A $32-billion-a-year industry, human trafficking is the world's fastest growing criminal enterprise, according to the U.S. State Department. An estimated 27 million people are victims of the crime, which involves being forced to perform labor or commercial sex acts.
Child trafficking victims, whether for labor, sex or organ trafficking, come from all backgrounds, include both boys and girls. They span a wide age range from 1 to 18 years old. Sex trafficking victims up to roughly 25 years old most often started as young as 14.
- Signs of physical abuse such as burn marks, bruises or cuts.
- Unexplained absences from class.
- Less appropriately dressed than before.
- Sexualized behavior.
- Overly tired in class.
- Withdrawn, depressed, distracted or checked out.
- Brags about making or having lots of money.
Victims are exploited in varying corners of the world, in dictator-run countries and democracies, yet many facets of their horrific experiences share familiar narratives .At one point or another, vulnerable victims are often exploited by someone they trust and are then stripped of their dignity and subjected to horrors.
Tune into my radio show and here professionals share some of the alarming statistics surrounding this inhuman practice. Click here: Human trafficking
- Call the toll-free (24/7) National Human Trafficking Resource Center at (1-888-373-7888).
- Text HELP or INFO to BeFree (233733)