Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend
the rights of the
poor and needy. PROVERBS 31:8,9
BE A VOICE FOR THOSE WHO CAN'T SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES!
WHAT IS HUMAN TRAFFICKING
The illegal practice of procuring or trading in human beings
for the purpose of prostitution, forced labor, or other forms
WHERE DOES HUMAN TRAFFICKING OCCUR AND
WHAT STATES ARE INVOLVED IN HUMAN TRAFFICKING
According to the Human trafficking Hotline, Florida ranks third in the contiguous United States, in human trafficking cases by states, behind only California and Texas. Jacksonville ranked 48 out of the 100 most Populous cities from 2007 to 2016, according to the most recent reports from the
National Human Trafficking Center.
The (UNODC) United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reports the percentage of child victims had risen 3 years from 20% to 27%. Every three child victims, two are girls and one is a boy.
Gender and age profile of victims detected globally: 59% are Women - 14% are Men - 17% were Girls and 10% were Boys.
- 600,000 to 800,000 women, children and men bought and sold across international borders every year and exploited for forced labor or commercial sex. (U.S. Government Reporting)
- When internal trafficking victims are added to the estimates, the number of victims annually is in the range of 2 to 4 million.
- 50% of those victims are estimated to be children
- It is estimated that 76% of transactions for
- "sex with underage girls start on the internet."
- 2 million children are subjected to prostitution in the global commercial sex trade (UNICEF)
- There are 20.9 Million victims of Trafficking World Wide as of 2012
- 1.5 Million victims are in the United States
- Human Trafficking has surpassed the illegal sale of arms
- Trafficking will surpass the illegal sale of drugs in the next few years
- Drugs are used once they are gone. Victims of child trafficking can be used and abused over and over
- A $32 Billion-A-Year industry, human trafficking is on the rise in all 50 states. (US Government Reporting)
- 4.5 Million of trafficked persons are sexually exploited
- Up to 300,000 Americans under the age of 18 are lured into the commercial sex trade every year
- From 14,500 - 17,500 of those victims are trafficked into the United States each year
ACCORDING TO NON-GOVERNMENTAL U.S. SOURCES
- Average age victims enter trafficking is 11 to 14 years old
- Approximately 80% are women and children bought, sold and imprisoned in the underground sex service industry
- The average life span of a victim is reported to be 7 years - Victims are usually found dead from Physical Attack, Abuse, HIV, and other STD's, Malnutrition, Overdose or Suicide.
The largest group of at-risk children are runaways, throw aways, or homeless American children who use survival sex to acquire food, shelter, clothing and other things needed to survive on America's streets. According to the National Runaway Switchboard, 1.3 million runaway and homeless youth live on American streets every day. (5,000 die
each year) It would not be surprising to learn
that the number of children trafficked in the
United States is much higher
Children are often targeted by traffickers as they are deemed easier to manipulate than adults. More money can be earned by younger girls and boys exploited in sexual exploitation, especially virgins. Pre-pubescent girls are reported to be injected with hormones to bring on puberty. Younger girls are expected to have a greater earning potential, and as such are in greater demand.
PHYSICAL & MENTAL CONSEQUENCE OF TRAFFICKING VICTIMS
- Child victims of human trafficking face significant problems. Often physically and sexually abused, they have distinctive medical and psychological needs that must be addressed before advancing in the formative years of adulthood.
- Child victims of exploitation can face several long-term health problems:
- Sleeping and eating disorders
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- HIV/AIDS, pelvic pain, rectal trauma and urinary difficulties from working in the sex industry
- Drug addiction
- Chronic back, hearing, cardiovascular or respiratory problems from endless days toiling in dangerous agriculture, sweatshop or construction conditions
- Fear and anxiety
- Depression, mood changes
- GUILT and SHAME that lasts well into adulthood
- The Cultural shock from finding themselves in a strange country
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Traumatic bonding with the trafficker
NEEDS OF RESCUED TRAFFICKING VICTIMS
Child trafficking victims, whether for labor, sex or organ trafficking, come from all backgrounds, include both boys and girls. They span a wide age range from 1 to 18 years old. Sex trafficking victims up to roughly 25 years old most often started as young as 14.
