Jeanne Sarson, MEd, BScN, RN and Linda MacDonald, MEd, BN, RN

Persons Against Non-State Torture - http://nonstatetorture.org/what-is-nsat-and-rat/


Seeing Child Prostitution through the Eyes of a Victimized Woman: Faceless and Countless 


Sara remarked that she can still hear her father say to the johns who rented her, “Bring her back when you’re done.” Sara says she was two years old.

Figure 3: Sara’s drawing shared with consent


9. Sara’s drawing was her attempt to show how she felt and experienced being pimped, “rented” or prostituted for sexualized NST by her parents. Although only her father is present in her drawing she explained her mother dressed or “prepared” her. Note that Sara is faceless as are the johns. And there was no shortage of johns—they were countless. Facelessness has significant meaning. Firstly, Sara and many of the women who have spoken to us of such victimization share how they were so dehumanized and destroyed by the terror, horror, and overwhelming torture pain that they felt nonexistent and nonhuman. Sara, for instance, described her-Self as an “it” when we met her when she was almost 30. She spoke of being “trained” from her earliest of memories to withstand torturing, particularly sexualized torture and torture “parties”. She said there was a demand for children who could withstand sexualized NST. The johns are faceless—they were too many. The countless numbers are too traumatizing to remember. Only Sara’s pimping father had a face—pleased he was benefiting from controlling, pimping, trafficking, and prostituting Sara.




The women and girls multi-victimizations was perpetrated and organized within the context of intimate relationships (i.e., parent, family, spousal); for most their multi-victimizations began primarily when very young children. In the conversations about the prostitution of persons, our Canadian experience is that seldom is the reality expressed that prostitution involves a continuum of ages and children, primarily girls, must be placed on that continuum of prostituted persons. Prostitution is not only a women’s issue it is a issue of children. This is the reality in Canada. Globally, children are considered a vulnerable social group in need of special protection. The lack of discourse on the prostitution of children, girls mainly who are being pimped, rented or bought, has been our concern with the Bedford v. Canada ruling. We expressed our concerns about the continuous NST and prostitution harms suffered by prostituted women and girls in our verbal evidence to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights studying Bill C-36. The link is:  http://www.cpac.ca/en/jwplayer/?params=ZXA9MzQxNjc1ODMmcD1odHRwJTNBJTJGJTJGd3d3LmNwYWMuY2ElMkZ3cC1jb250ZW50JTJGdXBsb2FkcyUyRkNQQS05NjB4NzIwX0luQ29tbWl0dGVlLUhPQy1FTi5qcGVnJnNoYXJlPWh0dHA6Ly93d3cuY3BhYy5jYS9lbi9wcm9ncmFtcy9pbi1jb21taXR0ZWUtaG91c2Utb2YtY29tbW9ucy9lcGlzb2Rlcy8zNDE2NzU4Mw==&time=129.39


Prior to this verbal evidence we also submitted a brief to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights studying Bill C-36 linked here: http://nonstatetorture.org/files/1614/0555/9142/BriefJusticeHRcommittee.pdf 


And prior to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights studying Bill C-36 we expressed our concerns about the prostitution of children to the federal and provincial Attorney Generals and Justice Ministers, and to Members of Parliament, readable here: http://nonstatetorture.org/files/1113/9709/1543/Prostitution.pdf 


It is my experiential conclusion after 21 years of grass root support to the horrific suffering of women who were so harmed that if we are to understand prostitution we need to comprehend its violent dimensions of women and girls of all ages.