Approximately 90% of professionals that come into contact with children in their daily professional lives cannot recognize a trafficked child in their midst, and largely disbelieve the child’s cries for help when they happen. A freed trafficked man named Ken who’d been raped, and sexually used in the trafficking system since he was five years old told a story recently at a trafficking awareness conference I and my bride attended about a day in his life as a human trafficking victim. He had been taken to the hospital one day by his handlers for injuries sustained during a beating by one of his handlers because he did not bring in enough cash one day. Of course that wasn’t the story given to the emergency staff. At one moment, his trafficker left the room. Ken recognized an opportunity. He whispered to the doc that these people were doing bad things to him and he needed help. They left after his severe injuries had been treated to the best of the doctor’s ability. Three hours later, Ken was returned to the emergency room for injuries sustained because his traffickers punished him for telling the doctor their “secrets.” The doctor had not believed the boy, and told the trafficker that his “son” had a vivid imagination that needed to be handled, and subsequently told the trafficker the information given to him in confidence by the boy.
You and your family do not need to be the victims. But we can do better together. This is a family thing.
A primary recruiting method for traffickers is happening in schools around the country. There are a wealth of opportunities available for traffickers. And by “wealth” I mean billions of dollars spent on sex by men and women who desire youthful, innocent, “virgins” that they can teach a thing or two about sex. “Innocence” and “Virginic” take top dollar in the sex world. Many of these sick dollars are spent and gained in the UNITED STATES, within which there are a wealth of opportunities for such innocence. The innocent are found in schools around the country. You’d think recruiters of your children are the seedy pimps standing on the edge of school property, waiting to prey on your children. You’d think that you, the parent, would find them easy to recognize, and easy to keep your children away from. Sadly, the people in the system are much more saavy. The promise of fun, money, and accessibility to dreams make recruiter training easy. Who’re the training? Your kids. Maybe your kid’s friends. And once they’re trained, they go to school every day, just like everyone else, and run their business from the corners, behind the school building, by the lockers, or on the way home…kids are being recruited by none other than their peers.
Yep…Recruiting in the sex trade happens by your 12-14 year old girls/boys in your schools. YOU have a full on sales team soliciting within your child’s walls while teachers teach math, English, history, and social studies…humanities teaching happens while the inhumane happens right outside their classroom doors. Teachers ought to know what to look for. Maybe some have an idea, but are too busy with their classwork…I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt though because I LOVE teachers…but now that you know it’s happening, maybe you’ll panic for your girls and boys and learn up, then do something. If you think your community is immune, you would most likely be wrong. The places that mean a lot to me, such as Des Moines, Denver, Colorado Springs, Sioux Falls, and Omaha are places where trafficking happens. Some of them get to go to the Super Bowl, Carnivals, and Amusement Parks…cool right? They don’t get to have any fun. They don’t see any good plays. Your children’s (and by “your children” I mean kids in your community) bodies are played most likely several times before the game is over.
Be UPSET please. Even a little SCARED. My wise, and amazing nieces are at a vulnerable age. Their parents are vigilant and Amazing parents. But these young sales teams are excellently trained…they’re working under threat of course…but they’re good at what they do. Really, really good. Young naive friends trust their young less naive friends. That’s just how it is.
Family matters. Your family needs growth? You need to be better than you are? Does your family story matter to you?
You’re better together.