Conspiracy of Hope

Shannon Ivey
May 29, 2011 Posted by Shannon Ivey smjivey@gmail.com

 

If you have a heart, a soul, a child and/or a conscience – you cannot go another day ignoring the horrors of child sex trafficking.  Every 2 minutes a child is sexually exploited.  Today is the day that our collective perspective needs to change.

A Few Facts about child prostitution worldwide:

    Worldwide, there are an estimated 10 million children engaged in some facet of the sex industry.

    162,000 U.S. homeless youth are child prostitutes.

    One-third of street-level prostitutes in the U.S. are under 18 years old.

    50% of off-street prostitutes are less than 18 years old. Off-street prostitution includes: massage parlors, strip clubs, and escort services.

    Investigators and researchers estimate that the average predator in the U.S. can make more than $200,000 per year off one young girl.

    A more aggressive approach to this epidemic is needed and it’s needed now!  Below is an interview with Mark Langham, anti-sex-trafficking crusader and creator of  Conspiracy of Hope.

    What is Conspiracy of Hope and how did it begin?

    COH is primarily about awareness. We try and bring to light all of the horrific crimes perpetrated against kids around the world in the name of profit. These children are trafficked to and or trapped in brothels, brick kilns, rock quarries, rice mills, and conscripted to fight in illegal wars. They have no voice and so COH is, in essence, a voice for the voiceless. We also raise mon ey for organizations like IJM.org, a full scale anti-injustice task-force and MyRefugeHouse.org, an after care facility for trafficked girls. The entirety of COH funds are dispersed to these and similar anti-trafficking organizations that are dedicated to stemming the tide of this modern slavery that holds 27 million people, a third of them minors, captive at this very moment.

    What do you hope to achieve with Conspiracy of Hope?

    I hope that COH can continue to be all about the victims; rescuing them, restoring their dignity, redeeming their lives, healing their broken hearts and renewing their brutalized minds. I hope that our voice will be heard over the din of the machine of the modern world, and that through relationships with donors we can continue to fund those on the front lines doing the lion’s share of the work.

    What is the most alarming statistic regarding sex trafficking?

    That the average age a child is trafficked is eleven years old, that that number has a downward velocity, and that the insatiable lust of perverted men sometimes pushes the age a child is first exploited to as low as 4 years old.

    What countries are most at fault for propelling forward the sale of human beings?

    Western buyers, i.e. the sex tourists, come from first world nations such as the UK, the US and Japan. These men have the big money, they demand the youngest children, and they demoralize the girls and boys the most, since many have hopes of escaping to the West to start a new life. Thailand’s biggest industry is the sex trade and because of the pandemic nature of AIDS there, younger and younger girls are being trafficked from remote villages to be sold at a virgin premium to wealthy businessmen afraid of contracting the virus. Ground Zero for underage prostitution may very well be Mumbai, India, where an estimated 100,000 minors are exploited in the illegal sex trade.

    What is the youngest age of a child that you have seen sold?

    There are of course whole families in bonded labor, who have children born into slavery. The youngest documented sex slave was four years old. There have been reports of cultic activity involving the brutalization of toddlers. The absolute demonic derangement that could cause anyone to rape a baby is unfathomable.

    Is there any one story that weighs on your soul more heavily than others?

    The story of Chong Ok Sun, age 13

    “I had to prepare lunch for my parents who were working in the field and so I went to the village well to fetch water. A Japanese garrison soldier surprised me there and took me away, so my parents never knew what happened to their daughter. I was taken to the police station in a truck, where I was raped by several policemen. When I shouted they put socks in my mouth and continued to rape me. The head of the police station hit me in my left eye because I was crying. That day I lost my eyesight in my left eye. After ten days or so, I was taken to the Japanese army garrison barracks in Heysan City. There were around 400 other Korean young girls with me and we had to serve over 5,000 Japanese soldiers as sex slaves everyday– up to forty men per day. Each time I protested, they hit me or stuffed rags in my mouth. One held a matchstick to my private parts until I obeyed him. My private parts were oozing with blood.” (UN Distr. General report)

    What is the biggest misconception about sex trafficking?

