Day 30 of the One Dress 30 Days campaign to raise awareness of the pandemic problem of child sex trafficking.
How may ways are child sex trafficking victims affected?
There are so many pieces to the puzzle, and each one can be devastating in itself. Put together as a whole, the composite picture of trauma and devastation is beyond words and almost beyond bearing. It is a wonder that so many can survive and turn their lives around.
- All sexual assault of minors is child abuse
- Disrupted education–either through absence due to captivity or physical/emotional wounding
- Billions of dollars are spent in buying and selling of sex, but the children themselves are destitute in every way
- The children are immersed in a criminal lifestyle that is not of their own choosing.
- Every day these little ones are deceived in countless ways and deprived of normalcy
- Eating disorders among survivors become a path of self punishment or perfectionism.
- Many survivors feel totally alone, forsaken by family and friends–given demeaning labels or disbelieved
- Much higher probability that the survivor’s children will also be sexually violated
- Gang rapings are common occurrences of sex trafficked girls.
- Hopelessness and helplessness as a captive prisoner
- Physical abuse–most child sex slaves have come from homes of abuse and neglect
- Lives that aren’t valued. Many of the kids are seen as “Throwaways”.
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) equal to combat PTSD
- Huge obstacles to overcome as survivors trying to heal and regain their lives.
- Incredible demeaning and humiliation for being female (most typically, but male victims face the same trauma)
- The need to forgive the unforgivable in order to heal and move on and no longer be held captive by the memories
- Since many Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST) victims are runaways, they are often counted as missing or unidentified persons.
- Unbearable psychic pain often leads to self-injury as a means of coping.
- Deprivation of food–hunger, starvation, malnutrition
- Many murder victims may be found to have some relation to the sex trades, especially if the body is not identified.
- Gang involvement often means forced sex slavery for the females.
- Extreme mental and emotional disturbances in the form of anxiety disorders
- Substance abuse, while being trafficked to be kept compliant, or afterwards as a coping mechanism for the abuse.
- Involvement with pornography–forced to view increasingly vile sexual acts or forced to participate in them while being filmed.
- A multitude of infections and diseases of the gastro-intestinal or reproductive systems may cause chronic pelvic pain.
- For some, the abuse of the body is not enough, but organs may be harvested for one last profit.
- Possible maltreatment at the hands of the law enforcement or judicial systems, being blamed and/or punished for the rapings while the perpetrators go free.
- Poverty may be a starting point for some who are sex trafficked, but they are exploitatively impoverished as sex slaves and most likely during the time of recovery.
- High possibility of contracting HIV and or STDs of many varieties.
- Getting over these effects may be a lifetime of intense therapeutic work.
These are just a few of the after-effects of traumatic sexual abuse that is involved in sex trafficking. Every area of life is affected for the victims and survivors of sex slavery. Unfortunately, the pimps and johns typically get away with their abusive actions, and if caught, the penalties are often light compared to the damage they have inflicted on just one child. Usually, each prepetrator has victimized more than one person.
Do you know anyone who deserves this type of violation? How would you suggest preventing this unimaginable destruction of a person’s body and soul? Please leave your constructive comments below.
Find out more about the One Dress 30 Days campaign to raise awareness for StreetLight Phoenix and child sex trafficking. Even though April is over, donations to StreetLight can still be made on behalf of the campaign.
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