“It’s happening about three blocks from the White House on Avenue K, I believe. There’s a place that, at 9pm at night, you can find an underage person to have sex with. You will buy that sex from her trafficker and, instead of being labeled a pedophile, if you get caught – according to one DC and GO [?] leader, in the 300 cases she’s worked on with underage victims of trafficking, not one time has the john been arrested. Not once. This is in cases with kids as young as ten being caught in the act. And the kid is taken in by law enforcement and often charged as a criminal for the ‘crime’ [she makes air quotes here] of prostitution. And the man who was buying the services of a minor is sent home. ‘We don’t want to ruin your life, we don’t want to make things hard for you, go home, go home to your wife and family.’”
We have been given a very sanitized view of prostitution as something in which men obtain sex from women in exchange for money. But a very big part of prostitution has always been about servicing the urges of pedophiles and hebephiles. We’re not talking about prostitutes who look 25 but are really 17. We’re talking about people who want to rape kids connecting with pimps who are willing to make that experience easy for them to get away with, legally speaking, for the right fee. Rather than try to stop pedophiles and hebephiles from getting access to kids, from getting away with their crimes, or even from developing this unhealthy drive in the first place, we’ve just swept it under the carpet and sacrificed kids the way humankind has always done. Throw them in the volcano, and change the subject quickly.
This is where the Catholic church has some right to be confused: society has condoned and supported pedophilia for millennia, so why are we suddenly giving a damn now? This is where Jerry Sandusky got the idea nobody minded his child raping as long as he only targeted kids nobody cared about – and as far as I can tell, he was mostly correct. This is where Roman Polanski got the idea that drugging and raping thirteen year old girls was something everyone wanted to do, and folks were just jealous that he had the nerve to do it – and a lot of his Hollywood pals backed him up (though many others condemned that whole mess, thankfully).
This society is not against pedophilia. Think about this. I know you are and I am, and this society pays lip service, but we’re against raping children in the same way we’re against speeding – as long as you only go a few miles above the limit and don’t get caught, it’s okay. If you do get caught, we’ll have to issue you a ticket, but you can work it off with an online class so it doesn’t stay on your record. We don’t want it to ruin your life. Go home to your wife and children.
Until we decide we don’t mind ruining the lives of men like Sandusky and Polanski and whoever these johns are in Washington (I wonder, as we come up to election – you should, too), we will be treating pedophilia as something that should be hidden, not eradicated.