Where Child Abuse is Unexceptional

In the U.S., child abuse is a crime. In Russia, it is routine. Up to 60 percent of children in orphanages suffer abuse from their caregivers, and it is a rare occasion when someone serves prison time for crimes against children. __ Moscow Times

The abuse of children is a non-topic in Russia, so common as to not even be noticed.

Victims of child sexual abuse are often lured by the fake promise of being published in mainstream fashion magazines. Some victims believe that prostitution and contact with rich businessmen will allow them the kind of lifestyle that they could not have otherwise.

Russia is now one of the main producers of child pornography in the world, and it registers significant incidences of child prostitution and child trafficking for sexual purposes, according to the Russian National Consultation on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children.

St. Petersburg and northwestern Russia report a high incidence of sex tourism, which is widely advertised on the Internet and is aimed at people from neighboring Scandinavian countries. Child prostitution is the most common form of child exploitation in that region.

__ Child Abuse Inc.

Special schools train young girls to become mistresses to wealthy Russian men. In many Russian towns this is considered the best way for a young girl to get ahead.

The image above comes from the documentary “Girl Model.” It pictures a roomful of 14 year old Russian girls flown to Japan with a promise of riches in the modeling industry. The reality is much less glamorous.

Nadya is promised $8000 dollars worth of modeling work (the minimum requirement for a Japanese work visa). Her apprehensive family spend their meagre savings to send their daughter abroad, because upon her return, the money she makes modeling will pay for them to build a much-needed addition to their cramped home. Their pretty, wide-eyed daughter’s dreams are their dreams, too, for she represents their only escape from living the way they do.

Upon her arrival at Narita Airport, the young girl—who can speak no Japanese, let alone any English—panics when there is no one there to meet her. Thing go downhill rapidly for Nadya from there….

In Girl Model the audience watches helplessly as a child’s dreams are smashed against the cold reality of the fashion industry, in a heart-breaking head-on collision. Although Nadya does attend many “go sees” and even does one photo shoot in Tokyo that she sees printed in a glossy fashion magazine, she returns to her family in Siberia with a crushing $2000 debt.

__ Children on the Meat Market

The documentary “Girl Model” is about a nasty bit of business: rural Russian girls as young as 12 being recruited to be models for Japanese fashion magazines, but instead of being paid for their work, they are charged for expenses – so instead of making money to send to their families, they end up accruing a debt.

If it sounds like human trafficking, you may not be far off. __ SFGate

An entire industry has grown up in Russia around the exploitation of young girls:


There are agencies set up throughout Russia, tracking the development of girls from as young as 10. One such self-proclaimed hero running a smaller agency is Tigram. He runs Noah Models; “Noah” he names the agency, because he views himself as a savior of models, helping girls escape from poverty and training them to have dignity not to veer off into drugs or prostitution. Arbaugh respects Tigram but has fears regarding young women that are paid to use their bodies taking the next step for payment. I’m not sure if she feels guilt, nor is she asked to repent for her work.

Many would-be young models of Russia are lied to, and sent directly to brothels in the Persian Gulf countries, South Asia, Eastern Europe, or the new world.

St. Petersburg street youth with HIV

Sex tourists may believe that child prostitutes will be free from HIV. That is not a safe assumption in Russia.

Those who recruit children for sexual exploitation frequently target street children or children from dysfunctional families. They initiate a vicious circle of entrapment and, as they become older, children end up in brothels. The recruiters prey on these children’s needs and deceive them into a life of dependency.

In Russia, many of the young prostitutes are from the provinces or from the former Soviet republics. They come to Moscow or to St. Petersburg hoping to hide in the anonymity of huge cities. Sometimes pregnant or with children, and with scant education or skills, children turn to prostitution as an essential tool for survival.

… Many adults who sexually abuse children believe that by engaging with children, they are protected against HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. Children are less prone to practice safe sex, however, either because they don’t think they need it or because they are unable to oppose the pressure or intimidation from adults. __ Cesar Chelala

Homeless Children of St. Petersburg pictorial

Russian Street Children website w/ photo gallery and links

There are hundreds of thousands of unfortunates in Russian orphanages, and millions of Russian street children. All of this only worsens Russia’s looming demographic disaster.

