This is so hard to wrap my mind around and harder to write. Regardless of your party affiliation, this is important to understand the massive problem of sex trafficking and what is being done to fight it behind the scenes. It can also help us protect our children!
Slavery is alive and well today. Human sex trafficking is a booming business that is being propelled by both untold numbers of very powerful elites associated with the likes of a Jeffrey Epstein and our on-demand sexualized culture. Far bigger business than drugs.
It really goes way deeper than what I will touch on here. One day I will do an email on how far down it goes for those who are subscribed to my “Awareful Prayerful” newsletter.
There are 215 MILLION children engaged in child labor, with 115 million of those children in hazardous work. Sometimes sold by a family member or an acquaintance, sometimes lured by false promises of education and a “better” life — the reality is that these trafficked and exploited children are held in slave-like conditions without enough food, shelter, or clothing and often severely abused and cut off from all contact with their families. Victims are both boys and girls.
It is incomprehensible to me, but 11% of girls and 40% of boys have served female clients. The evil is hard to fathom. (source)
Many are groomed while they are at home (or while in school), so the biggest obstacle to those who want to sexualize and indoctrinate our children are engaged parents and grandparents with a biblical worldview.
Operation Underground Railroad exists to rescue children from sex trafficking
Tim Ballard, former special agent and founder of Operation Underground Railroad, joins Candace to discuss how society aids this multi-billion-dollar criminal enterprise.
Operation Underground Railroad
Operation Underground Railroad‘s Ops Team consists of former CIA, past and current law enforcement, and highly skilled operatives that lead coordinated identification and extraction efforts. These operations are always in conjunction with law enforcement throughout the world.
Once victims are rescued, a comprehensive process involving justice for the perpetrators and recovery and rehabilitation for the survivors begins.
It is time for private citizens and organizations to rise up and help. It is our duty as a free and blessed people.
3 minutes (see an actual sting – Tim Ballard busting a trafficking ring – not graphic):
Traffickers recognize and take advantage of people who are vulnerable in certain ways.
People you know might be vulnerable to sex trafficking if they:
- Have an unstable living situation or poverty
- Have a history of domestic violence
- Has a caregiver or family member who has a substance abuse issue
- Are runaways or involved in the juvenile justice or foster care system
- Are undocumented immigrants
- Have a history of sexual abuse
- Are addicted to drugs or alcohol
Warning signs that an individual is being trafficked:
- Signs of physical abuse, such as burn marks, bruises or cuts
- Unexplained absences from class
- Less appropriately dressed than before
- Sexualized behavior
- Overly tired in class
- Withdrawn, depressed, distracted or checked out
- Brags about making or having lots of money
- Displays expensive clothes, accessories or shoes
- New tattoo (tattoos are often used by pimps as a way to brand victims. Tattoos of a name, symbol of money or barcode could indicate trafficking)
- Older boyfriend or new friends with a different lifestyle
- Talks about wild parties or invites other students to attend parties
If you see any of these signs or suspect a young person is being trafficked, please don’t wait to report a tip or connect with anti-trafficking services in your area. (The Polaris Project).
Have you heard of Shared Hope? Take Action! Here’s how to get involved!
TO REPORT A TIP with Anti- Sex Trafficking Services in your Area:
National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888
The National Runaway Switchboard: 1-800-RUNAWAY
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children: 1-800-843-5678
It is the children’s stories that make us see sex trafficking victims are REAL individuals with faces and names.
We can pray for them. We must pray for them!
President Trump’s commitment to ending human trafficking is more than lip service—he’s done more to put human traffickers behind bars than any other past President.