A Salt Lake City, Utah woman, Felicia McClure, took sexually suggestive pictures of her own 13 year old daughter and sent them over her cell phone to a man she was trying to sell her daughter’s virginity to for $10, 000. She also took her daughter to a Victoria’s Secret shop and had her model thong panties and bras for the man. She has pleaded guilty and now faces 30 years to life in prison. (I believe Victoria’s Secret should be held liable as an accomplice, since they had to know the young girl was modeling for the much older man.) McClure’s boyfriend is the unsung hero of this story, who found the text messages and turned her in to police.
This woman is just another example of the horrendous sexual trafficking of young girls all over the world, by adults who should care for them. One father sold his five-year-old daughter for sex, as well. She has now been rescued out of that lifestyle. These kinds of things happen right here in the states, but we rarely hear about them unless they hit the major media.
I personally knew of a woman from another country who was sold into sexual slavery and prostitution by her own parents when she was twelve years old. She lived this lifestyle for several years before she met and married a U.S. serviceman and came to the states when she was 18. This kind of lifestyle was typical for young girls from poor families, where she came from.
I don’t know what these parents are thinking, but selling your daughters into prostitution is just wrong any way you look at it. I fight tooth and nail to let people know and understand the devastating effects childhood sexual abuse has on victims, especially those who are victimized by those they love. The horrors these children face everyday in the name of “love” is too much! Please pray for these young girls, wherever they may be, here in the U.S. or in other countries. Often they are lost and forgotten by the world, and need to be shown the “true love of Christ” so that they may find hope in this evil world.
Author Kimberly Hartfield’s A Little Redneck Theology