Sex Traffickers Operate within our Borders
Human trafficking exists not only on a world-wide level, but right here at home. The US Department of Homeland Security defines Human Trafficking as “modern-day slavery and involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act” from the victim.
Those caught up in the web of human trafficking come from a variety of backgrounds and socioeconomic groups. As an industry, human trafficking is growing at a rate that exceeds that of the drug trades. It is estimated that between 100,000 and 300,000 children are at risk of becoming victims of human trafficking in the US each year.
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Why does Human trafficking continue to exist?
It is remarkable that in a civilized age, the practice of “owning” or controlling another person even exists. This is a manifestation of evil in our society. Combating this evil first requires a basic understanding of what it is and how pervasive it might be.
The International Labor Organization estimates that nearly 21 million people are victims of forced labor world-wide– over half of them women and girls. 4.5 million of these victims are being sexually exploited. How can these enterprises continue to operate? The industry generates billions of dollars a year in revenue – second only to drug trafficking. And just like dealers in narcotics, the individuals in this business are ruthless, profit-driven and violent.
How traffickers operate
Traffickers typically pursue younger girls as well as boys and lure them with attention, gifts and promises of a better future. Many victims fall prey to these pitches because of low self-esteem or poor family relationships. Once involved, traffickers are highly skilled at keeping their victims in line through threats and intimidation.
Traffickers in prostitution do not care about those they control, except for their ability to produce revenue. Their customers of course, don’t care about the victim’s welfare either.
How long are victims held captive
Unfortunately, the average life span of a trafficking victim – especially ones exploited for sex – is seven years. Traffickers view their captives as expendable and don’t hesitate to simply get rid of people they no longer consider to be assets to their business.
What can the average person do about human trafficking?
Prayer for the victims is one of the ways to fight against the forces of darkness that give sanctuary and support to human trafficking. Fortunately, though, there are organizations familiar with the trafficking industry that are taking the fight directly to these evil enterprises.
We regularly place ourselves in harms way to reach and restore victims of trauma. Our ongoing efforts have helped thousands of children, women and members of our military discover new hope, experience lasting change and receive ongoing support.
Introducing Guardian Group
Guardian Group actively works to help ordinary people recognize human trafficking activity and take appropriate action. This organization provides training through its Seal Training program to hotel and hospitality workers to help them recognize the signs of exploitation and provides recommendations on how to respond.
Through a combination of offensive and defensive strategies led by former special operations military, law enforcement and intelligence community professionals, Guardian Group works to put an end to the practice of human trafficking. Working closely with law enforcement in the United States, and providing training to the travel and hospitality industries, Guardian Group also assists in rescue and recovery of people and children caught up in modern day slavery.
All Things Possible Ministries is proud to be a partner with the Guardian Group and stands with them in their work. We invite you to review their web site and Facebook page. Above all, we ask for your prayers and support for Guardian Group in 2018. They are truly warriors against this darkness and evil.
President Donald Trump has declared January 2018 National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.
During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we recommit ourselves to eradicating the evil of enslavement. Human trafficking is a modern form of the oldest and most barbaric type of exploitation. It has no place in our world. This month we do not simply reflect on this appalling reality. We also pledge to do all in our power to end the horrific practice of human trafficking that plagues innocent victims around the world.
We accomplish our mission with time-tested, budget-friendly projects that make a lasting difference in the lives of those suffering from trauma.