Saturday was the first day of Tread on Trafficking. I wasn’t feeling very well so I didn’t get to do too much walking and I’ve decided to keep Sunday not only my Sabbath for spiritual reasons but also my Sabbath during Tread on Trafficking. (I need a day of rest from exercise I guess.)
During the next two months, I am going to bring some light to this situation. I know that not many people know about modern day slavery, or for some, they don’t even realize that they are affected by it. (There are, of course, those who know it is happening around them but choose to look the other way.)
This is a worldwide issue. It isn’t just something that happens in Africa or Western Europe or China or anywhere else in the world.
This issue affects the United States, too. Children are sent here from other countries to be housekeepers or cooks or sex slaves. Trafficked children are also children that are adopted from good families who choose not to go through “legitimate” adoption channels.
Americans also touch this by being perpetrators in other countries.
But I will touch on all of these aspects during the next eight weeks. Today I will share with you a definition of child sex trafficking from Love146.
The United Nations ODCCP Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons gives the following for a definition of child trafficking:
the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of deception, of the abuse of power or of position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.
Most children who are at risk of becoming trafficking victims are those who are from poor countries. One scenario that happens frequently is that a parent is approached by a trafficker who will “help” that family out of trouble. The cost is one daughter or son. The family doesn’t always feel like they have a choice. There are other children to take care of, other mouths to feed. I am not a parent and I am not condoning this but only trying to give some insight as to why a parent would choose this for their child.
If you would like to get more information on this issue, a great place to start is Love146.org. In the right hand corner there is the “Learn” button. Click on it and it will bring you to an online booklet that gives more information. If you scroll to the bottom of the page, there are links to more resources on their site. They have extensive film and book lists. There are a couple of books on their list that I would also recommend. In the next few days I will have a Human Trafficking tab with links to other sites of organizations that are doing their part to combat this issue.