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Human Trafficking Of Haitian Earthquake Victims

 What follows are videos I found on YouTube to back up the rumor of human trafficking in Haiti. Whenever there is a disaster people become desperate. In spite of warnings, parents actually signed their children over to "missionaries" claiming to be genuine, who as it turns out did not have the proper paperwork and tried to get 100 children and smuggle them out. They were caught and arrested. They are being released. The problem is that although this group may or may not be innocent, the United Nations was concerned that this might happen.

This is one of the reasons help may be delayed to devastated areas. Groups try to mobilize to offer real aide, and are held up in red tape due to the fear of illegal activities. By virtue of this fact alone, the people become even more desperate. They have been waiting for promised help that never comes. Enter the few criminals that do get through and the parents, fearing for the lives of their children, hand them over. Undocumented, unauthorized.

I know that in this country, the USA, these criminals prey on our own runaways. Of course, whenever an easy target presents itself, these jackals strike and devour.

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What Can Be Done?

There are real groups, real churches, real non-profit organisations whose effort is documented and genuine. In my last hub I recommended ways you can help. I do not require this help of anyone. Just because you are reading this, do not think I expect everyone to go out on a limb. I have asked only this. Pass the word.

I cannot physically leave my home and go to the four corners of the earth to rescue children. I wish I could. But there are things we can do here in our own neighborhoods that wil impact the whole world.

We must not let this go. We must join together to educate the rest of the world. This is happening in your own back yard. Do a search by your state, and find out. Florida ranks #2 in the nation. What rank is your state?

Awareness is key. Tell your family, and tell them what the ranking is in your state. Do a google search and you will see the most current effort listed is from Texas a few hours ago as I write this. What efforts are being made where you live, in our country? It all starts with you.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/02/23/1991925/new-texas-task-force-will-tackle.html

http://www.ajc.com/opinion/root-out-child-trafficking-324628.html

PreventIon

When I was a little girl, my mother gave me a purse. It had a penny in it. She said it was bad luck to give someone an empty purse. What's in your daughter's purse, your wife's purse? What is in you sister's and your mother's? How about a gift that keeps on giving, this Easter and this Mother's Day. Buy them a Purse.

  1. Pepper Spray
  2. A cell phone that only calls you and 911. (No matter where you are, always take the call.)
  3. A prepaid phone card.
  4. A gift card for a taxi service or a prepaid card with $20.00 for emergencies only.

Due to the nature of the contents they may wonder if you have lost your mind. Give them these tips as well.

These were sent me in an e-mail. I hope if you got the same you might send it to me. I have lost mine and am going from memory.

If you are walking to your car at night, ask the security personnel to see you to your vehicle.

Keep your keys in your hand, they are a handy weapon, if grasped with the keys through your fingers.

Be aware of your surroundings. Never be in too much of a hurry, Check, look and listen. Walk as if you have a purpose, briskly.

If you see anyone you are tentative about, go back inside. Never be in that much of a hurry that you will risk your own safety.

Once inside your car lock the doors and start the car. Leave the parking lot immediately. Do not daudle, going through your purse, or making phone calls.

Be wary if a van is parked by your driver's side. That leaves you as an easy target. especially if the van obscures the view of your car from others who might see if someone is in trouble. Most abductions there is a van involved.

If you are ever in the trunk of a moving vehicle, rip out the tail light and stick your hand through. Keep waving, the driver cannot see your hand, but someone behind them can.

If you are running from someone yell "Fire, Fire!" at the top of your lungs. People do not always respond when someone yells "help"

If you get in your car and there is a stranger in the back seat, floor it and wreck the car. Your air bag will save you, not the person in the back seat. If they have a gun they will be hurt and disarmed. Make your escape.

The elbow is the strongest part of your body, the solar plexus the weakest. If someone grabs you from behind strike with all the force you have.

If someone wants your wallet or purse, throw it , don't just give it to them. Run as quickly as you can in the opposite direction. Even if they have a gun, the bullet will only strike a moving target 4 out of 100 times. And then not fatally.

Remember that would be attackers will flee if they are afraid of getting caught.

If you are home at night and you hear a baby crying outside, do not go outside, call the police. If you hear water running stay in your home. These are ploys to get you out of your house.

I was mugged in a store parking lot, I fought back and the assailant was eventually caught. My mother-in-law was robbed in her parking garage in broad daylight. She had just returned from kidney dialysis. They assailant broke her arm. She was a retired school teacher.

Thank You All for pushing me into writing a most difficult hub. I could not have made myself do this if you had not required it of me. I know it sounds overly cautious but you can never be too careful.

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fits4life 6 years ago from Richmond

Its sad to see children hurting. Oportunist are always there to make money off of the innocent. Haiti is in need of help, not hurt. Thank you for writing this.


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Thank you, fits4life. This is true, greed and lust are two human traits that lead to disaster and death. I am speaking now of unnatural lust for children and poor unsuspecting innocents, easily snared into these traps. It is a pity that there is so much of this going on that people are numb from it.


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Mieka 6 years ago

I already read your hub on the movie Taken the other day. Yet another informative hub on a shocking subject. I like the tips you put in. I don't have a phone at the moment, but think I might get one. Not just for being abducted into slavery, but also for other emergencies.


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Mieka, I don't have a cell phone since I got laid off (mine was a work phone). An emergency phone is a must. A friend got one for free and when he tells me how I will post it here and e-mail you.


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James Agbogun 6 years ago

I love it when you said, "yell fire, fire!" instead of "help" because the fire might spread to the other man if he did not take action. I think this very useful hub tend to tilt to a title which involves tips for self protection are preventions. Thanks!


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

As it is one of three, James I was finally getting to the point that they might listen when I said protect yourselves. Women and young girls go missing more often, but there are plenty of boys taken as well. Prevention, as my Granddad said, is the first medicine, not only the best medicine.


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It's just me 6 years ago from Alaska

Even a cell phone that has no minutes on it can be used to call 911 as long as the batteries are charged


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

That's right! Anyone who would like to know more about Haiti, It's Just Me also has a hub on this subject!

http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Haitis-Chi

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