Presentation on theme: "Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery. Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; Maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and."— Presentation transcript:
Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; Maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy. Deliver them from the hand of the wicked. Psalm 82:3-4 Say no to wrong. Learn to do good. Work for justice. Help the down-and-out. Stand up for the homeless. Go to bat for the defenseless. Isaiah 1:17 (The Message)
What is Human Trafficking? The Act : recruitment, transporting, harboring, sale and purchase of persons The Means : by threat or use of force, coercion, abduction, fraud, deception The Purpose : exploitation through prostitution, labor, removal of organs to gain profit Slavery: “occurs when one person completely controls another using violence or threat of violence to maintain that control, exploits them economically, pays them nothing and they cannot walk away.” Kevin Bales, Free the Slaves
More slaves today than at any other time in history
Where? Worldwide problem: Asia (Philippines, India, Cambodia, Thailand, Nepal), Africa, Europe, Mexico, Central/South America, and…USA
Slavery 101Slavery 101 – worldwide Slavery 101 Domestic Minor Sex TraffickingDomestic Minor Sex Trafficking – within the U.S. Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking A Glimpse of Slavery Today…
Types of trafficking Sex trafficking (forced prostitution, sexual slavery) massage parlors/spas, strip clubs, pornography, truck stops, neighborhood brothels, gangs/organized crime, Internet Backpage.com (Village Voice) – implicated in selling minors for sex in 22 states, 70% of online “adult service”ads = $22 million/yr Prostitutes are most often victims NOT criminals Labor trafficking/forced servitude Domestic workers, restaurant/hospitality industry, nail salons, other service industries Agriculture/mining: chocolate, sugar, cotton, coffee, electronics (blood minerals), tea, nuts, produce …. Manufacturing: toys, apparel, carpets, bricks Slavery touches our lives everyday in the products we buy!
Who is Trafficked? 70-80% Females, 50% children (worldwide) Economically and/or emotionally vulnerable – poor, abused, lack of options/family support, searching for better life Domestic victims – often young girls/at-risk youth/children Runaways, teens aging out of foster care system 1 in 3 lured into prostitution within 48 hrs of being on the street Average age of entry into prostitution 12-13 yrs old. Recruited, abducted from malls, schools, online by “friend/boyfriend” (loverboy approach) – very calculated approach Kept in “the life” through violence, drugs, trauma bonding Foreign victims – seeking opportunity in U.S. only to have their passports taken and forced into sex trade/labor (debt bondage)
Human Trafficking in the U.S. 13,000-20000 are trafficked into US each year (State Dept.) Number of victims within the US thought to be much larger Under-reported crime, victims often won’t testify/seek help 200,000-300,000 American children are at risk 100,000 children are forcefully engaged in prostitution/porn every year in the U.S. Trafficking has been reported in all 50 states
Trafficking in Boston Boston is one of the top 10 cities for human trafficking in the U.S. (Polaris Project). One of top 15 “port cities” An estimated 11,000-20,000 people are currently enslaved in the Greater Boston & New England areas (based on anecdotal estimates from front line entities). Boston serves as a transit and destination site for trafficking. Both domestic and international trafficking occurs in the region, with links to organized crime (gangs, mobs, cartels, drug trafficking). MA passed anti-trafficking legislation in Nov. 2011, enacted in Feb. 2012 – making it one of the last 3 states to pass legislation. First arrest under the new law occurred March 22, 2012.
Trafficking Headlines in Boston March 2012: “4 alleged leaders nabbed in sex trafficking ring,” Boston Globe Well-organized, business operating in Chelsea, East Boston 12-14 females, sold for sex up to 15 times per day, deplorable living conditions Feb. 2012 – Lynn prostitution ring disrupted Linked to established ring operating from Central America/New York Prostitute brought from Mexico, serviced 70 men for the week, unpaid Trafficking investigation ongoing July 2011 – 3 Cambridge brothels raided –operated by Chinatown crime ring Women coerced/forced from Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Korea Women coerced/forced from Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Korea Also operating brothels in Allston and Boston 2010 – Danvers, “Mass. woman guilty of child prostitution charges” 2009 – “Two guilty of sex trafficking young girls” - recruited from foster homes, schools, MBTA stops in Lynn, Boston, Hyde Park, Dorchester, prostituted around Boston, trafficked along East Coast, brutally abused
Amirah House Currently, there is no long-term residential care facility for trafficking survivors in Boston/New England. The need is great. Minors can receive services, housing through Child Protective Services Survivors often have criminal records for prostitution –ineligible to stay at many homeless/domestic violence shelters (adults). Only about 100 beds for child survivors. Fewer for adults – only 8 safehomes in the U.S. for adult survivors. 1 st Safe house dedicated to restorative care for women (18yrs or older) survivors of human trafficking in the Boston/New England area Emotional, physical, spiritual healing, immigration services, ESL, life/ job skills, reintegration into society (transitional housing, continued counseling, job placement)
What can I do? - Give your time and/or resources. Support Amirah – monthly donor ($5 and up), raise money through yard sales, serve on a team: marketing, events/fundraising, speakers, community outreach, blog, grant-writing teams. www.amirahboston.org www.amirahboston.org Volunteer with at-risk youth MyLifeMyChoice BigBrother/Big Sister Germaine Lawrence
What can I do? - Be informed. Learn more about the issue: Polaris Project - advocacy, aid to domestic survivors, operates National Human Trafficking Hotline, state-by-state info International Justice Mission (IJM) Free The Slaves Not For Sale – Massachusetts chapter Shared Hope International – child sex trafficking Sign up with IJM or Polaris, NFS-MA Facebook to receive newsletters and updates on slavery, policy, advocacy issues. Be vigilant. Know the signs of trafficking. Call the hotline if you suspect.
What can I do? – Use your voice! Become an advocate. It’s easy and effective! MA anti-trafficking bill last was passed via aggressive campaigns by NotForSale, IJM, other anti-trafficking groups Use scripts from NFS/IJM/Polaris to contact your govt. officials. Follow progress of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) through Congress via: http://www.ijm.org/justice-campaigns/tvprahttp://www.ijm.org/justice-campaigns/tvpra (IJM) http://www.ijm.org/justice-campaigns/tvpra http://www.polarisproject.org/take-action/advocatehttp://www.polarisproject.org/take-action/advocate (NFS) http://www.polarisproject.org/take-action/advocate Sign the petition on change.org pressuring VillageVoice Media to stop child sex trafficking on Backpage.com.
What can I do? Buy slave-free products when possible. Find out how many slaves “work” for you based on the things you purchase: http://slaveryfootprint.org/ http://slaveryfootprint.org/ Buy fair trade goods to ensure slavery is not in the supply chain. Research products before you buy via: www.free2work.org, Free2Work app www.free2work.org, Free2Work appwww.free2work.org www.chainstorereaction.com www.chainstorereaction.comwww.chainstorereaction.com http://www.raisehopeforcongo.orghttp://www.raisehopeforcongo.org (rates electronics companies) http://www.raisehopeforcongo.org Ask your favorite companies to root out forced labor from their supply chains. www.chainstorereaction.com www.chainstorereaction.com Request that hotels, airlines sign the Code of Conduct www.ecpatusa.org. Stay only at hotels that have signed on. www.ecpatusa.org
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act. Prov. 3:27,NIV Never walk away from someone who deserves help; your hand is God's hand for that person. Prov. 3:27,The Msg "Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. My optimism, then, does not rest on the absence of evil, but on a glad belief in the preponderance of good and a willing effort always to cooperate with the good, that it may prevail.” Helen Keller