Jimmy Carter’s abuse of women and girls as young as four years of age topic is part of his new book “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power.” However, Carter’s book about the abuse of women is not just some “view from his mountaintop” as described by a March 25 Breitbart Big Government report. In contrast, the 39th President of the United States from 1977 to 1981, is discussing a topic that is an unimaginable reality of women and girls on a daily basis in U.S. schools, colleges, work places, and on the streets.
Just a few days before 89-year-old Jimmy Carter began his tour promoting his book, San Diego’s 10News published a report titled San Diego pimps make more in a month than some folks make in a year.
“Pimps in San Diego are raking in the dough -- around $11,000 a week -- according to a report that takes a look at the illegal sex industry in eight major U.S. cities including ours. Yes, you read that correctly -- we're talking WEEKLY. Do the math and that's around $44,000 a month ($528,000 a year if you really want to be shocked). And what might be even more surprising is that pimps can make three times more in other cities, like Atlanta or Denver.”
Unlike Carter’s topic of the abuse of women, San Diego’s 10News report was based on the findings by researchers with The Urban Institute. The institute’s article “'Estimating the Size and Structure of the Underground Commercial Sex Economy in Eight Major U.S. Cities" is a first-of-its kind revelation that includes some eye-opening numbers showing just how lucrative the industry with women and girls is.
Like the report, Carter mentions that Atlanta is the major U.S. hub for trafficking of girls coming from the southern hemisphere into the United States. And girls from South America are much cheaper at a cost of $1,000 versus a girl from Europe which might cost $8,000.
In an interview with David Letterman on Monday night, Jimmy Carter said that slavery in the United States, especially slavery of women, is worse than in the 19th century – a harsh reality unknown to many.
According to Amazon.com’s description of Carter’s book on the abuse of women, “President Carter was encouraged to write this book by a wide coalition of leaders of all faiths. His urgent report covers a system of discrimination that extends to every nation. Women are deprived of equal opportunity in wealthier nations and ‘owned’ by men in others, forced to suffer servitude, child marriage, and genital cutting. The most vulnerable, along with their children, are trapped in war and violence.” In some African countries, raping young girls is the soldiers' reward for a job well done.
Listening to Carter talk about the abuse of women and girls with Charlie Rose on Tuesday night and reading about the lucrative income of pimps (which Carter also discusses) makes it clear that this topic is anything but “a view from his mountaintop” but a national as well as international crisis that needs to be addressed. Most cases of rape on college campuses are unreported or not persecuted because presidents of universities do not want their colleges to be “shamed.” Most cases of rape in military institutions remain unreported because a superior officer would have to admit that he is not as much in charge of his men as he’d like to be. And when it comes to religion, no matter which faith, one can only be reminded of Karl Marz’s statement, institutionalized “religion is the opium of the people” -- making a call for action an almost impossible task.