This is a population that is undernourished, understimulated, underbonded, undereducated (both academically and in life skills), and abused in nearly every physical, sexual, and psychological way imaginable. There are exceptions of course, but the average government orphanage is a grim place indeed, understaffed with underpaid and overworked employees.

The result of this hopeless situation for these forgotten children who are anathema in their own country is a nearly 25% suicide rate and, without intervention, a life span that averages 25 years. The children, unprepared in any way for the challenging Russian life, are dumped out of the orphanages at age 16 years. They are offered few options in life—cannon fodder for the army, various criminal occupations such as drug trafficking and prostitution, or work in paint or shoe factories (which are highly toxic). They are lost to disease, drug and alcohol addiction, white slavery, and the military along with suicide and violent death. __ Dr Jan Adams, MD, Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, Vol. 160 No. 5, May 2006

Russia is literally dying from the inside out. Dying of despair, dying of neglect, dying of corrupt mafia-style exploitation of the population by the criminal ruling class.

In Moscow, the prostitution of children is highly organised and mainly controlled by criminal gangs, facilitated by corruption on the part of law enforcers. Agents who recruit girls work in educational establishments, employment services, cafés, railway stations and marketplaces, and entice minors with promises of good jobs and ‘the high life’. Most of the child victims in the city live on the street either all or most of the time. In St. Petersburg… some pimps do operate, and sometimes even children are used as pimps. In the northern region, a substantial number of children become victims of commercial sexual exploitation through their parents, who are often involved in prostitution themselves and involve their children directly or sell them to pimps or traffickers; children as young as eight are sexually exploited, and advertisements explicitly seek girls to engage in work of a sexual nature. __ http://www.ecpat.net/A4A_2005/PDF/Europe/Global_Monitoring_Report-RUSSIA.pdf

Fertility rates in Russian cities are very low, although very high fertility rates exist in predominately Muslim regions such as the Caucasus. As in many western European cities, “Muhammed” is becoming one of the most popular names in Russian birthing wards and schools.

Putin has offered bonuses to young women for bearing children, but how many of these “bonus babies” end up in orphanages, on the streets, or trafficked abroad?

The perfect demographic storm of comparatively high mortality, low fertility and emigration of well-educated professionals is increasingly burdening Russian society and its deteriorating economy. In addition to a shrinking labor force, mounting costs for its aging population and troubling premature deaths, especially among men, Russia is facing difficulties in filling critical jobs with largely unskilled non-Russian migrants, many working illegally in the country. __ Russian Demographics December 2014 (one month ago)

As Russia disintegrates from the inside out, its “top-down” elitist ruling class is showing signs of cracking. If — as many observers believe — Russia is on the verge of a violent internal cataclysm, the fate of Russia’s children will only grow more dire.

Street children train for the Russian mafia at a very early age.

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4 Responses to Where Child Abuse is Unexceptional

  1. A.B Prosper says:

    As you point out , Russia is a terrible mess but the West won’t recover either. We are ruled just as badly and corruptly, we just had more wealth upfront to buffer the fall and fall we will. Harder really since Russia is far more used to bad conditions than pampered Westerners a point Dmitri Orlov makes with which I quite agree.

    The same situation re: birth rates is in US cities as well with only poorly educated 3rd world types having larger families. Seattle a very nice city has a lower than Europe birth rate and this is common to every part of the country from both Portlands (Maine and Oregon) and Knoxville Tennessee and Massachusetts everywhere not just cities with a high number of homosexuals

    Now I concede the Mexicans are much better neighbors as of now (many are becoming Muslim or so I am told) but they don’t perform well. Any state with a high Hispanic population will have terrivle schools

    to your post situation in orphanages is awful, not unlike the one the West faced some years ago and in some places still does. Witness the documentary on Indiana’s foster care system “No fit place for a child” that was one some years go. I think the title tells everything though to credit Indiana, they at least went public on the Discovery Chanel (IIRC) with it unlike Russia who prefers secrecy.

    Also re: disposable children. How about Rotherham England where the police prefer to arrest people protecting their kids rather than pedophiles. The rot goes plenty deep its just the UK has more money to paper it over for now

    We also have terrible poverty problems here in the US with homeless camps and mass homelessness, Our press mostly (though not always as below) simply doesn’t cover things. W have technical freedom of the press but no real functional press and as such are only a amrgin away from Russia there.


