“Children Are Not For Sex,” Says Ashley Judd (Video)

I recently came across a powerful video on YouTube where Ashley Judd reveals a moving story about a 14-year-old daughter of a friend of hers who was recently forced into prostitution in Atlanta, Georgia.

“Who are these men who buy children for sex?” asks Judd. “They are our fathers, they are our brothers, our husbands, uncles, cousins, and friends…it is so common.”

Take a look at the video:

The clip is from Newsweek and The Daily Beast’s Women in the World Summit that was held earlier this month. Judd’s speech was an introduction to the panel “‘No Such Thing’: Trafficking of Girls in the United States.”

While many view the problem of child sex trafficking as a third world issue, the reality is that it happens right here in the U.S. In fact, according to The Daily Beast, 100,000-300,000 children between the ages of 12 and 14 years old are victims of the child sex trade in this country. New York City — the city I call home — is one of the United States’ biggest hubs.

What’s worse? Many of these children don’t get the help they need and are instead arrested for prostitution and thrown in juvenile detention centers. But these girls are not hookers or prostitutes — they are children who are being forced, sometimes as many as 15 times a day, to have sex with men against their will.

I’m so deeply saddened that this happens anywhere in the world, let alone my backyard. More awareness around this issue is desperately needed so victims get the help they need and pimps are punished for these heinous crimes.

Related from Care2:

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Police Officer Advises Women to Avoid Sexual Assault By Not Dressing Like a “Slut”

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Deb B.
Deb Baverstock5 years ago

I knew this existed here but I did not know it was such a big problem. Prior comments really show that more awareness is needed on this issue. Basically, you need to consider all people below the age of consent children, even if you think that they may not want to be treated as such (unfortunately in some states that is actually 14 years old). What is not talked about here is what happens to girls who are not caught as teens. Many of them go on to be adult prostitutes because they already do not know any other way to live or are now dependent on their pimp for their survival.
Family members, religions, any group or organization that is exploiting young people (and even though girls are by far the most common victims, young boys are also being targeted as well) should be pursued and shown that this will not be tolerated for any reason.

Carla van der Meer

I think most people are more comfortable not knowing the truth. I thought this was indeed a problem, but not a huge problem and one which happened somewhere else. Not long ago I was on my way to work when we spotted a very young girl walking up and down the street, in an area with no bus stops or businesses.I though that she must be waiting for a ride to school, although a little late. My coworker laughed, without any real humor and asked didn't I know? This is where the child hookers were brought to work. Somewhere else is right around every corner. Put the men in jail, publicly shame them, just do anything to end the theft of innocence.

Cathy C.
Cathy C5 years ago

Ashley Judd is a class act. You go, Ashley!

Julie G.
Julie Guzman6 years ago

they ought to put all pedophiles into jail

Adam W.
Adam W.6 years ago

GO ASHLEY!!! Here is hoping more people stand up for these girls who often cannot stand up for themselves!

Adam G.
Adam G6 years ago

as much as I hate the "chicken kickin-foot stompin-thigh slappin" country music & those who create it, kudos to anyone who does something against child molestation, even if they are "country music people"

Barb greene
Barb greene6 years ago

Thank You!

Jane R.
Jane R6 years ago

It's a shame that this happens anywhere in the world.

Helen Delahunt-Avila
Helen Avila6 years ago

L.E.P. you deserve stars..

L E P.
L E P6 years ago

On behalf of Helen Delahunt-Avila
It is absolutely inappropriate for someone to viciously, attack someone personally in public, in this manner... he could have gone to her page & asked where she was coming from with her opinion. then politely refuted. We all have a RIGHT to voice our heartfelt opinion without someone maliciously attacking us to the core, personally. To viciously & acidicly ridicule, humiliate, & debase this woman is unacceptable... absolutely, unequivocally, unacceptable. This is not what "Care2" is about... nor should "Care2" condone this despicable, personal-shredding of another human being, on a website that is advocating civility & humanity.... shame on those who infringe on our rights of civility & humanity...