Teenage pimps, or “mamis,” are on the rise in Indonesia. Two years ago, there were zero reports of child pimps, but the National Commission for Child Protection says 21 girls between 14 and 16 have ben caught working as “mamis” so far this year.
Chimoy, a child pimp, got into the business when she was asked to sell herself for sex but instead recruited a friend to do it. Kids can use text messages and social media to book clients and make transactions without ever needing to stand on a dark corner.
Read more at NBC News.
Is That Your Child?
I had an interesting encounter today. I think I may have been mistaken for a child trafficker…
I had lunch by the river with a potential new production partner, Phany. His organization, Kone Kmeng, has been working to assist local groups in efforts to protect at-risk children for 7 years, and we’ve been talking with him for about 6 months about the possibility of assisting him to begin a workshop. Phany always has prevention on his mind, and he knows that by empowering young people with employment, the risk of entering (or returning to) exploitative work is greatly diminished. He also sees it as a more sustainable method of funding overhead expenses for the organization than fundraising is (and we at Imagine Goods totally agree!).
Studies show that people who are worried about mistakes shut down, but those who are relaxed about doing badly soon learn to do well. Success is built on failure.