Human Trafficking is a real issue in not only the world today but also in the U.S. In fact, it could be happening in your neighborhood!
It is important for all of us to make ourselves aware of this horrible crime and to become educated on how to identify its perpetrators, its victims and the real risk presented to its potential victims around the globe.
In our Spring Issue, we had the amazing honor of getting to know a little bit about Rebecca Bender. Rebecca is a survivor of sex trafficking and her story is one of survival and triumph.
You can read Rebecca’s article in the Spring Issue, HERE.
To learn even more about Rebecca and her incredible ministry, check out her website: www.rebeccabender.org.
DID YOU KNOW?
-There are more human slaves in the world today than ever before in history.
-There are an estimated 27 million adults and 13 million children around the world who are victims of human trafficking.
-Sex traffickers use a variety of ways to “condition” their victims, including subjecting them to starvation, rape, physical abuse, beating, confinement, threats of violence toward the victim and victim’s family, forced drug use, and shame.
-An estimated 30,000 victims of sex trafficking die each year from abuse, disease, torture, and neglect. Eighty percent of those sold into sexual slavery are under 24, and some are as young as six years old!
-It is estimated that more than 80% of trafficking victims are female. Over 50% of human trafficking victims are children.
-Human trafficking is the only area of transnational crime in which women are significantly represented—as victims, as perpetrators, and as activists fighting this crime!
-Human trafficking is estimated to surpass the drug trade in less than five years.
-Human trafficking has been reported in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and in some U.S. territories.
-According to the U.S. State Department, human trafficking is one of the greatest human rights challenges of this century, both in the United States and around the world.
-Many victims do not understand that they are victims!
“As a survivor of sex trafficking in America, I can’t begin to tell you how often victims are misidentified. We are not in a third world country, so trafficking is going to look very different today in our modern, developed society. Misidentification and learning the signs are crucial to help victims get out of sexual exploitation. Because I was never handcuffed to a bed like the media portrays, I though I must not be being trafficked. I didnt fit into the stereotypical box all of us in our culture believes. I was unaware what a coercive tactic was when the man I thought was my boyfriend began his manipulation. Because of this misidentification, I never asked for help, law enforcement never noticed and my family friends believed the same lies I regurgitated to them. Many points of interception could have taken place but went un-noticed.” — Rebecca Bender
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!