By CHERI ROBERTS for Sickness of Silence
If you think drugs are the most lucrative criminal activity in this country, think again. Human trafficking ties drug trafficking as a $32 billion per year global industry including child sex trafficking. In America 100,000 to 300,000 underage girls are actively being sold for sex. Minor victims are sold an average of 10-15 times a day, 6 days a week. Typically these children are between 12-14 years old. The stats are pretty horrific and shouldn’t be ignored.
Child sex trafficking goes hand in hand with another crime against children. Approximately 55 percent of internet child pornography comes from the United States and according to cybercrime forensic and child pornography expert, Frederick Lane, child trafficking is a leading source of all sexual abuse imagery which rakes in its own $3 billion a year global monstrosity.
Truckers Against Trafficking
No one spends more time or miles on the road than truckers. With an industry that’s 7 million strong, it’s no wonder PR expert Lyn Thompson sought a way to utilize all of those eyes and ears traveling the highways in an effort to eradicate, or at least curb, human trafficking in the United States. In 2009 Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT ) grew out of a previous endeavor of Thompson’s called Chapter 61 Ministries.
Since it’s formation, TAT has partnered with hundreds of trucking companies, trucking schools, truck stops, national trucking associations and law enforcement. The FBI, USDOT, OMVE, AAMVA, DHS and the AG’s office have also begun to partner with the trucking industry on a variety of levels..
Obviously TAT is doing a phenomenal job. Last April TAT was awarded the Suzanne McDaniel Memorial Award for Public Awareness as part of the annual Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus Awards at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C.. They were also included in the United Nation’s 100 Best Practices list to combat human trafficking.
You can learn more about TAT and get materials on here their website.
It’s Still Not Enough
Many hear the term “human trafficking” and think it’s something that rarely happens and when it does, it only happens somewhere far away; that’s if they believe it happens at all.
The grotesque things in life are usually the hardest to understand or believe and the easiest to overlook or downplay, but human trafficking is very real and it’s happening everyday regardless of any racial group or socio-economic background right in your own neighborhood whether you live in the city or feel safe in some rural local.
Is someone you know right now a victim of trafficking and you don’t know it? Are you safe? Are your children?
Join SOS childhood sexual abuse survivor, Cheri Roberts, LIVE on Challenging the Rhetoric Thurs. FEB.4th, 2016 @ 5pm PDT/8pm EDT for a special ongoing series, “Sickness of Silence”. Listen to “part 1” HERE. These 2-hour round-table discussions will feature both male and female victims, leading experts and even the pedophiles themselves. #SOS & #CTR are both rated PG-13.
Here are some other SOS & CTR articles you might like …
- Latest Child Sexual Abuse Headlines 03/01/2016
- Is there a Sex Doll with Your Face on it? (NSFW or children)
- It’s Bigger than Best Picture: Oscar Winner Spotlight
- Round Table Panel of Survivors and Experts Take on Child Sexual Abuse
- Latest Child Sexual Abuse Headlines for 02/04/16
- Latest Child Sexual Abuse Headlines 01/18/2016
- Privilege and Pedophilia