It’s hard to believe that stuff like this actually happens.
I just read an article about a San Antonio, Texas couple who intended to offer the sexual services of the womans’ five-year-old daughter in return for an apartment, a used car and child care for her 10-month-old daughter.
It is alleged the couple also intended to sell the sexual service of the 10-month-old at a later date.
According to an affidavit the couple came under investigation when an informant told the FBI about a text message sent by the man which read: “Nice piece 5 yrs old belongs to my gf and she wants to sell it.”
Thank goodness the girls have been placed in protective custody.
But, it makes you wonder how many people actually get away with this stuff.
What makes someone think it’s okay to have sex with a five year old?
Last October ABC news ran a story on “Parents who Pimp their children”.
They spoke with the FBI, who investigates online ‘child pimping’.
“We’re posing as parents more than we have in the past,” said Arnold Bell, chief of the FBI’s Internet sex-crimes unit, Innocent Images. “The landscape changes all the time and we have to modify our behavior as predators modify theirs. When we go on posing as parents with kids for sale, we’re contacted very quickly by pedophiles.”
The vast majority of inappropriate sexual contact online involves adult men and children age 11-13, kids old enough to operate a computer and leave their homes on their own, but young enough to be manipulated by a grown-up, he said.
Pedophiles, however, are by definition attracted only to prepubescent children and by necessity often have to ingratiate themselves with children’s parents to gain access to their victims, Bell said.
“Sometimes pedophiles feel the parents are consenting on behalf of their kids,” Bell said. “They think it’s OK because the parents are allowing it. It allows them to justify what they’re doing in their own heads, but it’s completely invalid in court. It’s completely invalid in any sense.”
Last year the FBI opened a total of 2,443 new investigations into child sex crimes on the Internet and achieved 1,015 convictions. In 2006, the FBI opened a total of 2,135 new investigations and won 1,013 convictions.
The bureau said it doesn’t keep statistics of how many of those cases involved parents.
Children are more likely to end up as prostitutes in the real world than the virtual world, experts said. The Department of Health and Human Services puts the number of children at risk for sexual exploitation in the United States at around 400,000.
Here is a a link to the FBI website, which will tell you how to find sex offenders in your state (US).