Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Human Trafficking- Defined

What is human trafficking and why should you care?

Human trafficking according to the TVPA(Trafficking Victims Protection Act) it is defined as: A) sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age; or B) the recruitment, harboring,transportation,provision,or obtaining of a person for labor or services,through the use of force, fraud,or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage,debt,bondage,or slavery

What?  Can you put that in plain english please?

So here’s the deal.  Slavery still exist and has never went away it just went underground and with the internet it is growing stronger each and every day.  There are a few different types of slaves now days.  

Sex Slavery: woman and children, boys and girls as young as five (maybe even younger now) are being forced to service adults in there sexual desires.  They have been lied to,stollen, and sold into sex slavery against their will.  There are many ways one can find themselves as a sex slave but the main point is that this is real.  This is happening.  And it is happening everywhere.  Even in the USA, even in cities like Kansas. Poor Dorothy would be so sad to know what is happening in her town now.  There is no place free from slavery.

Labor: Men, woman,and children who were promised jobs, sold, or stollen have now found themselves trapped in slavery.  They are trapped in horrible conditions and have to work long hours without pay.  Many of the items you purchased today at a “low cost” have been produced by slaves.

Debt bondage: Others are being paid but, as they work or when they were "hired on" they create a “debt” to be paid.  This “debt” is taken from their pay with no hopes of ever getting ahead. They are kept in seclusion from the outside world and their documents are usually taken from them.  Those who have enslaved them make sure they occur debts that they will never be able to pay off or get ahead. Debts from using the bathroom or tools for their job. These debts are then passed down to their children’s children. Creating a generation on slaves.

How many slaves are there?
According to Kevin Bale in his book disposable people there are 27 million slaves that exist today

Hearing these statistics can be overwhelming and can be hard to process.  Creative Abolitionist was created to help everyday people be involved without storming the doors of a brothel.  That is usually the first response of those who hear of little children being forced to have sex with grown men for money against their will.  And I hope some of you will catch the call and go and rescue those little ones.  But, for those of us with little ones at home and who can not dedicate every waking moment to ending slavery I want to present to you ways, even in the safety of your own home, can make a difference. Friday I will be presenting one of these ways.  Make sure you subscribe and follow us to ensure you don't miss a thing. 

Take Action

  • Tell someone today that slavery exist and that it is most likely happening in their hometown. 
  • Download the TVPA and start learning what our government says about human trafficking.
  • Be active in signing laws that will help protect these victims. 
I’m here to answer your questions, help you process this horrible crime and guide you along the way.  

Amanda Foltz

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