UN Event Names and Shames Purveyors of Child Rape, Trafficking
NEW YORK, September 29 (C-Fam) “Decriminalization of prostitution is the most monstrous, preposterous, counterproductive act we could possibly conceive,” a prostitution survivor declared at a UN high-level meeting on human trafficking yesterday.
Rachel Moran, a modern day abolitionist, was a victim of prostitution from the age of fourteen to twenty-two. She condemned Amnesty International’s “sex-work” and “pro-decriminalization” language saying, “they do not have a right to call themselves a human rights organization.”
Her rebuke came during a two-day event hosted by the twenty-three countries making up the Group of Friends United Against Trafficking and C-Fam, publisher of the Friday Fax. Former Congresswoman and Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann moderated. It was the second human trafficking event they hosted in six months, reflecting the urgency of the issue and the frustration over lack of progress.
Speakers focused on internet buying and selling of children, child sexual abuse, and child pornography. Panel chair Dr. Susan Yoshihara warned that some material was deeply disturbing but necessary to understand the truth. Wednesday night, two movie screenings demonstrated that selling one’s body is never a choice.
I am Jane Doe, by movie director Mary Mazzio and producer Alec Sokolow, highlighted the ongoing battle of American mothers against Backpage.com, the website where their children were sold for sex and abuse. Their legal case is opposed by Google, George Soros and others, but fiercely fought for by Congresswomen Ann Wagner.
“Internet has become a red-light district,” Wagner told the audience. The Missouri lawmaker has gained 148 co-sponsors for her bill to amend the 1996 law that gives blanket immunity to websites that sell children. She urged the audience to call their representative in support. Camille Cooper, Director at PROTECT, shocked the audience with U.S. data on child-pornography. 19% of victims are under the age of three and 80% of child-pornography involves penetration. “This is what child pornography is about,” Cooper said, “not pictures of children taking a bath.”
Movie director Benjamin Nolot’s documentary—Nefarious—shot in more than nineteen countries, showed how buying a child to rape is “as easy as ordering a pizza.” Often times, it is desperate parents who sell them, he said.
Nolot named “the pornographic soul of our culture” as the root-cause. He presented his latest movie, Liberated—a shocking reportage on American teenagers’ addiction to porn and sex. “We are fighting for the soul of a generation.” Nolot endorsed Moran’s words and equally condemned the hypocrisy of the “sex-work” movement, fuelling slavery and commercial sex-demand.
Rani Hong was stolen from her family at the age of seven and sold in a slave trade in India and then into illegal international adoption. She called on the UN to find “solutions” and move beyond words.
Laura Lederer, founder of Global Centurion, focused on the health consequences of trafficking: suicidal thoughts and attempts, multiple abortions, and substance abuse.
Deidre Pujols, founder of Open Gate International and wife of a major league baseball player, addressed, “the people on the other team.” “You are not made to do that,” she said, addressing potential webcast viewers who are pimps, abusers, porn-addicts.
“I promise you, the activity you found yourself in today, is not what you have been made for,” she said.