Posts Tagged "My Gen My Fight"

Cuties and the Exploitation of Children

October 20, 2020

On August 19, 2020, Netflix began promoting a French film called Cuties, which was set for worldwide release on September 9, 2020. The film (originally called Mignonnes) by French Senegalese director Maïmouna Doucouré and Netflix’s marketing campaign brought about worldwide criticism, petitions to remove the film from Netflix, and campaigns to #cancelNetflix due the public’s concerns that the film promotes the sexualization and commercial sexual exploitation of children and appeals to the appetites of pedophiles.

On September 23, 2020, a grand jury indicted Netflix for the “promotion of lewd visual material depicting a child.”

Although Doucouré has stated that her intention was “to show that our children should have the time to be children, and we as adults should protect their innocence and keep them innocent as long as possible,” in the making and promoting of the film, young girls were exploited in the process and continue to be exploited every time someone views the film. The lead actress is just 11 years old.

Legal Exploitation

Imagery in films like these normalize the sexualization of children and are legal forms of online child sexual exploitation. Individuals and companies are profiting from the exploitation of children in this film. Exploiters can easily take images and videos from this film and upload them to sites profiting from commercialized sexual abuse imagery of children. In addition, with children watching films like these, they are being exposed to and influenced by sexualized behaviors and media representations of children.

Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM)

As a society, we need to take a stand and draw the line against media imagery that fuels the demand for the commercial sexual exploitation of children. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), their CyberTipline has received over 65 million reports of the online exploitation of children, 312 million images and videos have been reviewed, and over 18,900 victims have been identified by law enforcement. NCMEC further reports that survivors of Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) “speak to the long-lasting damage and impact of their images and videos being circulated on the internet.

Subscription-based Services

The lack of control of both the files’ existence and circulation leaves the survivors struggling in their recovery.” In 2018, “teen” was one of the Top 10 search terms from the most consumed pornographic website. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reports that “[s]ome child traffickers adjusted to the reluctance of buyers to meet in-person to engage in commercial sex. Some traffickers are now offering options for subscription-based services in which buyers pay to access online images and videos of the child.”

The sexual abuse imagery of children exists because there is a demand for it. Let us fight to protect the dignity of children, especially in media, imagery, and the internet.

Being Good Stewards

April 12, 2018

Being Good Stewards It’s been a busy winter/spring season for all of our MyGenMyFight leaders and friends. If you follow us on Instagram, you might have seen some of our instagram stories from our local outreaches and events. We were so grateful to be a part of Biola University’s Mission Conference this year and to […]

Bringing Young Leaders Together

February 19, 2018

Bringing Young Leaders Together by Hanne Fellers The beginning of the year is usually a busy time for our U.S. office due to January being human trafficking awareness month. We were able to help spread awareness about human trafficking to over 500 people just on January 11th – which is the national human trafficking day […]

Honest Reflection

November 10, 2017

Honest Reflection Written By – Hanne Fellers I’ve been in a season where I am reflecting and constantly being reminded of why I am in this work. Before I get into some of the things I’ve been reflecting on, I just want to THANK YOU, ZOE friends, for engaging with us. Without YOU, we wouldn’t […]

My Voice Being Heard

June 21, 2017

My Voice Being Heard Hello! My name is Jessica Murphy and this year I had the pleasure of interning with ZOE International. I also had the opportunity to transfer to CSU Channel Islands in Ventura County where I am currently studying Business and Nonprofit Communications.

Prevention in America

May 10, 2017

Prevention in America This spring we’ve been very busy. Locally, in California, we’ve  shared with over 2000 people about our fight to end Human Trafficking. We are so excited that we are now having more conversations with people who say: “Yes, I know about human trafficking. How can I help?”

Connections

September 21, 2016

Connections We constantly meet new people at ZOE. We’re always amazed at how people come to know about ZOE. Often it’s “word of mouth”, other times it’s from a ZOE staff member sharing at a community event, school or a church. Sometimes people hear about us through a friend sharing one of our posts on their social […]

Wisdom Doesn’t Always Come With Age

October 21, 2015

Youth Can Stop Human Trafficking Last year, 17-year-old Malala Yousafzai was awarded the Nobel peace prize for her global advocacy for millions of girls being denied a formal education because of social, economic, legal, and political factors! Josiah was 8 years old when he became king, and he reigned 31 years in Jerusalem. (2 Kings 22:1) Ryan Hreljac […]

My Generation, My Fight

July 22, 2015

Help End Modern Day Slavery With ZOE We love the term ”My Generation, My Fight” because it tells us that we have a responsibility to fight for what is right in our generation. It affects everyone and not just the new, younger generations. No matter which generation you were born in or where you were […]

Reaching Your Generation

April 16, 2015

At ZOE International, we have adopted some values that undermine everything we do: passion, excellence, gratitude, love, humility, integrity, and unity. We highly value people who have these same values and are passionate about people and the fight to end modern day slavery. Our friends at The Underground Church and Word in Motion Dance Company […]