Saving the victims of human trafficking

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Fr. Shay Cullen

Fr. Shay Cullen

She was only 14-years-old when brought from a distant town, and she was lured into a relationship with a middle-aged American and became his live-in sex partner. He called her “Chocolate.” A racist term.

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In a conversation with reporters from ABC Television New York, using a hidden camera, he told them how he got his 14 year old “Chocolate” so he can “do it” anytime he wants and if she doesn’t like it he can throw her out and get another. He set up a sex bar named “Crow Bar” in Calapandayan, Subic Town, and there he had other underage girls trapped as sex slaves controlled by Lulu, the Mamasan manager and recruiter.

The trafficked young girls are given advance payments, loans, and threatened with arrest for not paying their debts so they can’t leave the sex bar. They are sold to foreigners of every nationality and sexually abused. The Preda Foundation social workers and undercover paralegal professionals investigated the Crow Bar and verified the facts that there were underage children there and called in the authorities to arrest him and the Mamasan. With the NBI and The US ICE agents a raid was carried out to rescue the children and arrest the suspects. The video report is on www.preda.org video gallery named The Raid.

Many more trafficked children and youth could be saved from sex slavery and more bars closed if the Philippine government was serious in stopping the trafficking of the young girls and close down the sex trade by canceling operating permits and licenses given to these foreigner sex bar operators. Huge bribes are allegedly paid to get an operating permit.

It’s the worst kind of living death to be a victim of sex slavery. Now cyber-sex is expanding. Small rooms with Internet connections and cameras can show small children forced to strip naked and act out sexual fantasies ordered over the Internet by pedophiles and paid for by credit cards.

A recent research project in the Netherlands showed a computer-generated image of a 10-year-old Filipina available for contact in an Internet chat room. As many as 10,000 men from 65 countries tried to get her to preform sex on camera that they could watch. Full report on www.preda.org courtesy of Jubilee Campaign UK.

These images of naked children on the Internet chat rooms arouse their sexual desires to abuse real children in their own countries. It’s a warm up for sexual assault on children even their own children. As a result incest is spreading too. Preda social workers rescued a 3-year-old girl raped and infected with gonorrhea by a relative.

The local and international pedophile demand of cyber sex shows is a grave danger to children in the Philippines and everywhere. The pedophiles pleasure themselves while watching before going child hunting. When the Preda child protection and rescue team applied for funding to church and government agencies it was met with silence or excuses. No funding for that. The rescue and campaign work is funded by the sale of dried mangoes. We thank our Preda fair trade partners and supporters.

In the Philippines the Internet server providers and government regulating agencies are supposed to implement the law blocking such images but they have spectacularly failed to implement the law. It’s corruption of the worst kind. It’s likely most of these officials go to church every Sunday posing as pious parishioners.

It’s an evil that caters to the depraved men and plagues societies everywhere. The trafficking and sale of children for sexual exploitation and slavery is a worldwide crime and practice. It’s an estimated $32-billion business every year. 2.3 million children are abducted, lured and forced into brothels, sex bars and cyber-sex dens and child porn studios annually.

It’s rampant in the Philippines due to the widespread poverty, police and prosecution corrupt practices. Many Philippine government officials are mired in corruption and no interest to help except set up well paid committees with huge budgets staffed by cronies. The president, has positive successes, is honest but appears helpless against such entrenched apathy.

This modern slave-trade will go on indefinitely unless we can persuade government to have good moral governance, respect and protect children and women’s rights and dignity and the mayors are not giving permits and licenses to sex bars and clubs. The citizens of the sending countries must know that these sex tourists get an addiction to underage sex and return to their country addicted and will abuse more children there. It’s not a problem far away but right in every country in the world.

shaycullen@preda.org

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