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End Child Sex Trafficking in Oregon ! PLEASE TAKE ACTION ! !

Society & Culture  (tags: humans, children, sex trafficking, protection, environment )

- 2714 days ago -
At least 100,000 children are used in prostitution every year in the United States and the average age of entry into prostitution is 13 years old.

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Raluca Anghel (84)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 9:02 am
noted, thanks!

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 9:28 am
Noted and signed, thanks. (237)

Terrie Williams (798)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 9:33 am
#238 you signed this petition on 01/15/11.
Thank you for signing!

Kathy Javens (104)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 9:46 am
Signed and noted.

Gillian M (218)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 10:23 am
Noted & signed. Please also sign another child trafficking petition by UNESCO

Freya H (357)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 10:41 am
We need to crack down on this vile practice, and harshly!

Kit B (276)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 11:35 am
Thank you for signing the petition "End Child Sex Trafficking in Oregon"

. (0)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 11:57 am
This petition sends letters to an individual's specific elected officials based on their address. You must live in the U.S. to sign this petition.

Stephen Hill (633)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 12:09 pm
Noted and action taken. Thank you Cher

donald Baumgartner (6)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 12:32 pm

Roger S (18)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 12:32 pm

Paulina Magdalena (12)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 12:53 pm
do not understand why not working on these provisions in order to protect potential victims

Susan Pernot (75)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 1:13 pm
done and done

Ana F (128)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 1:14 pm

Gloria H (88)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 1:15 pm
As a resident of Oregon, I demand that both Senators protect the children of this state!!!!!!!

Harry Schneider (43)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 1:28 pm
Noted and signed. Thank you Cher, for speaking out that problem that so many Representatives ignore. A rogue, who would guess something bad ...

Nancy sands (448)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 1:41 pm
put on facebook

William Y (54)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 1:51 pm
noted & signed

Shirley H (49)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 2:21 pm
Sadly signed.
Shirley H.

. (0)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 2:22 pm
People that traffick others to exploit them deserve the guillotine or firing squad.

Alicia V (181)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 2:35 pm
Noted and Signed.

Patricia N (41)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 2:38 pm
Signed and noted.

Saturday January 15, 2011, 3:12 pm

Jeanne P (1)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 3:19 pm

Maria p (151)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 3:43 pm
signed and noted, this needs to end, those poor kids!!!!!!!!

Peggy A (109)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 3:50 pm
Noted and signed

David Gould (155)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 4:06 pm
Noted. The fight to reclain childhood for kids continues.

Rhonda Conway (41)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 4:15 pm
noted & signed. Thanks Cher

Ann L (15)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 4:22 pm
Noted. Thanks. Not US citizen.

Erin R (181)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 5:03 pm
Noted & signed! Thank you, Cher!

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 5:07 pm
Signed. Ty, Cher.

Saturday January 15, 2011, 5:46 pm

Krasimira B (175)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 6:11 pm
Noted, thank you Cher.

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 6:27 pm
Noted. Read with prayers. Can't sign: alien.

Alicia N (87)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 7:46 pm
Noted and action taken, thanks.

Alisa S (2)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 7:50 pm
Signed. Thank you for posting this.

Rhonda Maness (580)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 8:00 pm
Thanks Cher

Melanie Clark (13)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 8:28 pm
Noted, signed and shared. Thanks.

gloria c (7)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 8:31 pm
scandal and disgrace.

Carol H (229)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 8:48 pm
signed and noted, thanks Cher

Deborah L (70)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 8:58 pm
noted and signed.

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 10:25 pm

pam w (139)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 10:25 pm

Valjean O (23)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 10:42 pm
Signed & disgusted!

Teresa K (33)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 10:44 pm
Done thanks.

Lisa Zarafonetis (168)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 1:11 am
Tried to sign the petition but would'nt allow me to get to it. They said they were upgrading the website.
I did share on Facebook though. :)

David K (0)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 1:44 am
sex with under age kids is revolting to me, even though I do advocate plenty of. sex with a partner To me it is a mutual experience or otherwise an unsavoury exploitation of an underpriveliged person.

Ludger W (65)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 3:29 am
signed, ty

ewoud k (68)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 3:31 am
Frightening numbers. Signed (thanks pam) and noted.
Wasn't slavery abolished?

Marianna molnar woods (9)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 3:43 am

Sunday January 16, 2011, 4:30 am
US residents only...

Beverly L (72)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 6:36 am
Noted and signed ~ thank you Cher!

Ron Gordon (14)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 6:39 am

Arild Gone for now (174)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 6:57 am
393 signatures needed! TY Cher.

Gary C (5)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 8:55 am
noted thankyou....

