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Great high school athletes often receive college scholarships, but may not receive a college education. Some may not even be academically prepared, especially if their talents were discovered early in their school career. Coaches may urge teachers to let gifted student athletes "slide" by with low grades. Then in college, they are urged to take easy classes in order to concentrate more on their sport. At the end of four years, they may not even have enough credits to graduate. Are good student athletes being exploited by schools?
The majority of these children being sold for sex are girls between the ages of 7 years and 14. They are girls abducted or lured by traffickers and then routinely raped, beaten into submission, and sometimes even branded. When the girls try to run away, their traffickers torture and or gang rape them.
The ugly truth is that it is less risky and more profitable to sell a girl than crack cocaine or meth. The U.S. government spends 300 times more money each year to fight drug trafficking than it does to fight human trafficking. And the criminal penalties for drug trafficking are generally greater than the ones usually levied against those who traffic in girls. Traffickers, and especially the politely termed “Johns,” are rarely arrested and prosecuted. Which explains the growing demand for vey young girls— at the click of a mouse, a “John” can purchase a girl online on legitimate websites like Backpage.com, with minimal fear of punishment.
Many of these girls who are bought and sold for sex come out of a broken foster care system. “Of the trafficking victims in Alameda County, California, 55 percent were from foster youth group homes. In New York, 85 percent of trafficking victims had prior child welfare involvement. And in Florida, the head of the state’s trafficking task force estimates that 70 percent of victims are foster youth.
” born into the foster care system and trafficked at the age of 10, sold to men all over California, Washington, Oregon and Nevada. She recently shared her own observation at a Congressional briefing on how foster care rendered her vulnerable to being exploited. “In most of my 14 different placements in foster care homes, I was raped, and attached to a check. I understood very early that I could be raped, cared for, and connected to money. It was therefore easy to go from that to a pimp, and at least the pimp told me that he loved me.”
Mitchell’s guest this evening is a young man whose story was one of two told in the film Oil & Water, David Poritz, about the devastation of large swaths of the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest, right in the middle of Indian tribal lands inhabited by the indigenous people for generations. The film was featured on Progressive Film Hour on March 3, on which Mitchell interviewed one of the filmmakers, Francine Strickwerda and the other young man whose story was told in the film, Hugo Lucitante.
Both controversial and with impassioned, environmentalist emotions set aside, today’s guest, David Poritz, is creating a novel and really desperately needed protection of indigenously-populated lands through the ranking/rating system of safety and what need to be eco-sensitive practices by the oil industry, just as we have fair-trade certification for coffee, diamonds and other commodities often originating in the highly-exploited “Global South”.
Oil and Water will be the featured film for the matinee showing at the Paradigm Shifts Music and Film Festival on Sunday, March 29 at 3pm. For more information and tickets, go to: http://abetterworld.tv/a-music-and-film-festival-march-19-29/
For my interview with the filmmaker and the other young star of the film, go to: http://abetterworld.tv/oil-water-the-film-round-table-2/
A recent case epademic has caught the media's attention in Britain, as the cowardly British police refused to give protection to 11-14 year old girls who have been kidnapped and constantly raped and sexually exploited non stop by rapist Nazi Muslim Pakistani subhuman scums. A woman who tried to bring attention over what was happening to the poor girls was sentenced to "sensitivity training." 11-14 year old girls had to be raped and molested all so then these wimpy scums in the British police can feel good about themselves and not be called racists. The whole story just boils my skin in such unbelievable ways. What if these girls were your daughters? Would you stand for it? Would you stand for these cowards just letting political correctness run amock so much that girls can be abused in this manner? This is a problem that's been going on in Europe. Muslim men [yes I know not all of them but many of them] have been constantly raping girls and getting away with it because of their religious/ethnic background. How can the left claim to champion feminism when they turn a blind eye to some of the worst acts of rape and sexual abuse against little girls? It's about time to call it out as it is. The main contribution Muslim men bring to Europe is rape and sexual abuse. Islam can now be called the religion of rape. This is the real war against women, where, unlike with Sandra Fluke, Obama will not speak out. But it's clear that the situation shows how desperate things need to change in the UK.
In yesterday’s press conference, Hillary Clinton's shamelessly exploited the public’s unfamiliarity with the rules she broke; Hillary Clinton's disastrous press conference on Tuesday was supposed to be about her gender, not her e-mail; Hillary's shameless judgement problem, and how it will keep her out of prison AND the White House; On Obama's Iran nuclear sellout, Republican senators are groping toward self-respect; And Tom Cotton’s letter to Iran gets the Constitution right, for whatever that's worth.
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