Was told today that in Thailand, one form of child prostitution involves chaining the kid to a bed in a position that restricts his/her vision to either the ceiling or the face of the customer-rapist, as well as repeatedly ‘sewing up’ the kid to simulate virginity for higher-value sales. If the kid dies/is murdered, his/her body is casually disposed of, often by being tossed onto a rubbish heap. Authorities turn a blind eye if they’re paid enough. Apparently moral outrage can be outspent.
I want to know what I can do, and then do it.
Christiane Amanpour did a special on human trafficking a little while ago. In it, the point was made that this downward spiral of permissibility as to who or what can be prostituted all started at the top of a slippery slope. Prostitution is not the oldest profession in the world; pimping is. Once you are resigned to the idea that it’s all right to sell one’s body for a living, then you’re steps away from shrugging your shoulders and folding your arms at the news of 17-year-olds, 14-year-olds, 7-year-olds as commodities that are thrown away once they’re all used up.
Ideas are dangerous — start with the wrong one and its logical end will tear you apart. Example: the idea that having sex with a virgin cures AIDS. Logical end of idea: babies raped. How long before you’re not even shocked at such a thought, not moved to action or anguish? I already find myself thinking that ‘they’ are so far away, and ‘I’ should go to bed soon as there’s work tomorrow. May God our Father preserve me and you from a cold heart and a shrivelled soul. I know God in His time will mete justice where it’s due; may we dodge the line of fire while there’s still time.