The U.S. government estimates 300,000 American
children are at risk of being sold into sexual slavery.
Yes, Americanchildren. These at-risk children play in your neighborhood, sit in your
classroom, shop at your store, visit your office, stay at your hotel— the list
They are all around us.
– As culture decays, exploitation
flourishes. Whether we like it or not, the two are connected. If you notice the
one, bet on finding the other.
– This is America’s no. 1 contributor
to the exploitation epidemic. Shopping from home isn’t the only thing that got
easier with this modern convenience.
Transportation – Rest stops are hot spots for exploitation. Really, any
major stop along a well-traveled transportation route is prime real estate in
the exploitation industry.
The American search for
entertainment no longer stops at video games and amusement parks. Strip clubs,
adult bookstores, and the entire adult entertainment industry has become the
normal, everyday demand.
– Where value is lacking, abuse is
tolerated. As a result, our dislike becomes the “ticket” with which we justify
Promising designer clothes, gadgets,
and the life that goes with it, pimps use materialism to lure poverty-stricken
women and teens into their lucrative trade.
Government Corruption – Just
because they have the power to end trafficking doesn’t mean they use it.
Government corruption keeps exploitation alive and well.
– One trafficker told his victim, “If
I kill a dog, I will get in trouble. If I kill you, I won’t get in any
trouble…..You don’t exist.”
Is it any surprise that human trafficking is the
second largest arm of organized crime?
When it comes to luring children into dangerous
situations, predators are anything but short on ideas. Affection,
authority, bribery, talent and peer pressure are just a few of the lures
Often, pedophiles will exploit children’s trust, using their
positions of authority to harm rather than protect. In return for silent
compliance, they offer toys, electronics, drugs, or money. Even teens have
begun to recruit, using peer pressure and the lure of social approval to coerce
others into sexual slavery.
Visit: Women at Risk International