Song About Child Abuse On New Jacko CD

A previously unheard track on a new Michael Jackson album is about child sex abuse. The song – “Do You Know Where Your Children Are?” – is one of eight recorded by the late star to feature on the May release of “Xscape.” The lyrics tell of an abused 12-year-old who runs away from home and turns to prostitution. In one verse, Jackson sings, “She wrote that she is tired of step-daddy using her/Saying that he’ll buy her things, while sexually abusing her.” Some fans believe that the song – which includes repetition of the phrase, “save me from this living hell” – was written as a direct response to sexual abuse claims made against him. The singer was twice accused of child sex abuse while he was alive, and although nothing was proved he remained dogged by rumors throughout his career. Last year, after his death in 2009, dancer Wade Robson claimed he was molested by the star. A hearing in that case is scheduled for June. The new track is part of a collection of songs revamped by producer Timbaland and Epic Records chairman L.A. Reid. It is the second album of the star’s material to be released since his death.

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