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What Is Sex Trafficking And How Can You Help?

Hello, hello. Thank you for stopping by here and giving my writing your time and energy. If you’ve never visited my blog before here’s a quick intro to who I am –

Anxious mom to 3 living with Bipolar Disorder running on caffeine and cannabis.

Yep. That sums me up in as few words as possible.

Here are a few blog posts that might help you get to know me a little better –

Hello Hopelessness. I see you.

She’s Drowning

Today’s post is different though. Sometimes I like to switch it up a bit. It’s out of character but it’s important. It’s important to grow, learn, and share. So I’m using my blog to educate us both.

Today’s post is inspired by the newest episode of Mile High Podcast. 

Content Warning : Sex Trafficking

In very brief, the podcast was about a missing girl off of a cruise ship who is speculated to have been abducted and sold into sex trafficking. It was a very informative episode and I highly recommend it. It sent me down a rabbit hole on Google and now I need to write about it.

What exactly is sex trafficking?

It’s basically, modern-day slavery. It involves the recruitment, transportation and ultimate control over a victim to perform sex, sexual acts, or be sexually exploited. The victim is forced to perform sexual services to the traffickers’ customers. Victims usually work and live in terrible situations and if they attempt to escape, are often left to face deadly consequences imposed by the trafficker.

Where is it happening?

In a short answer, everywhere. Sex trafficking is happening everywhere. In every country, state, province, everywhere. After learning more about it I recognize how big of a problem it is and how little it’s talked about.

Sex trafficking is happening everywhere, every day. Experts call it a low-risk high-profit crime. Because the industry is so hidden it’s difficult to even get accurate stats. Most of it goes undiscovered, unfortunately.

Victims of sex trafficking are of all ages and genders. It’s even estimated that roughly 30% of the global human trafficking victims are children.

Victims are often hidden in private homes, vacant properties, hotel rooms and more. From the exterior, it often doesn’t look alarming. And that’s what makes it so difficult to investigate. This is a crime that happens even in the high-profile world.  I found an article discussing Peter Nygard and how he trafficked victims from Canada to the United States for an astounding length of time. Read it here.

Most traffickers look for victims that are vulnerable.

Maybe they have poor mental health, a low-paying job, troubled relationships, basically any struggle. Then the trafficker twists the situation to make the victim believe they can improve it. Maybe it’s a promise of a better life, more money, etc.

Most commonly, victims are moved so they remain isolated and away from friends and family. Before long, the trafficker controls everything about the victim and the victim is forced to perform in sex. They are controlled, often physically and emotionally abused and lose their free will.

It’s also common that victims who escape do not report it to the police.

A few reasons for this are:

  • Not knowing they were/are a victim of human sex trafficking
  • Threats made concerning the victims loved ones
  • Lack of knowledge
  • Lack of trust in police
  • Risk of deportation
  • Language barriers

So I really think it’s important to learn the signs.

Please check out this post – Signs of Human Trafficking

Here are some additional resources:

Resources for Canada

Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline

Human Trafficking Resources

Centre’s For Disease Control and Prevention

Please learn, share, and watch for this.

Love Always, Enn

 

 

 

 

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