In January of 2012, the President & CEO of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Ernie Allen, gave a report on the scope and severity of commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking of children.
In 2011 alone, more than 300,000 reports were filed over the CyberTipline. If we know this many are being reported in just one place, then how many are not being reported?
Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking is hugely profitable–a multi-billion dollar industry. It feeds off online pornography which has “exploded” according to Allen. One survey stated that 19% of porn images are of children younger than three, 39% are younger than six.
Consumers now “shop” for children from the privacy of their homes or hotel rooms.
Allen says we need five things:
1. To recognize these children as victims
2. To acknowledge that this is criminal activity and treat it as such
3. To know that the customers are “shopping” the internet
4. To know that we need prevention and to stop society’s press to make sex with children seem normal
5. And To attack the demand by making sentences for johns, pimps, and operators as stiff as possible.