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Thursday, July 06, 2006

Sex Slave Trade / Trafficking

What will it take for suburban America to wake up to issues like the following? Numbers? Knowing someone personally? What can we do anyway?

As many as 800,000 people are bought and sold across national borders annually or lured to other countries with false promises of work or other benefits, the State Department said in its annual survey of international human trafficking. Most are women and children.

Forced prostitution is a form of sexual slavery that is often directed at immigrants to Western and Asian countries. Often the "owners" of these people will confiscate passports and/or money in order to make the women involved completely reliant on them. This practice, also known as sex trafficking or human trafficking, is illegal in most countries.

The US has at least 20,000-30,000 people brought into the country every year for sex slavery.

CyberTipline handles leads from individuals reporting the sexual exploitation of children.

Sexual victimization of children is overwhelming in magnitude yet largely unrecognized and underreported. Statistics show that 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 10 boys are sexually exploited before they reach adulthood, yet less than 35% of those child sexual assaults are reported to authorities.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

One wouldn't normally think about such things.

Thanks for the info. Opened my eyes to something not talked about.


10:00 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Frontline had a good program related to this recently, and I have a couple of posts on the topic, with links to more resources. I'm glad to see people taking notice of this issue.

3:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great Post! All of these are huge issues that people in America dont seem to acknowledge. Cybertipline is a great resource. I have it bookmarked in case i ever need to make a report online. Its so sad that 1 in 5 kids are solicited online, that is just sick. At least Cybertipline is an organization that educates americans and has a place for you to report these creeps, thank goodness. Making the US safer slowly but surely. Thanks again!

12:46 PM  

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