Child Exploitation worsens

“Sex trafficking is a destiny marked by misery for many girls in Southeast Asia” – this is the motto under which Anesvad has been periodically launching a campaign to save these victimized little girls. After saving the poor creatures, the campaign trains them in order for them to be able to find a dignified job.

On the other hand, “sex exploitation is spontaneous, seeing that many of the abused children do whatever it takes to make money. Sometimes there are criminal gangs involved, which could even be the children’s own families. The actual families sell off their young in order to survive. There are also cases where it is the girls to organize and prostitute themselves, thereby creating their own sexual network”, explains Sella MaK, director of the Cambodian organization “Our Home”.

According to Pontifical Missions, the estimates of child exploitation are horrific; there are 14 million orphans due to AIDS. Out of the 600 million world poor, 130 million do not attend school, 180 million suffer from malnutrition, 250 million are victims of labor exploitation, and one million of under aged children fall prey to the networks of the sex market.

In Morocco, it is more than 700,000 little girls who are exploited, even with the Government overlooking such human crime. Ghizlane is a young slave who wakes up at 6 in the morning. She is in charge of preparing food for the children she takes care of. She sleeps on the kitchen floor with a worn-out mattress. She finishes her day at 12 o’clock midnight. And on top of that, she is to be grateful is they do not sexually abuse her. Ghizlane is just 7 years old. In various reports, that type of little girl slavery has been condemned by two North American organizations: Human Rights Watch and Domestic Child. For these victims, their pay comes down to some food and clothes.

D’Azeglio asserts that “the divine innocence of children is a hint by which the human soul leaves the essence of angels to descend and take our shape and form. He or she who stains it for the first time, that is, he or she who degrades it, is guilty”. (Translated by Gianna A. Sanchez-Moretti)

Author and journalist Clemente Ferrer has led a distinguished career in Spain in the fields of publicity and press relations. He is currently President of the European Institute of Marketing.

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