By Nancy Thorner & Bonnie O’Neil –
If you think human trafficking is a problem, but just not in our country or state, think again. It exists in every one of our states, with varying severity. We no longer can pretend it is a crime limited to third world countries; it has become a tragedy that permeates our entire World. Why then do so few of us know about the growing number of our own American girls, young women, and boys who are forced by pimps to sell sex at truck stops, or be aware that it is not unusual for domestic workers to be abused by their employers? The ugly truth is that human trafficking is happening all around us, while the majority of Americans remain oblivious to the escalating tragedy.
Human trafficking is so far removed from our lives and underreported, that upon hearing the above facts, people ask what exactly is Human Trafficking? It is defined by the United Nations office of Drugs and Crime as “the acquisition of people by improper means such as force, fraud or deception, with the aim of exploiting them. The federal government reports that an estimated 17,500 people are trafficked into our country alone on an annual basis. Most law enforcement officials believe that number is even higher. The reason some give for the increasing numbers is the Internet, which allows perpetrators to easily find unsuspecting young victims. The prominent reason, though, is that it is a lucrative business that requires little revenue to begin.
While individual human trafficking offenses garner the most attention, there is an enormous, thriving “labor trafficking industry” throughout the states. The Natural Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTFC) operated by Polaris since 2007, maintains one of the most extensive data sites on trafficking in the United States. The three top sex trafficking industries were defined as: 1) Pimp-controlled prostitution (hotels/motels/streets, etc., 2) Commercial-front brothels, and 3) escort service/delivery services. Concurrently, the top labor trafficking Industries are: 1) domestic labor, 2) restaurant/food service, 3) peddling ring, and 4) traveling sales. http://www.polarisproject.org/human-trafficking/overview In so far as the above crimes are not new to our civilization, there is a new and equally repulsive industry growing in the World: forced organ donations.
Abduction of children to enter sex trade