The exploitation for commercial sex or forced labor along with psychological coercion is a $150 billion industry, that must stop, and everyone has to do their part to make that happen. Currently, there are more slaves in the world than the population of London, New York, and Los Angeles combined. Predators choose children because they can be vulnerable and naïve. They commonly look for a child that is alone, isolated, poor, rebellious, one that comes from an abusive, fractured home or has emotional and physical needs. Children account for 27% of all the human trafficking victims worldwide, and two out of every three child victims are girls. Children are being trafficked into prostitution and made to become agricultural and domestic workers who are paid little or nothing.
Florida ranks third in U.S. in human trafficking cases reported by states, behind only California and Texas. Politics plays a big part in this, as legislation and protocol against it have recently increased, however the Trump administration has cut back on prosecutions of these crimes and also any assistance to the victims, even though he has pledged to make the fight against human trafficking a priority. Trump asserted that building a wall along the southern U.S. border is essential to stopping human trafficking, but this is not a humanitarian project that will end human trafficking and this claim is inaccurate and misleading. Many experts agree that the wall would not have any impact on the rate of trafficking and his allegation is not supported by several global and local organizations that track data on tens of thousands of human trafficking cases in the country.
Written for Devereaux Frazier Tuesday and Beth Amanda’s Go Dog Go Café Midwest Fantasy Tuesday Writing Prompt – where we are supposed to write a piece of prose or poetry that uses the words child, predators, and politics.