Consider the recent Hollywood incidences … Weinstein, Cosby, the Allison Mack sex-trafficking/sex labor scandal … and, the recent number of illegals who have been detained for crossing the border with children not their own, with the intentions of selling them.
Unfortunately, I believe people are getting “use” to these … revelations. But, people may still be surprised if they knew who were the most trafficked children in America.
According to the FBI and the Washington Examiner … the vast majority of the children trafficked in the U.S. are not Mexican or Central American, but are American. The article I am referencing was written 3 years ago. Of course, the stats for 2018 will not be known until, 2019 … but what do you want to bet … it’s gotten worse?!
According to Jenny Gaines, who worked at Breaking Free, (at the time of this article) a Minnesota-based advocacy group that helps former sex workers, girls are manipulated and taken advantage of as early as age 12 … before being trafficked.
According to then Assistant Director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, Joseph Campbell … potentially hundreds of thousands of children are being sexually abused in pedophile rings across the U.S.
In large states where homelessness has increased … so has the number of children molested, and trafficked … because they are so vulnerable to their environment.
According to Statista.com, between 2008 and 2016 the number of human trafficking victims identified … worldwide … more than doubled from 30,961 to 66,520.
But, the number of small children who are being molested, groomed, and trafficked are much higher than what “stats” tell us. We are not hearing from so many children who are being molested by a family member … a friend of the family … someone from their school … or someone from their church. Child predators know how to manipulate children into silence. And, way too often people “suspect” something is wrong … but … say nothing.
And … this … is the power that arms the child predators. That power of silence.
Even if it wasn’t true that pedophilia, molestation, and sex-trafficking were on the rise (and, they are) … the fact that it happens at all can be devastating to our children.
I urge parents to talk to their children at a very early age. I urge people who suspect child abuse (of any kind) to speak up. This is how we stop child predators … we speak up for our children … and, we teach our children to speak up for themselves … knowing … someone … will be there to listen … and, to support them.
Debbie Barth:8/01/2018 at 5:10 pm ET
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Debbie Barth is the author of The Promise Book: Tell Someone. Her goal is to aid parents who understand the necessity of talking to their children about child predators in way that doesn’t confuse or scare them.