Child Sex Tourism and Trafficking is on the rise. There is an epidemic going on in our country. We need to take our blinders off. Stop it now.
Trafficking of children
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Trafficking of children (aka “Child Labor” and “Child Exploitation) is a form of human trafficking and is defined as the “recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, and/or receipt” of a child for the purpose of slavery, forced labor, and exploitation.: Article 3 (c) This definition is substantially wider than the same document’s definition of “trafficking in persons”.: Article 3 (a) Children may also be trafficked for the purpose of adoption.
What is child sex tourism?
Children have been the victims of sexual assault throughout history. The Romans were well-known for castrating young men to protect their harems. Young girls sold like cattle.
Today in countries like the Philippines it is a profitable business.
In the Philippines Sex Trafficking of Young Girls moves to Online This video from PBS Special Report aired on March 23, 2016, by Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro.
“Sex tourism has long been a scourge in the Philippines. There’s a disturbing new trend in the trafficking of mostly young women and children: vulnerable victims are being lured online and tricked into the trade.
Sex tourism has long been a scourge in the Philippines, an industry that thrives on trafficked human beings and deep poverty in this nation of 100 million.
Recent studies have show that anywhere from 100 to more than 300 thousand Filipinos are trafficked each year; 80 percent, four out of five, are under the age of 18″.
Trafficking is a BOOMING industry.
Shared Hope International is one of the leading authorities on trafficking.(I am sharing this from their site.)
The FBI describes trafficking this:
WHO is trafficked?
Is it the girl or boy who is homeless? The child whose parents are on drugs? Or the young teen in your neighborhood? How about the child in foster care?
Traffickers come in all sizes and ages. Businessmen wearing their three-piece suits, others who are on drugs, school bullies, others are the good-looking person who can woo his victims. ( Please note that not all traffickers are male. When referring to “him”, I am referring to all genders.)
The role of technology.
The internet has made it easy for children to be bought and sold online — using some of the same technology and websites that people used to sell their bike, find a roommate or look for a local garage sale. We cannot arrest our way out of this problem. Law enforcement simply doesn’t have enough resources to navigate the massive online commercial sex market to find children and identify their traffickers. Technology can be a tool to address this aspect of the crime. (Source)
Child tourism industry is alive and well right here in the United States. When you hear of a big event like the Indy 500, Super Bowl (to name a few) you can bet there are slimy people promoting the ultimate experience for your sexual pleasure. Get a child as young as 7 yrs old (sometimes younger!). You can do whatever suits your pleasure for the right price.
Unlike reputable tourism sites, these are websites where a person can access the countless number of children being trafficked. Just like a catalog, you look at the pictures. Based on your bank account, pick your purchase for the night. They will deliver and pick up so you don’t have to be seen with your purchase in public.
Not in My Town!
Our town is fairly large but not small either. Visiting one night with my grandson, he was telling me about his friend’s dad (who is a sheriff’s detective) spending hours on the computer watching for those who are trafficking in our town. He stated that several of the highly rated motels along the interstate are being targeted for trafficking.
My granddaughter was approached one night at her high school football game while she was waiting for her friend to come back from the restroom. The man, in his late twenties, came up to her, started telling her how beautiful she was and asked her if she would like to have a drink with him. Knowing that this was a possible hustle, she immediately ran into a crowd. She was 14.
Make no mistake. This is happening in almost every town in the USA.
How Do They Find their Victims?
Talk to any law enforcement agency, they will tell you it is alive and well in YOUR town. It is not the scary guy on the corner, but the person they met on the internet, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and right in their own town.
First of all, demand is high. Several years ago NBC Dateline did a weekly program about predators. It highlighted how easy it is for a john/pimp to groom his prospect, sometimes over a long time period, gaining their trust.
The Offenders were respectable, employed and several had families with children. Many drove hundreds of miles to meet their victims. They were quick to apologize once the reporter walked into the room and NOT the child they were expecting. But once confronted, the police came in and made the arrest. Some had even seen the show on TV.
Never underestimate. Children are being recruited in their own schools. Kids have been groomed to entice their peers with promises of money, fun and more, only to find out they are being used for trafficking. These kids were threatened with harm to their families, their pets were killed and more if they did not cooperate. The list goes on.
Not My Child.
One wonders how these kids, some honor students, sports champions, could be involved in this cruel slavery? It is imperative to know who your kids are interacting with. Where they are going. Parents must keep on top of their activities.
Many times parents were amazed at how easy it was to lure their child into a trap. On a nightly report where officers posed as online predators, luring kids into meeting them. Once contact was made with the child, the parents were enlisted. These children were your everyday average type kids. Some from single-parent homes, others with both parents in the family, mixed families. All parents in this program swore their child would not agree to meet. After all, they had warned them about what could happen if they took up with a stranger.
Parents hid in the van. The officer arranged the meet. Wat has the tween is sneaking out or going to a place to meet up with their “date”. All gladly got into the car. Lucky for them it was a police officer and their parents, not a true predator!
The Sex Predator investigation unit in our state took time to set up a “sting” at our local mall. Talking to tweens and teens, they posed as filmmakers. Young adults and Tweens are asked to come out to their van for an “interview”. Kids were between the ages of 11-16. After four hours several came out to the van for the interview. NOT one child refused to get into the van. The officers explained who they were and they had just been kidnapped! It was time well spent. Is it wrong to scare these kids? Not if it keeps them from a life of true hell.
How Do We Stop Trafficking?
GET INVOLVED Now! Stop the demand. It doesn’t take a genius to see that this problem needs to be at the forefront of our communities. People like you and me to spread the word, talk to our state representatives and support those organizations that can bring about change.
Here are a couple of places to start:
Together we can put a dent in this terrible crime. Please feel free to Share it on your social networks. Let’s get the message out there for all to see. I welcome any comments you would like to post. Thanks
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If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking, call the National Trafficking Hotline.
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