Much was made online about how the Super Bowl, being a large event, would attract sex trafficking. Well, it appears that the FBI knew this and was able to run a sting targeting sex trafficking. It also appears that the sting was able to locate 16 missing children who were being trafficked.
This serves as a good reminder that for all the hand-wringing about sex trafficking at the Super Bowl, having an event that attracts that sort of behavior, in this case just by being a large event, is a double edged sword. Yes, it brings sex trafficking to the event location, but by bringing it out, it can also serve as a way to catch the perpetrators who normally hide away from the public eye.
According to the Daily Mail, Ghaddafi had secret chambers where he would routinely rape and abuse young women and boys as young as 14. When he visited schools he would identify those he wanted taken with a paternalistic pat on the head on the head during his visit. Those students would then later be rounded up by his bodyguards, checked for STDs and britalized for as long as Ghaddafi found them desirable. Once he was done with them, some of them apparently were then passed on to his sons and other high officials, while others where left for dead.
That’s the report out of the UK, about a ring setup in the Phillipines, where acts of child abuse were being streamed via a webcam to paying customers all over the world.
It would be easy to simply declare technology the evil party here, after all if there was no internet, this wouldn’t have been possible, but the story also makes clear how it was the internet connections to this site that brought down not just one pedophile, but dozens around the world. Police found videos on one man’s computer and then put together the links to the webcam site and the other customers of the site. While it may feel like technology has brought child abusers out of the woodwork, I think that can be a good thing. As the story points out, it puts them out here where they can be spotted and identified through that same internet connection, rather than holed up off the grid somewhere.
434 Applications for witnesses to speak and a timescale from 1922 to 1995 makes the Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) Inquiry, the largest in British history. The BBC has the story here although any evidence leading to a prosecution of accused former employees will be held in closed sessions.
I think this research shows the reality of growing up in dysfunctional homes.
The researchers compared two groups: children who were raised by their biological parents and children who were raised in an institution such as an orphanage. They performed functional magnetic resonance imaging on the children and looked at differences in amygdala activity when exposed to a picture of their natural or adoptive parent and a complete stranger.
Children who were raised by their biological parents had higher amygdala activity when they saw a picture of their parent when compared to the picture of a stranger.
In contrast, the children who were institutionally raised had equal amygdala activity when shown a picture of their adoptive parent and a stranger. They also exhibited overall greater amygdala activity to strangers than children who were raised by their biological parents.
This effect was stronger in children who spent the most time in an orphanage.
I’ve written many times about which children are more likely to fall victim to pedophiles. I’ve always instinctively known that kids without the stability of their parental relationships will be more susceptible to the wiles of other adults or older children. They simply long to be loved and cared for and are left vulnerable because they aren’t getting that at home. Then that behavior gets carried into adulthood. Now, we appear to be on the way to showing this biologically.
Remember, the best way to prevent your kids from being vulnerable is simply raising them in a safe, stable environment where they know they are loved.