Archives for January 2012

The IJM Freedom Tour: Cycling for Freedom

Are you or someone you know a Cycling Enthusiast?  Are you looking for a way to partner with other abolitionists in raising awareness and funds to help prevent Violence, Modern-Day Slavery and Human Trafficking?  Consider joining (IJM) International Justice Mission‘s Cycling for Freedom Bike Tour and help the wheels of justice turn a little bit faster!

IJM’s Freedom Tour – Cincinnati, OH to Washington, DC

Mark your calendar: July 12-23, 2012 (Application date: March 1st)

International Justice Mission

IJM is a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. IJM lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals work with local officials to ensure immediate victim rescue and aftercare, to prosecute perpetrators and to promote functioning public justice systems.

The IJM Freedom Tour – Cycling for Freedom

The IJM Freedom Tour 2012 will take the team on from Cincinnati, OH to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. In addition to cycling, the team will have the opportunity to connect with churches and communities along the route, educating them about the realities of modern-day slavery and sharing tangible steps they can take in their own lives to bring an end to this horrible reality.  What’s included? Experienced leaders, safety training, cycling instruction, food, accommodations, en route transportation, support vehicle, team apparel, and trip setup are all provided. 

Raising Awareness & Funds for Justice

A fun way to get involved is to have your friends, co-workers and family support you for each mile of the ride. Not a Biker? Maybe you want to get involved in raising awareness and funds to support IJM’s mission to stop violence, slavery and human trafficking, but you’re not a biker.  Other abolitionists have hosted runs/walks, paddle/row events, climbs/hikes and motorcycle rides on behalf of justice. Choose a significant goal related to your activity, or organize a tournament, music or food-related event and have the entry fees benefit IJM. Competitions and creative events are always a great way to raise awareness!

What are YOU doing to help promote justice?

(c) By April McCallum, Destiny’s Women™ – “Championing the Life, Freedom & Destiny of Women”

(Photo courtesy of Veritas Communications)

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Not My Life: A Documentary about Modern-Day Slavery

Director Robert Bilheimer says, “Not My Life probes the dark, hidden, and often unspeakable realities of human trafficking and modern-day slavery– multi-billion dollar global industries that earn their profits, as the film’s narration says: on the backs and in the beds of our planet’s youth.” 

It is impossible to spend four years among the victims and survivors of these crimes– virtually all of them children— and emerge with anything other than a sense of sheer and utter horror. What kind of civilization cannibalizes its own children?  How have we arrived at the levels of cruelty that modern slavery represents?  How can these crimes go unpunished?”

A film about slavery in our time. A story about the way the world is.

Not My Life is the first documentary film to depict the horrifying and dangerous practices of human trafficking and modern slavery on a global scale.

Filmed on five continents over a period of four years, Not My Life unflinchingly, but with enormous dignity and compassion, depicts the unspeakable practices of a multi-billion dollar global industry.

While acknowledging that trafficking and slavery are universal crimes, affecting millions of human beings all over the world, Not My Life zeroes in on the fact that the vast majority of trafficking and slavery victims are indeed children.

Not My Life features dignified and inspiring testimony from survivors; depictions of trafficking, exploitation, and slavery in all parts of the world including forced labor in Africa; street begging and garbage picking in India; sexual trafficking in the United States and Southeast Asia; and various forms of child enslavement and abuse in both North and South America.

(c) By April McCallum, Destiny’s Women™ – “Championing the Life, Freedom & Destiny of Women”

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International Justice Mission: Making Public Justice Systems Work for Victims of Oppression

International Justice Mission (IJM) is a human rights agency that brings rescue to victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. Through individual casework, IJM confronts aggressive human violence: violence that strips widows and orphans of their property and livelihoods, violence that steals dignity and health from children trafficked into forced prostitution, violence that denies freedom and security to families trapped in slavery.

Collaborative Model

Through a collaborative model, IJM investigators, lawyers and social workers intervene in cases of abuse in partnership with state and local authorities.  By pushing individual cases of abuse through the justice system from the investigative stage to the prosecutorial stage, IJM determines the specific source of corruption, lack of resources, or lack of good will in the system denying victims the protection of their legal systems. In collaboration with local authorities, IJM addresses these specific points of brokenness to meet the urgent needs of victims of injustice.

