Human trafficking has been happening since we began seeing that we could take advantage of each other’s weaknesses. We’ve shipped hundreds of thousands of humans from their homeland to foreign places, made them work for less than nothing, and disrupted millions of years of evolutionary processes that contributed to the beautiful diversity of the world. And we continue to practice it, at alarmingly higher rates every year.
Currently, it is estimated that nearly 4.5 million people are trapped in sex trafficking schemes around the world. 100,000 American children are being prostituted annually, and that’s just there. It’s part of the $9.8 billion that the sex trafficking industry is bringing in every year, and that’s just scratching the surface for the billions spent on “buying” girls (and boys) around the globe.
It’s not just bad guys who you can point to as the problem, either. It’s people with reputations and status…politicians and businessmen…people that are looked up to, that contribute to these numbers. And it’s on the rise. But how are we able to keep up with it all?
Simply put, technology. On both sides of the game, technology has changed everything. The biggest thing that is being used to insure the “property” of traffickers and pimps isn’t getting compromised or stolen, are RFID Chips. These are Radio Frequency Identification chips, and are traditionally used to track our cats and dogs. But they’re being used to also keep humans in line, too.
In an explosion of news, this fact was found to be true when a doctor began treating a woman in 2016 who came into the ER claiming that she was being tracked, and that she had the tracker inside her. The doctor was skeptical, but gave her an X-ray. And what did he find?
A tracker in her flank, about the size of a grain of rice. She had been tagged, “like an animal” the doctor said, by her boyfriend who just so happened to also be her pimp. He had forced her to sell her body and give him the money. The chip wasn’t something that could be accessed from far away, either, meaning she had been kept extremely close, and probably enclosed, just as we would our house cats.
This thing is, RFID chips are being manufactured for humans more and more. They are being used to track employees, from manufacturing to domestic services, and they are getting smaller and smaller. This brings up all sorts of other issues, as who really wants this to turn into a thing?
Here’s the deal though; if they are already in use in order to keep trafficking victims in line, then how do we combat this? It’s been measured that 88% of trafficking victims will pass through an ER while still being held against their will, so this is the front line. Health professionals are the people who can change the lives of those caught.
The issue is that we haven’t put a focus on training these individuals. Out of the 6,000+ hospitals in the US, only 90 have protocols in place that would help aid victims. This means that more needs to be done to support healthcare workers in recognizing the signs of someone who is under duress in this way.
The foster care system has also been pointed at as being a place where trafficking can be found, as a large majority of children who go through it are exposed to sexual abuse at some point along the way. Runaways reported are a particularly vulnerable group, and can be preyed on both inside and outside foster care. Mental health support is hugely important to those who have experienced trauma of this kind, and we are sorely lacking that in the states as well.
Why is this? Why are we finding it so hard to support the stop of trafficking? We should be getting funds and guidance from the highest up points we can get, but sadly, we aren’t. Government is failing us.
According to the Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection, the United States has 50% of the worlds child porn domains in the world. This is a staggering number. Child sex rings are slowly being exposed as associated with higher-ups in the government, including direct advisors to presidents. In a recent scandal nicknamed PizzaGate, former White House Chief of Staff Jon Podesta, under Clinton, was accused of being involved in an elitist ring of pedophilia. Here’s a clip explaining:
Ted Gunderson, a former FBI special agent, spent years trying to expose a high-level of elite involvement with pedophilia and sex abuse. He worked closely with a sex slave, who helped expose those involved. Her name is Brice Tayler, and here’s her testimony:
This is a pretty deep pool to be stepping in, but it looks like we’ve been constantly faced with the proposition that our government is actually doing everything in its power to keep trafficking happening. For example, Jeffrey E. Epstein came forward in 2009 to admit to his guilt in soliciting sex from under-age girls. He was close with Bill Clinton, among others, in a very elite circle. According to former U.S. State Department official Steve Pieczenik, the Clintons and many more “have been a major part and participant of what’s called the Lolita Express, which is a plane owned by Mr. Jeff Epstein, a wealthy multi-millionaire who flies down to the Bahamas and allows Bill and Hillary Clinton to engage in sex with minors — that is called Pedophilia”
What on earth are we to do, then? It’s easy to feel like there’s nothing, and that our hands are tied, but we’re making progress. Ashton Kutcher has recently created an app that helps police officers identify trafficking victims 30% faster. Flight attendants are being taught how to look for victims on planes, and what to do if they find them. We’re tracking people, and exposing them, with our social media expertise.
This is all to say that we’re doing the best we can, and we’re continuing to do better. We must understand that this isn’t going to be easy and that a whole shift in our mindset over trauma, victims, and perpetrators is going to have to happen. Bad and good aren’t really all that black and white, and we have to see through the masks and bullshit that our leaders like to put up.
We can do this. We can come together and make a difference. It’s just going to take patience and love.
Source: Collective Evolution