I’m bumping this thread because Focus on the Family is repeating the radio program (guests are former Congresswoman Linda Smith, and a young woman who was very nearly trafficked) from which the thread title is taken from; part one today, part two tomorrow. I strongly recommend listening to this and checking out some of the related links. There’s some good info on the mode of operation of the traffickers; the girl talked about how smooth they were and told her what she wanted to hear in such seeming innocence.
Here’s the link to the page to listen: http://www.focusonthefamily.com/radio.aspx
I don’t know if the same link will take you there for tomorrow’s program, but I’ll link it then anyway to be sure.
Here’s a link to a webpage of Shared Hope (which Linda Smith is involved with) which talks more about the MO of traffickers and signs of someone being trafficked, and resource info for reporting trafficking: Report Trafficking - Shared Hope International
IF YOU ARE A VICTIM of sex or other human trafficking and are reading this post, those reporting resources can help you, too. Please PLEASE use them. You are in my prayers in any event. I was sexually abused by my father off and on from toddlerhood to (and including) age 15, so I know a little of what you’re going through.
Here’s a link to the Shared Hope report card page where you can look up your own state and see how good or bad they are in terms of laws pertaining to trafficking (be advised that the individual state report cards linked to on the page are in PDF format): 2013 State Report Cards - Protected Innocence Challenge - Shared Hope International
I finally got the report card for my own PA to come up; they scored a 59 out of 100 by the criteria that they set which I don’t agree with 100% because of CYS-related issues, but there’s a lot of good breakdown so that you can see your own state for yourself and see what you think needs to be improved. I’ll be looking over mine in more detail now that I can actually access it.
And here again is the International Justice Mission website with more info on the subject of human trafficking: International Justice Mission |
I had previously discussed briefly with WIJG the possibility of doing a sticky thread of resources pertaining to sexual and other human trafficking. Feel free to post in this thread (pending the creation of a purpose-made resource thread) any links you know of that might be a valuable addition to such.
I will close this post by repeating (and amplifying on) what I said earlier and added to my sig: REAL men don’t exploit girls and women; they PROTECT them.
If you’re an adult (or teenage) male and DO exploit them, turn in your “man” card, because you aren’t one. Sex doesn’t make one a man; any dog can do that. Making a girl cry through sexual abuse doesn’t make one a man; any COWARD can do that. If you have an ounce of shame about what you are doing, seek whatever help you need to stop; that is far more manly than contuing to exploit/abuse. If you DON’T have an ounce of shame, God will stop you anyway sooner or later. Check six, coward.