IJM’s Vision: “To rescue thousands, protect millions and prove that justice for the poor is possible. ™”

Transformational Justice

In the tradition of heroic Christian leaders like abolitionist William Wilberforce and transformational leaders like Mother Teresa and Martin Luther King, Jr., IJM’s staff stand against violent oppression in response to the Bible’s call to justice (Isaiah 1:17): Seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.

In all of its casework, IJM has a four-fold purpose:

  • Victim Relief
  • Perpertrator Accountability
  • Victim Aftercare
  • Structural Transformation

Defending and Protecting

IJM seeks to restore to victims of oppression the things that God intends for them: their lives, their liberty, their dignity, the fruits of their labor. By defending and protecting individual human rights, IJM seeks to engender hope and transformation for those it serves and restore a witness of courage in places of oppressive violence. IJM helps victims of oppression regardless of their religion, ethnicity, or gender.

(c) By April McCallum, Destiny’s Women™ – “Championing the Life, Freedom & Destiny of Women”
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Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.: Crusader for Freedom and Equality

 

All that is Necessary for Evil to Triumph is for Good Men to do Nothing

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a tireless advocate for social justice. On August 28, 1963, he delivered his now famous, I Have a Dream speech:

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

…I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

The Dream: Then & Now

He dreamed and worked for the day that every man, woman and child would be equal. He dreamed of a world that would one day be able to look beyond skin color, gender or religion to see its fellow humanity, to see individuals worthy of simply “being”, and coexisting as one.

With an estimated 27 million people held in modern-day slavery (forced labor, debt bondage and sexual slavery) worldwide today, it is clear that collectively, we are still at odds with the very essence of our humanity and the idea that every person born into this world possesses a God-given destiny. We must continue to carry the torch for freedom and equality for those too weak to carry their own.

Genuine Transformation

While many pause to remember, applaud and embrace Martin Luther King, Jr.’s message that all people are created equal, have inalienable rights, possess their own dreams and deserve to be free, we must continue to fight.  We don’t fight for tolerance alone because tolerance doesn’t address the issues of the heart that give passage to genuine transformation. We fight for true and lasting freedom.  And, not only do we fight for others’ freedom, but in rallying for theirs, we guard, protect and fight for our own.

“All life is interrelated, that somehow we’re caught in an inescapable network of mutuality tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Things that Remain

King requested that there would be no mention of his awards and honors at his funeral, but that he tried to live out his core beliefs by feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, championing justice, promoting equality, and loving and serving humanity.

“…Proclaim good news to the poor, bind up the brokenhearted, proclaim freedom for the captives and release prisoners from darkness…” -Isaiah 61 

At the end of one of his speeches he said:

“Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major. Say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

What are the “shallow things” in your life?  What would would others say you were a drum major for in this life?  What are the significant things you want to remain?

(c) By April McCallum, Destiny’s Women™ – “Championing the Life, Freedom & Destiny of Women”

(Opening quote by Edmund Burke) 

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Polaris Project: For a World Without Slavery

Polaris Project is a leading organization in the United States combating all forms of Human Trafficking and serving both U.S. citizens and foreign national victims, including men, women, and children. Polaris strives for systemic change by advocating for stronger federal and state laws, operating the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline and providing services to help their clients and all victims of human trafficking.

“Human trafficking is fueled by a demand for cheap labor or services, or for commercial sex acts. Human traffickers are those who victimize others in their desire to profit from the existing demand. To ultimately solve the problem of human trafficking, it is essential to address these demand-driven factors.” -Polaris Project

Polaris Project’s central goal is to create long-term solutions that would change the underlying systems that allow human trafficking to occur. The founders’ programmatic strategy was grounded in an analysis of human trafficking as a market-based phenomenon driven by two primary factors: low-risk and high-profit. They believe that modern-day slavery can be eliminated by reaching a tipping point where human trafficking becomes a high-risk, low-profit endeavor.

Human Trafficking has no boundaries. It affects every country around the world, regardless of socio-economic status, history, or political structure.  Human traffickers have created an international market for the trade in human beings based on high profits and demand for commercial sex and cheap labor.  Trafficking is estimated to be $32 billion industry, affecting 161 countries worldwide.

How Polaris Project Began

During their senior year at Brown University, Katherine Chon and Derek Ellerman read a newspaper article describing the horrific conditions of a brothel located near their college apartments. The brothel had been disguised as a legitimate massage parlor. But inside the building, police officers had found six Asian women with cigarette burns on their arms who were being held in a situation of debt bondage. “This was like slavery,” were the words of the officer who handled the investigation. This eye opening case made it clear to Katherine and Derek that modern-day slavery existed in present-day America in ways that they were not aware of. They could not walk away…  Read the rest of the founding story.

