More and more, young boys are being preyed upon and exploited in the sex trade, and advocates are beginning to take notice. Geoff Rogers and Kevin Malone at their Florida-based home for boys who have been sex trafficked. Fox News. Making matter worse, services to help these young men escape a life of trafficking are virtually nonexistent. But according to a study commissioned by the U.
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They call it gridding. The boys use felt-tip pens to scrawl their names, ages and mobile phone numbers on the toilet walls. Below each name is a list of likes and dislikes. In the former, words such as 'oral', 'fisting' and 'pissing' crop up regularly. Punters choose from the menu and dial accordingly. Many of the phone numbers are inked over by boys trying to see off rivals. Faecal stains and blood mark the toilet walls, delineating territory.
Boys — the silent victims of sex trafficking
This copy is for your personal non-commercial use only. Middle-class Canadian girls are giving oral sex after school to pay for sweaters and handbags. Worlds away from the poverty, neglect and drug abuse that are the hallmarks of prostitution, teenagers who appear bright and well- adjusted are prostituting themselves without batting an eyelash. According to independent filmmaker Sharlene Azam's documentary and book, Oral Sex is the New Goodnight Kiss , the normalization of oral sex as an acceptable teenage activity has led vulnerable girls to use it as a way of becoming socially accepted.
With the looming withdrawal of Nato troops and a persistent insurgent threat, Afghanistan is in a precarious position. Innumerable tragedies have beleaguered rural Afghans throughout the past decades of conflict — perpetual violence, oppression of women, and crushing poverty have all contributed to the Hobbesian nature of life in the Afghan countryside. While the Afghan government has been able to address some of these issues since the Taliban's ouster in , archaic social traditions and deep-seated gender norms have kept much of rural Afghanistan in a medieval state of purgatory. Perhaps the most deplorable tragedy, one that has actually grown more rampant since , is the practice of bacha bazi — sexual companionship between powerful men and their adolescent boy conscripts.