This is one of those topics that I don’t know much about so we will learn as we go.
We all assume that human trafficking is something that occurs in other countries but not ours. It is just too hard to imagine children disappearing and being forced to live a life of slavery and/or prostitution here in the land of the free.
Here are some interesting facts:
“In the U.S., human trafficking tends to occur around international travel hubs with large immigrant populations, notably California and Texas. The U.S. Justice Department estimates that 14,500–17,500 people are trafficked into the country every year. Those being trafficked include young children, teenagers, men and women and can be domestic citizens or foreign nationals. According to the Department of State’s statistics from 2000, there are approximately 244,000 American children and youth that are at risk for sex trafficking each year.”
“the U.S. government’s minimum standards of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 to eliminate trafficking as listed in section 108 of the legislation are:
(1) The government of the country should prohibit severe forms of trafficking in persons and punish acts of such trafficking.
(2) For the knowing commission of any act of sex trafficking involving force, fraud, coercion, or in which the victim of sex trafficking is a child incapable of giving meaningful consent, or of trafficking which includes rape or kidnapping or which causes a death, the government of the country should prescribe punishment commensurate with that for grave crimes, such as forcible sexual assault.
(3) For the knowing commission of any act of a severe form of trafficking in persons, the government of the country should prescribe punishment that is sufficiently stringent to deter and that adequately reflects the heinous nature of the offense.
(4) The government of the country should make serious and sustained efforts to eliminate severe forms of trafficking in persons.[
the U.S. Department of Justice’s 2011 report, “Characteristics of Suspected Human Trafficking Incidents, 2008-2010,” include:
- From 2008 to 2010, Federal anti-trafficking task forces opened 2,515 suspected cases of human trafficking.
- 82% of suspected incidents were classified as sex trafficking and nearly half of these involved victims under the age of 18.
- Approximately 10% of the incidents were classified as labor trafficking.
- 83% of victims in confirmed sex-trafficking incidents were identified as U.S. citizens, while most confirmed labor-trafficking victims were identified as undocumented immigrants (67%) or legal immigrants (28%).
- 25% of the confirmed victims received a “T visa,” part of a federal program designed to aid victims of trafficking.
According to the 2011 Department of State report, victims are largely from Thailand, India, Mexico, Philippines, Haiti, Honduras, El Salvador, and the Dominican Republic, though U.S. citizens have also been victims of human trafficking. Relevant to people being trafficked from other countries, “vulnerabilities are increasingly found in visa programs for legally documented students and temporary workers who typically fill labor needs in the hospitality, landscaping, construction, food service, and agricultural industries.”
Human trafficking occurred consistently in high-population areas that serve as hubs for international travel and that have large immigrant populations. In the study, higher numbers of reported cases were found in California, New York, Texas, and Florida. All of the previous was taken from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_trafficking_in_the_United_States
25 Painfully Disturbing Facts About Human Trafficking 4 min. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqCSgCDGNT8
Child Trafficking American Style: How Cash-for-Kids exists and how to Stop It by January 16, 2015 15 min. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7B4EJcc8J8E
Human trafficking is all around you. This is how it works. TED 18min https://www.ted.com/talks/noy_thrupkaew_human_trafficking_is_all_around_you_this_is_how_it_works?language=en
Former human trafficking victim speaks out 3:35 min. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jyVvl1W3Z8
Human Trafficking 3:53 min. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnrkMkEAFnE
Hidden America: Chilling New Look at Sex Trafficking in the US 11:45 min https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSgTmcq-bBk