Thursday, July 08, 2010
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"God will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help.  He will take pity on the weak and the needy and save the needy from death.  He will rescue them from oppression and violence, for precious is their blood in his sight."

Psalm 72:19


What is Human Trafficking? Minimize

A form of modern day slavery known as "trafficking in persons".  The the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage or slavery. Sex trafficking occurs when a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud or coercion, or when the person induced to perform such acts has not attained 18 years of age.  Trafficking happens in every country, including the United States of America.  According to research, 12 million fall victim to traffickers and 200,000 enter the United States annually.  

Each year sexual traffickers lure, coerce, trick, drug, kidnap, and sell millions of vulnerable women and children into the multi-billion dollar sex trade. In their daily lives victims of sexual trafficking endure unspeakable acts of physical brutality, violence and degradation including rape by so-called customers and pimps; undergo forced abortions; acquire drug and alcohol dependencies; live in fear of their lives and in fear for the lives of their family and friends; suffer acute psychological reactions as a result of their extreme physical and emotional trauma; and contract sexually transmitted diseases which all too often bring life-long illness or hasten death. If they survive, the physical, psychological and spiritual impacts of these experiences on victims are devastating and enduring. (Initiative Against Sexual Trafficking, Accessed October 31, 2007)

 

 Human Trafficking Video (Ice)

"I am Constance " Video

 

According to the United Nations World Conference 

How Trafficking Happens

Traffickers use a variety of recruitment methods including outright abduction and purchase from family members. However, in most cases, the potential trafficking victim is already seeking a chance to migrate when she is approached by an acquaintance or lured through an advertisement. Some are tricked into believing they are being recruited for legitimate employment or marriage abroad. Others know they are being recruited into the sex industry and even that they will be obliged to work in order to pay back large recruitment and transportation fees but are deceived about their conditions of work. The web of dependence is a complex one. Traffickers generally seek to exercise control over a victim’s legal identity by confiscating her passport or official papers. Her entry or stay in the destination country is usually illegal – serving to increase her reliance on the traffickers. Debt bondage is widely used to control trafficked persons and to ensure their continued profitability. Physical restraint, violence, and intimidation are frequently reported.

Victims of trafficking are rarely treated as anything other than criminals by the authorities of the receiving state and are often detained, prosecuted, and deported. This reality, combined with a fear of reprisals from traffickers, means that trafficked persons have little incentive to cooperate with law enforcement authorities in the destination countries. A lack of knowledge of legal rights and entitlements, cultural and linguistic obstacles and the absence of support mechanisms combine to further isolate trafficked women and to prevent them from seeking or receiving justice.

 


News and Statistics Minimize

Latest News Release from ICE regarding Human Trafficking arrests in the United States of America.

 

CBS News Report  "Video"

Do you think our children in the United States are not victims of human trafficking?  Think again.

CBS News Article "Against Their Will"


Identifying Victims Minimize

The State Department reports evidence of a business using victims of trafficking may include:

  • There is considerable security, such as “barred windows, locked doors, isolated location, electronic surveillance.”
  • Workers live at their workplace or do not leave without an escort, who may drive them to their quarters.
  • In the case of prostitution, there is a steady influx of men
  • Some fronts for sex trafficking are advertisements for massage parlors, porn clubs, gentlemen clubs.
  • Sex or labor slaves are often not able to volunteer their status.
  • Victim appears to be malnourished or dehydrated.
  • Victim has inadequate personal hygiene.
  • Victim has bruises or other evidence of untreated ailments.
  • Victim is especially nervous

In A Hospital Emergency Room Setting:

Signs of a trafficking victim:

  • Victim is controlled by handler and unable to be alone.
  • Victims are planted with GPS tracking devises on their person, clothing, or cell phone.
  • Passports are false.
  • Victim is brainwashed and believes the Doctors and Police authorities are working for the Trafficker.
  • Victim comes into the ER because of injuries from beatings.
  • Victim comes into the ER because of Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
  • Victim comes into the ER because of drug overdose.
  • When isolated from handler is very afraid of talking or calling a family member for fear of retaliation from handler.  Will often tell you that if they do, the family member will be killed.
  • Is not allowed to be without their cell phone.  Again, this is a inbound phone and GPS tracking devise.  It can track where abouts for up to 3 weeks.

In the brainwashing process, traffickers, beat, rape, kick, drug their victims in order to dehumanize and destroy their human rights.  Traffickers will show photographs of other children that have been murdered or mutiliated by abusers who pose as Doctors and Police Officers.  The victim is terrified to go to the hospital.  It is important to seperate the victim from their handler, cell phone, etc.  Get them to a safe place and call authorities.

In Suburban Neighborhoods:

  • Know your neighbors.
  • Know their staff such as housekeepers, etc.  Many times a domestic slave is held against their will and is not allowed to leave without the owners escorting them.  The victim is forced to work without pay to pay for their freedom (which never happens).  Their hands are often raw and scarred from hours of work.  They are isolated from the family, perhaps live in the garage, basement, or attic.  Heavy traffick of cars, people, children of different ethnicity are escorted in and out at all hours of the night.  In many cases, women are in charge of handling these victims for the trafficker. 
  • Victims are from every nation, all races, all social, educational, economic backgrounds.  They speak many languages and Russion or some Indian women can appear to be very light skinned much like Americans.  Often their language is poor English or Farci, or Russion.

