One of the largest and most lucrative industries in the world is keeping millions of girls enslaved every day. Human trafficking is now a horrific problem in 137 countries, which is over 70% of the entire world. Communities and cultures across the world have become numb and unaware of what is really happening in this worldwide sex industry. When girls and young women are seen on the streets offering their bodies for sale others within the community categorize their actions as selfish and depraved; “they wanted money so bad that they are willing to offer themselves to men”. But we have to ask how do so many girls fall prey to the dangers of the international sex industry every day? It is a crisis based on a lack of hope.
Understanding the reasons for the sex trafficking and slavery epidemic is critical to creating solutions. The typical cycle that leads to enslavement goes like this:
Luring – Traffickers target vulnerable girls and parents who have been subject to poverty, unemployment, broken families and unstable governments. The traffickers offer promises of a better life, a job, material possessions or money and due to the hopelessness surrounding the targeting families many girls and/or parents give in.
Extraction – Once the trafficker knows that he has his victim he immediately removes her from the community for which she has family ties or governmental protection. This will make it difficult for her to break free once she becomes enslaved.
Control – After the victim is removed from her community she must be controlled in order to keep her a slave. Isolation, violence, threats and creating dependencies are all ways that traffickers enslave their victims.
- 2 girls are sold every 60 seconds
- Every year an additional 1.2 million children are trafficked
- Sex trafficking is a 32 billion dollar industry
- 1.2 million children are trafficked every year
- Every 2 minutes a child is being prepared for sexual exploitation
- The average victim is forced to have sex up to 40 times a day