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FBI, police rescue child prostitutes around US

23 February, 2009

By DEVLIN BARRETT, Associated Press Writer Devlin Barrett, Associated Press Writer – 33 mins ago (HERE)

The FBI, working with local law enforcement, in an unusual strike against illegal sex trade found and rescued 45 teenage girls ( age 13 to 17).  Approximately 50 pimps were arrested.  The FBI is specifically looking for a 16-year-old who having already served 3 years as a prostitute is now involved with recruiting young girls as prostitutes.

According to the article, these are the “lost girls” of our society.

“The goal is to recover kids. We consider them the child victims of prostitution,” said FBI Deputy Assistant Director Daniel Roberts.“Unfortunately, the vast majority of these kids are what they term ‘throwaway kids,’ with no family support, no friends. They’re kids that nobody wants, they’re loners. Many are runaways,” Roberts said.

Most of these girls have been turned over to child protection services, he said.

Let us leave off talking about girls and women who are paid good money for pretending to be an abused female in advertisements.  Let us not talk about starlets and young female singers with their gyrations and skimpy, suggestive clothing.  Let us talk about how this nation has no place for its teenage girls, except the streets or “child services,” which from what I have read and heard (sometimes firsthand) often does not offer the most welcoming places to be.

If there is to be any hope for these “throwaways” and for young girls across our country, it will have to come from education.  If parents and schools can not do the job than those who care about “female empowerment” must take it into their own hands.  Those who have time should offer to mentor them, to show them that there are alternatives and to help them find those alternatives; to teach them what power they have beyond their sexuality, what values and thought can mean for a young woman;  to be a role model.

Girls must know their own worth, not simply in terms of their sex, but as human beings.  They must find value within themselves and not in how a man sees them.  Stop talking about what it means to be a feminist and talk about how a sense of self is discovered, created, learned by young girls and young women who have no one to guide them.

How does one help a “lost girl” find her identity?  If she doesn’t know it, if she doesn’t know her worth, how can any man know that and respect that.  She must have a sense of what she wants.  What is it we want for our little girls?

Is it just “our” little girls or all our little girls?

How much is a little girl worth? Do we continue to let that be defined by men?

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