This tidbit from a story on the problem of so-called sexual tourism caught my eye.
According to Department of Justice figures, child prostitutes serve between two and 30 clients per week, totaling 100 to 1,500 sex clients per child, per year. But some sex tourists claim that far from abusing the children, they are helping to support them.
Here we again see the power of rationalization.
Many of these people think committing these acts in other countries makes them immune to prosecution, but they are violating the Protect Act and may find themselves in the US federal court system. There have been less than a hundred convictions under this act which is miniscule compared to the scope of the problem, but at least not all of the guilty are getting away with their crimes.
I thought it was interesting that along with the stereotypical child rapist that the other major type of offender is the middle to upperclass businessman. I wonder if for these people this crime is about ego rather than sexual release. What is more egotistical than seeing yourself as someone to be worshipped?
The mindset that leads people to commit this sort of crime also leads people to put out products they know will kill people if doing so gives them the short-term results they crave. It might be toys with high lead content or it might be prescription drugs with known deadly side effects.
People who do this are not otherwise good people even if that's the image they cling to. We can't afford to forget that.
Contrast what so-called sex tourists are doing for poor children with the actions of the man who won the Nobel Peace prize in 1970. He saw starvation and it made him angry. Tuesday Dr. Norman Borlaug received a Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor given to US citizens. He was given this award because of his work on developing new strains of wheat which could thrive in harsh conditions.
His work has saved up to a billion lives. He makes these so-called sex tourists look like the selfish criminals they really are.
For more information on Dr. Borlaug's work go to the story on ABC News.