American Slavery-Sex trafficking is a form of slavery that exists globally. Pushing extreme tactics such as violence, debt bondage, threats and coercion. Sex traffickers are compelling both children and adults alike to engage in commercial sex acts against their will. As I have become more involved in grass roots work here in Delaware and engaging with the community, I have come across an alarming trend. Sex trafficking In the U.S. Human trafficking is a business that generates more than $32 billion dollars annually, according to International Labor Office, a United Nations agency. In 2015, The Assistant U.S. Attorney declared that human trafficking is the fastest growing crime in our country.
Victims of sex trafficking can be anyone. Vulnerable populations are frequently targeted by traffickers, including runaway and homeless youth, as well as victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, war, or social discrimination.
While the American people are rightfully focused on their economic security and the current job market, as their Representatives, we also must work where we can to protect those most vulnerable to these barbaric trafficking crimes — after all, this is happening closer to home than we may think. People tend to associate trafficking with prostitution. It is not prostitution. Most victims find themselves in coercive or abusive situations from which escape is both difficult and dangerous. Locations where this practice occurs span the globe and reflect an intricate web between nations, making it very difficult to construct viable solutions to this human rights problem. Over the past decade, the FBI’s human trafficking investigations have been responsible for the arrest of more than 2,000 traffickers and the recovery of numerous victims, right here in the U.S.
Be it sexual predators, parents selling their children into slavery (sexual or physical) or persons with addictions to name a few, we must remain vigilant and cognizant of our surroundings to protect our communities. Recognizing potential red flags and knowing the indicators of human trafficking is a key step in identifying more victims and helping them find the assistance they need.
Some of the signs
• Works excessively long and/or unusual hours
• Was recruited through false promises concerning the nature and conditions of his/her work
• Is fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense, or nervous/paranoid
• Is under 18 and is providing commercial sex acts
• Is in the commercial sex industry and has a pimp / manager
• Is not allowed or able to speak for themselves (a third party may insist on being present and/or translating)
• Is not in control of his/her own money, no financial records, or bank account
• Appears malnourished
• An addicted parent who has a young child and suddenly disappears
Stay alert within your communities allows us to become part of the solution.
To report human trafficking, call 1-888-373 7888 or text the words: “HELP” or “INFO” to 233733.