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Bad Girls, Talkin’ ‘Bout the Sad Girls…

Posted by joyinhome on February 2, 2010

Prostitute.
Sex slave.
Child sex trafficking.

Now be honest. You had a different reaction to the first one than you did the second two.

Why do we have such a visceral reaction to prostitutes? Do they have nothing in common with the latter two epidemics? These faceless prostitutes are…WOMEN…GIRLS… who are being beaten, raped and dehumanized.

I have had heated debates over the years with men and women about this topic and have been ready to ‘take off my earrings’ (check with someone for context). These are our daughters, mothers, grand-daughters, nieces, sisters, best friends, classmates however we have no time or sympathy for their situation. I’m sure none of them wanted to grow up to be on the street. I’m even more certain none of them have a Richard Gere coming to their rescue. 

Check out The Young Women’s Empowerment Group . I was intrigued. Started by women and girls who have been there, they have new research.

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One Response to “Bad Girls, Talkin’ ‘Bout the Sad Girls…”

  1. gansie said

    last night while making dinner (http://tinyurl.com/yeaaqkw) i was listening to NPR and this guy being interviewed wrote a book about child slavery. he went to haiti (before the quake) and found a guy on the street – in the open street – and started telling him what he wanted: a 12 year old girl that would clean and cook for him. the man on the street then asked: do you also want her for sex. the author said yes.

    the man set the deal at $100 and the author bargained him down to FIFTY DOLLARS. i screamed out loud in my tiny little kitchen. it also happened to be the second my boyfriend was coming home from class so he thought i was on the phone. (i guess i scream a lot.)

    anyway, this is totally horrifying. shameful. disgusting. thank you for this post.

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