Polaris was named after the North Star that guided slaves towards freedom along the Underground Railroad

Polaris’ success is based around the following focus areas: Client Services, National Human Trafficking Hotline, Public Outreach and Communications, Policy Advocacy, International Programs, Training and Technical Assistance, Fellowship Program and Strategic Anti-Human-Trafficking Campaigns. Learn More.

Selected Highlights from 2010/2011

  • Polaris Project played a major role in convincing Craigslist.org to shut down the Adult Services portion of its web site, which had become the number one online platform for the sex trafficking of women and children in the U.S. The Washington Post also decides to no longer accept ads for massage parlor businesses.
  • The U.S. Department of Justice initiated the largest number of federal human trafficking prosecutions in a single year, resulting in 141 convictions and indicating that Polaris Project’s policy advocacy, trainings and public education lead to tangible U.S. government action.
  • Polaris Project assisted the U.S. Department of Defense in developing their Combatting Trafficking in Persons online training module. This training educates all military and civilian personnel on how to identify and respond to human trafficking in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Google awarded Polaris Project and two other grantees a $1.8 million grant to support efforts to promote stronger anti-trafficking policies around the U.S.
  • By working in coalition and individually with state legislators, Polaris Project successfully advocated for 15 new state-level bills that strengthen protections for trafficking victims and increase prosecution of traffickers.

The National Human Trafficking Hotline is 1-888-3737-888. Specialists are available 24/7, 365 days a year to take reports from anywhere in the country. All reports are confidential. Interpreters are available.

(c) By April McCallum, Destiny’s Women™ – “Championing the Life, Freedom & Destiny of Women”
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Embracing a Free World: Do You Know Your Slavery Footprint?

 

How Many Slaves Work For You?

The U.S. State Department asked Justin Dillion and his team if they’d be willing to develop a tool to help people understand their connection to labor slavery. With a $200,000 grant from the State Department, Slavery Footprint was birthed.  Slavery Footprint’s tools provide consumers an outlet to voice their demand for things made without slave labor. Consumers can then share their total “slave score” on Twitter or Facebook, encourage others to take the survey and then get involved by sending ready-made electronic letters to retailers calling on them to be more diligent when sourcing supplies. 

The idea is to provide a way to raise our collective voice to more powerfully engage and solicit accountability from companies to manufacture goods made in the “free world”.  Justin says:

“It’s not a website.  It’s not a survey.  It’s a way to learn and share your story as it relates to slavery.  The tension in the story is that we all play a role in this issue through the products we buy and love everyday.  The “release” in the story is that we have role to play in building a Free World.”

FREE WORLD

Slavery Footprint asks visitors to take an online survey about consumer products, clothing and food to determine how many slaves might have worked along the supply chain for those goods.  But that’s not all. Learning about forced labor and identifying a dotted line back to consumer demand and consumption isn’t enough, we need a way to take action.  

You guessed it, there’s an app for that!  Slavery Footprint is beginning a global movement to remove slavery out of the products we love.  It’s called: Free World. You can dowload the Free World action app at the iTunes Store or Android Market. By using the app while you’re out shopping, you will be able to immediately advocate simply by checking in and taking an action.

“By leveraging our collective consumption, we are building a modern day freedom train.” -Justin Dillon

“He’s on the cutting edge,” said State Department Ambassador-at-Large Luis CdeBaca, who heads up the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons and believes social media are key to fighting modern-day slavery and human trafficking. Dillion’s work has also been endorsed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

CALL+RESPONSE

As a musician, Justin Dillon also started hosting benefit concerts for organizations addressing the problem of modern day slavery. His passion grew into a “rockumentary” that combines a wide variety of critically acclaimed artists.  In 2008 he produced the documentary called “Call+Response”.  Over 350,000 people have seen the film in public venues, which has helped raise over $250,000 for front line groups helping to free slaves and rehabilitate victims.

CALL+RESPONSE is a first of its kind feature documentary film that reveals the world’s 27 million dirtiest secrets: there are more slaves today than ever before in human history. CALL+RESPONSE goes deep undercover where slavery is thriving from the child brothels of Cambodia to the slave brick kilns of rural India to reveal that in 2009, Slave Traders made more money than Google, Nike and Starbucks combined.

