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Is the problem of sex with children finally getting the attention it deserves?

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A group called Christian Patriots published an article this week drawing attention to the plight of children who are trapped in the lucrative sex trade.

The Essence of Evil: Sex With Children has Become Big Business in America, outlines some difficult truth that is hard for many people to digest, let alone fathom. Consider this:

  • The average age for a young woman being sold for sex is now 13 years old. That’s average. For every 16 year old teen involved, that means there is another girl who is just 10.
  • American adults purchased a child for sex 2.5 million times in 2019. That’s 6,850 times a day, or 285 every hour or nearly five per minute.
  • A child might be raped by as many as 6,000 men over a five year period — almost three times per day, every day.

According to the story, this is an industry revolving around cheap sex on the fly, with young girls and women who are sold to 50 men each day for $25 apiece, while their handlers make $150,000 to $200,000 per child each year.

Sex with kids is the third most lucrative criminal enterprise in America, just behind drugs and guns.

These are not teens and tweens putting on strip shows and sexting the videos or images to their peers. These are kids held against their will and violated in the most personal way possible.

This is a highly profitable, highly organized and highly sophisticated sex trafficking business that operates in towns large and small, raking in upwards of $9.5 billion a year in the United States alone by abducting and selling young girls for sex.

This is a discussion that is long overdue in America, where the Sexual Revolution was founded. That movement was designed to give women freedom. However, it has led to humiliating, spirit-crushing bondage not just for the sex slaves, but for the men who patronize them.

I wrote about this in my book Pornocide: How Lust is Killing Your Faith, Stealing Your Joy and Destroying Your Life.

In the past, child pornography was near the bottom of the slippery slope of sexual addiction. Where does our society go when kids, tweens and teens are starting their porn consumption with child pornography?

Is America truly ready to have this conversation?

Then one of the first questions that must be answered is where do men and women who are attracted to kids go to get help?

Right now, thanks to mandatory reporting laws, there is no safe place for them to get help outside of a prison. Every pastor, teacher, counselor, doctor, social worker, psychiatrist or therapist — and in some states, every single person — to whom someone confesses a desire for underage sex, is required by law to report that person to police.

As a result, people battle the attraction on their own power, forcing it further and further into darkness while the problem grows, like mushrooms.

It will be a hard, difficult, heart-breaking, frustrating discussion that will open wounds and expose a lot of pain, but the discussion MUST take place. The sooner the better.

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Greg Gerber

A native of Wisconsin who moved to Arizona in 2009, Greg Gerber is a DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three grown daughters. He worked as a journalist for many years before pursuing a career as a faith-based writer, author, coach and speaker. Greg is the author of Pornocide: How Lust is Killing Your Faith, Stealing Your Joy and Destroying Your Life.

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