The identities of the people in the video are unknown, and it’s not clear whether the man in the footage is actually the boy’s father. But according to the Spanish news website La Vanguardia, the boy’s father is an “eccentric millionaire” who hired the strippers so his son could have a “sensual experience.”
In the disturbing clip, the shirtless boy appears uncomfortable, looking away at times, while sandwiched between the lingerie-clad women. In the background, the man laughs and directs the action, while onlookers film with their cellphones and throw dollar bills at them.
Many people on social media were horrified.
What kind of FATHER would subject his 12 year old son to this???
A TOTALLY INCOMPETENT one!!!
I wonder what the… https://t.co/B4VIqi027G
— Theresa Clarke (@tc2259) January 18, 2018
What kinda adult thinks it's OK to hire strippers for a 12 year old's birthday party?! #DLHughleyShow
— Mario DeAndré Brooks (@yoyodre) January 19, 2018
Father hires strippers to give 12-year-old son lap dance on his birthday… Isn't this child abuse? (video) https://t.co/Fn6VAQgZaJ
— Emem Etto (@ememettosblog) January 19, 2018
@bobandtom I can't believe the tool of the week isn't the guy who paid strippers to molest his 12 year old son. That's just sickening.
— Pokédad Justin (@justin_c_levitt) January 19, 2018
Yeah the father is an idiot. But what kind of women give a 12 year old a lap dance? https://t.co/9B7vRgP8Er
— Itanimulli (@itanimulli101) January 19, 2018
And according to a Nigerian website, someone asked, “Would it be the same reaction if it were a 12-year-old girl with male strippers?”
“Psychologically and developmentally, there’s a shift around age 12, when a child’s gaze turns from his parents as role models to his peers,” Sharon Silver, creator of Proactive Parenting, tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “This video suggests what the boy has learned about sex so far from his father.”
First and most importantly, the boy is a minor, so depending on where the video was shot (reportedly in the United States), the father could face a number of charges.
For example, in 2013, a New York mother was charged with misdemeanor child endangement for hiring strippers to perform lap dances for her son at his 16th birthday party. Ultimately, the mom, Judy H. Viger, 34, accepted a plea deal which required her to perform 50 hours of community service to avoid a one-year jail sentence.
And in 2001, parents of a high school senior in New York City hired a stripper to attend their son’s birthday party at their home, where police found her naked and performing a “lewd” act, according to the New York Times. Parents Robert and Rochelle Wien were charged with child endangerment and unlawfully dealing with a child, reported the New York Post.
Experts say there’s a serious psychological cost to this type of “fun.” Says Silver, “It appears the child is being indoctrinated into a world where women are subservient to men. It’s a disservice to the child because, in the future, he’ll have to re-learn about his sexuality and partnerships.”
Bottom line, says Silver: “Where are Social Services?”
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