The Commercial sex industry has sprawled into suburbia and many different neighborhoods with a strong force destroying American families, teenagers and communities. The kidnapping of teenage girls in America has become commonplace in low income areas even into middle class neighborhoods with the help of a computer, even stalking young girls on Facebook to eventually grab them when they are vulnerable. This issue has become intensely emotional and angering to some people.
Anti-human trafficking organizations have sprung up all over the internet with their own divine talents to promote awareness and rescue kidnapped girls. According to findingjustice.org the global statistics are staggering. The profit of the global human trafficking industry is $58 Billion dollars a year with 2.5 Million humans being trafficked into the sex industry. Most of the women are trafficked from Eastern Europe (because no one wants an obese American teenager, hell, one wants a healthy American teenager at that)
However, the American trafficking statistics are somewhat as impressive. According to The Kansas City Star, the sex industry is worth$ 1 Billion dollars just in the middle of the Midwest,
“We often think about the commercial sex economy as a hustle, where there’s no real thought or planning that’s involved,” said Meredith Dank, the lead researcher on the exhaustive study funded by the Justice Department. “But we found . . . the opposite _ that some pimps and traffickers actually had a business model they followed.”
The men and women, who sell these girls, operate on an abusive path to break these girls, drugging and raping them and then forcing them to engage in several sexual experiences per day. After they become older (like 15) they kill them or throw them away. Use of the internet has a proved to be a double edged tool in finding the girls and the pimps and it is the mainstream way for pedophiles to find their bait. Also according to The Kansas City Star,
“The Internet has proven both a blessing and curse for law enforcement. The open use of Internet advertising makes it easier to track the commercial sex trade, but pimps are increasingly taking the business to peer-to-peer networks, where Internet servers are avoided, making it harder to locate and track them.”
The pimps simply adapt their methodology to go around law enforcement, to sell their underage girls and the demand is huge, so the supply keeps up with the demand for underage girls to be bought and sold like they are worthless sex dolls. They use internet websites such as Craigslist and backdoor.com to reach their audience with a selection of key words such as “fresh faces” or “new girls” to imply that the girls are very young and inexperienced.
Noelle Connor is an attorney and an advocate for helping solve the human trafficking problem. She has developed a website www.free2flourish.org. Using her skills and expertise as a lawyer she plans to help bring this industry to the awareness of the public and to hopefully start to a movement to end the exploitation of innocent girls.
- “ We, at Free To Flourish, are dedicated to spreading public awareness about modern day slavery, ensuring that the national legal environment is one that is protective of victims, and providing survivors of both sex trafficking and labor trafficking with the means to pursue legal remedies to compensate them for the grievous harm they have endured.”
There are so many stories and many sad facts about the truth of the tales of modern day slavery. In a letter written on Craigslist and reprinted by The Polaris Project this description provides a sense of what your life is worth as a young girl to the pimps that sell you.
"I was first forced into prostitution when I was 11 years old by a 28-year-old man. I am not an exception. The man who trafficked me sold so many girls my age, his house was called "Daddy Day Care." All day, other girls and I sat with our laptops, posting pictures and answering ads on Craigslist. He made $1,500 a night selling my body, dragging me to Los Angeles, Houston, Little Rock -- and one trip to Las Vegas in the trunk of a car. I am 17 now, and my childhood memories aren't of my family, going to middle school, or dancing at the prom. They are of making my own arrangements on Craigslist to be sold for sex, and answering as many ads as possible for fear of beatings and ice water baths.”
Hopefully with the many new organizations that are combating this problem we can make some progress in stopping this problem and sending the ring leaders to jail. It is probably right up there with sending the actual unethical Wall Street Bankers of 2008 into jail (don’t hold your breath).
The fact that most of the humans being sold into sexual slavery are women makes the problem more likely to be swept under the rug, simply due to its feminine nature. If 2.5 Million young white males went missing from the global population, there would be chaos. But, we live in times where female fetuses are aborted at an alarming rate in countries such as China and India and possibly the United States.
According to an article in The Daily Beast which specifically addressed this issue of the worth of a female fetus this was written in January of 2014;
“Families aborting female fetuses in order to guarantee the birth of a son has been a known issue in countries including India and Pakistan for decades but it is not commonly seen in western democracies. In China, the one-child policy, which was relaxed at the end of last year, has helped to create the highest gender imbalance in the world. Recent Chinese statistics suggested there were 120 newborn boys for every 100 girls.”
The fact that this issue is being broadcast-ed only strengthens the argument that girls are more likely to be thrown away, it isn't a surprise that there is an entire industry such as global sex trafficking that profits off the thrown away children, the foster children, the runaways , the abused girls who seem to end up in prostitution at very young ages.
If any of these girls can get themselves out of the situation in which they are trapped within, there are people out there, like Noelle Connor who will help sue the people responsible and bring justice to these victims’ families. We wish we could offer a more optimistic outlook on this situation, if you are a victim of sexual trafficking you can get help and you will not be humiliated and there are lawyers out there waiting to help you if they can.