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43 ways to stop child trafficking

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  • 43. Join
    the fight against trafficking in your own city. (Yes, it's happening there.)
  • 42. Google
    the name of your city and "human trafficking" or "child trafficking." Read, learn, get angry.
  • 41. Meet
    with other abolitionists in your city. If there's not a group, start one.
  • 40. Understand
    the mindset of a trafficking victim: http://tinyurl.com/9jzqtb
  • 39. Download
    info for health care providers, social service agencies, and law enforcement officials: http://tinyurl.com/7zgrft
  • 38. Pick
    a factsheet and learn about some aspect of human trafficking: http://tinyurl.com/88t7k8
  • 37. Order
    free anti-trafficking brochures, posters, info cards (in many languages): http://tinyurl.com/7weyz8
  • 36. Study
    how to combat trafficking of women and children: http://tinyurl.com/9kxw4f
  • 35. Read
    about anti-trafficking legislation in the US: http://www.state.gov/g/tip/laws/
  • 34. Find out
    what human trafficking is and isn't: http://tinyurl.com/9jqjz
  • 33. Watch
    US Immigration and Customs Enforcement awareness videos: http://tinyurl.com/95c8dy
  • 32. Learn
    what to ask if you think someone is trafficked: www.state.gov/g/tip/rls/fs/08/106250.htm
  • 31. Call
    the National Human Trafficking Resource Center to report a trafficking victim: (888) 373-7888.
  • 30. Choose
    a country (the one already on your heart) and learn about trafficking there.
  • 29. Read
    the latest country-by-country Trafficking in Persons Report: www.state.gov/g/tip/rls/tiprpt/2008/
  • 28. Subscribe
    to blogs and email updates from anti-trafficking organizations (like this blog).
  • 27. Give
    a gift card to your local trafficking awareness group--grocery stores, Wal-Mart, Target, etc.
  • 26. Open
    your eyes. There's trafficking all around you.
  • 25. Host
    a party and make anti-trafficking t-shirts to wear. Come up with creative sayings & designs.
  • 24. Visit
    http://slavery.alltop.com/ Pick a blog a day to read and leave an encouraging comment.
  • 23. Make
    a B2F patch or pin to wear on your backpack to spark conversation with friends or teachers (or total strangers).
  • 22. Give
    a gift in someone's honor. Donate to an anti-trafficking organization in his or her name.
  • 21. Forward
    the anti-trafficking video, "Get Angry. Please." to your list. www.born2fly.org
  • 20. Introduce
    B2F to a foundation or corporation.
  • 19. Sponsor
    a B2F day at your school.
  • 18. Post
    instances of trafficking on www.slaverymap.org
  • 17. Ask
    your legislators what they're doing to stop the traffic.
  • 16. Write
    a letter to the editor.
  • 15. Donate
    to anti-trafficking organizations such as B2F.
  • 14. Display
    anti-trafficking posters in schools, offices, and churches. http://tinyurl.com/4869yp
  • 13. Blog
    about child trafficking.
  • 12. Pray
    God gave you the power to change what's around you.
  • 11. Learn
    about trafficking in countries where you do business.
  • 10. Flex
    your political muscles.
  • 9. Forgo
    birthday presents. Instead ask family and friends to donate to B2F in your name.
  • 8. Organize
    a fund-raising party for B2F.
  • 7. Take
    a voluntourism trip and help with the anti-trafficking effort.
  • 6. Pick
    a country and take an immersion trip.
  • 5. Start
    a book club. Read Terrify No More or Good News About Injustice.
  • 4. Host
    a house meeting or dorm meeting. Watch China's Stolen Children. http://tinyurl.com/58mpb3
  • 3. Find out
    what's happening in your own community. www.polarisproject.org
  • 2. Read
    about modern-day abolitionists. http://tiny.cc/rWXNk
  • 1. Learn
    about what's happening. Set up Google alerts for "child trafficking," "human slavery," etc.
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Diana Scimone

Thank you for the comments.

Jacl, I agree. I recently returned from Russia and was amazed at how many people don't know how bad the trafficking situation is there--but I reminded myself that most people in my own country don't know how bad the trafficking is here, either. Awareness education is a huge part of our job.