In addition to creating and developing the online tools, Slavery Footprint is also engaged in off-line community education, mobilization programs, supply chain assessment, and on-the-ground projects working to end slavery in our lifetime.

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(c) By April McCallum, Destiny’s Women™ – “Championing the Life, Freedom & Destiny of Women”
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DO SOMETHING NOW: Hagar International Helps Restore Ex-Child Slaves

 

Hagar International’s Mission: Do whatever it takes for as long as it takes to restore a broken life.

“Violence. Brothels. Rape. Usually these words make people despair. Most people think of victims. Or tragedy. Or helplessness. But at Hagar we don’t despair. We believe in hope.”

Every year, thousands of individuals are bought, sold, and then exploited in Cambodia’s bars, massage parlors, brick factories, and brothels. With more than a third of Cambodians struggling to live on less than $1 a day, children are often the silent victims.  According to VOA News, that number reaches as high as 20,000 women and children sex trafficked or people enslaved by some other form of forced labor throughout the region.

Regardless of the horrors these children have faced in their short lives, once rescued, they are able to find refuge, safety, and hope at Hagar International’s Recovery Shelters. Children receive intensive care, including medical care, counseling, and education in a loving home.

One Million Dollars for Freedom

More than 40,000 young people gathered at the Georgia Dome this month for the Passion 2012 event where the issue of modern-day slavery (aka human trafficking) was highlighted.  The goal? To raise $1 million for freedom. Under the Do Something Now call for action, six charities targeting specific human-trafficking initiatives were presented, including Hagar International.   

The organization’s name comes from the biblical story of Hagar and her son, Ishmael. It is the story of millions of exploited, trafficked, disabled, and rejected women and children. But like Hagar in the Bible, God hears their cries. In response to how God sought her out in her hopelessness, Hagar declared, “You are the God who sees me.”  Hagar International is committed to being part of God’s blessing to the Hagars and Ishmaels of this world — passionately providing a place of refuge, a message of hope and a journey of restoration for each individual.

“Cambodians can be easily trafficked and exploited.” – Officer for the UN Interagency on Human Trafficking

Whether in Cambodia, Vietnam or Afghanistan, the mission is the same: Do whatever it takes for as long as it takes to restore a broken life. In short, Hagar takes this three-pronged approach to bring wholeness:

  • Personal Transformation – The end of abuse | The start of hope and personal resilience.
  • Community Reintegration – The end of rejection | The start of belong and playing a role in a caring community.
  • Economic Empowerment – The end of exploitation. | The start of a productive life
Hagar is an international Christian organization dedicated to the protection, recovery and community intergration of survivors of human rights abuse; particularly human trafficking, gender-based violence and sexual exploitation. They served individual women and children regardless of religion, political preference, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, and do whatever it takes as long as it takes to restore life in all its fullness. They value, honor and respect the diverse perspectives, religions and cultures of their staff and supporters and partner with the not-for-profit, government and for-profit sectors to pursue a common vision of walking the whole journey with survivors of extreme human rights abuse.
View all of the Passion 2012 options showing ways you can help combat sexual exploitation and human trafficking online at Do Something Now
 
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(c) By April McCallum, Destiny’s Women™ – “Championing the Life, Freedom & Destiny of Women”
 
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DO SOMETHING NOW: New Beginnings for Exploitation Survivors

 

What do you do with a 10-year-old sex slave? 

I agree with Wellspring Living, a faith-based charity in Georgia: enough is enough. It’s past time to take back our streets, take back this generation, and fight for their God-given destinies.

Sex trafficking is the illegal trade of human beings for the purposes of forced sexual exploitation. While we often think of sex trafficking as an issue happening in distant places around the world, the sad truth is it is happening in our own cities. In recent years, Atlanta, Georgia has been identified as a major hub for trafficking. Every year, it is estimated that more than 5,000 girls are trafficked and raped for profit in Atlanta. The average age of children being sexually exploited in Atlanta is 14, and some are as young as 10. –268Generation

One Million Dollars for Freedom

More than 40,000 young people gathered at the Georgia Dome this month for the Passion 2012 event where the issue of modern-day slavery (aka human trafficking) was highlighted.  The goal? To raise $1 million for freedom. Under the Do Something Now call for action, six charities targeting specific human-trafficking initiatives were presented, including Wellspring Living.  

Wellspring Living: Providing New Beginnings for Exploitation Survivors

Mission: “Confronting the issue of childhood sexual abuse and exploitation through treatment, education and advocacy programs for girls and women.”

