The snow is falling, Christmas music has started to play on the radio and I’m working on my Virtus annual certification. A bit of information came up that is a bit eye opening. According to the US Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report from 2006 it was estimated then that 14,500 to 17,500 people, primarily women and children, are trafficked to the U.S. annually.
The same report suggests that the United States of America is principally a transit and destination country for trafficking in persons. However, this comment that the USA is ‘principally a transit and destination country’ is probably a bit wishful and misleading. I say this because the primary victims of trafficing and human slavery are women and especially younger girls (i.e., tween and teen) who are exploited for sex and prostitution. According to the FBI, sex trafficing of teens is the second fastest growing crime in the USA.
It is a big issue and one that we as parents need to learn more about to help us talk to our children about it and know the warning signs. A great site for more detailed information is JustAskVA.org.