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Have you ever seen the Lifetime movie called Human Trafficking? This movie enlightened me regarding human slavery. I knew children were abducted and kidnapped but never realized they are sold and used sometimes as sex slaves. This actually made me physically ill. I wanted to write about this subject because people need to be aware. This is actually happening in many places, not just foreign countries but also in the United States. I thought slavery ended after the Civil War but this is a much different and very profitable type of slavery. It involves prostitution, and also the porn industry. If you are a man and reading this and you have ever watched porn think about it? Do all of these young women volunteer to do porn? The answer is no, most women are abducted and kidnapped and are forced to be a prostitute or be involved in pornography. This could be your daughter, wife, sister or neighbor. This involves big money and high demand. Who do Human Traffickers target ? Anyone who is vulnerable. Most are runaways or the very poor. The age can be the youngest from age 6 yrs to 21 yrs. The younger and naive, they more power they have to manipulate them so they are fear full of trying to leave. It's all about control.

Many women and children are abducted each year. Travelers are great for them to target, especially very poor countries. The laws regarding people who are abducted are much different in those countries. Be extremely careful when you travel with your children. Never leave them alone in a hotel room. Teenagers, especially runaways are easy for them to snatch up. Also the net has been a place where they can target and emotionally abduct them. What do I mean by this? Talk to your children and let them know about predators, even on the net. Face book and any type of social networking sites. My son who is 14yrs old just opened a Face book account. He told me a 44 yr old man who he doesn't know kept emailing him and wanted my son to be friends with him. He opened up and told me about it. He kept rejecting and we blocked him. This is exactly what I am talking about. Young boys and teenagers are just as much a target as well. Be open and honest with your children is the best education. I let my son know to only accept the people he knows. Children that feel lonely or suffer from depression I would watch closely. Teaching our children self defense moves is also a good strategy in case something were to happen. Tell your child if he or she was ever abducted to never let the person take them, try hard to kick, run and take two fingers and punch hard in the throat this will give some time to run and get away. Also to never talk to strangers. The more educated your child is about this topic the better.


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Signs Of A Human Trafficking Victim

What Can You Do About It? Be Aware and Watch For The Signs.

These are the signs

1. No eye contact.

2. No valid ID or passport.

3. Someone is speaking for them.

4. Unable to tell you where they live.

5. Physical abuse or some type of branding.

If you notice this what can you do?

You can call a toll free number 888-373-7888 this is the National Human Trafficking Victims Hot Line.

There is a Bill that should be passed to help the victims, which will provide shelter and counseling. Contact your State Representative to learn more about it.

I hope this article helps in some ways, because this is something that really needs a good fight. The more people know the better we will become to fight against it. The power of words.

Please feel free to leave comments.

Sincerely,

Sandy


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Comments 15 comments

Motown2Chitown 5 years ago

This is a very well written hub about a frighteningly under-discussed topic in the states. I was very aware of human trafficking in Europe, and I recognized that it was a problem here as well, but not to this extent. Thanks for a very informative and well written hub to bring attention to this horrible thing.


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sandylongman 5 years ago Author

Thank You so much!


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CASE1WORKER 5 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

WELL WRITTEN! people need to be aware of what can happen


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

This subject has been portrayed in mystery fiction quite a bit."The Rosary Murders" if I recall correctly had a prologue about it.


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sandylongman 5 years ago Author

No fiction here! Thousands are abducted each year. Learning as much as you can can help prevent it!

Thanks!


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

Very important topic and so well done. It's time to address this travesty. Up an useful and totally awesome.


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sandylongman 5 years ago Author

Thanks very much for the compliment! I hope it helps in some way!


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David Warren 5 years ago from Nevada

Thank you! This is a subject that should be in the media spotlight continuously until more legislation and action is taken rather than the occasional hype that fades as quickly as it rises. Social networking is no doubt a haven of glory to a lot of very sick individuals.


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sandylongman 5 years ago Author

Thanks for the comment.


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Wonderful hub. More people should know about the details of this crime. God Bless You.


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sandylongman 5 years ago Author

Thanks so much! The children need a voice!


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Highvoltagewriter 4 years ago from Savannah GA.

Extremely important subject and you did real well on this!


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sandylongman 4 years ago Author

Thank you !!!


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MakerBaker 3 years ago from Providence, Ri

This is something that needs to be brought to the public's attention, Good Article


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sandylongman 3 years ago Author

Thank You!!

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