What Is Human Trafficking?
There has been a lot of social media posts and news coverage about human trafficking lately. i have seen numerous cell phone videos where mothers are claiming that strange men were lurking around them or their children in Wal-Marts and similar stories. Well even though most of these stories are not likely true, the fact of the matter is that right now there are more people in forced slavery globally than there were before the US civil war started! According to the US Census there were approximately 4 Million slaves in 1860 in the US. The UN currently estimates that there are somewhere between 21-70 million people in slavery right now across the world. Now this is not an apples to apples comparison because we don’t have the numbers for slavery worldwide in 1860, however it does clearly show that slavery (i.e. human trafficking) is still a very clear and present problem across the globe. Overall violent crime statistics in the US are at 40 year lows and in general we are all safer now than at any point in history. However, there are still things that we need to be vigilant about and human trafficking is something that we should be aware of and we should know how to keep from becoming a victim of human trafficking and even if you are not at high risk for being targeted this advice generally applies to many situations that anyone could find theirselves in on a weekend out on the town with your spouse or friends!
The Google Dictionary defines Human Trafficking as follows: “The action or practice of illegally transporting people from one country or area to another, typically for the purposes of forced labour or commercial sexual exploitation.” About 70% of the total number of people being trafficked is for sexual exploitation. Of those 70% the vast majority are females between the ages of 15-23 years old. So with that in mind this information is geared primarily towards that group of people and the parents of those young ladies who read this blog. As I am sure I undoubtedly have very few teenage girls reading this site. But as I noted earlier all of this advice is good for good old fashioned personal safety in a variety of settings.
Many people tend to think of Human trafficking as being snatched up and thrown in a van and being taken somewhere and being held hostage. In reality those kinds of circumstances are quite rare. Usually the traffickers are targeting runaways, drug users, and troubled teens with bad home lives and little parental involvement. Traffickers are looking for victims. People who see themselves as victims and carry themselves as victims. They know that people with this mindset are easily manipulated and can be controlled. There have been many instances of young women who were being forced to be prostitutes while they were still living at home! So understand that this does not have to be a kidnapping scenario it can be as simple as allowing your children to hang out with the wrong types of people.
The key to not being targeted is to not allow yourself to look like a victim. How you carry yourself and present yourself to the world is a primary factor in the traffickers selection process. Take a look at the list below to see the big items that will keep you from being trafficked.
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