The trauma caused by sexual abuse makes it difficult for survivors to cope with life in healthy ways. Wellspring Living is passionate about walking the difficult road to recovery with the women and girls seeking help. By providing counseling, education, vocational training, and family reunification as well as spiritual care, the Wellspring Program helps women and girls heal and move forward.

Services include:

  • Wellspring for Women – A residential recovery home for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Wellspring for Girls – A therapeutic and educational program for child victims of forced prostitution and sex trafficking
  • Lynn Sweet Counseling Center – Therapeutic outpatient services for the community
  • Wellspring Redeemed Assessment Center – A safe place for women escaping unsafe situations while considering longterm recovery

90% of runaways become a part of the sex trade industry and 1 in 4 girls is sexually abused before age 18.

Read the Article: Wellspring Living brings hope to abuse victims

Read the Article: DO SOMETHING NOW: Youth Unite to Abolish Human Trafficking

Read Related News Articles

Donate to Wellspring Living

Visit Wellspring Living website, blog, Follow on Twitter: @WellspringLivin, and/or Join them on Facebook.

View all of the Passion 2012 options showing ways you can help combat sexual exploitation and human trafficking online at Do Something Now.

What do you do with a 10-year-old sex slave? You rescue her. Care enough to Do Something Now!

(c) By April McCallum, Destiny’s Women™ – “Championing the Life, Freedom & Destiny of Women”

(Photo by 268Generation)

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Special Delivery: A Freedom Series Novel on Sexual Slavery & Human Trafficking

 

Special Delivery is the second book in the Freedom Series written by multi-award winning author, Kathi Macias. In her first novel, Deliver Me From Evil, the author succeeded in raising awareness and spurring readers to abolitionist action to end human trafficking aka modern-day slavery. 
FREEDOM SERIES BOOK 1: DELIVER ME FROM EVIL
In the inaugural novel, Deliver Me From Evil, the author introduces readers to Mara, an eighteen-year-old girl who has been enslaved for nearly ten years, having been sold by her parents in Mexico and then smuggled across the border into San Diego where she was forced into sexual slavery. Readers will also meet 18-year-old, Bible-college-bound Jonathan and his 16-year-old sister, Leah, whose paths cross Mara’s and who become involved in her dramatic rescue.Interwoven between the stories of Mara, Jonathan, and Leah is the heartbreaking story of another young woman in captivity in the Golden Triangle of Thailand, whose past life mysteriously connects to the young people in San Diego.
 
FREEDOM SERIES BOOK 2: SPECIAL DELIVERY
In Special Delivery, book two of the “Freedom” series, readers find Mara fighting against her attraction to Bible college student Jonathan Flannery even while wrestling with risking her own precarious safety to become involved in the rescue of another girl who is pregnant and desperately wants to escape her captors and save her own life, as well as her child’s. Halfway around the world in a brothel in Thailand, a young girl is rescued with the promise of being reunited with her younger sister who was adopted by an interracial couple in the States, friends of Jonathan’s family. Meanwhile, Jefe—Mara’s uncle, who held her as a sex slave in his brothel in San Diego for years—seeks revenge for Mara’s testimony that put him behind bars for life. Will his underworld connections be successful in kidnapping and killing the girl who believes she has finally won her freedom?
 
        

Award‐winning author Kathi Macias has authored more than 30 books, including the “Extreme Devotion” series of novels for New Hope Publishers, and has ghostwritten several others. A former newspaper columnist and string reporter, Kathi has taught creative and business writing in various venues and has been a guest on many radio and television programs. Kathi is a popular speaker for women’s retreats, conferences, and churches. A mother and grandmother, Kathi and her husband, Al, call California home. (www.kathimacias.com)

Purchase for Yourself or a Fellow Abolitionist!

Pre-order the BookSpecial Delivery by Kathi Macias

Order the  Book: Deliver Me From Evil by Kathi Macias

Related Articles:

Deliver Me From Evil: A Freedom Series Novel on Sexual Slavery & Human Trafficking

Deliver Me From Evil by Kathi Macias (an interview with the Author)

(c) By April McCallum, Destiny’s Women™ – “Championing the Life, Freedom & Destiny of Women”

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National Human Trafficking Awareness Day: Modern-Day Slaves Hidden in Plain Sight

 

January 11, 2012, is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day in the United States.

