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Demystifying the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Boys - Our Forgotten Victims


Society & Culture  (tags: children, ethics, crime, usa, society, politics, law )

Cal
- 281 days ago - alternet.org
Boys make up 50% of children trading sex for money in the U.S, so why is nobody talking about them?



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Azaima A. (218)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 8:27 am
so sad
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 8:37 am
Fortunately I was never abused sexually. Most people found out about me that yes maybe you could bully me up to a point but sooner or later there was a price to be paid for doing so. Of course as I grew up I adapted and matured and vengeance hasn't been part of my life for many, many years. I still know how to fight; I just choose not to do so. There are other ways to get your point across.
The sad fact is that yes, many male children are abused and in turn become abusers themselves. I think we have almost reached critical mass and like the history of all great civilizations it is about to fall into chaos and then dystopia. Still it will be the weak and the children who are the greatest and multiple victims.
We still have time to change course.
 

John van Nijnatten (5)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 8:54 am
Noted
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 9:00 am
How could anyone exploit children. This is going to make me sick. We need petitions to governments around the world to protect children for trafficking! We need international laws that put the traffickers away for life, ans we need petitions demanding for those laws to be established and enforced! Thank you, Cal! (n, p, t)
 

Allan Yorkowitz (452)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 9:02 am
A couple of years ago, I had to visit Covenant House in NYC. This is a large shelter for children who have left their homes for many reasons. Even years ago, I was told that more males than females are taken off the streets for prostitution, and brought there- or they walk in on their own.
 

Debbie G. (314)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 10:36 am
Sad and sickening. Makes me angry.
 

Carol D. (104)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 11:51 am
50% are boys Thats terrible I never would have thought that They need to do something about it then
 

Gene Jacobson (246)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 12:31 pm
"The ECPAT study also revealed that boys are more reluctant to declare themselves as victims or report incidents of exploitation to avoid the potential stigma associated with being viewed as gay."

I think that was an excellent story and I think this is probably the major issue. It is true women and girls may be seen to be more in need of protection, but that doesn't make these boys any the less victims whether that be by their religious guides or on the street. A show I liked a lot, The Closer, ended its run a year ago, but was replaced by Major Crimes, with all of the same cast but for Kyra Sedgwick, whose role is being reprised somewhat differently by Mary McDonnell. An ongoing theme through the first two seasons has been her caring for a young boy who was found on the street pimping himself out, he'd been discarded by his parents and this was the only way he could make money while being homeless and essentially invisible to the social services community. It isn't a "fake" problem. The sexual abuse of both boys and girls is a real problem, world wide and that it exists is shameful enough without adding the indignity of blaming these children for their circumstances or imply in any way that they are somehow responsible for their victimization. May they all find freedom, and peace. Nothing less is just in an unjust world.
 

Aletta Kraan (146)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 4:20 pm
Noted, thanks !
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (277)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 5:37 pm
I agree with Gene
 

Ravenna C. (20)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 7:40 pm
It is harder for us to talk about the exploitation and sexual abuse of young boys. There is still the stigma of homosexuality to get past for many people. For some reason it is less palatable for people to talk about a young girl working the streets than it is a young boy.
I saw something on PBS a while ago about an underground Pedophile Vacation Spots in places like Thailand. It was awful. And it was not exactly hidden. I couldn't help but think why aren't the police arresting every single white guy that was obviously there for that reason???
Why are we not protecting our children better?

If the NSA wants to put their computer hacking programs to good use they can start with Pedophilia Promoters and distributors.
 

GGmaSheila D. (134)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 10:44 pm
It's sad that we are so homophobic that these poor boys have fallen through, not the cracks, but ravines out there. In most countries there are already laws against sex trafficking. But as we all know, money speaks louder than any laws. Of course, it comes down to how can we help someone who doesn't want any help??
 

Elisa F. (233)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 11:16 pm
No young child, young person, should have to suffer this way. I hope by working together, we will see change. Knowledge is Power. Thank you, Cal.
 

