The Human Traffic Jam
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What is Human Trafficking? It is much more than I thought that it was. I was contacted via Twitter by a man named Aaron Cohen. He asked me to look at his cause and when I heard it was about slavery, I was intrigued. I took a look, as promised. I was horrified at what I read. Human Trafficking is not a word I would have mentally affiliated with slavery though it is that, in every sense of the word. I am mortified by the statistics and where it happens. Human Trafficking is a global problem. It is a problem of governments cooperating and supporting convictions and making this a crime at all in some cases. Human Trafficking involves so much more than prostitution or young girls dragged into brothels as I so naively thought, it is much worse. Men, women and children are currently being trafficked for the purpose of:
- Forced Labor
- Sex Trafficking
- Bonded Labor
- Involuntary Domestic Servitude
- Forced Child Labor
- Child Soldiers
- Child Sex Trafficking
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Tier 1 - Countries That Fully Comply With TVPA
- Bosnia & Herzegovinia
- S. Korea
- New Zealand
- Slovak Republic
- United Kingdom
- United States of America
Missing Persons Links
The TIP Report
The TIP (Trafficking in Persons) Report for 2011 was recently released. The TIP report ranks every country in a tier based on their cooperation with other governments on a global level. Tier 1 is the highest rank and Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, warns that just because a country is listed in Tier 1 doesn't mean they don't have a human trafficking problem - it only means they recognize it as a problem and they are compliant in trying to deal with it as a global issue.
There are a total of 184 countries and of those only 32 countries are ranked Tier 1. That alone is astounding.
According to the FBI's National Crime Information Center (NCIC) there were approximately 876,213 persons reported missing in the year 2000 alone, of those approximately 85% to 90% were juveniles. The United States Justice Department estimates 24% of those missing people are due to stranger abductions. Those figures are staggering and I wonder how many of those persons could be caught in a Human Trafficking ring.
I have added several links to this article. The TIP Report includes victims stories and explains how human trafficking happens and the efforts that are being made to stop this crime. I was surprised to find that grown women and men are kidnapped in large numbers and they are forced to work in factories. They are beaten, starved and often handcuffed or kept in locked rooms.
I have linked Jessie Foster's story below. Her family believes that she is a victim of human trafficking. This is just one girl. Kansas City, Missouri has been in the recent news for allegations of human trafficking rings. One report describes the Midwest as a pipeline for human trafficking.
Please read the links below. You might be able to save someone from a terrible future in being aware and knowing what to do if you suspect someone of being involved in human trafficking. Please support Abolish Slavery Now or an organization to stop this crime that seems to have a very large and very dark market that has cast it's net over the entire world.
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- Successful Interventions For Toledo, Ohio: Third Largest City for Child Sex Trafficking and Slavery
Task Forces and partnerships among agencies and private citizens in Ohio are combating the proliferation of human trafficking in Ohio with some success. The port city Toledo, because of its location on Lake Erie near Detroit and Windsor, has been a g
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