappropriate touching, unlawful imprisonment, adult men seeking teenagers, sexual assault, and harassment.
All immoral and illegal. But what’s done in the dark now comes to light; thanks to #MeToo movement founder Tarana Burke and the Silence Breakers.
These women and men are coming out of the shadows to share their stories. The tables have turned on those who sought to render them ineffective and under the thumb due to shame many felt at being victimized.
Powerful men swept off their perches like gargoyles in an earthquake. Some of the accused vow they’ll be vindicated. Others are outing themselves before the spotlight turns on them. One allegedly took his own life after accusations of molesting a teen surfaced.
But if you look closely, you’ll see there’s an even darker side to the #metoo movement. It’s gritty. It’s difficult to fathom and casts our so-called christian nation in an unfavorable light.
I’m referring to child sex trafficking and what happens to those children when they grow up.
I came across one such story on quoradotcom from Jacqueline Homan –
…we both ended up getting trafficked into prostitution by members of a criminal outlaw motorcycle gang who promised to help us by getting her a good-paying job so we’d never be hungry and homeless again. I survived to eventually tell our story, my sister didn’t.
So, while my aunt and uncle and two cousins were living large, experiencing the American Dream of a nice safe warm comfortable home, a good education, a normal teenage life, dental care, plenty of good food, trips to Disneyland, cookouts, swimming in their pool, I was experiencing the American Nightmare of being trafficked from age 12–17, getting raped by grown-ass men who had daughters older than me, who felt entitled to use their money and male privilege to buy rape tickets.
… by sheer dumb luck (after “working my way up from ‘ho’ to drug mule”) at the age of 17 ~read more of Jacqueline Homan in her own words on quoradotcom
From this quote, you’ll notice she fills in the blanks, through dramatic storytelling and personal experience how these children charged with prostitution are labeled society’s pariahs.
Not the sex traffickers, not the johns, those who hire children for sex; just the children. When they become adults, they become outcasts and unemployable due to their convictions and registered sex-offender status.
“in 44 states here in the US, 12, 13, and 14 yr old trafficked girls are still arrested for prostitution, and that automatically slaps a 99-year “sex offender” status on them, rendering them unemployable for life. ” ~Language Matters
Homan is not waiting for the #metoo movement to circle back to help survivors of child sex slavery. According to her Patreon page, Homan has launched Jacquehammer: Helping Trafficking Survivors She plans to track survivors, using technology; and connect them to high-performing organizations.
The program will also keep a database of those organizations. You can participate too. Subscribe to teamunix on Patreon.
The #MeToo movement may be the latest cause célèbre, but it’s an issue with many moving parts. It can be confusing to onlookers, especially those who believe they aren’t victims. So, here’s what’s at stake. Human Agency is at stake, especially for women. Once again a woman’s freedom is on the line.
As one Twitter user, Cassie Esselink tweeted:
“If a woman uses her sexuality for her own empowerment, it’s called agency. The issues aren’t about whether women have the right to own their sexuality; they do. The issue is whether anyone else gets to appropriate it, or bypass consent. They don’t.”
Children can’t consent. And our nation’s laws should reflect that while lowering the judicial hammer on child sex traffickers and those who seek to use children as sex toys.
National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline 1-888-373-7888