Little People, Big Business
The World’s Forsaken Children and
What We Must Do to Save Them
by David A. Glen
300+ pages (170 x 245 mm) softcover
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“It saddens me to think that so much of the strife that exists in the world today
stems from the evaporation of one basic trait—human kindness. I hope some kids
out there in the cold, alone, in despair, and unsure of who they are or what the future holds,
will somehow discover that there are still people in the world who actually care, and who
are trying to find ways to help them … to connect with them. If they find us, we must
listen, and we must help. And we must never discard them again.”
~ David Glen, Author
Most people have no idea of the sheer number of homeless children in the world which, according to credible sources, numbers as many as 150 million. This figure seems unimaginable. Yet tens of thousands of very young children roam the streets of many Eastern European cities alone. Driven from home by violence, drug or alcohol abuse, the death of a parent, the dissolution of the family, ethnic or religious war, natural disaster, or socio-economic collapse, many children are forced to survive on the streets by foraging for food, begging, stealing, and sometimes peddling their bodies in slums and polluted environments. Most suffer from severe malnutrition, and many will contract serious diseases including hepatitis, tuberculosis, sexually-transmitted diseases, and HIV. And a large number are affected by the practice of glue-sniffing … an attempt to forget the hopelessness and the sense of abandonment they feel.
Many of them become victims of transnational organised crime syndicates and individuals that profiteer from their trafficking, enslavement, and sexual exploitation. This sordid industry attracts profits of over $25 billion each year. These criminal entities not only exploit children in real environments; they have also created a highly sophisticated subculture in cyberspace on both the supply and the demand side that is extremely difficult to track and intercept. Their illicit dealings in child exploitation often involve corrupt political and governmental figures, judges, doctors, lawyers and police officers—typically those in positions of power and influence. Little People, Big Business also reveals how easily sexual predators can gain access to our children, and the irreparable damage they can cause.
This alarming book also discusses the disenfranchising of abused children by those in the political, diplomatic, judicial, or law-enforcement sectors, and those who may be classified as having significant influence over children because of their prestige or celebrity, including those in the entertainment industry. And Little People, Big Business provides insight into inadequate commitments by governments and regulatory institutions worldwide to take real and effective action on all issues to do with the exploitation or endangerment of children, especially with regard to homeless children. This includes shining the spotlight on those governments and regulatory institutions that continue to violate the international treaties or related human rights and trafficking conventions they have signed on the rights of the child.
Little People, Big Business exposes the sordid practice of Sex Tourism whereby tour operators provide their clientele with all the tools they need to travel abroad for the specific purpose of having sex with children, in either a commercial or non-commercial context. And the book looks closely at the ongoing, underground campaign by individuals and organizations that seek to lower—or even do away with—a rational Age of Consent for purposes other than the safety and well-being of children.
And Little People, Big Business addresses how modern technology is causing almost severe damage to new generations of children, inducing insensitivity in their mindset, and the new challenges being faced by parents today in protecting their children.
Yet Little People, Big Business is not merely an exposé or critical treatise on all that’s dire for children today. It provides suggestions and guidelines for solutions and hope. Most people don’t have a clear concept of how pervasive the problem of child exploitation has become, and most feel helpless to do anything about it. But, given the right tools, the public can become a crucial factor in bringing perpetrators of child exploitation to justice.
It is author David Glen’s belief that “the fight for these forsaken children must be carried out by an organization unfettered by the hyperbole and political intrigue of governments and their depraved disregard for children—an independent commission dedicated to finding realistic and practical solutions for the rescue and rehabilitation of homeless and otherwise endangered children, and to alter the paradigm for the abuse of children by predators on both the supply and the demand side. And one that will publicly hold those with the power to make meaningful change accountable.” In 2006, Glen dedicated his life to the plight of endangered children, and formed what today has become CTECC, the Child Trafficking, Exploitation, & Cybercrime Commission, of which he is Director of Strategic Operations.
CTECC remains to this day a highly secure organization that operates quietly but extremely effectively, unencumbered by political or religious influence or coercion. While willing to collaborate with many governments in the fight against the trafficking and exploitation of children and related crimes, CTECC is an entirely autonomous and privately funded organisation, and is not the branch or agent of any government or political entity, religious group, international organization such as the Council of Europe, the United Nations, NATO, the United States Federal Government, nor any international community or commonwealth such as the European Union. This unprejudiced standing allows CTECC unconstrained access to sources and strategies that singularly address the well-being of disavowed, exploited, and marginalized children. The organization’s motto, to which it rigidly adheres, is quite simply: “Kids Come First”.
Furthermore, Little People, Big Business unveils David Glen’s brainchild, aptly named PROGENY, a proactive endeavor that provides effective and pragmatic solutions. This highly secure data system, initiated in 2006, maintains a comprehensive record for every missing, exploited, or otherwise endangered child for whom CTECC advocates. PROGENY helps secure the safety and welfare of forsaken children, and facilitates their placement in long-term foster care or adoption. Additionally, PROGENY’s secure, electronic medical records for sick children enable pediatric specialists to consult with local attending doctors, and arrange for them to receive new drugs and treatment for the children in their care. The PROGENY Secure Data System is one of the most unique and important tools available to define positive destinies for marginalized children.
PROGENY records also garner anecdotal testimony from rescued children, their caregivers, and other reliable witnesses or informants that is vital for CTECC’s proactive work with other international law-enforcement entities for the interdiction of child abusers, and especially the transnational organized crime entities responsible for the commercial trafficking and exploitation of children.
Little People, Big Business, while chilling in its narrative, is one of the most compelling and forthright defenses of children’s individual rights, and an astonishing revelation of the apathy and ineptitude of today’s governments to do anything of any real consequence.
Yet author David Glen offers not just criticism but real and practical solutions, and the challenge to his readers is clear:
“We need more and more good people with the moral courage to step forward
and help make a real difference. I can’t think of a better legacy for anyone to leave.
And while this insidious business—the exploitation of kids—may seem insurmountable
to most, one person CAN make a difference, even if it’s for just one endangered child.
I hope you, the reader, will be one of them.”
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