We're often told that children are our most precious resource.
There is nothing quite so beautiful, pure, and endearing as the innocence of childhood.
Their simplicity, their joy, their honesty all provide hope for the future.
Children are also our most vulnerable resource, and must be protected from harm.
Not every serious threat posed to our children is easy to discuss.
Indeed some crimes like child sex trafficking, are so sickening, wicked, and horrifying, that one may be tempted to pretend they don’t exist or even bizarrely claim it’s a lie made up by QAnon adherents.
Tragically, child sex trafficking is all too real.
It victimizes children on a massive scale in our country.
Preserving and encouraging childhood innocence, while protecting our youngsters from sexual predators, seems like an anodyne proposition.
Indeed, it is!
This should not be a topic for further examination, we don’t need any scholarly debates at Harvard as if this were an argument between Keynesians and Monetarists.
Last year, many were nauseated upon discovering the proliferation of pornographic materials being inserted in elementary school curricula nationwide.
Many parents organized and formed groups to successfully combat the practice.
It’s tempting to want to believe that everyone has the best interests of our children at heart, even when disagreeing about introducing completely inappropriate books like "Lawn Boy" to elementary schools, a book whose own author insists was not meant to be read by children.
On occasion people have the best intentions even when disagreeing about highly sensitive topics. At the very least, the arguments in favor of introducing such objectionable content to young children would, however, give parents every right to question the logic and motivation behind such awful decisions.
Of course, there are also those moments where you know full well, a priori, that you are not having an honest disagreement with a well-meaning individual.
A new film, "Sound of Freedom" starring Jim Caviezel, is based on the incredible true story of anti-human trafficking activist and former DHS special agent Timothy Ballard.
The movie impressively brings much needed attention to the evil of child-sex slavery occurring right here in our country and globally.
The movie does not have what one would consider a sad ending, but you cannot help but be devastated if taking into consideration the thousands of children Tim Ballard (and others like him) are unable to rescue,
The Washington Post and Rolling Stone both praised the film "Cuties," in which scantily clad pre-teen girls are shown twerking.
Rolling Stone believes that sex-trafficking is grossly exaggerated, that a global war against pedophilia is "imagined," and even suggests that dads watching "Sound of Freedom" have "brainworms."
The Washington Post launched a scorching criticism of the film’s star by trying to link him to "conspiracy theories" having nothing to do with the film, nor the accuracy of the content depicted.
Let’s clear up a few things for those who may be unwittingly serving as apologists for pedophiles, groomers, and child-sex traffickers.
Global child-sex trafficking is very real.
Those who call its existence into question should read this comprehensive report provided by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
According to this report, 22% of sex trafficking victims are children.
Child sex trafficking is also a growing problem in the United States, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), one in six missing children is likely a sex trafficking victim.
Oddly enough, one can certainly point to discrepancies between the events depicted in "Sound of Freedom," and the real accomplishments of Timothy Ballard.
The scene in the movie in which authorities raid the island shows 54 kids being rescued, in reality over 120 kids were rescued.
Indeed, the filmmakers completely ignored the time when Ballard saved 28 kids from a Haitian orphanage.
Sexually abusing children is evil, but evil people and the silly fools doing their bidding would have you believe that this is a myth, something that isn’t happening. Young boys and girls are subjected to horrific experiences on a daily basis, and their lives taken by despicable people profiting from the systematic torture of children.
Gardy Mardy was only three years old when he was abducted from his family in Haiti and sold into slavery.
That was over 10 years ago, despite the best efforts of Tim Ballard and others, he has not been found. Imagine what his family goes through every single day.
Think about all of the innocent children taken from their homes and forced to live an actual nightmare.
No amount of deflection and diversion will end the suffering of these children and their families. Our choice for U.S. president has nothing to do with this heartbreaking crisis.
What does have everyting to do with it is the call for everyone to work together to rescue children and end child sex-trafficking once and for all.
No child should ever be for sale. Not one.
Nicholas Chamberas has advised good government advocacy groups, elected officials and political candidates on public policy matters as well as having served as a senior adviser on several prominent New York City campaigns. He holds a degree in Political Science and a Juris Doctor. Read Nicholas Chamberas' Reports — More Here.
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