    Probably that trafficking is a third world problem, relegated to impoverished areas teetering on the brink of anarchy. But there are many trafficking victims in the first world nations; runaways and kids taken from playgrounds, right here in small town America.

    You posted a link this week on your website that detailed busts in Thailand, what struck me were the young boys being abused by grown men – is one gender more at risk than another?

    Certainly the driving force of the sex trade is young girls but the rate of exploitation for young boys is rising as pedophilia becomes more tolerated and some Middle Eastern nations refuse to admit that this sort of thing goes on within their borders, which only enables and emboldens the rapists.

    Describe the underbelly of sex-trafficking in America?

    At any given time there are 300,000 homeless kids on the street in America. These kids are at extreme risk for sex-trafficking. Within 48 hours of being on the streets 2/3 of these kids will be approached to enter the illegal sex or porn trade. Many of these kids, out of desperation born of hunger and cold, will fall victim to false promises. Trafficking victims from the former Soviet states are often brought here with the promise of waitressing or nanny jobs and then are locked up, raped until their will is broken, and then forced into prostitution.

    There are also an increasing number of Latino house brothels on and around border towns. Again, girls are promised jobs and then trafficked here under those false pretenses only to have their passports and other personal belongings confiscated and then are forced to submit to prostitution. Also in the agricultural sector, there are girls brought in from Mexico to service the itinerant workers. Sometimes the “brothel” consists of a tarp on sticks over a blanket in the middle of a field where a girl is raped 20-30 times a day for 25 or 30 bucks for a 15 minute session.  Organized crime, of course, goes where the money is – they are complicit all across our country in the reckless endangerment and unconscionable exploitation of kids.

    Help us understand what the sex trade industry looks like in the United States.

    The FBI estimates that every year 25,000-50,000 foreign nationals are trafficked into the US to be exploited in the illegal sex trade and forced labor and that there are perhaps twice that many American nationals who have been coerced into sexual exploitation. Polaris Project .org, who runs the national Trafficking Hotline (1-888-3737-888), says “Sex trafficking has been found in a wide variety of venues of the overall sex industry.” They list several, including: residential brothels, hostess clubs, room salons, online escort services, brothels disguised as massage parlors, strip clubs, and street prostitution. One statistic from a 2008 study conducted by the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation stated that 46% of the 113 interviewees had bought sex at strip clubs, and a higher percentage, almost 50%, believed that there were girls less than 18 years of age working at the club. Another place that sexual exploitation occurs is truck stops. Pimps force woman of all ages to go cab to cab soliciting sex. The average age for entry into prostitution in the US is 13.

    What can we do?

    • We can live simpler lives, divesting our resources from ephemeral things and re-investing them into freedom for these precious children.
    • We can get involved in advocacy on behalf of these kids by lobbying for reform and asking our congressmen and women to support of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act which funds the Trafficking In Persons (TIP) Office of the State Department.
    • We can be voices for the voiceless, and with unceasing, relentless determination we can fight for their freedom as if they were our own children.
    • And we can pray – because all of hell’s unholy horde is hungry, loose and on the prowl; and as always, hell prefers to feast on the innocent flesh of children.

    Anything you’d like to add?

    I just want to thank all of the volunteers that have given of their time, their resources, and their heart to help COH in our cause. I’d also like to thank Erica Boonstra for her work on behalf of IJM to champion US legislation that will give our country the tools it needs to stop child-trafficking. I’d like to thank Crystal Sprague and her staff for their work in Cebu, Philippines restoring the shattered lives of trafficked girls at My Refuge House. And a special thanks to Shannon and Hollywood Republican for helping us be a voice for the voiceless.

