I don’t know how many people ACTUALLY read my blog, so I don’t know how many people this blog will affect.
Human trafficking is a tragic thing that happens ALL over the world. Human trafficking is “an act of recruiting, transporting, transfering, harbouring or receiving a person through a use of force, coercion or other means, for the purpose of exploiting them.”
I used to think that it was something that only happened in other countries, far away and way out of reach for me to be able to do anything about it. But that is simply not true. In America it happens everyday, and a lot of times in towns and cities that you wouldn’t think that it wouldn’t be happening in. There are at least two know human trafficking rings in Sacramento, one in Citrus Heights, and two in Eldorado Hills. And those are the ones that have been reported, and in just a very small area of Northern California.
It is thought that at the very minimum, on average 14,500-17,500 people are trafficked each year in America.
– 27 million people are trapped in modern-day slavery across the world.
– 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year.
– 1 million – Number of children exploited by the global commercial sex trade, every year.
– 50% – Percent of transnational victims who are children.
– 80% – Percent of transnational victims who are women and girls.
– 70% – Percent of female victims who are trafficked into the commercial sex industry. This means that 30% of female victims are victims of forced labor.
– 244,000 – Number of American children and youth estimated to be at risk of child sexual exploitation
– 38,600 – Estimated number of an approximate 1.6 million runaway/thrownaway youth at risk of sexual endangerment or exploitation
Human trafficking can be a person being trafficked for labor, sex and anything in between.
One must wonder, how do people get involved in Human Trafficking. Well, first of all, NO ONE wants or asks to be exploited. Frequently, traffickers will recruit people through what seems like real and legitimate job ads such as being a hostess, domestics or various kinds of work in agriculture.
There are warning signs of companies that are involved in trafficking:
-Very strict security at the commercial establishment including barred windows, locked doors, isolated location, electronic surveillance. Women are never seen leaving the premises unless escorted.
-labor trafficking, victims are often prohibited from leaving the work site, which may look like a guarded compound from the outside.
-Sex trafficking, the people being trafficked live no the same property as the brothel, strip clubs or other such establishments.
-Victims are escorted and kept a close eye on at the doctors, or hospitals.
Individuals that are being trafficked are controlled by any combination of fear, intimidation, abuse, and psychological controls. Most are controlled through some form of abuse.
The harsh truth is that Human Trafficking is modern day slavery. And it can happen to anyone, from any race, background or gender.
It IS very real, and it IS happening around, and SOMETHING needs to be done to stop it. Some very simple things that you can do, is to become aware of what stores around you sell fair trade goods. Meaning, that they are not produced by victims of human trafficking. http://www.transfairusa.org/content/WhereToBuy/
Start becoming educated about human trafficking in your area and find out what you can do to help stop it. Whether it is just advocating awareness or becoming physically involved in groups that fight against it.
Courage to Be You is a local organization based of or Rocklin, Ca.
There are SO many different things that can be done to help put a stop to human trafficking, please don’t turn a blind eye to what is going on.