Human Trafficking Myths #3

When Americans think of prostitution in the United States we think of the prostitutes as criminals, not victims. This leads to another common myth about Human Trafficking.

Myth #3: Prostitutes aren’t really victims but criminals.

By definition, people under the age of 18 can’t consent sexual activity and therefore are victims. The entry age for most victims into prostitution in the U.S. is 13-14 years old.  (The average age for someone to be taken in by a trafficker is 11 but it takes time to transport and prepare the victims.) First, by legal definition a child (under 18) cannot consent to any sexual activity.  An adult engaging in these acts commits statutory rape.

If a person is an adult engaging in prostitution, we must consider how they arrived into that situation also. The truth is they are often recruited as children which are often won over through false love, warmth, gifts and/or promises of a better life. However, once the trafficker has earned their trust they are often beaten, burned, raped, confined, provided forced drug injections, starved and then forced to perform thousands of sexual acts per year.

Here are some facts: According to State Department’s Victims of Trafficking & Violence Protection Act of 2000, Traffickers also buy children from poor families and sell them into prostitution or into various types of forced or bonded labor.

(5) Traffickers often transport victims from their home communities to unfamiliar destinations, including foreign countries away from family and friends, religious institutions, and other sources of protection and support, leaving the victims defenseless and vulnerable.
(6) Victims are often forced through physical violence to engage in sex acts or perform slavery-like labor. Such force includes rape and other forms of sexual abuse, torture, starvation, imprisonment, threats, psychological abuse, and coercion.
(7) Traffickers often make representations to their victims that physical harm may occur to them or others should the victim escape or attempt to escape. Such representations have the same coercive effects on victims as direct threats to inflict such harm
PUBLIC LAW 106–386—OCT. 28, 2000 114 STAT. 1467

What have the government studies taught us?  As we just learned from the Protection Act, victims are tricked, coerced, brainwashed, manipulated and forced into this lifestyle.  That means they did NOT willfully choose to be a prostitute and are actually sex slaves.

The next time you see a prostitute who is an adult don’t think “Well they are choosing to do this.” because the vast majority of the time they didn’t.

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Join the fight against slavery.  It begins with an information war to let the truth be known.  Help your friends learn this topic, by letting them know about this blog and sharing it on your social media accounts as well.

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This is the second entry on this topic. With these blog I am attempting to address the most common Human Trafficking Myths.  If there’s a myth you’d like addressed, e-mail me or leave a comment below.

See Myth #1   See Myth #2

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Human Trafficking Myths #2

While we believe that trafficking is a problem in Asia and Africa, most people have trouble believing it’s an issue here in the United States.

Myth #2: Human Trafficking is NOT a Problem in America

Hidden Truth: The U.S. State Department reports between 700,000 & 800,000 people are trafficked across borders each year! An estimated 300,000 children are sold inside the United States every year. The hidden truth is America is one of the top three destination points for victims!

If you dig you will find Human Trafficking has occurred in your city.  There have been several arrests in upstate NY, where I live, in the last year alone.  American still has slavery, it’s just hidden.  The ugly fact is, there are people being bought and sold today right in a city near you.

As with any recovery program the first step is admitting there’s a problem.  If we know the truth, the truth will set people free.

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Join the fight against slavery.  It begins with an information war to let the truth be known.  Help your friends learn this topic, by letting them know about this blog and sharing it on your social media accounts as well.

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This is the second entry on this topic. With these blog I am attempting to address the most common Human Trafficking Myths.  If there’s a myth you’d like addressed, e-mail me or leave a comment below.

See Myth #1

Human Trafficking Myths

As with many topics, there is a great deal of MYTH-information and incorrect assumption surrounding the area of Human Trafficking. Over the next few days I will attempt to rebuke the most common Human Trafficking Myths.  If there’s a myth you’d like addressed, e-mail me or leave a comment below.

If you have friends that are interested in this topic, please let them know about this blog and share this on your social media accounts as well.  Why? Because the more we talk about Human Trafficking and the more correct information we can share, the more people learn about the issue.  The more people learn, the more people become aware and care. The more that are aware, the harder it is for the traffickers to hide and the more slaves that may be set free!  So here we go…

Myth #1:  Slavery isn’t a big problem today.

FACT: There are actually more human beings enslaved today than at any other time in the planet’s history. According to the United Nations there are over 27 million victims world-wide, half of which are children.[1]  The Department of Justice says it’s the 2nd largest criminal enterprise following illegal drugs.

The truth is the abolishment of slavery is far from complete.  We may not have people chained and sold legally in town squares anymore but they are sold just the same.  We can not allow this to continue and we must work together to end slavery in our lifetime.

Look for another myth tomorrow. Myth #2

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[1] http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/09/slavery-still-exists/262847/

Dominos: Little Thing Can Have A Big Impact

As I prepare for sermon next week called Dominos: Cause and Effect I am reminded of the Butterfly Effect (How a seemingly insignificant action can have a great effect such as a butterfly flapping its wings in the Amazon may cause a hurricane in the Pacific.)

Tonight Monday August 1st, 2011 we are hosting an event called Stop the Traffic Freedom Drive. Can a little thing like signing a car make any difference in the huge, world-wide issue of Human Trafficking?  I mean there are 27 billion slaves in the world today…more than any other time in history.  It’s a multi-billion dollar industry and the fastest growing criminal enterprise.  Can my signature make any difference?

It can when it’s on a driving petition headed for Washington, DC to ask for stronger law to protect the victims of Human Trafficking.  It can when it raises awareness of how often this issue happens right in the U.S.  I know one thing, doing nothing will have an effect.  The slavery of children for deviant, sexual bondage will continue to grow.

Doing nothing, is like a butterfly wing causing a world-wide storm of injustice.

Sign the car, 7:30pm tonight.  House of Praise, 1688 Route 9, Castleton, NY 12033