Children are trafficked out of, or into the United States from all regions of the world and represent a variety of different races, ethnic groups, and religions. They may be brought to the U.S. legally or smuggled in.
Trafficked children can be lured to the U.S. through the promise of school or work and promised the opportunity to send money back to their families. Children are also vulnerable to kidnappers, pimps, and professional brokers. Some
children are even sold to traffickers by their families,
who may or may not have an understanding of what
will happen to the child. U.S. born children are
also trafficked within the U.S., coming from any racial
group, socio-economic background, and come from or trafficked within both city and rural areas.
WHAT KIND OF FORCE IS USED
- Physical pressure
- Emotional coercion
- Psychological force
- Manipulation to coerce a victim int consensual sex.
- Some perpetrators use threats to force a victim to comply, such as threatening to hurt the victim or their family or other intimidation tactics.
WHO ARE THE PERPETRATORS
- The majority of perpetrators are someone known to the victim.
- Approximately 8 out of 10 sexual assaults are committed by someone known to the victim, such as in the case of intimate marital partners sexual violence.
- Acquaintance rape, sexual assault or sexual abuse can be done by a date, friends, babysitters, neighbors or even extended family members.
- In other instances, the victims may not know the perpetrator at all. This type of sexual violence is sometimes referred to as "stranger rape." Stranger rape can occur in several different ways:
prior contact, usually at night in a
2. CONTACT SEXUAL ASSAULT: When a perpetrator contacts the victim and tries to gain their trust by flirting, luring the victim to their car, or otherwise trying to coerce the victim into a situation where the sexual assault will occur.
3. HOME INVASION SEXUAL ASSAULT: When a stranger breaks into the victim's home to commit the assault.
Survivors of both stranger rape and acquaintance rape often blame themselves for behaving in a way that encouraged the perpetrator. It's important to "remember that the VICTIM IS NEVER TO BE BLAMED for the actions of a perpetrator."
SURVIVORS NEED UNDERSTANDING, CARING, TIME and HOPE!
For more information of beginning, the healing process go to
"Lives Driven By GUILT and SHAME!" - PART 1
Be a voice for those who are trapped in Human Trafficking
and can not speak for themselves!
REMEMBER THIS VERSE WHEN GUILT AND SHAME SHOW
THEIR UGLY HEADS IN YOUR LIFE OR IN SOMEONE YOU
KNOW WHO HAS BEEN ABUSED!
GOD IS GOOD and LOVING! HE IS READY TO FORGIVE and
PLENTEOUS IN MERCY TO HELP THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN
For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.
PARENTS TALK TO YOUR CHILDREN - GIVE AGE APPROPRIATE INFORMATION SO THAT YOUR CHILD DOES NOT FIND HER OR HIS SELF IN HUMAN TRAFFICKING, PROSTITUTION OR ANY OTHER SOURCE OF FORCED SEXUAL ABUSE OR ASSAULT!
THIS IS GENERAL INFORMATION TO ALERT YOU TO WHAT IS GOING ON IN NOT ONLY THE UNITED STATES BUT IN OTHER COUNTRIES AS WELL! SEEK ADVICE FROM YOUR DOCTOR, SCHOOL GUIDANCE COUNSELORS, RAPE CRISIS CENTERS, CRISIS PREGNANCY CENTERS, THE NATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING VICTIM ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, CHECK YOUR STATE FOR TRAFFICKING LAWS, YOUR LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENTS, OR ASK YOUR PHYSICIAN ON WHERE YOU CAN GET THE INFORMATION YOU NEED TO PROTECT YOUR CHILD!
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