Monday, August 15, 2011

Human Trafficking, Somaly Mam, The Road of Lost Innocence, Love146

The other day I started to read a book called The Road of Lost Innocence by Somaly Mam. Let me tell you, this book will change you. I have read the book and been shaking at the same time. Her book is about her life and how she was sold into slavery at a young age and how she has turned her life around and made herself a hero and changed the lives of many. You need to read this book.

Child Trafficking and human trafficking is heart-breaking. Most people are blind to what trafficking is and how big of a problem it is in the world today, yes, including America.

I found this organization called Love146. They are amazing. They are raising awareness of human trafficking and doing something about it. Let me share with you the statistics about slavery in the US and around the world.

I know this looks like a lot to read, but don't read it for me, read it for the millions of children out there sold into slavery every day. How can we do something about the problem if we don't know what the problem is?

~The U.S. State Department estimates that approximately 14, 500 to 17, 500 men, women, and children are trafficked into the United States annually (U.S. Department of State, 2004). An additional number are trafficked within the United States, although the government indicates that trends in international trafficking are easier to estimate than are trends in domestic trafficking.

~The average age of entry for girls and boys ranges from 11-14 (Ernie Allen, President and CEO, NECMEC, July 21, 2009).

~Astonishingly, with in the first 48 hours of being on the street, 1 i n 3 children are lured into prostitution. (National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Thrownaway Children/NISMART-2).

What is Child Sex Trafficking?
According to the UN ODCCP Protocal to Prevent, Suppress, and Punish Trafficking in Persons, child trafficking is: the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of deception, of the abuse of power or of position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments of benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.

Supply and Demand
The "demand" of the multi-billion dollar global sex industry puts children throughout the world at-risk of becoming the "supply". Criminal gangs, pimps, and pornographers seek to profit from this demand by enslaving and abusing children, preying on those made most vulnerable by poverty, lack of education, minority status, gender bias and homelessness.

Often, captors will threaten, beat and starve new recruits to condition them for the fate that awaits: sex with multiple customers every day. Eventually this abuse "breaks" the children. They learn to force a smile for the pedophiles, sex tourists and others that frequent their establishments.

Where is the Problem?
Every year at least 1.2 million children are estimated to be trafficked around the world and that number is growing.

~United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) now believes that the number of children trafficked annually is around 1.2 million (2006)

~It is estimated that 2 children per minute are trafficked for sexual exploitation

~It is estimated that at least 27 million people are currently enslaved around the world, many who have been enslaved through being trafficked. This is more tahn double the number of Africans enslaved during the Trans-Atlantic slave trade.

~These numbers make trafficking in persons the 2nd most lucrative crime in the world. The first is drug trafficking. (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2006).

~It is estimated that in the next few years, the numbers of people trafficked per year will be the #1 most luctrative crime in the world. You can sell a drug only once, but you can sell a person many, many times.

*All information and statistics received from Love146*

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