Exposing the Dark World of Human Trafficking


#1

The issue of sex trafficking has been on my heart (and a lot of others’ hearts) for some years now, and it came to the forefront of my mind when I listened to the above-titled two-part Focus on the Family radio program. Here’s the link to Part One of the audio broadcast (hopefully the audio will work (you have to click to listen); Part Two should be easily navigated to from the Part One link): http://www.focusonthefamily.com/radio.aspx?ID={A9C602C8-D0B4-4BA0-AB6B-7817A2971CCD}

(On edit: The address apparently won’t post as a link; you can either copy and paste the address to your browser, or you can go to the Focus on the Family homepage at: Focus on the Family: Helping Families Thrive From there, there’s a not-well-marked link that says: “Today’s Broadcast.” Click on that, and scroll down to where it says “broadcast calendar.” Click on the 22nd (Wednesday) on the calendar for Part One, and the 23rd for Part Two, and it’ll bring up the relevant pages for the audio broadcasts that you can listen to online.)

The guest they had is a former Congresswoman (name of Linda Smith) who has since taken up activism on this issue. She and a young woman with her who very nearly was trafficked told about the frighteningly subtle tactics that traffickers use to young girls; the young woman spoke of how she had always thought of sex trafficking as being the blacked-van with the traffickers snatching the girl off the street and taking her to Mexico. Her own experience was far from that. Furthermore, Ms. Smith revealed that the average age of a girl when inducted into sexual trafficking is only thirteen.

It’s easy to think that there’s nothing we can do about the sex trafficking trade; I’ve long wished that there was some tangible way for me to intervene. Well, what they revealed on the broadcast isn’t as tangible as shooting traffickers and pimps and johns who are demanding underage girls, but it’s something that can at least help to put a dent in the trade. Linda Smith mentioned and Focus on the Family linked to their site a report card site for the state of the laws of the various states as they relate to the crimes associated with sex trafficking. Many of those states- including my own PA- get a failing grade overall (I couldn’t get into the details, because my computer doesn’t like PDF files). They didn’t mention it by name, but one state’s law was that a first offense of sex with an underage girl was a MISDEMEANOR. And a second offense would get the perp a whopping ten days in jail. Obviously, that goes beyond unacceptable to outrageous.

Here’s the link: State Report Cards for Sex Trafficking Laws in the United States Please look at this and see how your own state is doing with regard to this issue. If it’s doing poorly, please write, e-mail, or call your state legislators and light a fire under their butts to tighten the laws to something reasonable.

And if anyone who patronizes trafficked women (or any prostitute) happens to see this post, I say to you this: I’m no class act as a man, but I’m man enough to know that real men don’t exploit girls and women. They protect them. If you would be a man, then diligently seek help to walk away from this evil.


#2

Bumping this because I strongly believe this issue deserves more attention than this thread seems to be getting (I’m seeing views (in limited numbers), but not replies (other than CL’s “thanks”)). I’m not sure why, but I’ll speculate on a couple of possible reasons, and address why I feel those reasons shouldn’t stand.

Possible Reason #1: The issue is messy and is uncomfortable to think about, much less deal with.

Response: How messy and uncomfortable is it for a young girl who’s forced to have sex (including the more distasteful and painful varieties) multiple times in a day, day after day? Ladies, it seems to me that you in particular could empathize. Isn’t worth facing discomfort to fight this in a way that’s fairly straighforward.

Possible Reason #2: The issue isn’t personal to a lot of people, and thus doesn’t seem quite “real.”

Response: First of all, I’ll admit right off that having been a child sex abuse victim, the issue is personal and real to me. But from that perspective, let me reassure you that this issue is indeed real; real girls suffering real misery. The following sort of argument has been used on a variety of issues to the point where it seems trite, but the fact is that these girls could indeed be your sisters, daughters, etc. They’re certainly somebody’s loved ones even if only God’s (and that’s the big one anyway).

As an added note, from a Christian perspective, I submit that this is very much an issue that Christians should care about. These girls are living in a horrid situation, often terrorized into submission, sometimes by threats to their loved ones (including little sisters). If anyone needs to be shown the love of Christ (and who doesn’t?), it’s them. Getting on your legislators’ cases may not feel like a substantial intervention, but the laws translates into fewer girls being put through hell by these monsters.

Please look at the Shared Hope link above and see what the state of your own state’s laws are. And if they’re poor, then lean on your lawmakers to correct it. It’s only e-mails, people. Isn’t it worth it for the victims and potential victims?

And please respond to the thread to let me (and others) know that you take this matter seriously.


#3

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FC, it is a terrible crime against all human decency to be sure.

Wiki has a very lengthy write up titled: Trafficking of children

Trafficking of children - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography is a protocol of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, formally adopted by the United Nations in 2000.[14]

Essentially, this protocol formally requires states to prohibit the sale of children, child prostitution, and child pornography.[14] According to the International Labour Organization, sexual exploitation of children includes all of the following practices and activities:[15]

“The use of girls and boys in sexual activities remunerated in cash or in kind (commonly known as child prostitution) in the streets or indoors, in such places as brothels, discotheques, massage parlours, bars, hotels, restaurants, etc.”

