“The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything”
Trafficking in America Task Force Mission Statement:
To educate and empower local, state and federal law enforcement and the public with the tools to make a difference in the fight against human trafficking. To advocate for all victims and survivors of human trafficking with a focus on trafficked males. The Trafficking in America Task Force “Boys are Not for Sale” initiative will be bringing together experts in the field to create the resources so desperately needed for trafficked males in their aftercare and healing. The “End Demand” initiative will work to address the influence of pornography as a driving force in sex trafficking and engage our young men in a conversation about healthy relationships. In conclusion, to make sure that not one more child suffers a ravaged childhood and a lifetime of pain and suffering as a victim of child sex trafficking. This will be accomplished by prevention through education and by making sure legislation is enacted that imprisons sexual predators and ensures the safety of our children.
In a 2008 study by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, of those who were sexually exploited in New York, fifty percent of victims were found to be boys from the United States, being trafficked domestically.
Local man tells horrifying tales of child sex slavery: First Coast News On Point News Magazine
For seven long years I was trapped in a hell no one deserves. I was nothing more than a shell of a human being enduring suffering and torture at the hands of psychopaths and sociopaths as the world looked on. I attended school, and from the outside appeared to be a “normal child” but I was being trafficked in plain sight. I was often pulled out of school to “service” clients and after school, holidays and weekends were all just a never-ending nightmare for me. All of the signs were there but no one cared enough to look or had the training or education to realize my bruises and lengthy illnesses were all red flags for a child suffering endless abuse.
I will never know the joy of being a carefree child lying in a field watching clouds as I imagine figures in their gentle shapes.What I can do is fight until my dying breath so that every child can experience this and stop the tragedy of another vandalized childhood.
President and CEO Trafficking in America Task Force
Child Sex Trafficking Survivor, Child Advocate, Speaker, Staff Writer and Columnist for Communities Digital News and Marine Corps Veteran
Human trafficking is a global crime hidden in plain sight:
1.) The United Nations describes human trafficking as “recruiting, harboring, transporting, providing, or obtaining a person for compelled labor or commercial sex acts through the use of force, fraud, or coercion.”
2.) According to social scientists there are an estimated 27 million victims of human trafficking in the world today. Only a small fraction of those have been found. (U.S. State Department)
3.) The total market value of illicit human trafficking is estimated to be in excess of $32 billion. (United Nations)
4.) According to the United Nations human trafficking generates $9.5 billion yearly in the United States.
5.) Human trafficking second only to drug dealing as the largest criminal industry in the world today and it is the fastest growing. (U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services)
The trafficking of children is a global scourge that must be eliminated:
1.) The average jail time served for someone found guilty of buying sex with a child is about 1.5 years.
(Shared Hope International’s Demanding Justice Project)
2.) The average age of a sex trafficked child in the United States is 13-14 years old. (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
3.) Responsible for child sex trafficking:
Immediate Family 36%
Friend of the family 14%
(Typically labor trafficking)
(2015 EMSI Rescue and Restore Regional Conference to Combat Human Trafficking)
4.) UNICEF estimates there are nearly two million children in the commercial sex trade
5.) The United States Department of Justice estimates close to 300,000 children are at risk of being prostituted in the United States.
6.) One in seven endangered runaways reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in 2013 were likely sex trafficking victims. (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children).
7.) An average victim of sex trafficking may be forced to have sex up to 20-48 times a day (Polaris Project).
8.) The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimates a pimp can make $150,000-$200,000 per child a year and the average pimp has 4 to 6 girls.
9.) FBI Report on Crime 2011 reported: “The average life expectancy of a trafficked child is 7 years.”
We are facing a crisis in this country as sex traffickers are increasingly targeting our children. They have even infiltrated schools sending children who act as recruiters to lure unsuspecting victims into being trafficked.
Pornography is a driving force in the demand for sex trafficking:
1.) National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reviewed 17.3 million images and videos of suspected child pornography in 2011 — nearly 4000% more than in 2007.
2.) “Studies and case reports indicate that 30% to 80% of individuals who viewed child pornography and 76% of individuals who were arrested for Internet child pornography had molested a child.” ( “A Profile of Pedophilia:”)
3.) A 2008 study conducted at the Federal Medical Center in Butner, N.C. asked 155 male inmates in a treatment program convicted of Child Pornography if they had ever molested a child.
At the start of the program twenty-six percent of the men admitted molesting a child, but as the program ended that number changed to eighty-five percent.
Training and education are crucial in bringing an end to human trafficking:
1.) 85 percent of survivors came in contact with a health care professional while being trafficked. (BEAZLEY INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH LAW AND POLICY)
2.) Of 500 resident physicians surveyed fewer than 10 percent suspected that they had encountered a human trafficking victim, and only 20 percent said they would know what to do if they encountered a victim. (Domestic Child Trafficking: Assessment of Pediatric Residents’ Knowledge and Educational Needs)
3.) Since pimps and traffickers generally exercise nearly complete control of their victims these points of contact with healthcare represent rare opportunities for victim identification and intervention. (Human Trafficking and the Healthcare Professional)
4.) Because of the hearsay exception in the Federal Rules of Evidence for statements made for medical treatment (regardless of whether the declarant testifies), statements by victims to healthcare professionals should usually be admissible in a trafficking prosecution. (Morgan v. Foretich)
5.) State legislators should draft and pass laws that require healthcare providers to undergo training on trafficking generally, including the basic warning signs and indicators for victim identification, techniques for communicating effectively with possible victims to assess their situations and determine victim status, and appropriate actions to take when a victim is identified. (Annals of Health Law)