    We cannot ignore the screams of our children any longer – please pass this link (or any of the other links listed within this post).  Get the word out, be an advocate from your computer and demand that our leaders listen to the voices of the voiceless!

    Selah

     

     

     


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    4 Responses to Conspiracy of Hope

    1. Ira Schwartz on May 29, 2011 at 7:52 am

      Very disturbing article Shannon. It’s amazing how a society, any society even ones with the best of intentions can turn a blinds eye to something they are too embarrassed to deal with. These kids are our legacy. Where are the dollars needed to eradicate this problem? Why aren’t our religious leaders screaming about this to the media? It’s as if we’ve sweep these poor children under the rug and hope they just go away. It’s sad…very. very sad. Ira

      • Shannon Ivey on May 29, 2011 at 8:44 am

        My heart is broken today, Ira. Totally broken.

    2. Anonymous on June 2, 2011 at 7:43 am

      And we just memorialize Memorial Day.

      If we could only fight as well as we editorialize, the world would be a safer, holier and much better place. But, alas, it humbles all, there is wisdom lacking, for “Wisdom does not show itself so much in precept as in life – in firmness of mind and a mastery of appetite. It teaches us to do as well as to talk; and to make our words and actions all of a color.” Lucius Annaeus Seneca

      The attack on Cild Sexual Abuse was opened and made by the Blog “Synonyms” on the issue of literary and softening of the meaning of pedophilia and then what? “The Rape of the Unnamed Girl” was masterfully written and then what? Then there was the series, Part 1,2,3 & 4, on religious Pedophilia begot by “Synonyms” and then what? We have adequately, sufficiently and effectively in great detail, identified the enemy of our children. Now, maybe, now, we must get into the fight…..or do we just keep talking and writing?

      Has anyone thought of a return to a conservative set, a basis, of core moral values? How about abortion of a viable fetus, without a justified medical cause, as being murder, punishable by….what say you? What about withdrawing the congregation, individuals refusing to return to church, to withhold the tithing and the faith based support, from any and all “religions” that will not confront this issue within or outside of their institutions, those cultures that continue to abuse women, children and their faithful followers.

      And I suggest you contemplate that “to say nothing is to speak” and that “to do nothing is to act”. Further, martyrdom is an option, otherwise we are not serious. We just celebrated “Memorial Day” for what? Loyal, patriotic martyrdom for a just” cause comes to mind. Or are we too comfortable in our standard of living, our courage of conviction, neither courageous or having a serious conviction.

      Irvine family (May 31,2011) and students mourn death of cheerleader, Ashton Sweet, 14, in car crash. Mothers against drunk driving (MADD) mobilized years ago to combat this problem. When they achieve legislation that deters this crime, the possibility of the death penalty for perpetrators…..something we think Kadafi deserves….there will be the beginning of control. In our comfort, are we “For Sale?”

      This essay, like many of the articles written about child sexual abuse, is magnificently written and touches the heart and soul of fallible man. So now what, more Clintonian angst about a purple dress and then forgiveness???? We have no idea what “courage of commitment against an enemy” really means, entails, and demands for a solution. What was this last Memorial Day was all about…specifically “I regret that I have but one life to give for my country.” Why? Why? Why? And do you think this issue, child sexual abuse, isn’t part of our country, our culture and that it deserves a defense until death…death in defense of or death in defending, …either way? Crying is only the heart bleeding.

      He went to the desert for forty day and nights to teach us resolve. Lent was for prayer (justice towards God), fasting (justice towards self), and almsgiving (justice towards neighbor). The Stations of the Cross and the Crucifixion, without which there would be no “Christian Values”, this is about Christian values isn’t it??

      And what exactly do we think “justice” really is? Many will find, possibly not, the answer in that question ‘Would Jesus have killed Osama bin Laden?” Punishment and death, in this life, is a minor inconvenience for those going to Hell, should you believe in such a thing.

