The case pertaining to child abuse is one of the most highly debated issues in the society. The emergence of the new forms of technology paved way for an immediate spread of prostitution and human trafficking around the world. Similarly, the issue of child abuse is related to the case of child neglect and mainly, the latter is the reason for the issues about child abuse. Diane DePanfilis of the US Children Welfare Information Gateway (2006, n.p.) quotes that:
“Child neglect is the most common type of child maltreatment. Unfortunately, neglect frequently goes unreported and, historically, has not been acknowledged or publicized as greatly as child abuse.”
Child prostitution is the still the most controversial topic which has been existent in the society for ages. It has been widely known that the prostitution is a very old job and almost all countries in the world had their fair share about child exploitation. Child abuse comes in many different forms and it includes the verbal, physical and mental abuse, rape, child labor and maltreatment (child slavery in other terms). Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act or (CAPTA) defines child abuse as the failure to prevent the actions that might cause physical, emotional and verbal harm to the children, by which the act of exploitation presents a formidable issue in violating their rights (as cited in DePanfilis, 2006, n.p.). Because of pornography, the children’s rights are violate by engaging them to a sexual act and humiliating their pride by raping them in front of many people as well as documenting their sexual acts with other men. Furthermore, the issue of the child abuse also allows more and more tourists to visit for sex. For example, journalist Michael Winter of USA Today newspaper reported that in the recent Super bowl competition, there were reported cases of child abuse regarding the exploitation of the girls ranging from 13 to 17 years old for the illegal sex trade. The authorities have rescued the little children, whom many of them are only high school students and are physically considered to be rather too young for sex (Winter 2014 n.p.). Moreover, the Lolita complex is the term widely used by the media mayhem to explain cases pertaining to the child prostitution wherein the young girls are forced to engage in an unlawful sexual activity with an older man than her age. In spite of the numerous attempts to halt the child abuse, still the Federal Bureau of Investigation focuses more in various ways to raid the alleged establishments and persons who accept children as their employees. Various issues have arisen out of this situation in the society. Child abuse instills trauma and fear to the children’s supposedly innocent minds. They are deprived the right to play and live their lives to the fullest because they are caged inside a hellish existence of using their body in order to live. Children who have experienced physical and mental abuse would likely demonstrate either aggressive or pervasive behavior depending on the observed attitude. In addition, the child abuse is a cruel and barbaric way of demonstrating the ill-notion of the power over weaker human being by subjecting them to torture or depriving them of the basic necessity of life. The industry of child abuse destroys the whole society and the morality of the humans. Education is fairly important regarding with the issue of child abuse and neglect in order to understand the victims seriously and to help them cope and start a new chapter of their life. As a conclusion, as a citizen of the world, the society must protect the intellect of the children by giving them the right to live freely. The rights of the children should be followed and the government must take turns and double their efforts to halt the cruel and barbaric tradition of child abuse.
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