What is Human Trafficking?  Over the past 15 years, “Trafficking in Persons” and “Human Trafficking” have been used as umbrella terms for activities involved when someone obtains or holds a person in compelled service categorized as: involuntary servitude, slavery, debt bondage, and forced labor.

According to the FBI: The majority of human trafficking victims are runaways or “thrown-away” youths who live on the streets and become victims of prostitution or, women/girls who suffer from other forms of sexual exploitation. The children generally come from homes where they have been abused or from families who have abandoned them. Often, they become involved in prostitution to support themselves financially or to get the things they feel they need or want, like drugs.

Today, the business of human sex trafficking is much more organized and violent. Women and young girls are sold to traffickers, locked up in rooms or brothels for weeks or months, drugged, terrorized, and raped repeatedly. Continual abuses make it easier for the traffickers to control their victims. The captives are so afraid and intimidated that they rarely speak out against their traffickers, even when faced with an opportunity to escape.

 QUICK FACTS

  • Sex Trafficking is a $32 billion dollar business.
  • The average entry age for prostitution in the U.S. is now 13. In some countries, girls as young as 5 may be forced into sexual slavery.
  • Sex slaves & forced laborers are hidden in plain sight often working in or around strip clubs, massage parlors, seedy motels, fields, restaurants, truck stops, casinos, downtown areas, and in the pornographic industry.
  • Human Trafficking is the fastest growing crime and now only second to drug trafficking.
  • Human Trafficking has no boundaries. It targets every color, class, gender and geography.

COMMON TARGETS

More often than not, traffickers target weak and vulnerable types, often runaways or girls who have been sexually, verbally or emotionally abused.  According to police reports, “A common theme with every victim is that they came from a dysfunctional home with no positive male role model.”  Traffickers have snatched or lured girls from middle or upper class familes as well.

COMMON LURES

Promise of Love – To lure them into a trusting relationship with their abuser, women and girls are often treated like a princess in the beginning only to find later, they’ve been deceived and entrapped. Consider it a red flag if this new “friend” is professing his undying love within a few days of meeting and when it seems too good to be true.  The first step to trapping potential victims is to get them emotionally involved.

Promise of a Job – This is the most common bait sex traffickers use. They make promises of jobs that will make big money, often as a waitress or in some type of service job. There is either no job when the victim agrees to go with him, or there is a menial job often with long hours, but the trafficker keeps the majority or all of the money, keeping the victim under his control.

Promise of a Better Life – Many trafficked victims are promised freedom, security or a better life someplace away from their home or family.  They are desperate to get away from life as they know it and are baited emotionally by the trafficker. But, like all the other lures, it is a lie to trick them into trusting the abuser. They become forced laborers or are coerced into prostitution, or some other job in the sex industry.

Promise of Money – Traffickers sometimes promise women/girls money to help pay for their lifestyles, education, drug habits or their family’s debt.  Once they’ve been trapped in the web of deception, traffickers use it against them by forcing them to “pay off their debt” through forced labor or prostitution in a never-win situation.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING INDICATORS (U.S. State Dept)

  • Living with employer
  • Poor living conditions
  • Multiple people in cramped space
  • Inability to speak to individual alone
  • Answers appear to be scripted and rehearsed
  • Employer is holding identity documents
  • Signs of physical or psychological abuse
  • Submissive or fearful
  • Unpaid or paid very little
  • Under 18 and in prostitution
Elizabeth Prann writes, “With increasing technology and the Internet, human trafficking has become more accessible and more anonymous. That being said, grassroots organizations, victims advocates as well as lawmakers and prosecutors are banding together to combat the problem. They all pledge to do so until it no longer plagues the lives of victims across the globe.” (Read the full article on FoxNews)

 

“He Who Allows Oppression Shares the Crime”-Desiderius Erasmus

 

Related Reading:

Human Sex Trafficking, Law Enforcement Bulletin

Trafficking in Persons Fact Sheet 2010 – What is Human Trafficking?

Trafficking in Persons Report 2010

20 Ways You Can Help Fight Human Trafficking (U.S. State Dept)

Selected Films that Help Educate about Human Trafficking

Selected Books that Help Raise Awareness about Human Trafficking

The National Anti-Trafficking Hotline is 1-888-3737-888 (24-hour, toll-free) operated and implemented by Polaris Project and funded by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 

FBI.gov is an official site of the U.S. Federal Government, U.S. Department of Justice

(c) By April McCallum, Destiny’s Women™ – “Championing the Life, Freedom & Destiny of Women”

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