Human Trafficking - Women and Children

The ugliest, most preventable, man-made disaster on our planet is

Sex abuse in its many forms: 
Raping adults and children, incest, pornography,
and the underground world of sex slaves (child trafficking).  

  • Human trafficking defined.  Human trafficking is an organized activity which forces women and children into prostitution.  These victims work on our streets, are often held captive in residents’ homes and hotels, and travel over our highways to other destinations where they will experience further exploitation and abuse.  Human trafficking is a cruel practice.  
  • Spokane has become an entry area for child prostitutes.  Teen prostitutes are initiated here and then moved into larger metro areas.  
  • Male prostitution is “hidden,” and those involved are especially vulnerable.  
  • Those engaged in sex for money are often doing it to support a drug addiction.  
  • Childhood trauma, especially sexual abuse, compels teen girls and women to enter this lifestyle.  
  • Sexual trafficking of children also involves smuggling children from Mexico into our country.  The biggest clientele are Americans.  Dozens of rings are bringing children into 48 U.S. states, and setting up brothels where men prey on helpless children.  In addition, mobile brothels will deliver children to other locations.  
  • Help establish and enforce a “Community Standard of Decency.”  Pornography drives sexual deviancy, violence against women, and child sexual abuse.  

  • There are an estimated 500 adult women in prostitution in Spokane.  This includes women working for escort businesses, massage parlors, drug houses, and those on the streets.
  • Some of our children who have disappeared have been taken into the sex-traffic business. 

    At least 200,000 innocent children have been forced into sexual slavery in the U.S. 

    There are nearly 2,000,000 children in the world who are being held against their will as sex slaves. People travel all over the world to engage in forced sex with children.  One girl was only 10 years old, and she was 6 months pregnant.  (The Abolitionists movie - the beginning of the liberation of these children,

  • The general age is 14-16, but as young as 5.  The American Dept. of Justice estimates there are 200,000 youths who are forced into the sex trafficking industry in the U.S.

  • A 2005 United Nations report estimated that over 2 million children are victimized each year through prostitution and pornography.  (see UNICEF, The State of the World’s Children 2005:  Childhood under Threat (204), 26)

What You Can Do

President Barack H. Obama

January 16, 2013

"And so what we should be thinking about, is our responsibility to care for (children), and shield them from harm, and give them the tools they need to grow up, and do everything that they're capable of doing.  This is our first task as a society, keeping our children safe. This is how we will be judged.  And their voices should compel us to change.

"…we must do something to protect our communities and our kids…We have to examine ourselves in our hearts, and ask yourselves what is important?  This will not happen, unless the American people demand it.  If parents and teachers, police officers, and pastors, if hunters and sportsman, if responsible gun owners, if Americans of every background stand up and say, enough.  We've suffered too much pain, and care too much about our children to allow this to continue, then change will -- change will come.

"Along with our freedom to live our lives as we will, comes an obligation to allow others to do the same.   We don't live in isolation.  We live in a society, a government for and by the people. We are responsible for each other.

" …when it comes to protecting the most vulnerable among us, we must act now, for Grace, for the 25 other innocent children and devoted educators who had so much left to give; for the men and women in big cities and small towns who fall victims to senseless violence each and every day; for all the Americans who are counting on us to keep them safe from harm.

"Let's do the right thing.  Let's do the right thing for (our children) and for this country that we love so much." 

(Speaking of the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre which took the lives of 20 children and 6 adults, President Obama announced his anti-gun violence plan to curb such violence, and to protect our children.)
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100,000 children are bought, sold, and rented in the U.S. every year.  Protected Innocence Challenge 2015, is a legal framework of protection for the Nation's children.  Anti-trafficking laws provide heavy penalties on both traffickers and buyers.  This deters demand and trafficking.  (Shared Hope International,