by Diana Scimone
President, The Born2Fly Project to stop child trafficking
I've been working to stop child trafficking for more than a decade. Here are my predictions for how the international fight to stop the traffic will change in 2014:
1. Move to millennials
In 2014 millennials will have a greater role in the fight to stop human trafficking. “We are too young to realize that certain things are impossible. So we will do them anyway.”— William Wilberforce (via @Love146). This will also change the face of the abolitionist movement because millennials are more relational than their elders. (See #7 below.)
2. Pursuit of prevention not just rescues
In 2014 there will be a greater emphasis on prevention and stopping demand as individuals and organizations understand the need to fight trafficking at both ends of the supply chain.
3. Move toward specialization
Anti-trafficking organizations will specialize and find their own niche (versus 5 years ago when the few anti-trafficking organizations in existence had to do everything—protection, prosecution, and prevention). This will allow newcomers to work with organizations that focus on their own area of interest.
4. More involvement from the business world
In 2014 large corporations and small businesses alike will get involved in the fight to stop the traffic—not just because the link between fair trade and human trafficking will be more obvious but because they’ll realize (1) trafficking is occurring in their midst and (2) they can leverage their power to do something to stop it.
5. More involvement from the faith-based community
This will happen as people of faith realize that “social justice” is not a bad term, that trafficking is happening in their cities, and that traffickers are already working in their neighborhoods and they better be, too. They’ll realize that nothing is going to change without prayer and more congregations than ever will participate in January’s National Weekend of Prayer to End Slavery and Trafficking.
6. The link between porn and human trafficking will become more obvious.
Those who fight human trafficking have always understood the link between these two crimes but the general public has not. That will change in 2014.
7. Coalitions will form.
It’s about collaboration. Successful city-wide, state-wide, and country-wide anti-trafficking coalitions will be the ones that set aside personal agendas for the greater good. (See #1 above.)
8. Traffickers will continue to go further underground and use high-tech and online platforms.
At the same time, law enforcement will also continue to ramp up their high-tech, digital, and online means of stopping both traffickers and buyers.
9. Media attention will ebb and flow.
In 2014 more media will cover the fight to end human trafficking—yet at the same time the window will begin to shut as media attention goes on to another crisis.
10. We will still hear, “That happens here?”
Sadly we will continue to hear this from people who are unaware that trafficking happens in their neighborhoods and schools (not just “those" neighborhoods and schools). This will sadly allow traffickers to continue recruiting children right under their noses.
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Do you have any predictions to add to the list? Leave them in a comment.
Diana Scimone is president of The Born2Fly Project to stop child trafficking. She is author of Audacious: The bold, brave, brazen plan to shut down the global child sex industry.