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HUMAN TRAFFICKING IS SECOND LARGEST INDUSTRY BEHIND THE DRUG TRADE

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 goes on.

They are all around us.  

Youth CultureAs culture decays, exploitation flourishes. Whether we like it or not, the two are connected. If you notice the one, bet on finding the other.  

InternetThis 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.  

Entertainment 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.  

Gender Roles Where value is lacking, abuse is tolerated. As a result, our dislike becomes the “ticket” with which we justify unjust behavior. § 

Poverty 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 CorruptionJust because they have the power to end trafficking doesn’t mean they use it. Government corruption keeps exploitation alive and well.  

Organized CrimeOne 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 they use.

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.


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