Sandra T (126)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 9:15 am
noted and signed with old U.S address, tank you very much Cher!

M B (62)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 9:43 am
noted but not signed because I'm not an US citizen.

Debra S (4)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 9:51 am
Noted and petition signed via Thank you.

Lynne Buckley (0)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 10:17 am
I'm disappointed that I can't sign this petition as I live outside of the US. This is something that people across the world would want to sign and support. Child sex trafficking should concern everybody.

Ann Eastman (31)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 11:27 am
Thanks so much, Cher. Noted and signed.

Gillian M (218)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 11:36 am
Sorry Cher, I am disgusted that only the children of Oregan are cared about. Surely we should be stopping this abominable trade world wide? I have had just 14 people note my submission and I doubt that all have signed. ARE CHILDREN OUTSIDE THE US WORTH SO MUCH LESS? DO FOREIGN CHILDREN NOT SUFFER AS MUCH? These are the statements made by virtually all of the people on this board because they have shown so little interest in supporting UNESCO. Yet there is probably more suffering in foreign countries because there is no-one to speak for them.

Please also sign another child trafficking petition by UNESCO

Gillian M (218)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 11:42 am
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines is ranked 4th in the world in number of child prostitutes with over 100,000, and many of them are also victims of sex trafficking, an advocacy group said Thursday.

Dr. Cyndi Romine, president of Compassion To One Philippines (, said the country has become a primary source of sexually trafficked children behind nations such as India, Thailand and Cambodia. Worldwide, she said an average of 1.2 million children are sexually trafficked every year.

"I didn't understand the problem was this big when I started, 100,000 children a year. They are being flown out, they are being shipped out. Borneo is so close, Malaysia's so close. It's a huge money-making situation," she told ANC's "Headstart" anchor Karen Davila.

She said places where children are most likely to be trafficked are Metro Manila, Cebu, Cotabato and Davao.

"Cebu has a horrible problem, Cotabato, Davao...Of course, any place that has a port where they can just take them out. It's so easy when you just put them on a boat. No papers, nothing," she said.

Romine said traffickers usually approach parents of impoverished families and entice them with money, fame or even a better life just to let the kids go with them.

She also noted that 50% of all pimps are women, which makes profiling of traffickers even harder. "A well-dressed Filipina will come to you and say, 'We'll make your child a star.' This is poverty driven. These are minors, little tiny ones," she said.

Once the child goes with the trafficker, Romine said the child could end up in a number of countries such as the Arab states, Japan, Thailand and Cambodia. She said that in some places, an "exotic" child prostitute who is still a virgin could be "sold" for up to $10,000.

Facebook as source?

Romine said the problem of sex trafficking has become bigger because drug syndicates are now going into forced prostitution. She noted that drugs can be sold only once but a prostitute can be "sold" again and again every day.

She said prevention of sex trafficking should start at the barangay level and should be complemented by tighter immigration control.

"It really boils down a lot to immigration because of airports and ports. It also falls on barangay officials and local government. Why are they not stopping people they don't know and asking them 'Who are you? You are not taking our babies,'" she said.

She added: "I think we need to get a passion, a fire burning. Let them be mad at this situation and say, 'You are not taking our children. You are not taking our kids.'"

Romine said parents who are approached by suspected traffickers should also know how to discern if the person approaching them is a trafficker.

"They can say they want to marry you, give your kids an education, make your kids a star. They will promise you the world. Check out the agent. How long have you been in business? Check out the POEA [Philippine Overseas Employment Administration] if the business is legitimate," she said.

She also advised parents to monitor their children's online activities since many traffickers are now scouring social media sites such as Facebook to check out potential victims. She said some kids routinely post pictures of themselves while in school uniform, not knowing that they could be targeted by traffickers.

Liam Neeson movie based on true story

Romine also revealed that the hit movie "Taken" starring Hollywood actor Liam Neeson is actually based on a true story. The movie, based on a script by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen, portrayed Neeson as a retired special ops agent who rescues his daughter from Albanian slave traders in Europe.

Romine said the story of retired US Army Special Forces Colonel William Hillar is actually similar to the one in the movie.

Hillar's daughter was kidnapped along with two friends while taking a train out of Bangkok. Within 24 hours, the girls were already in Kuala Lumpur and forced to become sex slaves.

After finding out about the kidnapping, Hillar took his friends and tracked his daughter for the next 6 months. The search took him to Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Macau, the Philippines and finally in a warehouse in Borneo with 32 girls inside.

"He goes in and finds one of the friends and asks: 'Where's my baby?' She said: 'Oh sir, a week ago she escaped and found a policeman and he brought her back here. She was tortured to death as an example to the other girls.' He got there a week late," Romine recounted.