John S. (297)
Monday October 21, 2013, 5:06 am
Sadly noted.
 

pam w. (191)
Monday October 21, 2013, 6:20 am
The fact that boys are being abused is no better or worse than the REAL issue....which is pedophilia, period!

It's a sick side of human nature which has always existed, sorry to say. Look at the Greeks...look at the CATHOLIC CHURCH!
 

JESSICA O. (9)
Monday October 21, 2013, 10:33 am
I also agree with Gene. Thank you Cal.
 

Maggie Kearns (6)
Monday October 21, 2013, 10:46 am
Sadly noted. Thanks Cal!
 

Birgit W. (140)
Monday October 21, 2013, 12:57 pm
If boy or girl it does not matter. Nobody should be allowed to sexually abuse and exploit any human being.
 

ewoud k. (73)
Monday October 21, 2013, 1:23 pm
The hidden truth, covered by the law of silence.

The Catholic Church is -amongst others- to blame.

Thanks Cal!
 

Joanne Dixon (36)
Monday October 21, 2013, 3:00 pm
Please note that these pedophiles who abuse boys are overwhelmingly straight, not gay. Also that being a victim of rape (which trafficking is a form of) does not determine your sexuality - only in a blame the victim environment (which of course is also a huge problem) would anyone think that. But our fear is misdirected and we are looking for the bogeyman in the wrong places. We are looking at gay men as potential pedophiles when we ought to be looking at macho straights.
 

Connie O. (40)
Monday October 21, 2013, 7:14 pm
Gene Jacobson I couldn't have said it any better
 

Tim W. (273)
Monday October 21, 2013, 8:28 pm
David C.
I am not sure if I get what you mean by the gay pride comment. I do know this has nothing to do with being gay, Many of those boys are not gay, and many of their so called clients, do not identify as gay either, I don't know about you, but I have spoke with young hustlers, and am told their best and most common clients are straight married white men.
 

Ben B. (39)
Tuesday October 22, 2013, 1:09 am
Child sex abuse (pedophilia), rape, sex-trafficking, by whatever name, is abhorrent. The power inequality between abuser and abused leads to the exploitation, not the actions of the abused. More needs to be done to break this cycle. Children should not have to sell themselves or perform sex acts to survive.
 

John Wesen (0)
Tuesday October 22, 2013, 1:33 am
The US? What about other countries!
 

Irene S. (59)
Tuesday October 22, 2013, 3:32 pm
Seems boys are catching up. What sick societies are we living in? Children should grow up safe and well protected!
 

Bridget Robertson (106)
Wednesday October 23, 2013, 1:33 am
Every child being raped is intolerable. Both the boys and girls. And each have a different challenge in overcoming the aftermath. Boys can be raped by women. Not just male rapists. In either case he doesn't tell. If it was a woman, other boys, guys, men will wink and give the pat on the back. They rarely are seen as being violated. And have few resources to help. If it was a man they often carry in silence all the questions about their sexuality. There are a few good organizations helping them. Not nearlly enough. Let's really start helping all victims .
 

Ludger W. (72)
Wednesday October 23, 2013, 1:36 pm
done
 

Robert Hardy (67)
Wednesday October 23, 2013, 11:27 pm
What is wrong with the damn world?
 

Dot A. (132)
Thursday October 24, 2013, 9:48 am
Our children are neglected, and failed to be protected. When this happens, - *THAT* happens,.... Planning for each child begins before conception, and after a child is born into this troubled world, it takes 25 years of parenting and protecting, of course "age appropriate", to raise an infant into mature adulthood. How many children are born into life with such consideration? Society pays a dear cost for its lost children who seek whatever attention is available, even if it's a very deviant life. - and from there, the abused grow up to abuse - The cycle cannot end unless we understand the importance of reproduction and the value of life, all life, including human beings and all the planet.

We have so far to go,.....
 
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