      These vipers are degenerates, criminals, and pedophiles. Gerald Michael Cushing Fitzgerald envisioned a devils Island for the religious version of these degenerates. No, we can’t “talk” this evil to death….. are we against the “death penalty?” Would there be any Christianity without the death penalty; be careful with your answer. What are we willing to do? Prayer and messianic rhetoric is good but has not ever won the struggle.

      We know about this evil, we define it, we editorialize about it and we orchestrate the beating of our righteous breasts and souls, the crying and gnashing of teeth over the utter damage, devastation and permanent harm it does to children, the destruction to the innocent souls that it has, is and will do in the future. Is there one less precious victim today than yesterday? So we are a compassionate culture? And our confession absolves us!

      He led by example, there was the stations of the cross and the crucifixion, death and torture was an example, a transition, not an abomination, your interpretation maybe just a moral salve for the conflicted conscience. Pray, tell, how would you handle this evil? If ever the death penalty was on the table, this is it….but maybe not for you…but what about collateral damage in Israel? See what radical Islam is urging for the Jews.

      Read the “Huffington Post” to feel the power of “hate.” They generally dishonor the word but it has a sacred use. And if you don’t “hate” this evil, child abuse, then what do we reserve abhorrence, revulsion, odium, disgust and loathing for? How far are we willing to go to “win” this battle or we will lose it?

      Sal Alinsky wrote about the tactics of power “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules. You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.” What do you suppose he meant? We are living it, the product of radical progressivism.

      Now what….another article in the future….more comments with sincere concern ….more what….and then what? And we fear that leviathan, the Catholic Church, radical Islam, the Moguls of the child slave trade industry, the inner ghetto drug trade, the Roman Polanski syndrome, the abusive parent, as they listen, or ignore, even smile, buy sanctuary for priest pedophiles, smile at our concern knowing that time, and Lucifer, is on their side…we will weaken….our resolve is furious when fashionable….. and the crisis will have passed.

      Consider “A Man for All Seasons” where Sir Thomas More, the 16th-century Chancellor of England, struggles with ideas of identity and conscience. It is the law that eventually forces More’s execution….a perplexing lesson in the “rule of law”, a message, a crucifixion of a different theme.

      Our children are being crucified. Are we paying attention? Beside a prayer, they need someone carrying a sword and a shield, someone whose last breath will be “not on my watch.” Do we have any identity? Do we have any conscience?

      This child abuse phenomenon is almost non existent in Israel, if at all. And yet in Iran on 5/31/2011 President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s spiritual advisor is reported to be urging followers to increase suicide attacks against the Jews.

      http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4076178,00.html

      A senior Iranian cleric, who is considered President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s spiritual mentor, urged followers to continue suicide attacks against Israelis, including children.
      Ayatollah Mohammad Taghi Mesbah, considered one of the Islamic Republic’s most radical clerics, issued a religious edict on his website whereby suicide attacks are not only legitimate but are a must for every Muslim.

      Iran cleric: Killing Israeli children OK

      “Iranian Ayatollah endorses evil: Radical religious cleric known as President Ahmadinejad’s spiritual mentor says attacks on Israeli civilians permissible, suicide bombings a Muslim duty. Evil words in Islamic Republic: A senior Iranian cleric, who is known as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s spiritual mentor, urged followers to continue suicide attacks against Israelis, including children.”

      And then it is coming here!

      If we want to save the children from sexual abuse, we must first save them from being killed. This is the 1920s all over again with radical Islam replacing Nazism. Know our priorities and know our enemies.

      And we just memorialize Memorial Day. Memorial means monument, commemorative plaque, and cenotaph in “honor” of those who “died” for duty, honor and country. Some things are just worth dying for, have we forgotten? “Honor” is the key word here. It is an American trait. America is a good and noble nation. Sometimes we take too long to enter the battle in earnest. But win, we shall.

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