THE TAKE AWAY
Trafficking Statistics Analysis
By Kersley Fitzgerald
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How can child trafficking be prevented?
Awareness about child trafficking has exploded in the last few years. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has a great website to teach kids, parents, teachers, and law enforcement about trafficking. "John schools" — classes that teach users about trafficking — are plenty, but don't do much good if two thirds of them already know — and don't care.
Looking at these statistics, I see one major step that needs to happen to destroy the child trafficking industry. A step that I've not heard before in this context.
We have to teach parents how to raise their kids.
We need to help mothers and fathers learn how to protect them from sexual predators. We have to make sure dads don't become sexual predators. We have to teach them not to beat their kids. Daniel Davis' statistics are too clear:
- 85%: approximate percentage of trafficking victims who were sexually abused before.
- 75%: approximate percentage of traffickers who were molested as children.
- 85%: approximate percentage of traffickers who were physically abused as children.
- 70%: approximate percentage of traffickers who were trafficking victims before they switched.
- 55%: amount of child pornography produced in the US.
Trafficking Statistics Analysis
If you suspect someone is being trafficked or a trafficker is grooming someone, there are several avenues to alert authorities:
- For suspicion of child predators, contact HSI at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE or use the online tip form.
- For missing children or suspicion of child sexual exploitation, call the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST.
- For known or suspicions of trafficking situations, including locations such as massage parlors, contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center's Polaris Project at 1-888-2727-888 or text at BeFree (233733).
- For imminent and/or present trafficking situations, call 911.
* From American Military University's InPublicSafety.com:
Force (Federal TVPA Definition): Physical restraint or causing serious harm. Examples of force include kidnapping, battering, kicking, pushing, denial of food or water, denial of medical care, forced use of drugs or denial of drugs once a victim is addicted, forced to lie to friends and family about their whereabouts, being held in locked rooms or bound.
Fraud: Knowingly misrepresenting the truth or concealing an actual fact for the purpose of inducing another person to act to her/his detriment. Examples of fraud include false promises for specific employment, being promised a certain amount of money that is never paid, working conditions are not as promised, being told she or he would receive legitimate immigration papers or a green card to work but the documents are not obtained.
Coercion: Threats or perceived threats of serious harm to or physical constraints against any person; a scheme intended to cause a person to believe that failure to perform will result in serious harm to or physical restraint against any person.
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