This website is about to be advertised for the first time - in NZ. For over a year, I have written happily to strangers internationally, not fearing what I wrote. Tomorrow my own people will be able to see my bared heart if they choose to. I am
deciding how much to hide... Posts might be deleted as I work to keep my privacy and push the focus on the human trafficking cause. But on to
I am reading a book called 'Walking Prey' by Holly Austin Smith, and it is eye-opening. She relates her personal experience of human trafficking within the US. What stands out in her tale is that human trafficking is not always
as sensational as it is often reported, and yet it is still the same destructive evil. This evil needs acknowledgement, legislation against it, supports built up and a decriminalization of the often underage victims - there is no such thing as a child
prostitute. They are victims of society and pimps.
Holly describes society’s demands and social advertising as leading factors in her coercion and acceptance of her life as okay. She discusses the vast range of risk factors that
create a massive pool of ‘vulnerables’ for pimps to sift through and utilize. She reminds me that my past is not pretend or imagined in that all sexual abuse stems from these factors. She affirms that the depression, anxiety, PTSD, and eating disorders
that often follow on from childhood sexual abuse are normal. I was not a freak to feel those things or struggle with those issues. Our community was saturated with perverse sexual activity, and we knew to hide it from our parents while thinking this was
normal too. My family, extended family, neighbors, and huge chunk of my country primary school was affected by the input of degrading media, broken families and disrupted men feeding of porns availability. Some of my nature now was defined by the events that
were at the time ‘normal’ to me; I pray that only strength and purpose and love for others remain the effects of a tampered with past. God has healed beyond what I could have hoped! I know now how much he held me, how much his love was pure, and
his freedom exactly that.
As I read of the varying tricks pimps (and any person who engages in the coercion of sexual pleasure from the vulnerable - including relatives, neighbors and strangers) use to
entice their prey, I become more certain that New Zealand (100% pure) is anything but uncontaminated. If the trafficking of humans, and the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC), is as subtlety engineered as Holly lists, then NZ is and has been
an unquestionable hotspot for years!
I live a quiet life on the Coromandel Peninsula, yet I hear of and know enough victims of child sexual abuse to know that our laws are not adequate,
and our intervention is misguided. We are doing something, but we are not doing enough - to educate our children, support our victims and prosecute our offenders. It starts with people standing up and saying that something is wrong. Our children need protecting.
They need role models who can show them they do not need to look sexy to fit in or gather their worth through their body.
We can make this change! We can alter societies view on what is happening. Talk about this among yourselves.
Fight it and the media might click on to a new wave.
More on this later.