This morning I was reading through my emails and came across a story on the KING5 TV internet site, “Billboard Campaign Targets Child Sex Trade in Seattle” < http://www.komonews.com/news/local/122911013.html
>. Seattle? This is something I would expect from developing countries, but
Seattle? This is a travesty! How can a city as beautiful and progressive as
Seattle have a morally corrupt society existing within it? There is no way I’m
going to sit back and not do my part to eradicate this cancer that has taken
hold in my hometown.
Seattle needs to be educated on what can be done when our legislators and police fail in enforcing moral codes, especially when they endanger our most precious creations; our children.
SEATTLE, Child rape is an International Human Rights violation!
You don’t have to just accept this growing evil around you. There are things
you can do to eradicate it. You have tools you may not be aware of and you can
help these children.
We need to first remove the children from the perpetrators of this heinous crime and then educate them on their rights. We must call the “perps” out and their clientele. People need to get their video cams and film these acts, even if you think the victim is over eighteen. The more footage out there, the more likely you are to get that one child in danger.
The government needs to institute a “sting” because the children are most likely not going to be in public. They’re prisoners, so we must go with the mindset we used in retrieving POWs; we have to go stealth. We have made so much noise about not funding environmental control and not funding schools…this NEEDS TO BE FUNDED and we need to make a lot of noise so it is, and when this does not work, contact UNICEF or the United Nations Children’s Fund < http://www.unicef.org/ >. They have the funds and resources to make things happen. Contact them in numbers, until we get them here on the ground doing what our people either can’t or won’t.
Political corruption can be a stealthy ugly thing; all as a result of money being paid to look the other way, and then the people getting political lip service about why nothing is being done. It can get real ugly, but we can all agree that our
children are more than worth it! NUMBERS! We need people to get involved in
numbers and really go after this cancer in Seattle. Ironically, Seattle is one
of the leading cities in cancer research, so if any city can be a beacon of
hope for all of the children in the world caught in the child sex trade,
Seattle is that city.
Activate the National Guard to help us at home for once, rather than always going off to wars in distant places. We have a war right at home and we’re obviously losing the battle. It’s time we called in the big guns.
If the country you are in has signed off on the International treaty, CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD,
G.A. res. 44/25, annex, 44 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 49) at 167, U.N. Doc. A/44/49
(1989), entered into force September 2, 1990:
Article 19: 1. State parties shall take all appropriate legislative, administrative, social and educational measures to protect the child from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse, while in the care of parents(s), legal guardian(s), or any other person who has the care of the child.
Article 22: 2. …In cases where no parents or other members of the family can be found, the child shall be accorded the same protection as any other child permanently or temporarily deprived of his or her family environment for any reason, as set forth in the present Convention.
Article 32: 1. States Parties recognize the right of the child to be protected from economic exploitation and from performing any work that is likely to be hazardous or to interfere with the child’s education, or to be harmful to the child’s health or physical, mental, spiritual, moral or social development.
Article 34: State Parties undertake to protect the child from all forms of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse. For these purposes, States Parties shall in particular take all appropriate national, bilateral and multilateral measures to prevent:
a) The inducement or coercion of a child in prostitution or other unlawful sexual activity;
b) The exploitive use of children in prostitution or other unlawful sexual practices;
c) The exploitive use of children in pornographic performances and materials.
Article 45: In order to foster the effective
implementation of the Convention and to encourage international co-operation in the field covered by the Convention:
(a) The specialized agencies, the United Nations Children’s Fund, and other United Nations organs shall be entitled to be represented at the consideration of the implementation of such provisions of the present Convention as fall within the scope of their mandate.
The United States signed this treaty on February 16, 1995, with no exceptions, so we are bound by its laws.
The number one thing we can do is educate our children and the public at large, as well as our legislatures and police departments who continually behave as if their hands are tied. We can put pressure on them to act, knowing that it can be
enforced, if not by our own government, by the international community.
With International treaties, the state (country) is first given the opportunity to
bring relief (justice) for the victimized party. When the State fails to act,
or cannot act for whatever reason, the international community is given
jurisdiction and will act.
We eradicate this problem by educating our public servants and our people of the tools available to us to enforce the rights of our children.
PART I: Article 1 For the purposes of the present Convention, a child means every human being below the age of eighteen years unless under the law applicable to the child, majority is attained earlier. For the US, unlike in Islamic States < http://wikiislam.net/wiki/Contemporary_Pedophilic_Islamic_Marriages
>, eighteen is the age entering adulthood.