Diddy is taking the Associated Press to task for referring to young victims of sex trafficking as “child prostitutes.”
The phrase “child prostitute” is frequently used by the AP in articles addressing the worldwide sex trafficking epidemic that continues to victimize under aged youth around the globe. In response to the term, a group of survivors of trafficking have now come together to launch a petition urging the AP to stop using the term to describe young people lured into sex trafficking rings.
Former sex trafficking victim and survivor Withelma T. Ortiz Walker Pettigrew has teamed up with the Rights4Girls group to bring awareness to the issue and provide additional support for her campaign to have the phrase banned. Rights4Girls is a young women’s advocacy collective whose missions include putting a stop to the way sex trafficking victims are described in the media.
Joining in on the effort to stop the use of the phrase, music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs showed his support by sending out this Tweet where he directly called out the AP and provided a link to the petition.
Dear @AP, there’s #NoSuchThing as a ‘child prostitute.’ They are victims + survivors of rape. Please sign + share: http://t.co/egIXb76rO0
— Sean Diddy Combs (@iamdiddy) September 22, 2015
Given that Diddy has three young daughters of his own with whom he is a very active father, it’s admirable and refreshing to see him publicly doing his part to support the petition and put a stop to the term.