the following contains the brutal truth and will most likely be painful to read, but ignorance is not bliss! It is in knowing the truth that freedom comes - not ignoring it.)
A twelve-year old girl cowers in the corner of a dirty dark room. Standing in front of her is a full-grown man. It is not her father, brother or friend, but he is her uncle. He is not there to help her. He is there to commit an act against her that few of us as members of the human race can imagine. He is there to have sex with her. So he gives her meth so that her body will demand the substance that only he can provide. Sex is not the only brutality he demands. In order to have complete control over her soul, he beats her and then gives her a pretty necklace the next day. She lives in a constant state of confusion and anxiety and all the while the monster inside screams for more meth. The days turn into months and years as he commits acts against this child that only a monster could imagine.
This is human trafficking at its core, sexual gratification at the expense of our children.
SEX TRAFFICKING FACTS:
The average age of children sold into sex slavery in America is now 12 years old.
The trafficking of humans is the third most profitable illegal business in America.
Over 27 million people are ensnared in what we could call "modern day slavery". Some are used for sexual exploitation and others are a pool for slave labor. Some are kidnapped off the street... others are sold into this life by their families.
Experts estimate that within that 27 million people 800,000 to 900,000 are transported across international borders. Imagine 27 million people. That is slightly less that the entire population of California. Comparing the transportation 900,000 people across international borders is comparable to transporting the entire city of Indianapolis to other countries in a clandestine manner... all to become sex or labor slaves (in most cases of border crossing - sex). An even more startling statistic is that 50% of these gentle souls are children.
The motivation on the trafficker's part is money. Profits are quick and easy with minimal up front cash and unlike narcotics the "product" (slave) can be used over and over. Motivation on the customer's part is obvious... sexual gratification and fantasy provided with minimal exposure and risk.
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