Buy A Girl

February 15, 2011 at 12:17 pm 1 comment

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We’ve all heard about the sex trafficking industry by now. We’ve seen Dateline go undercover in Asia and seen the sad stories of women in bordellos who tell how they were forced or coerced into the sex trade. We’ve seen young girls forced into marriage and seen the story of one young woman who camped out at the courthouse until a judge would grant her a divorce. We’ve seen another young woman whose much older husband cut off her nose. If you don’t know by now how often young girls and women are forced into marriage and sexual slavery, then it’s only because you haven’t been paying attention.

It’s a huge, huge problem, and it’s funded in large part by men in the United States as well as men in Asia and the Middle East. We like to think that’s a problem that belongs to “them,” but American men poor millions of dollars into the Asian sex trade, and they support pornography and prostitution here in the United States.

Even where the sex trade is legal in Nevada, you’d be surprised at how many women will raise their hands when asked if this is a business that they were forced into. I don’t think anyone would be surprised to find that in a classroom of kindergartners not one girl will say she wants to be a whore when asked what she wants to be when she grows up.

Do you know the key to stopping the sex trade and helping girls? It’s in educating them. There’s a saying that if you educate a girl, then you educate her whole family, and it’s true. Girls use that education to create economic opportunities for themselves and their children, and they apply that money towards the education of all their children, boys and girls alike.

Men in developing nations tend to put money into the education of their sons and fail to educate their daughters. They see an education for a girl as a waste since she is just going to be married off eventually anyway. Any money that could have gone towards educating a daughter is pissed away on beer instead.

There’s a website that’s working to create a difference in the lives of girls in India. The website is called The Girl Store, and it seeks to provide an education for young Indian girls who might otherwise not receive an education and be sold into sexual slavery or given away in marriage at an obscenely early age. The concept is that you “buy a girl” out of slavery by donating money towards the cost of her education. The girls are pictured, as well as their school supplies, and you can help a young girl to receive an education.

I love it! They turn the whole concept of slavery on its head and use it for their own marketing purposes. It’s controversial, but controversy generates publicity, and publicity generates traffic, which generates revenue, which goes towards helping young women.

I encourage you to visit this website. Buy a girl.

http://www.the-girl-store.org/about

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  • 1. darknightswhitesoul  |  February 15, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Great subject to write about. Thanks for highlighting it and bringing it to my attention again in a compassionate and thought provoking way. A very dark and disturbing area of global society that requires light shed onto it.

    I don’t know if you have heard of him or read his books, but American journalist and Christian author Philip Yancey has two chapters in his latest book ‘What Good is God? – On the Road with Stories of Grace’ about him meeting and interviewing women being trapped and then freed from the sex trade. The stories of abuse and slavery of the women are harrowing, but the determination and kindness of those who help the women/girls escape from the sex trade are very moving…As are the stories of the former sex-workers themselves who have managed to get free and make a new life for themselves.

    Good post. Thanks.

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