    And note I’ve seen he camps with my own eyes and even met people from them. Its a growing problem.

    Also again Europe, up to 40% of Europeans of peak reproductive age (the poll is 15 though that’s low to 29) do not have propnneverer full time employment, Its officially 16.8 in the US btw.

    Gallup http://www.gallup.com/poll/165935/nearly-half-younger-southern-europeans-underemployed.aspx

    How is anyone supposed to have children other than low investment religious ideologues.

    And don’t get me started on Greece. Its as bad as Russia in many ways.

    And note here this “stat” counts people working jobs that don’t pay enough to support children as fully employed, If I make say $12 here in California, I can’t even make the working class though I’m still counted as “fully employed” that’s fine for a teen or a part time job huge numbers of adults now make about that much.

    The worst of Russia is all our futures really unless we can wrest our countries back As you said its never to late to be a dangerous child or to raise one if if anyone is nuts enough to have children in these times (or already has them obviously)

    • alfin2101 says:

      If one looks at the world through red glass lenses, one sees a “red world.” If one looks at the world through “doomer lenses,” one sees a “doomed world.” Myriad details are lost as the world takes on a monochrome hue.

      Everyone has problems. Jack has terminal cancer with only a few weeks to live. Jill has a hangnail and a run in her stockings. So you see, both Jack and Jill have problems.

      Information has been defined as “the distinction that makes a difference.” Some details constitute information, and others may serve as smokescreens. Ruling classes have a strong interest in making sure that ordinary people cannot differentiate between distinctions that make a difference, and distinctions without a significant difference.

      Ruling classes are not threatened by echo chambres of doom or reverberating echo choirs of cataclysm. Such forums perform half the functions of the ruling classes without any significant expenditure or budgeting.

      This comment may seem a touch cryptic to some. 😉

      • A.B Prosper says:

        You have a good point there. My biggest issue with the current situation is not the doom talk or the lassitude it engenders but the utter inability of anyone to even promulgate new ideas on how to actually do things better than the ruling classes.

        Do people really think that better policy choices can somehow solve the problems we are having or that any of the ruling classes would permit them to be implemented if they work?

        if they get the boot, you’ll just have the courts and entrenched bureaucracies and media and schools and unless your ideology is dare I say total enough, you won’t be able to fix them.

        As odd as it is, this is because IMO anyway the dooomer crowd especially in the US has a rather severe normalcy bias It always had to be sea to shining sea prosperity and “democracy” or whatever

        This combined with the atomized libertarian ideology leads to a situation where the best advice is “Lets get dangerous”.

        Its not bad advice per se but is wholly inadequate to the real task at hand. When everyone wants to run home to the burbs or the farm, someone drawing the short straw is going to have his but glued to a chair down in foggy bottom till the mess is fixed. Better still nobody goes home till the work is done

        Worse its going to have to done collectively and in groups and apparently cooperation seems to be difficult, partially do to long habits government infiltration but mostly do to the inevitable deep ideological differences in a proposition nation. No blood, no soil, no volk if you’ll forgive such language

        And note in case anyone asks, about change even radical change can possibly be done through democratic means, maybe.

        Europe happily has less of these issues and can not only envision alternatives but has enough social skills and national identity to carry them out. I’d actually say they have better shot than the US does if they decide the leaders have to go.

        I honestly don’t know if it can happen but I will say, occasional disagreement on Russia vs everywhere else I value your ideas.

        Keep up the good work.

        • alfin2101 says:

          Perhaps I am more optimistic that the plague of political correctness and lefty-green-multiculturalism can be dealt with in western countries.

          I am not encouraging all readers to “get dangerous,” whatever that may mean to any particular person. I am encouraging serious readers to get serious about the many challenges they face — some of which you point out in your comments.

          If a person does begin to “get serious,” it is not long before he begins to comprehend that a number of potentially dangerous threats exist to his well-being, both from above and from below. Surviving such threats often requires a level of competence and resilience that most university educated moderns seem to lack. I find that using the term “dangerous” sometimes gets a reader’s attention.

          What I am actually talking about is broad competence, resilience on several levels, and a mental awareness and readiness to confront what must inevitably be confronted.

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