The number of sex slaves in the world today is far greater than ever before in history. Approximately 75-80% of human trafficking is for sex. It is estimated that 30,000 people die each year from abuse, disease, torture, and neglect while being trafficked for sex. 80%of those enslaved are under 24, and some are as young as six years old. Sex traffickers often recruit children because not only are they young, innocent and more unsuspecting than adults, but there is also a high demand for young victims. Traffickers target victims on the telephone, on the Internet, through friends, at the mall, and in after-school programs. Sex traffickers use a variety of methods to “condition” their victims including starvation, confinement, beatings, physical abuse, rape, gang rape, threats of violence to the victims and the victims’ families, forced drug use and the threat of shaming their victims by revealing their activities to their family and their families’ friends.
Victims of trafficking are forced into various forms of commercial sexual exploitation including prostitution, pornography, stripping, live-sex shows, mail-order brides, military prostitution and sex tourism. Victims trafficked into prostitution and pornography are usually involved in the most exploitive forms of commercial sex operations. Sex trafficking operations can be found in highly-visible venues such as street prostitution, as well as more underground systems such as closedbrothels that operate out of residential homes. Sex trafficking also takes place in a variety of public and private locations such as massage parlors, spas, strip clubs and other fronts for prostitution. Victims may start off dancing or stripping in clubs and then be coerced into situations of prostitution and pornography.
(The open assault on this generation is mind-boggling. Who among us wouldn’t cringe at the thought of having our child or teenager raped? How much more would it tear our hearts out to know they were being raped every day up to 10 times a day, with no end in sight? Something must be done to stop this madness!)
(While we can celebrate the fact that great people like William Wilberforce and Abraham Lincoln (and many others) appeared on the stage of history and stood against the trans-Atlantic slave trade, this is no time to relax and fold our hands, because the grip of slavery is stronger than it ever has been—and it is growing.)
(Whether we form teams of people who go in and redeem and rescue these victims one by one, or stop the bleeding through educational and other preventative means, these precious lives must be saved)
If you think you have come in contact with a victim of human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1.888.3737.888. This hotline will help you determine if you have encountered victims of human trafficking, will identify local resources available in your community to help victims, and will help you coordinate with local social service organizations to help protect and serve victims so they can begin the process of restoring their lives. For more information on human trafficking visit www.acf.hhs.gov/trafficking.