PART VIII – PARENTAL TRAFFICKERS
God’s Word tells us that children are a heritage of the Lord; the fruit of the womb is His reward. To be blessed with children is one of the most tremendous gifts a person can be given. I have seen the heartache of parents who have tried desperately to conceive and were unable to do so. I have watched the painful grief parents walk through when they lose a child, a pain seemingly so deep, it never goes away. Our children love us unconditionally; and trust us completely. From the moment a child is placed in their parents’ arms, that new precious life looks to their God given guardians for protection and comfort. God shows His great love for us by calling us His children.
“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.”
Child sex trafficking has become a plague within our nation and across the world. Parents watch over their children in stores and hold onto them tightly for fear that they may be snatched away by some trafficker never to be seen again. The days of kids playing all day long in neighborhood streets out of the sight of a watchful parent’s eyes are long past. The threat is too great. The idea of a child being taken by one of these monstrous individuals strikes horror within the heart of a parent and most are willing to do whatever they are required to ensure the safety of their cherished offspring. It seems unimaginable, but not all parents offer their children this protection. Not all parents keep their children from these monstrous individuals, some hand them over willingly.
Children who are trafficked by their parents are abused from an early age, some from birth. They grow up believing that rape and violence are normal. They remain silent as they are sold by their parents to be used and tortured, because it is the only life they have known. These children are obedient to their parents and place their trust in them, that’s what kids do. They trust their parents. At times it is one parent, others it is both working together. These people use their children to acquire money and drugs. Some of them are poor, single moms, some are suburban couples, masquerading as the average American family. Trafficking within the family is everywhere and it is commonly passed down from generation to generation.
One victim recounted her memories of being trafficked by her father from the age of four. Her father would remain in her bedroom and watch as he allowed men to get into bed with his daughter almost nightly, claiming to be there to shield her from any harm. She said that after each encounter he would tuck her into bed, kiss her on the forehead and say, “You did a good job tonight.”. The next day she would be given some sort of an elaborate gift to reward her silence and submission. This went on for years until she ran away at the age of 18.
Another victim tells of how her mother and father would drive her to local amusement parks or shopping centers. They would leave her in a bathroom or a dressing room and a man would come and take her away for a bit to use as he pleased. When she was returned her parents would have an ice cream cone or some other treat waiting for her. She said she would hop into their white minivan and they would drive home as if all were normal. This girl attended school daily, excelled in her studies and participated in many sports and other activities. That was her life and what happened when those men took her away for pockets of time was never discussed.
A woman was charged with selling her six-year-old daughter to men for drugs. Another woman was given a 55-year sentence when convicted of trafficking her ten-year-old daughter. She was working with a local motel employee, using rooms for men to come and violate her innocent daughter. Some hand their children over to drug dealers in order to pay off their debt. The stories are countless and have been taking place for years. One internet search of “parents trafficking children” will result in an abundance of articles. Some are brought to justice but most aren’t. Children are loyal to their parents; some ironically are more loyal to those that abuse them because their perception of love is so twisted. They do whatever they are told and remain trapped in a dark world of isolation.
Some pedophiles offer their services as tutors looking for parents who are willing to sell their children to them for an evening. One who repented of his awful deeds told tales of how he carefully questioned those that responded to his ads, knowing that some parents were looking to strike a deal, with no intention of finding someone to tutor their child. He would ask for a photo of their child and if one was given it was an indication that the child was for sale. One father sold his 9-year-old daughter to this man for $400, the father used the fact that she was a virgin as a selling point.
People in third world countries justify selling their children as a means of survival, claiming that it is their only way to attain food and shelter. American parents do it in order to partake and the excessive worldly desires our country offers. Whether it is for the fleeting high of some drug or extra income to appease their greed. Parents are making a profit from the children that God has given to them, to train and nurture. His children that were created to walk in this world and serve Him.
“As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear Him.” (Psalm103:13)
It is clear that children are useless to the evil of this world. We see the cruelty of abortion, the horror of sex trafficking, organ harvesting, the production of adrenochrome, so much that illustrates the disdain the world has for our youngest humans, the next generation. It is all an abomination to God and malevolent, yet I assert the betrayal of a parent could be considered the very worst. To take a person born of your own body and hand them over to be maltreated by some sinister person is unconscionable. The arms of a parent should be the safest, most loving place one could dwell. It is heartbreaking that so many walk among us that have never known that love or safety.