Romine describes Hillar as a big, tall, muscular guy who is still suffering from guilt about the fate of his daughter.

"He suffers from guilt. Why couldn't I be there? Why couldn't I protect her? That's why I feel bad for the parents in the Philippines who think they are giving their child something wonderful. They're letting their child go into the worse possible scenario. The average age of a prostitute worldwide is 14 years old, and they service men and women 40 times a day," she said.

Constance F (418)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 12:15 pm
signed.noted.thank you

Michael Irving (182)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 12:37 pm
Posted on our Facebook page.

Healthshots reminder (202)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 12:39 pm

Marie Therese H (10)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 1:00 pm
Can't sign from Canada, but wish I could.

Mike S (86)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 1:05 pm
Noted and thank you for posting Cher.
I wish I could sign, but I'm Canadian. I have been active in this fight for some time.
Here is the link to a post I put up on my YouTube page some time ago:

Alice B (241)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 1:12 pm
NOTED & SIGNED: I'm speaking as a survivor of incest assault at age 3, by the most-senior person in my family of origin - my paternal 'grandfather' [sic] who had molested both boys & girls we discovered, and also used prostitutes throughout his marriage. Most of the "beauty"/"sexy"/etc. images we have for women are infantilized: waxing off all pubic hair, doing the most insane things to keep skin 'smooth' without wrinkles/etc. - these are all ways to palliate the pimped 'tastes' of the worst/sickest impulses in males - which also product HUGE PROFITS for the Big Beauty Industry, which btw is also one of the major torturers, maimers & murderers of animals in "animal testing."
Exploitation, devastation and destruction of helpless animals, helpless children, vulnerable youth and adults - this is the way that predatory profiteers choose to act. None of these evil predatory psychopaths deserve to live.
What would be the TRUE statistics is we could see them, of the damage done worldwide by these profiteers?!!
I believe we would all see that there are hardly ANY people who have not been DIRECTLY traumatized at the very least by these monsters.
No excuses - no deals - no rationalizations - NO MERCY. These monsters certainly do not give any - and they deserve less than NONE.

Linda Wallace (32)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 1:37 pm

Roxana J (0)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 2:01 pm
Signed.... hope this horrible practice will end and the people involved pay for their acts

Linda Thompson (16)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 2:17 pm
signed and shared..

Esther Z (94)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 6:00 pm
Noted and signed.

gene p (0)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 7:57 pm
Living in Oregon, this is so sad. This countries situation is extremely frightening.

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 9:02 pm
noted and signed

Kashfia F (6)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 9:23 pm
Can't sign from my country. Wish I could & I hope the legislation is amended as per the petition.

Ron Avila (20)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 9:30 pm

Nina L (17)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 10:32 pm
These people of the last "comment" = are putting an ad for shoes and handbags ........ between such an important issue ....... its all about money, no conscience!! I would be ashamed.

The police could find every girl if they wanted it .... but they are not looking for them. Why???
This question should be asked in America ..... a petition is a great thing ........ but this question would bring out the truth ........ and only the truth will make a difference!!! Everything else will be half-hearted!

William Y (54)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 11:34 pm
Nina that idiot has been doing that for months.

Maria S (48)
Monday January 17, 2011, 4:54 am
Noted ! This must stop !

emilia boccagna (15)
Monday January 17, 2011, 7:13 am
only for U. S. A.

Jenny K. (2)
Monday January 17, 2011, 8:15 am
I never forget how my teacher was doing to me,i droped out of school on 7th class i could not terolate again.
They need a big help from us.

Rosemary Bennett (0)
Monday January 17, 2011, 9:12 am
This is appalling!

Kate A (10)
Monday January 17, 2011, 10:43 am
This is disgusting, Oregon's Representatives need to wake up and stop this NOW

pam M (98)
Monday January 17, 2011, 10:59 am
Signed and noted

Veronique L (209)
Monday January 17, 2011, 11:00 am
Can't sign from France, I am sorry...

Tuesday January 18, 2011, 12:20 pm

Tamila mendoza (177)
Wednesday January 19, 2011, 8:59 am
This seems unbelievable to me! Child prostitution in AMERICA? I realize that children run away and do this to sustain life and end up in worse hardships. The streets need to be cleaned up here!

Michela M (3964)
Thursday January 20, 2011, 2:00 pm

Camilla Vaga (68)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 12:33 am

Lika P (130)
Monday January 24, 2011, 3:31 am

Lori K (56)
Sunday February 27, 2011, 6:42 pm
Poor babies. What is wrong with the people who lust after little girls? Ugh!
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