I came across this article about Michael Jackson’s unreleased song “Do You Know Where Your Children Are?” (now released on his latest posthumous album “XSCAPE” and the columnist wrote:
“Even more unfortunate is “Do You Know Where Your Children Are,” especially given the child-sex allegations that hung over Jackson’s career for more than two decades. The track’s harrowing narrative, about a 12-year-old runaway who is abused by her stepfather and then becomes a child prostitute in Hollywood, is the kind of cautionary tale that raises more questions about the songwriter’s issues than the world’s. To resurrect it only calls to mind how delusional the singer could appear in the way he sometimes presented himself to the public.” – Chicago Tribune writer
This last sentence, raised an eyebrow, to say the least. I wanted to see if Michael Jackson was being as delusional about teenage prostitution as he claimed in his editorial. According to this writer, MJ was living in some delusional world, but I don’t know, according to a Google search I did, the results seem to be on Michael’s side.
Judging by the many links that came up in this search engine, one can assume that teenage prostitution in the U.S. is something that shouldn’t be ignored. Michael knew EXACTLY what he was talking about. If you look further down, even a movie was made about it called “Children of The Night”
This movie was released in 1985 and it was based on a true story about TEENAGE PROSTITUTES IN HOLLYWOOD!
Here you can even watch it for free on You Tube…
The movie was released in 1985 and “Do You Know Where Your Children Are” was written in 1990-1991 (2-3 years before those BOGUS allegations would surface) … So one must ask, was Michael perhaps inspired to write/record the song b/c of the movie and doing more research on his end.
An organization was created also called “Children of The Night”
DR. LOIS LEE, FOUNDER, AND PRESIDENT
Dr. Lois Lee is a pioneer in saving the helpless children who are victims of human sex trafficking, blazing the trail for academics, researchers, law enforcement, social service providers and legislators. She is the founder and president of Children of the Night, the first established and only comprehensive sex trafficking program in North America. Since 1979, she has rescued over 10,000 American children from prostitution in the United States—that is more children than all of the other sex trafficking programs combined. – Children of the Night website
Their website is http://childrenofthenight.org/
Also, the question “It’s 10pm Do You Know Where Your Children Are?” appeared on news stations too –
and here is a video
So now Chicago Tribune editor, you tell, me who is living in a delusional world?
The one thing I have to say to this writer is Michael Jackson wouldn’t have written this song if there wasn’t any truth to it. My google search just proved it. It’s interesting how this song is even more relevant some 23 years later as the 200 missing Nigerian girls are in the hearts and prayers of many who wish for their safe return (oh and just so the editor knows, they’ve been kidnapped for teenage prostitution).
With this song, Michael Jackson was yet, again way ahead of his time and was once again, not afraid to go there and bring to the surface, another dark secret of this great nation that no one wants talks about: teenage prostitution; Michael was simply being the messenger.
To resurrect it only calls to mind how delusional the singer could appear in the way he sometimes presented himself to the public.” – Chicago Tribune writer
If anything, I’d call the editor delusional in the sense that he’s insinuating stuff like this doesn’t happen in our country, when clearly it has and has been and not only in the U.S. but around the world right now as I type.
Anytime, Michael Jackson talked/wrote/sang about topics that we as a society, either neglected, or swept under the rug, he got labeled crazy, delusional, and etcetera when in actuality, he had facts on his side to back him up. His critics were too lazy (or chose not) to do their research.
People forget that Michael Jackson was a voracious learner; always reading, learning, and studying about issues of the world and issues in our own backyard.
He brought to the forefront what stayed in the background.
Teenage prostitution is another ugly secret in the U.S. that Michael Jackson had chosen to expose not only to us but, to the world.
Do You Know Where Your Children Are? is about the secret yet a prevalent world of underage prostitution.