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Demand for Child Sex Trafficking in the U.S.

In Child Sex Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on August 15, 2013 at 5:56 pm

Like all the best advocates, they had the necessary points and stories to make it clear to me why demand had to be the driving advocacy objective.

First they shared with me the story of “Tami”:

Tami was kidnapped by a pimp, while walking home from school. He kept her captive for six months, raping, beating, and starving her. And selling her for sex with men every night. Tami thought she could escape her hell by telling the “Johns” that she was only a kid. And so every night, for six months, Tami told the men who purchased her, “I’m only 15. Can you please take me to a police station?” But not one buyer did. According to Tami, they ignored her pleas, forced her to perform sexual acts, and then returned her to the pimp because they had already “paid for her.”

And then there was the story of the girl who was burned to death. She had tried to run away from the control of her pimp/trafficker. To make an example of any girl who dares to escape, the pimp burned her alive on “the track” in front of the other girls under his control.

The girls said that as long as “Johns” could buy 14- and 15-year-olds without fear or consequence, more girls would be coerced into exploitation and trafficking — and tortured if they tried to escape.

Huffington Post

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Showing human trafficking victims a way out

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking, Social Justice on June 28, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Natasha Falle came from a respectable Calgary family (her father was a policeman), but became a prostitute shortly before her 15th birthday.

She regretted recruiting other girls into prostitution, although at the time she thought she was “doing them a favour.”

Dunkley thought she would win favour with her pimp-boyfriend by adding to his stable of prostitutes. Plus, the newest recruits would lessen her workload.

Falle recalls spreading “the fantasy of prostitution” to her friends as a teen.

“I glamourized, concealed the violent experiences, instead talked about great money,” said Falle, now a Humber College instructor in the Police Foundations program.

“Why give sex away for free? Don’t be used! I saw pretty horrifically abused girls and this was their way out,” said Falle, who has counselled more than 1,000 women in the last 10 years.

Falle said the same manipulations that pimps used against them are exercised against human trafficking victims today.

“Family members are threatened with violence or coercion. One pimp went to his prostitute’s sister high school and raped her to exact revenge against a girl in Toronto, seven years ago,” said Falle.

Falle and Perrier co-founded Sextrade 101 in 2007, an organization that “offers a way out for prostitutes, mapping out exit strategies.

Source: Toronto Sun

Prostitution relentlessly victimizes women, children

In Awareness, Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on March 9, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Let’s start with the prostitute: A previous survey of street prostitutes entering the Davidson County Jail found that 70 percent indicated that they had been victims of child sexual abuse and all were addicted to drugs. Many are introduced to drugs and prostitution by a male “protector.” Most have been on the street since they were teens.

Prostitutes who advertise through the Internet are more likely to be victims of sex trafficking and to be under 18. It is easier to traffic women and to sell underage girls through the anonymity of the Internet. Prostitutes are also victims of crime. Of the 544 women arrested for prostitution in 2009, 143 reported being victimized by forcible rapes, aggravated assault, simple assault, robberies, kidnapping and a reported homicide.

Additionally the “johns” can be victims of crime and exposed to sexually transmitted disease. Police have reported incidents where johns have been robbed or assaulted by prostitutes or their pimps. The incidents increase during sporting and entertainment events. Prostitution also brings in more drug dealing and has a negative impact on business development and entertainment venues.

Source: The Tennessean

New bill would require sex offenders to register Facebook profiles

In Awareness, Child Sex Trafficking, Child Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on February 22, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Klaas said the bill would protect children by making existing laws harsher for offenders with previous convictions. Alabama would become only the second state to pass these tougher penalties.

“What it does is brings down the hammer on sex traffickers, the pimps. It creates longer prison sentences for them, it forces them to register as sex offenders for the rest of their lives. It forces them to pay restitution into a fund that will then fund services for victims of sex trafficking,” said Klaas.

The bill would also force sex offenders to register their online presence, including social media profiles like Facebook and Twitter pages.

Brooks said the basic goal is to give investigators another tool for policing people who prey on kids.

“Too frequently we see these child sex predators using Internet providers as a way to entice or to connect with young people. Young people who are at a very vulnerable time in their lives,” Brooks said. “We need to update our laws to provide additional registration protection in this field of social media.”

 (Tricia Forbes for 48 News)

Praying for the Johns

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on February 12, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Then, last fall, I interviewed a woman who runs a safe house in New York for foreign-born survivors of sex trafficking. Prayer was a significant theme of our conversation. And although her focus was on helping the women, I came away from our conversation strangely haunted by the perpetrators. Who prays for them? I wondered.

In the coming days, an idea crystallized, resulting in something I’m calling Pray for the Johns Day. The main day of prayer is Tuesday, February 14 (yes, Valentine’s Day). An additional day, Sunday, February 12, is an opportunity for churches to pray for the johns during corporate prayer. Although a “john” is literally someone who buys sex, the day is also meant to encompass men who pimp others, as well as those who contribute to sexual exploitation in more seemingly benign ways, such as porn consumption.

Praying for the Johns involves prayer that is two-fold: one, that johns would turn from their destructive, sinful ways (which is how the Bible views such actions: as sin); and two, that they would be transformed into men who could yet take up the good works for which they were made.

(Anna Broadway for Patheos)

“The truth about human trafficking, pimps, and johns”

In Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on January 28, 2012 at 1:09 pm

One former female pimp mistakenly believe that sexual violation against women is fact of life and can be used to benefit the women.

“I felt I was a good businesswoman to get paid and help my girls get paid for the same sh– that gets taken from you. It is a part of our society and what people want.”

– Youngbee Dale, “The truth about human trafficking, pimps, and johns”

How Pimps Use the Web to Sell Girls

In Human Trafficking on January 26, 2012 at 4:56 pm

In November, a terrified 13-year-old girl pounded on an apartment door in Brooklyn. When a surprised woman answered, the girl pleaded for a phone. She called her mother, and then dialed 911.The girl, whom I’ll call Baby Face because of her looks, frantically told police that a violent pimp was selling her for sex. He had taken her to the building and ordered her to go to an apartment where a customer was waiting, she said, and now he was waiting downstairs to make sure she did not escape. She had followed the pimp’s directions and gone upstairs, but then had pounded randomly on this door in hopes of getting help.Baby Face said she hurt too much to endure yet another rape by a john. She told prosecutors later that she was bleeding vaginally and that her pimp had recently kicked her down a stairwell for trying to flee.

( for The New York Times)
How Pimps Use the Web to Sell Girls

In Human Trafficking on January 21, 2012 at 8:06 am

Pimps said that while they had various tactics to recruit johns to their prostitutes, there was generally was no shortage of customers. One former pimp said that it seemed as if “johns were falling off the trees.

Youngbee Dale, “The truth about human trafficking, pimps, and johns”

In the San Antonio neighborhood in Oakland, Calif., sex trafficking has been a problem since several motels moved into the community decades ago attracting pimps. Last year, All Things Considered and Youth Radio collaborated on an investigative series from young people’s point of view that revealed what it’s like being sex trafficked and also how police efforts to combat the problem often criminalize young women. Since then, the community has stepped up its response. Over the past year, parents and advocates in the San Antonio neighborhood became active when they realized pimps were targeting their middle school girls.
(DENISE TEJADA for NPR)

In Human Trafficking on September 20, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Calif. Community Takes Action Against Sex Trafficking

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