So, the last couple of weeks I have provided some information on Human Trafficking. So are you in the Washington DC area? Do you want more information? Are you still not convinced that this is a problem? Well, can I make a suggestion? If you are in the Washington, DC area please plan to attend:
On Thursday, July 28, 2011, Children Uniting Nations will host the 2011 “Keeping the Promise to Our Children” National Conference in Washington, DC. The Conference is a day-long forum for policy makers, non-profit leaders, corporations and academics to discuss important issues impacting our youth as well as state and federal legislation being proposed to address these issues. The Conference will be held in the Congressional Auditorium at the Capitol Visitor Center and is free to attend. The day will conclude with an entertaining and informative Cocktail Reception with Celebrity Performances at the Meridian International Center. http://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=987623
In case you missed it people this is free! FREE! FREE! I think if you have any questions about what trafficking is? Or doubts about whether it is really a problem we face here in the United States, then you should take advantage of this opportunity.
The interesting thing about trafficking is that might be happening right under your nose. It is happening right in America. You don’t have to look far. Back in 2007, Good Morning America showed a story (http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/AmericanFamily/story?id=2834852&page=1):
Teen Sex Slave Trade Hits Home
The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that between 100,000 and 3 million American kids under age 18 are involved in prostitution and they’re often targeted by sexual predators.
“There are sexual predators out there specifically looking for vulnerable kids so that they can sell them,” says Rachel Lloyd, founder of Girls Educational and Mentoring Services, in New York City, an advocacy group that provides services to sexually exploited girls from age 12 to 21. The average age of a child when he or she is first sexually exploited is 11, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Even if the child is a somewhat willing participant, according to U.S. and international agreements, children can never consent to prostitution: it is always exploitation. The cities with the highest incidence of child sexual exploitation, according to the FBI, are Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, St. Louis, Tampa, and Washington, D.C. As many as 40 percent of all forced prostitutes are juveniles, according to the FBI.
“There are girls that are literally kidnapped off the street [and] thrown into a car,” Lloyd says. “There are pimps who pose as model agency scouts.”
Many of these girls are coming from broken homes, some are not, but many are coerced or lured into this way of life. It isn’t one that they just “decide” to chose, these pimps often times use emotional, physical, mental abuse to ensure that these girls believe they have no other hope, no chance of escaping from this life. Many pimps use substances as a way to control these girls and diminish chances of escaping the lifestyle. The sad thing is there is so much of these going on, there isn’t just one sign or symptom to look out for. These pimps and traffickers are finding new loopholes every day. The problem is that many of them are able to get away with this because we aren’t looking to stop it. It isn’t just about throwing money at the problem; it is about developing accountability for offenders, effective prevention programs that stop the problem before it starts not after. It is more throwing more and more policy at the problem it is getting people to say ENOUGH! Even if you haven’t had this happen personally in your life, you can say this affects me personally and I have had ENOUGH! So here is an opportunity for you to come up to our Nation’s Capitol and get educated about it! Let’s making the buying and selling of men, women and children in this country un-American and let’s ensure that it is anti-humanitarian and put a stop to it, in and outside of our borders, NOW!