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The indictment of Jeffrey Epstein on child sex trafficking charges is drawing a lot of attention. It should draw attention to the fact that child sex trafficking is a booming business in the United States.
But how do predators and traffickers find children to target? How do adults find kids to abuse sexually and pay more than two billion dollars a year to do it? And what can parents do to protect their kids?
The common ingredient is the internet. While often a wonderful tool for learning and entertainment, the web can also be dangerous for kids.
In this podcast, we discuss the threats and the best preventive measures with Donna Rice Hughes of Enough is Enough.
The media and political junkies are closely following the horrific allegations of child sex trafficking filed against longtime political operative and fundraiser Jeffrey Epstein.
But while partisans wait to see which famous figures might be tarred by the Epstein scandal, the horrific case is a sobering reminder that child sex trafficking is much bigger than Jeffery Epstein. In fact, American adults spend more than two billion dollars a year to sexually abuse children.
How did the problem get so big? How are the kids lured into this nightmare? How is there a demand for this? And what can parents do to protect their kids? We discuss all these questions with Angela Aufmuth of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
In the final installment of our series, we examine what law enforcement and lawmakers are doing to confront the horrific big business of child sex trafficking, what individual citizens can do to root out the problems in their own communities, and how to best stay on top of our kids’ internet activity and spot the signs that a predator has already made contact with them.
Last month, Rutherford Institute President John Whitehead wrote a column that once again alerted the nation to a horrifying fact: that adults purchasing children for sex is a booming business in America. He cited stomach-wrenching statistics like adults paying to rape kids 2.5 million times each year. And while the statistics vary, there is no question that tens of thousands of American children are trapped in the sex trafficking trade and many more are at risk.
Whitehead’s column was entitled “The Essence of Evil: Sex with Children Has Become Big Business in America.” We are borrowing that title for this series. In the first of three installments on “Essence of Evil,”, we examine just how big the problem of child sex trafficking is, what these victims tragically endure, and how this has become big business.
Also, be sure to heart Part 2 of this series, in which we learn how children are lured by predators and traffickers. We also tackle the disturbing question of why there such a huge demand among American adults for sex with children.
Finally, in Part 3 of “Essence of Evil,” we look at solutions to this crisis in our society and explore what lawmakers, law enforcement, communities, and families can do to protect children.
Listener discretion is advised, particularly if children are present.