Saturday, September 26, 2009

MODERN DAY SLAVERY

What would you say if I told you slavery is the second largest criminal industry in the world today? No, I'm not talking about slavery as it existed in the past. I'm talking about human trafficking. In the U.S., 200,000 to 350,000 children are at risk of being trafficked into the sex industry each year. This threatens all our children...yours and mine. Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry, grossing over $30 million dollars a year.

Women and children are at the greatest risk of being trafficked for the purpose of prostitution, strip clubs, pornography, and live sex shows, but no one is immune...no matter the race, gender or class.
HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN?
  • FORCE - By abduction/kidnapping that involves rapes, beatings, and confinement. "Boyfriends" have been known to sell their girlfriends into prostitution.
  • FRAUD - Lured by false job offers or marriage proposals. Parents often sell their children believing their child will have a better life only to have them sold into prostitution. Strip clubs and other adult businesses are often fronts for trafficking and prostitution.
  • COERCION - Involves threats of physical harm, physical restraint, and debt-bondage.
FACTS:
  • The average age of victims is 11 to 14.
  • Approximately 80% of victims are female. Males are usually sold to work in sweat shops, farms or other forms of service.
  • 70% of all victims are trafficked for sexual purposes.
  • Approximately 20,000 victims are trafficked INTO the U.S. each year.
  • There are approximately 800,000 trafficking victims worldwide.
ACCORDING TO SHARED HOPE INTERNATIONAL:
  • 12 years old is the average age for entry into pornography and prostitution in the U.S.
  • In the U.S., the sale of child pornography is a $3 billion dollar industry annually.
  • Pimps earn up to $632,000 per year by selling four young women or children.
  • Domestic minor sex trafficking victims are sold 10 to 15 times per night, 6 days a week, totaling between 9,360 and 14.040 sex acts in a year. (This is just ONE child.)
  • Buyers purchase between 645,840 and 968,760 sex acts from children annually.
RECENT HEADLINES:
  • 6 people face charges in connection to largest sex trafficking case in Houston, TX.
  • 45-year-old woman in Nashville, TN prostituted girls out of motel room for $40.00.
  • Ring of traffickers in South California sentenced to prison for trafficking 10 girls.
  • Trafficker in Atlanta, GA admits to trafficking girls.
And the list of headlines go on and on.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?


You have to agree this is a horrific life that innocent children are forced into every single day. These are OUR children. It's been said that it takes a village to raise a child. Well, it's time this village puts a stop to human trafficking, and you can help:
  • Become informed. Visit the websites below and learn all that you can about human trafficking.
  • Educate others about human trafficking. Talk to your friends and family to bring more awareness. Write an article for your local newspaper. Write about human trafficking on your blog. Include information about human trafficking in local newsletters or bulletins.
  • Give financially.


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18 comments:

HeartsMakeFamilies said...

I had just read something about htis today. It so sad.

I left you something on my blog. Please stop by.

Jenny said...

I had the pleasure of meeting Linda Smith, the president of Shared Hope International, this morning at the walk against child trafficking today. You are raffling to help one of the causes closest to my heart! Keep it up!

Mama Plays Mozart said...

Hi Laura,
Thanks so much responding to my post on twitter moms. I actually came across your blog last week and read your post on teens and tanning beds -scary stuff I tell you! I'm following you now :)

mamaplaysmozart@gmail.com
http://mamaplaysmozart.blogspot.com/

Angela said...

This isn't an entry, but I wanted to thank you for posting this. I wish, wish, wish, this wasn't true. :(

Name: Holly Bowne said...

As a family, we watched the movie, "Taken," which deals with this theme. At the time, I had no idea that stuff like that really happens. Thanks for shining the spotlight on such an important issue.

Michele said...

Good Mornin....

I also just wanted to say,
Thank you for posting this!!!

Bella Crafts said...

All human trafficking is beyond heart breaking, and the fact that it exists boggles the mind. Thanks for sharing your concern and cause!

I'm Anitra! said...

This is awesome. I just walked in the Stop Child Trafficking Now! walk last week. Thanks for shedding some light on this.

HeartsMakeFamilies said...

I left you something on my blog today. Please stop by.

Geezees Geezees Custom Canvas Art said...

Thanks so much for talking about this...i hope more people become aware and do something about it!

Tanya said...

Wow I had heard about something similar to this but didn't know it was this bad. This is Tee following you from TwitterMoms.

Yaya said...

So sad. :(

I'm Anitra! said...

Hi there, great blog! I have an award for you over at The MamaZone. Here's a direct link: http://themamazone.blogspot.com/2009/10/best-blog-award.html Hope you'll stop by and pick it up.

Just say Julie said...

Stopping by from SITS. What a great idea for a great cause. I'm always amazed when I actually look at the numbers that this is something currently happening. It seems like so often we think it can't happen here so it's not our problem. Thanks for educating us.

Emmy said...

That just makes me sick. Thank you for telling us about that. Have you seen Taken? I love/hated that movie.

Happy SITS Saturday.

Rook No. 17 said...

So disturbing. Thanks for helping to raise awarness on this critical issue. I think a lot of people look at this issue as something that only happens in 3rd World countries, and not our own. Thanks for sharing the fact that this is a global dilemma that our nation is a part of.

Jenn

IamNoOne said...

"Regardless of race, gender or class." - This make me realized that everyone is no longer safe in this growing world. So sad that this is happening and no matter how many people are striving to fight against this, still rampant prostitutions and sex slavery are happening.

I pray that God touches the heart of those people doing this.

Ness here...
www.inbetweenbreaks.blogspot.com

Jason said...

This situation is so horrific too many people just want to ignore it. We can't be silent any longer.

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