As vile of a crime as it is..Trafficking will continue to grow. We need do more for these people. Awareness can go a long way. Community involvement can have a massive impact. Many trafficking victims are rescued because someone recognized the signs of trafficking. We have to do more for them. This world is not such a big place and they are not so different than us. This is our family being bought and sold by the predators in this world. On any level society has a moral responsibility to do what it can. If your a Christian remember Christ’s words in Mathew 25
“the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels..Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’“
We are called to give all the we have to spare for our brothers and sisters on this world. Christ died for all of us and we are called to His example. Our lives are supposed to be laid down for the good of this world.
I’m an avid reader –probably suffering a near addiction- reader of CNN. Today as I look at CNN I am met with the title “Report: ISIS selling Yazidi women in Syria.” This course of action is not really surprising given the atrocities ISIS has already committed prior to this. The Yazidi people do not believe in Islam, so the article goes on to notate that the ISIS leaders have said this women and children “converted” so they can be married to ISIS fighters. There is no conversion when you’re captured and taken into slavery by force, threatened with death, then sold for just a thousand dollars. That is the going rate for the Yazidi just one thousand dollars. These are innocent people stolen from their homes, who watched ISIS fighters execute their husbands and fathers. Beautiful people stolen away from their lives and sent fleeing into mountains, or captured as slaves.
At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.
In Hawaii, there is a farm known as FAT LAW FARM. Fat Law, exports fresh basil to the mainland United States. Twice, Fat Law has gotten in trouble with the feds. The first time immigrant workers were spraying pesticides given to them by farm owners but were unaware the combination they were using was toxic to humans. They were forced by the FDA to burn all 29 acres when they discovered the basil was essentially poisonous. The farm makes up around 80% of the basil exported each year valued at millions of dollars. The second time the farm got in trouble, it was discovered that they were paying some of their workers below minimum wage and not giving them overtime pay even though they worked 70 hours+ a week. When confronted Fat Law said that because they supplied housing, laundry facilities, and food they didn’t violate federal law. Here is a photo of one of the “bedrooms.”
The following are excerpts from a paper I wrote on trafficking. They give a quick crash course on the stats of trafficking as a whole and in the United States Itself, included the sources at the end.
Trafficking is essentially the forced labor of human beings. It is often assumed that trafficking is the actual movement of humans but humans do not have to be moved anywhere to be “trafficked” just forced into labor. There are approximately 27 million people living in forced slavery across the globe. Every year an additionally ~50,000 humans are brought into the United States with an estimated 2-300,000 living in forced labor total in the United States. Roughly 80% of trafficked humans are female while 50% are also children. 1.8 million Children are forced into the sex trade every year. The target age for traffickers is currently between 12 and 13 years old. It is estimated that within ten years human trafficking will overtake drugs as the leading monetary supply to international criminal organizations (Lalich 2013). Human trafficking is currently a 42 billion dollar a year enterprise (Wheaton, Schauer, and Galli, 2009).
In the United States the Department of Justice estimates the number of children slaves in the United States to be near 100,000. Trafficking is reported in all fifty states and all U.S. territories. California currently has 3/10 of the top child sex trafficking areas in the country and is overall one of the top destinations for traffickers. The cities with large ports are major points of entry including New York, Las Angeles, and Houston (Lalich 2013). The price for victims in the US can range as high as 100,000 dollars with sales in the US turning 13 billion in profit out of the 32 billion made worldwide each year (Wheaton, Schauer, and Galli, 2009).
- Lalich, Janja. 2013. Human Trafficking: Making Humans Invisible and Disposable.
California State University. Retrieved at: http://rce.csuchico.edu/sites/default/files/professional-development/connect-learn-engage/MediasiteMaterials/Making%20Humans%20Invisible%20and%20Disposable.pdf (11/24/2013)
- Wheaton, Elizabeth; Schauer, Edward; and Galli Thomas. 2009. Economics of Human
Trafficking. International Migration, Georgetown University. (11/24/2013)