They are trafficked across border lines.
Forced into manual labor.
Forced into commercial sex exploitation (around 80% of trafficking)
They are kidnapped and sold...or kept for exploitation.
In 1890 the price for a slave was around $40,000...
Today--around $90 per person.
At any time, there are 5.5 million children involved in human trafficking.
Human trafficking is the 3rd highest international crime industry--generating around $32 billion annually.
Not in the United States...right?! Not in the south or not in the midwest....
Not in our sweet, Bible belt where everyone is a Christian.
Between 15,000 and 18,000 human beings are trafficked into the U.S. ANNUALLY. (Other reports even saying as high at 60,000)
Around 70% being women and 50% being children.
The AVERAGE age a teen enters the sex trade in the U.S. is 12-14 years old.
244,000 children and youth estimated to be at risk of child sexual exploitation, including commercial sex exploitation.
"But I can't do anything significant about this global issue."
"It's too big."
This is an issue that we have to stop thinking about through our rose colored glasses.
We have to stop thinking this is just an international problem.
This is a problem worldwide and in your neighborhoods.
I was impacted by a story this week of someone I knew, who I am involved with at some level in my life, who was sold by her own father for commercial sexual exploitation (in the U.S.--Not in some high crime city or state). From the time she was in her early teens to when she left home in her late teens.
It's happening in our back yards.
Educate yourselves. Become aware. Do what you can do.
I can't do anything big but we can.
Life is a lot bigger than you and your issues.
People have stories more than the ones that are just involving you.
Thing is...It's not about you.
Start seeing the world through other peoples eyes,
and stop thinking about ourselves.
Life is better that way.
Please pray for these victims today.
"You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know."