WARNING!!!!! - Never approach a victim of trafficking.  They are heavily guarded, or watched from a close distance by their handler or trafficker.  Always write down license plate numbers, street address, date, time of day, descriptions, etc.  Report to Authorities such as ICE (1-866-DHS-2ICE) if you suspect a victim of human trafficking.


Myths and Misconceptions about HT Minimize

Foreigners illegally immigrate into our country to take away our Social Security and destroy our lands while enjoying our government programs after all American citizens don't illegally enter their countries.

Reality:  While there are foreigners who overstay their visa or try to escape from war or poverty torn countries, there is a majority smuggled into our United States each year as slaves for domestic servitude or sexual slavery.  12 Million globally are kidnapped or sold to human traffickers.  200,000 are brought into the United States against their will annually.  American children are not immune to human trafficking crimes.  Children are at risk in our own country of being kidnapped or abducted in foreign countries and forced into slavery.  Human traffickers will abduct a victim from any race, any socio-economic background, religious and even those educated at university level.  Human trafficking is the 2nd fastest growing crime in the world.

Why don't they just leave?

Reality:  Victims of trafficking often do not immediately self-identify as victims of a crime, due to lack of trust, self-blame, or training by the traffickers. Trust-building and patience is required for the whole story to unfold.

The legal definition of trafficking does not require physical restraint, bodily harm, or physical force. Psychological means of control, such as threats, or abuse of the legal process, are sufficient elements of the crime.

Most prostitutes are crack addicts and want this lifestyle.

Reality: Trafficking is modern day slavery.  The traffickers and pimps are the ones who make the money.  Victims are forced to repay their "purchase price" and are imposed with fines making it impossible to ever pay off the debt.  This practice is known as "debt-bondage".  Victims are forced to service as many as 15-25 clients per day in a 14 hour to 18 hour workday without pay.   Most victims are children under the age of 18 and can be as young as 5 years old.

These victims can't be that innocent, after  all they were prostitutes in their own country.

Reality:  Most victims are lured into making a better life for themselves or for their family.  They are lured into believing they will receive jobs, education, or the promise of marriage.  Once the victim is escorted to another country their passports are taken away and are given false identities.  Opportunity for escape becomes very difficult. According to the UN a major factor that has allowed the growth of sexual trafficking is "Governments and human rights organizations alike have simply judged the woman guilty of prostitution and minimized the trafficker's role." (UN Treaty)

The victims are only from poor countries.

Reality:  Victims of human trafficking can come from every socio-economic background.  Some are sold by their parents to traffickers, others are kidnapped from countries and have religious backgrounds.  Victims of modern day slavery can be from any country, any religion, any ethnicity, and all educational backgrounds including university level.

These children come from a generation of prostitution.

Reality:  Most of these children and women come from homes that believe in God.  After falling victim to forced prostitution, many believe they are eternally damned and can never be forgiven.  In many religious cultures, survivors of forced prostitution believe they can never marry or have children because of the terrible things they were made to do.  As children, they do not understand it is never their fault.


What is Trauma? Minimize

 Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is believed to be caused by psychological trauma.

Possible sources of trauma may include experiencing or witnessing

  • childhood or adult physical, emotional, or sexual abuse
  • childhood neglect
  • an event perceived as life-threatening such as physical assault, sexual assault, accidents, illnesses, medical complications
  • exposure to war or disaster

Studies have shown that stress of child abuse increases the risk of PTSD in adults.

 

Someone experiencing trauma may

  • not understand trauma triggers which are events that  may cause a reaction of a feeling of intense danger.
  • triggers are often subtle and may come in the form of individual people, places, noises, images, smells, tastes, feelings, animals, films, scenes within films, tones of voice, body positions, bodily sensations, weather conditions, time factors, or combinations thereof.
  • be suddenly overwhelmed with emotions that are not understood
  • hard to name the emotion that follows (such as intimidation, shame, fear)
  • feel the need to become aggressive in order to protect themself or others

Some of the physical symptoms may include

  • pounding heart, chest pain and sudden shortness of breath
  • trouble falling or staying asleep
  • disturbing dreams or nightmares
  • bad memories (flashbacks)

 


What Can I Do To Help? Minimize

12 Million children are kidnapped or sold into slavery each year.  200,000 children are smuggled into the United States of America each year.  Human trafficking of children is the 2nd largest growing crime in the world according to the United Nations.

Ways to help:

  • Prayer for the children, volunteers, and staff.
  • Host a fundraiser or private dinner us to help raise awareness
  • Become one of our care sponsor to help us bring orphanages into other countries to care for children who have been rescued and need help with rehabilitation, and relocation.  We need hospice orphanages for children who became terminally ill because of the abuse inflicted by their handlers.
  • Donate toward our safe houses being established in the United States for children waiting trial against their trafficker.
  • Take advantage of our "support page" and use the links on our website to conduct business with the companies donating a portion of what you would normally spend.
  • Purchase marketing placement in printed materials used in disseminateing awareness on human trafficking.

 

 

Report Human Trafficking

Toll free National HotLine (English)

1-866-DHS-2ICE

Korean Hotline

1.888.976.5274

Spanish Hotline

1.888.80.AYUDA (1.888.80.29832)

 

 


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