I just read about a great event on Feministing. The “Girls Educational & Mentoring Services” (GEMS) organization will be hosting the “End Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) Day” in NYC. The program will take place in Central Park (Merchant’s Gate Park 59th Street entrance), 12 – 4 pm this Saturday, June 26, 2010. Such events help to raise awareness about the ills of the commercial sex industry. It’s an opportunity for like minds to gather and inspire change.
To learn more about the exploitation of children, and about GEMS, watch the film, “Very Young Girls.” Following is a trailer of the documentary. It is a stark reminder of the realities of prostitution. Even though our culture attempts to normalize the sex industry, it doesn’t take much research to uncover the ugly truth. The average age of those who enter prostitution is 13 years old in the U.S. (“Very Young Girls”, 2007). The world over is filled with young children who are being trafficked in the sex trade. To learn more about the connection between prostitution and trafficking visit the “Coalition Against Trafficking in Women.” The more we learn about the industries around us, the more we can end human rights violations. And no cause could be greater then the rights of a child.