“The trafficking of girls and boys and adolescents for the sex trade”
“Child sex tourism”
“The production, promotion and distribution of pornography involving children”
“The use of children in sex shows (public or private)”

Though measuring the extent of this practice is difficult due to its criminal and covert nature, the International Labour Organization estimates that there are as many as 1.8 million children sexually trafficked worldwide, while UNICEF’s 2006 State of the World’s Children Report reports
** this number to be 2 million. ** [16][17]

The International Labor Organization has found that girls involved in other forms of child labour - such as domestic service or street vending - are at the highest risk of being pulled into commercial child sex trafficking.[16]

A variety of sources, including the I.L.O, and scholars Erin Kunze and D.M. Hughes, also contend that the increased use and availability of the Internet has served as a major resource for traffickers, ultimately increasing the incidence of child sex trafficking.[16][18][19]

In fact, in 2009, Illinois Sheriff Thomas J. Dart sued the owners of Craigslist, a popular online classifieds website, for its “allowance” and “facilitation” of prostitution, particularly in children.[20][21] In response to public and legal pressure, Craigslist has since blocked all access to its “Adult Services” section.[22]

Trafficking of children - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

All human governments have an vital interest in protecting the children of the nations of the earth, and the full weight of the harsh arm of law enforcement ought to be brought to bear against the flesh of those lawfully convicted of this crime. I would support the Death Penalty for this crime upon first conviction.

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#4

FC: I did a rudimentary look at the map site. There isn’t a single state in the union that gets an “A”. How sad! But, as I’ve said many times before, when this country saw fit to legalize the deliberate killing of unborn babies, it opened the gates of hellfire–and all sorts of depravity came in through the door. If we don’t see anything wrong in deliberate murder of the unborn, why should we not blink at young, underage girls being used for sex? It is a natural progression in depraved indifference. I am going to look further into the link you provided and will respond later. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.


#5

I wish I could look farther into the site itself. It looked like the overall map gave PA a failing grade, but the individual state report cards that go into detail about the deficiencies is in the PDF format, which I can’t get my computer to open, even with manipulations to the script blocker (“temporarily allow this page”). I want to write to my own legislators, but I want to know specifically what I’m writing about. Also, one or two minor items that they considered when scrutinizing seemed a little socialistic to me. I want to find out what I can get behind for my state, and push that. I’m thinking about writing to the editor of the local paper, both to get the word out, and maybe to get some more info published in a format that I can actually read.


#6

Would it be any help for me to copy and paste the information? Can you use a computer at your local library? It seems important enough to do that. Maryland gets an “F”, too. I will check in with you later.


#7

I tried to copy and paste the pdf but the format was screwed up. Then I tried to do screenshots of the pdf but the files were too large. I then tried to do a cache but it wouldn’t work.

See if the Wayback Time Machine pdf works FC: http://sharedhope.org/PICframe2/reportcards/PIC_RC_2012_PA.pdf#page=1&zoom=auto,0,792


#8

Not sure if C&P from PDF to HTML works or not. If it does, I’d be glad to see it (perhaps via PM; otherwise, we might end up with a lot of confusing stuff in the thread).


#9

I’ll give it a try using the PM…


#10

Sorry FC. Doesn’t work. I’ll take another stab at it tomorrow.


#11

I talked to our pastor a little about it today. Maybe someone in our church can print out a bunch of copies of the report card and recommendations for our state.


#12

Trade of Innocents — Justice Needs a Hero. Be One.

Polaris Project | Combating Human Trafficking and Modern-day Slavery

http://dropsection.com/downloads/10things.pdf


#13

I clicked on the first two of those links when you posted them in the other thread (I didn’t try the last one because my computer hates PDF files), although I didn’t navigate through them; I’ll have to try again now that some of the cookies are loaded. I need to check with my pastor about what he’s been looking into on the subject.


#14

Great thread FC. This is why I’m opposed to prostitution and pron.

Unless it’s gun pron, which is just pics of cool guns.


#15

[quote=“Fantasy_Chaser, post:2, topic:39609”]
[FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]Bumping this because I strongly believe this issue deserves more attention than this thread seems to be getting (I’m seeing views (in limited numbers), but not replies (other than CL’s “thanks”)). I’m not sure why, but I’ll speculate on a couple of possible reasons, and address why I feel those reasons shouldn’t stand.
[/quote]Also – it’s been read, but no necessary comment comes to mind. Good points, etc. I think every member opposes forced sex, even if a few of think we should be compelled by law to participate in homosexual activities.


#16

PARTICIPATE??? Not me!!!


#17

For the most part the southern states have a better grade than northern states. I know there are some exceptions. Sorry! I did not meant to make this a North vs. South issue! :geek:


#18

I wish my computer didn’t hate PDF files so I could read the report card for PA. From the map, it looked like they scored an F, but I couldn’t look up the specifics.


#19

PA had a score of 58. I would copy and paste the complete analysis for you, but it looks like a lot of pages so it may violate RO copy and paste rules.


#20

Maybe you could pm him. I tried to copy and paste it but I couldn’t figure out how to do it properly… (sort of cyber-challenged…)