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Sex Slavery, Children, Politics, and the Media

Written by Dr. Jacqueline B. Sallade, Community blogger | May 14, 2014 6:31 PM

As I listen to the outrage and debate about the lost girls from Nigeria, scenes from "Law and Order SVU," "NCIS," and other dramas flash through my mind. I, also, remember interviewing young women recovering from drug addiction, former teen prostitutes, who used to live on the streets of big cities, often with babies, emotionally disabled. Sex slavery is nothing new. It's been going on all over the world, including Mexico and the U.S. border, for decades, at least. Why aren't we crying over the other hundred thousand girls who have been abducted and enslaved? Are we even looking for them or recognizing them and helping them when they stare straight at us in the shelters of NYC or the streets of So. Africa?

My answer-denial. It's so easy to tackle one smaller media-stimulated example of injustice than to change the world. It's like changing the world one person at a time, which is what I try to do in my profession. Yet, these crises speak to a greater need. The need to monitor criminality, whether it's terrorist-initiated or government-tolerated looms as so monumental, including figuring out who's dirty and who's not, no one knows where to start. So, we all just bury our heads to the larger issues and struggle with one mystery. If we can solve it and recover those children, great, but the conferences among leaders and nations need to address the larger problems, like drugs, prostitution and criminality

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