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The Facts…

23 Apr
  1. Approximately 75-80% of human trafficking is for sex
  2. researchers note that trafficking plays a major role in the spread in HIV
  3. There are more human slaves today than ever before in history
  4. More than 305 of trafficking cases in 2007-2008 involved children being sold into the sex industry
  5. Over 71% of trafficked children show suicidal tendencies
  6. Brazil and Thailand are generally considered to have the worst child sex trafficking records.
  7. Women and girls from racial minorities in the U.S. are disproportionately recruited by sex traffickers in the U.S.
  8. Belgium, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Thailand, Turkey, and the U.S. are ranked very high as destination countries of trafficked victims
  9. Most human trafficking in the United States occurs in New York, California, and Florida.
  10. UNICEF estimates that 300,000 children younger than 18 are currently trafficked to serve in armed conflicts worldwide.

 

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Human Trafficking Is…

19 Apr
  1. The fastest growing criminal enterprise
  2. The second largest criminal enterprise
  3. There are an estimated 27 million people in slavery right now
  4. There are an estimated 13 million children in slavery right now
  5. A relatively large percentage of young women and children that are trafficked for sexual exploitation will become HIV positive
  6. Approximately 20,000 individuals are trafficked into the United States from other countries every year
  7. According to Interpol, over 30,000 young women are missing in Romania
  8. The average age of a young woman first being trafficking is 12-14 years old
  9. 75% of all victims of human trafficking are female
  10. Over 50% of all human trafficking victims are children

Jessica Richardson: A Former Slave

11 Apr

Jessica Richardson was molested when she was only 4 years old by 3 teenaged boys next door. After this the family moved to Oregon where Jessica’s father was killed. Jessica was 10 when this happened and it was then she found that her friends had never been exposed to sex. Richardson says, “i don’t think the trauma of what happened affected me until then.”

At age 13, Richardson found herself loosing control. She began using drugs and dealt with a miscarriage. she got her GED at 16 and got a job as a waitress. There she met a man, 43 years old, which gave her attention and she liked it. Richardson said, ” i had never felt so special, so loved.”

That summer Jessica Richardson ended up a victim of sex trafficking at age 17. She was forced to go to Oregon, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Washington, and Canada. She was required to make $1,000 a day, which often forced her to work 12 hours a day. She was forced to change her name and age. A year later a group of prostitutes beat her until she was unrecognizable. After this situation she left, and 3 years later she found out she was pregnant. She went back home to her mom, got her real identity back, and had her baby. She is now married and trying to live a normal life with her family.

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