Amanda, you are right that not all children see their victimizers as knights in shining armor and I should have said "many" do. The brainwashing they experience is beyond our comprehension. (See Jacl's comment re the breaking grounds.) A rescuer once told me, "It's easy to rescue children who want to be rescued, but these children do not want to be rescued." An undercover investigator told me basically the same thing.

ChristineP, I agree that there is no way to accurately determine the numbers of children trafficked--but children are still trafficked. Whether it's 1 million or 1.2 million, it doesn't matter. I've been in this fight for many years and been to 42 countries, so I can tell you first-hand that the numbers are very, very high. You're right that trafficking is illegal--in every country. But that doesn't mean that the laws are enforced everywhere. There's a reason why trafficking is the 2nd highest grossing illegal industry on the planet. It's very lucrative with very little risk. The information, stats, and stories that I share and others share are not from one source but from countless. You make a lot of claims in your comment without anything to back them up. I wish you were right and that everyone else was wrong because it would mean there is not really much trafficking anywhere, but sadly that is not the case.

Diana

jacl

You can tell by the 2 comments made here that we as American citizens are pretty much in la la land about trauma perpetrated to manipulate people long term. If you have ever listened to actual rescued traffic victims accounts of the "breaking grounds" they were taken to to break their identity & their will by being tied by both wrists to a headboard face down & raped daily by 30-40 men for weeks, etc, you would begin to get an inkling of understanding of how trafficking victims would begin to see their pimps, etc as their protectors, their "knights in shining armor." Coming out of trauma that is that evil & that profound would completely blow anyone's rational world to smithereens.

christinep

Where do you come up with your made up numbers? How do you know Once a child is trafficked, her average life expectancy is 7 years? What research method was done to come up with this made up figure? No one knows this answer.

The media will say that millions of people are sex slaves without doing any real research on the topic. Only taking the word of special interest anti-prostitution groups which need to generate money in the form of huge government grants from taxpayers, and charities. These “non profit” group’s employees make huge salaries, therefore they need to lobby the government, and inflate and invent victims in order to get more money into their organizations. If you look into how many real kidnapped forced against their will sex slaves there are, and not just take the anti-prostitution groups word for it. You will be very surprised.
Where are all the forced sex slaves? I would like to meet the millions of slaves and see for myself if they were kidnapped and forced against their will.

Sex trafficking is illegal and the pentities are very severe. It is very difficult to force someone to be a sex slave, they would have to have 24 hour guards posted and be watched 365 days a year, 24 hours per day. Have the threat of violence if they refused, and have no one notice and complain to the authorities or police. They would need to hide from the general public yet still manage to see customers from the general public and not have the customers turn the traffickers in to the police. They would need to provide them with medical care, food, shelter, and have all their basic needs met. They would need to have the sex slaves put on a fake front that they enjoyed what they were doing, act flirtatious and do their job well. They would have to deal with the authorities looking for the missing women, and hide any money they may make, since it comes from illegal activity. They must do all of this while constantly trying to prevent the sex slaves from escaping and reporting them to the police. They would need to prevent the general public from reporting them into the police. This is extremely difficult to do, which makes this activity rare. These criminals would be breaking dozens of major laws not just one. Kidnapping itself is a serious crime. There are many laws against sex trafficking, sex slavery, kidnapping, sex abuse, rape, sexual harassment etc. If someone is behind it, they will be breaking many serious laws, be in big trouble, and will go to jail for many long years.

The numbers and scale of this crime is exaggerated. The very nature of someone pulling off a kidnapping and forced sex for profit appears to be very difficult. Since it would be difficult this makes this crime rare.
A key point is that on the sidelines the adult prostitutes themselves are not being listened to. They oppose laws against prostitution. But no one wants to listen to the prostitutes themselves. Only to the self appointed experts that make up numbers and stories many of which have never met a real forced sex slave. The media and government never ask the prostitutes themselves what would help them in terms of laws.

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Amanda M

I would not make the assumption that every child being used in this way is happy about it and sees their victimizer as a 'knight in shining armor'. Children are often pretty aware of how adults are manipulating them.

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