March 16, 2011
Sex Trafficking in
By Mike McManus
Last week Derwin Smith, 42, pled guilty to interstate
transportation of a minor to engage in prostitution. The girl, who was only
12, had been picked up by Smith on a Washington street. He paid her for sex
in the back seat of his car and recruited her to work for him as a
He drove the child to Atlantic City where she
was paid to have sex with men over the weekend. She gave him all the money
she earned. The child, who had been reported missing, managed to call a
relative from the motel. Police arrived, and arrested Smith.
In a plea agreement, he will be sentenced to
121 months in prison.
This is not an isolated story. An estimated
100,000 girls are lured annually into sex trafficking. What’s rare is a
successful arrest and conviction of a pimp who seduced and raped the
“Many Americans would be shocked to learn
that young women and girls are being held against their will to be used for
sexual exploitation,” said Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research
Council who hosted a live video webcast on sex trafficking this week.
His first guest was Lila Rose, who attracted
national attention recently for showing an undercover video of a man posing
as a pimp, who asks a New Jersey Planned Parenthood clinic if his underage
girls could be given birth control services. He acknowledges that some of
his girls are in America illegally.
“Oh yes, we don’t require Social Security and
will keep things confidential,” said the PP manager.
“Cool,” responded the “pimp.”
Lila Rose angrily added, “Planned Parenthood
covers up the sexual abuse of young girls and children. We’ve hired actors
posing as traffickers in seven Planned Parenthood clinics, who lie on the
paperwork, and get taxpayer funds for providing birth control to underage
sex workers. The biggest abortion chain is collecting $333 million of
federal, state and local funds, and says ‘We will keep confidential,’ the
victimization of young girls.”
Perkins commented, “There are mandated
reporting requirements for the sexual abuse of a child, to immediately
protect those girls. We are seeing the exact opposite. Planned Parenthood
is covering up abuse and working with abusers.”
All federal funding of Planned Parenthood
should be yanked. Prosecutors should conduct their own sting operations,
arresting those guilty of child abuse – whether they are pimps like Derwin
Smith or Planned Parenthood accomplices.
Is sexual trafficking happening in your city?
Do you have strip clubs, escort services or
massage parlors? Then you have sex traffickers who procure the girls for
the work. At what age are girls recruited? Tina Frundt told Perkins she
was recruited at age 13, and spent a year and a half in jail before age 16.
“Children are easily manipulated, especially if they have only one parent,”
She created CourtneyHouse.org which has given
500 prostituted girls a second chance. Or you might go to
SharedHopeInternational.org which has videotaped real pimps offering
14-year-old girls for $300. “They are selling our children for sex, and
what’s terrifying is that people are buying it, knowing that it is a child.”
Why do men break a taboo and go to a child
“Hard core pornography breaks down
inhibitions. A steady consumption of porn desensitizes. It gives young men
a training manual on how they will treat women,” asserted Pat Trueman on the
Family Research Council webinar. He should know as the former director of
obscenity prosecution for the Justice Department and now director of
Morality in Media.
Perkins commented, “We are told it is a
Not to the girls who think their worth is
measured by how sexy they are, who are lured into a life of prostitution
with endless men, often ending up in drugs or alcoholism.
Nor is it harmless to the men. Two
Scriptures come to mind:
Proverbs 6:27: “Can a man scoop fire into his
lap without being burned? Can a man walk on hot coals without his feet
being scorched? So is he who sleeps with another man’s wife; no one who
touches her will go unpunished.”
Experienced therapists tell me that half of
all divorces stem in part from an addiction to pornography.
Jesus himself predicted it: “But I tell you
that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery
with her in his heart.”
What’s tragic is that the Obama
Administration has decided to stop prosecuting obscenity. It has shut down
Pat Trueman’s former office.
Remember that the next time Obama says he’s
concerned about America’s children.