Opal Singleton: My Journey
I wrote this book because I care. I work in combating child sex trafficking in the U.S. and Southeast Asia. Most people think human trafficking is primarily about kidnapping or dealing with coyotes trying to bring foreigners into our country. It is not. Seventy-two percent of human trafficking cases in California are U.S. citizens. Most are our children being accessed, groomed, and recruited into "The Life."
Gangs, pimps, and predators seek out the vulnerable: foster children, homeless children, running-away children, pregnant teens and all kids on the Internet who make themselves available. I sit with parents who are looking for their missing children. I talk with guys and girls who are being blackmailed and recruited because they sent a naked photo to their newfound friend. I make presentations to government officials, corporations, civic groups, churches, and the public nearly seventy hours a week. I drive 3000-4000 miles a month...
To this day, I read every child sex trafficking case in the U.S. and every child porn exploitation case in the world through Google Alerts. I want to teach myself how all of this happens, because almost every time it is different. Predators change their tactics. Pimps are opportunists and they will take the low road every time, but the low road changes...
Then in late 2011 or early 2012, we have a significant case of child sex trafficking that changed my life. A beautiful young girl with a two-parent household was recruited into prostitution in her high school by another girl. This recruiter is called a bottom girl."
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Posted by Million Kids on Thursday, June 5, 2014
Seduced: The Grooming of America's Teenagers
By Opal Singleton
There will be many individuals who will claim that this book is a must-read besides me... For me, it's the most important book I have read, ever, and probably will continue to be... By now, some of you have realized that Human Trafficking is a topic I highlight whenever books include something about this unforgivable activity that is spreading across the world like a deadly virus!
What I did not know, however, is how human trafficking has become the ultimate goal of criminals in whatever area of corruption is carried on! Drugs are used and gone, it has been seen; but enslaved humans can be used over and over and therefore much more valuable as a product!
And what is the primary tool by which Children are seduced? The Internet--
particularly that smart phone that you've just handed to your young child or teenager after giving in to their crying, pouting, demanding, just to keep them quiet! The question is, do you routinely monitor their use after that?
TAKE ONE TWELVE-YEAR-OLD
ADD BIOLOGICAL CHANGES,
FRONTAL LOBE PARTIALLY DEVELOPED
DESPERATE NEED FOR PEER APPROVAL
HAND THEM A DEVICE WITH 24/7 ACCESS TO THE ENTIRE WORLD
ADD VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ANIMATION
LET THEM CREATE AN AVATAR (A FANTASY CHARACTER IN A REAL WORLD)
OPEN THE DOOR TO NEARLY A MILLION PREDATORS AROUND THE GLOBE TO SUCCEED; HE NEEDS THE APPROVAL OF A GUILD MANAGER
AND OTHER GUILD PLAYERS...WHO ARE ALSO AVATARS.
Did you follow any of that? If not, you are not prepared to deal with what your child has access to and is probably already using!
Many parents are both working these days as expenses soar...Children are often on their own... In the past, they could moan, "I'm bored." Not anymore! Giving in to just one request--a smart phone--will give your child access to the world. Sure, it helps to do homework...but, believe me, that ad on the TV that shows the little boy hiding what he's really doing on the computer, instead of his school paper, is true!
When I discovered the seduction of games, I was shocked! See yesterday's article for examples of just one game, ONE GAME!
Grand Theft Auto was bad enough to spotlight stealing cars and getting away...but now, the latest has the scenes showing as if your child was in the driver's seat...
And they've added prostitution...where the child can have his own performance to be visualized in his mind as if he were there! What's worse, however, is the finale where the driver kills the prostitute by car--so that he doesn't have to pay for the sex! OMG! This is bad enough for an adult to participate in--but now, just by providing access to the Internet--you allow your child to play the same games! Or you purchase them for them, thinking that the game is all about fast cars and "pretend" stealing... "Pretend sex" for a child is just the same as having it, in my opinion!
Facebook is no longer a site that interests children and teens...Their parents can connect to them! The other sites mentioned in this book I had never heard of...and I'm on the computer every day and have a good knowledge of using the computer and the concurrent terminology... All I can visualize is all these child predators out there, joining what are teen sites, building a false identity and seducing young girls and boys into something that either becomes embarrassing such as sharing a nude picture, or being blackmailed or worse, having the photo sent all over the world to other predators...
Nothing shocked me in this book as being something I was not aware of, especially with my reading schedule. What did shock me was the merge of gangs, drug lords and other large criminal enterprises moving in so that the net to capture children has grown to such an extent that stopping it MUST be from the efforts of everybody who loves and wants to protect children, teens...and adults as well (Human Trafficking is about any age and either sex.)
What that means is that even while police, at every level, are diligently working on the problem, it has moved well beyond their ability to handle it! A Frightening Thought: Are the majority of people who watch Special Victims: Law and Order and have kept it popular, actually criminals learning from the program?! (Sorry, when I found this vid, I just had to use--you're right, promoting the accepting of painful abuse of women is another outrage for me!)
Have you used limiting access to the phone or other electronic tools as a disciplinary action? Wasn't successful was it? Seduced is all about how access is used to groom and recruit young people, which all too often ends in exploitation. It is designed to be a parent-empowering program. It is a guide for parents to understand the influence and coercion processes, and most critically, equip adults with dialogue, insights and psychology that can put the power back into parenting...
Please, please consider this important book! It may save your child's life! What is found in this book is NOT fiction; it is based upon actual case studies from all over the world, INCLUDING THE UNITED STATES! Don't wait until it's too late and then spend the rest of you life regretting that your child has disappeared...
THIS IS NOT THE END OF MY TALKING ABOUT THIS BOOK...
SUCK IT UP AND REALIZE HUMAN TRAFFICKING EXISTS, AND IS ESPECIALLY DANGEROUS FOR CHILDREN!
YOU MUST BECOME INVOLVED!