The Annual Trafficking in Persons Report ranks USA in the top three
Sometimes it's a good thing to rank in the "top three" or even the "top ten" -- but this is one time we do not want to earn a high ranking.
A foxnews.com article on 6/22/19 reports that, "The United States is again ranked as one of the worst countries in the world for human trafficking. According to a recently released report by the State Department, the top three nations of origin for victims of human trafficking in 2018 were the United States, Mexico and the Philippines."
Why do we rank third in the world? Fox News says, "At the heart of the human trafficking trade in America is simple economics: Supply and demand."
Geoff Rogers, co-founder of the United States Institute Against Human Trafficking says, "We have a major issue here in the United States. The US is the number one consumer of sex worldwide. So we are driving the demand as a society. We're also driving the demand with our own people, with our own kids,” Rogers said. “So there are tremendous numbers of kids, a multitude of kids that are being sold as sex slaves today in America. These are American kids, American-born, 50 percent to 60 percent of them coming out of the foster care industry.”
Foxnews.com reports that, "This assertion is confirmed by the State Department’s report, which found that children in foster care, homeless youth, undocumented immigrant children and those with substance abuse problems were especially at risk to fall into the human trafficking trap."
To those who don't believe that trafficking happens here, I say open your eyes. Become aware. Learn more. Share what you learn. Host a gathering in your home and show the twenty-minute Chosen video. (Borrow it from Hope4Justice!) Promote anti-trafficking curriculum in your school district. Get involved with youth programs so young people have a safe adult in their lives. Promote the STEP scholarship program sponsored by Hope4Justice.
Do you have other ideas to fight against this tide of trafficking of our children? Please share them with us so we can all consider the best ways to go about protecting our kids. They're worth it.
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