Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Modern Day Slavery

Written by: Adryelle

Sex trafficking is a big problem. It is a hidden problem. Many people do not realize how much of an underground trade it is. I am an American and most of us think that we don’t have this problem in this country, but it is here, right now. If you live in other countries I hope this will help you as well, to become more aware of the growing issue as it is worldwide. You can help. Human trafficking is modern day slavery.

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Here are some facts:

An estimated 293,000 children in the US are at risk of becoming victims of child sex trafficking every year (US Department of Justice)

The average age of entry into prostitution is 13 years old (National Report on DMST)

The average life span of a trafficked child following the onset of exploitation is 7 years (FBI)

Child human trafficking is the second largest criminal industry in both the world and the U.S. (Us department of justice)

Second only to the trafficking of drugs, human trafficking generates 32 billion dollars on an annual basis (United Nations)

I recently sat in on an information session that Araminta (a non-profit) was giving to raise awareness. “Nobody sees the problem, it is not visible.”  The speaker went on to explain how this happens:

A girl is in foster care and jumps around from house to house. A man comes along side the road when she is walking home from school and casually talks to her. He does this for several weeks, and one week he gives her a phone. Nobody has ever given her a phone before so she thinks it's great. She starts calling him her boyfriend, but her “boyfriend” starts to sell her out to clients. The “dealer” builds trust with the victim and the victim is usually a female with low self-esteem and self worth. This is an example of how this starts.

These victims do not see themselves as victims. When a person comes along to rescue them, they look at the rescuer as the bad guy because they think they have it good. Harriett Tubman said “I freed a thousand slaves, and could have freed a thousand more, if only they knew they were slaves”. It takes a while before the child, or teenager realizes that they are in slavery and that this is not a good thing. A change of perspective takes time.

How can you help?

Here is an example:

A man noticed a new spa that opened up down the street with primarily teenage girls working there and mostly male clients. This raised a red flag that something might be suspicious with the clientele and the workers. Since he suspected something, he called a hotline for sex trafficking and reported it. The spa was then investigated to find out if it was a “mask” for trafficking. This is something anyone can do if they suspect something might be going on. It is better to make authorities aware of suspicious activity rather then a potential problem be unnoticed.

Here is a hotline to call if you suspect anything:


Written by: Adryelle
Country: United States
Website: www.adryelle.com
Twitter: @adryeIIe
Instagram: @Adryelle

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