"Thousands of women are sold for sex every day in New York City, but between two long-term restoration homes, only 24 spots exist for survivors to find long-term, holistic care."
"Estimates vary, but the U.S government estimates that between 14,500-17,500 people are trafficked in the United States each year. The Department of Justice estimated in 2005 that 100,000-150,000 people had been forced to labor as sex slaves in the United States since 2001, a vast majority of them women and children"
"Human trafficking is second only to drug trafficking as the most profitable illegal industry in the world, in 2005 Patrick Belser of ILO estimated a global annual profit of $31.6 billion."
"Victims are generally found in dire circumstances and easily targeted by traffickers. Individuals, circumstances, and situations vulnerable to traffickers include homeless individuals, runaway teens, displaced homemakers, refugees, job seekers, tourists, kidnap victims and drug addicts. "
- A child is trafficked every 30 seconds. – UNICEF
- The average age of entry into commercial sex slavery in the United States is 13 years old. – United States Department of Justice
- Human Trafficking occurs in 161 out of 192 countries. – The United Nations
- Pornography is a 96 billion dollar per year industry. – The Internet Filter Review
- Up to 96% of women in prostitution want to escape but feel they can’t. – United Labor Organization
- Human Trafficking is a 32 billion dollar per year industry. – The United Nations
- In some countries it is estimated that 70% of men purchase sex. – Victor Malarek; The Johns
- Over 27 million people are enslaved around the world. This is more than double the number of Africans enslaved during the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. – Kevin Bales; Free the Slaves
Analytical facts and figures might bely the black hole of misery that is the human trafficking, but dwell on it for a moment; an estimated 27 MILLION people, are being exploited and destroyed around the world in this form of modern day slavery (that is more than double the number of Africans enslaved durning the Trans-Atlantic slave trade). Forced into unspeakable and unimaginable acts they are kept in bondage to their masters through fear and coercion. All the basic rights and dignities that we take for granted are ripped from them and they are slaves in every sense of the word.
Often lured in to the trap with promises of high paying jobs in first world countries desperate women (often caught before the age of 15) spring at the chance for betterment. They are then transported to a country where they don't speak the language and their passports or ID papers are confiscated. This creates a perfect jail of confusion and fear, which will hold in bondage these women, giving them very little chance of escape.
Another tactic the pimps use is to threaten their families with harm if they don't comply, or they are in "debt" to him for bring them to the country, and it is a debt that somehow they will never be able to pay off. Or they might be children sold into by their parents who are looking to pay off a debt or desiring the luxury and ease the money will bring. Raised in this system they know nothing else, physically and mentally abused the survival rate is about seven years....if that.
The issues surrounding these women and children are very complicated, they are displaced people without identities or homelands. Abused, scared, traumatized and perhaps knowing only one life, the effort to be made on their behalf is huge. Safe houses, jobs, education, training and love are some of the things that will help them get off (and stay off) the streets. They are the lost, the widows and the orphans and we are to minister to their needs, pouring forth the love of God on them through action and prayer.
In Amsterdam's red light district women stand behind plate glass windows, goods on display to be bought and sold; pain is palpable and misery coats the walls like soot clinging to your skin. They (the elite, the hard core feminists) might have you think that this, THIS is a profession of choice, bold women who are using their own bodies in freedom with dignity to make money. But I defy you to go and look carefully into their eyes and not come away with the bitter truth in your heart. Abused, wounded, hurt and in bondage, despair is in every heartbeat and agony is a constant companion. These women are slaves waiting to be set free.
Sources and ones worth reading!
Give Them Shelter
Human Trafficking Wikipedia