The illegal trade of human beings for sexual exploitation or forced labor or services by fraud, coercion, force, debt bondage, or in which the person induced to perform such acts has not attained 18 years of age.
27 Million Slaves Worldwide 1.3 Million Children Exploited in Global Sex Trade Per Year 100,000 U.S. Children Are Sex Trafficking Victims
$30+ billion per year are generated through human trafficking around the world. Of the top illegal activities, human trafficking is second only to illegal drug sales.
Slaves are used to pick crops; Slaves are used to sew clothes; Slaves are used in sweat shops; and Slaves are used to weave rugs and carpets. Forced Labor Slaves are used as hotel staff; Slaves are used as domestic staff; and Slaves are used as child care staff. Service Slaves are used to fight in armed conflicts, and Children are abducted and forced to kill or be killed. War
On a visit to Ghana in June 2011, LaVerne Thorpe, Disciples Women’s Vice President, met Paul and a few other boys who were rescued from slavery in the fishing industry.
Fishing In Paul’s village the only source of food and income is fishing The boys learn how to fish and swim at age 3 or 4. The women sell the excess fish for other necessities. Lean Times When there is not enough fish, the people starve. The slavers know this and come during the lean times, offering cash to mothers in exchange for the boys, falsely offering to care for and educate them. Slavery The boys are taken far from home and put to hard and abusive labor in a large fishing operation. The boys are so abused that many of them suffer permanent spinal deformities from their back-breaking work of untangling nets. The Christian Council of Ghana rescued 198 of these boys and returned them home.
Some major problems have simple solutions. For this village, education and a large smoker would end the threat of starvation and slavery. Joyce Larko of the Christian Council is providing the education. A smoker would allow the women to smoke fish during the good fishing season to save for the lean season to eat and to sell. One smoker has been provided, and others are needed.
SEX Brothels Massage Parlors Pornography SEX Street Prostitutes Hotel Prostitutes SEX Personal Sex Slaves Sex Tours
Human Trafficking It is not just an “Over There” problem. Human Trafficking It is happening in the USA in ALL 50 States and Canada.
The average age of a child being trafficked is 12. Some children as young as 9 have been used as sex slaves. Some children are abducted, some are coerced, some are runaways.
Traffickers lure children via the internet. Traffickers lure children from schools and bus stops. Traffickers lure children from shopping malls.
ON AVERAGE RUNAWAYS ARE PICKED UP BY A TRAFFICKER WITHIN 72 HOURS !
Sarah was14 when she met a man online who was ten years older, who understood her and listened to her when she complained about her parents. Six months later she knew she was in love with him and had no fear when she agreed to go with him to meet his “family” who turned out to be three other girls. After being brutally raped and beaten Sarah was put on the street to work as a prostitute.
Educate Yourself Spread the Word Lobby Politicians
Visit websites that educate; Sign-up for training with an organization; Read a book that can open your eyes about human trafficking in your own neighborhood; and Put the hotline number in your phone 888-3737-888 for USA 800-222-8577 for Canada
Tell everyone you know or tell just one friend. Tell your children and your grandchildren. Tell your women’s group at church or school. The majority of people simply do not know that slavery is alive and thriving in the United States and Canada.
The Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act was signed in 2000, providing a national law. Many states still need comprehensive laws to protect the victims of human trafficking and provide services for rescued victims.
In 2002, the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act brought Canada’s first anti-trafficking legislation into force. Section 118 prohibits bringing anyone into Canada by means of abduction, fraud, deception, or use or threat of force or coercion. Bill C-49 adds to this legislation by going beyond the focus on immigration and making trafficking in persons a criminal offense. The bill contains three prohibitions.
GET INVOLVED USE YOUR TALENTS SUPPORT SURVIVORS
Join one of the many organizations working to abolish modern day slavery; or Call 888-3737-888 to find organizations in your state.
Organizations can use you and your talents. They are in need of writers, event organizers, outreach coordinators, Facebook managers, counselors, speakers; the list is endless.
Volunteer with the many organizations which are working directly with survivors; Go on a mission trip to learn firsthand; Donate funds to organizations for projects to fight human trafficking; or Volunteer at a shelter.
SHOP TO END SLAVERY RECOGNIZE VICTIMS CALL IN SUSPECTED TRAFFICKING
When you buy Fair Trade products you CAN make a difference. Fair Trade products are produced and/or harvested without slave labor. Request Fair Trade products at your local store. 70% of the world’s cocoa beans are grown in West Africa where child slavery has been well documented.
Free2work.org is a web site that lists companies and products that are slave-labor free. At free2work.org, you can also download an application for your iPhone or iPad that can scan the bar code of a product while you shop and tell you if it is a slave-labor free product.
A Victim: Makes references to sexual situations that are beyond age-specific norms; Has a “boyfriend” who is noticeably older (10+ years); Makes references to terminology of the commercial sex industry that are beyond age specific norms; or Engages in promiscuous behavior.
A Victim: Has unexplained absences from school for a period of time; Demonstrates an inability to attend school on a regular basis; Chronically runs away from home; Makes references to frequent travel to other cities; or Exhibits bruised or other physical trauma, withdrawn behavior, depression or fear.
A Victim: Lacks control over her schedule or identification documents; Is hungry/malnourished or inappropriately dressed; Shows signs of addiction; or Demonstrates a sudden change of attire, behavior, or material possessions.
There is a National Hotline 1-888-3737-888. The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) is available to answer calls toll free from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. You can call to get information on human trafficking, report a tip, arrange for training, receive general information, or specific anti-trafficking resources in your state.
1-800-222-8477 The Canadian Crime Stoppers Association Tip Line Call 911 for Emergency Situations Both numbers are available 24 hours per day 7 days per week
U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security www.dhs.gov/files/programs/HumanTrafficking.shtm www.dhs.gov/files/programs/HumanTrafficking.shtm U.S. Dept. of State www.state.gov.g/tipwww.state.gov.g/tip Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking www.castla.orgwww.castla.org Not for Sale Campaign www.NotForSaleCampaign.orgwww.NotForSaleCampaign.org Shared Hope International www.SharedHope.org (see your state’s grade here)www.SharedHope.org Polaris Project www.PolarisProject.org or www.HumanTrafficking.comwww.PolarisProject.org www.HumanTrafficking.com Canadian Crime Stoppers Association www.CanadianCrimeStoppers.org www.CanadianCrimeStoppers.org
The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today, Kevin Bales and Ron Soodalter Not For Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade – and How We Can Fight It, David Batstone Renting Lacy: A Story of America’s Prostituted Children (A Call to Action), Linda Smith The War on Human Trafficking: U.S. Policy Assessed, Anthony M. DeStefano
Dreams Die Hard: Survivors of Slavery in America Tell Their Stories – Highlights stories of survivors of slavery in the USA The Dark Side Of Chocolate – a documentary about child slaves used to harvest cacao beans Human Trafficking – A Lifetime movie starring Donald Sutherland exposing human slavery Slavery 101 – A 12–minute DVD that is a powerful introduction to modern day slavery found at www.FreeTheSlaves.netwww.FreeTheSlaves.net
PRAY for the end of human trafficking; PRAY for the victims; PRAY for the politicians; PRAY for the modern day abolitionists; and PRAY for the criminals who participate in this crime against humanity.