January is Human Trafficking awareness month. It’s a time when light is shined on one of the
world’s most heinous humanitarian tragedies. But seriously, who cares? For most of us the only
time we are exposed to the issue of sex trafficking is on the big screen; after all, it makes for a
really good action packed suspense movie, so grab some popcorn!

Usually, after the movie is over and the lights come up, we are challenged for a brief instance
and motivated to right the cause of human trafficking. But by the time the popcorn is cleaned up,
our lives return to the routine it slipped out of and we are back to everyday reality; and that’s
how the script plays out.

At best most individuals don’t know or understand sex trafficking; and in some cases, people
adopt the mentality of ignorance is bliss. You may hear a preacher touching on the issue from
time to time and once in a while they might talk about it on major news station, normally in an
attempt to sensationalize a point. However, there is a limited amount of concern or systematic
organization to legitimately make a difference about this growing tragedy. And it’s quite
possible the majority of people in this country would do something if they believed they could.
Unfortunately, we stand paralyzed by culture and remain transfixed by the illumination of the
American Dream. Sex Trafficking is a travesty of epic proportions; a travesty that consists of
gang rape, forced and coerced sex of young children, teenage girls and boys multiple times a
day, while millions of dollars go into the pocket of the exploiters of these innocent human

Let me briefly explain

Sex trafficking, sex tourism, and commercial sexual exploitation are all part of a growing global
phenomenon of modern day slavery. Possibly the most serious human rights abuse of the 21st
century. The buying and selling of individuals is based on a simple economic principle.
This principle—supply and demand.

Supply is a result of demand, and when the demand goes up, supply grows to meet that demand.
Conversely, if demand goes down, so too will the supply. There are many different forms of sex
trafficking and all too often it happens right under our nose. The immediate image that often
comes to mind is of a person being kidnapped, drugged, and then forced into prostitution in some
country that is hard to pronounce. However, according to the federal definition of sex trafficking,
it can be, and is found, in most parts of the United States. The most simple definition for sex
trafficking is the exploitation of a person through force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of
commercial sex.

There is an active trade in human misery throughout the United States. The Federal Bureau of
Investigation opened 2,515 human trafficking cases between 2008 and 2010. Eighty percent of
these cases were sex trafficking cases and almost half of these cases reported were children. In
addition, The National center for Exploited Children estimate that every year between 100,000 to
300,000 children are at risk of commercial sexual exploitation within the United States.
Because trafficking takes place hidden from sight, it is quite difficult to accurately assess the true
size of human trafficking throughout the United States and globally. As long as individuals can
buy and sexually exploit women and children, the market will continue to grow. We must move
to eradicate this new form of slavery. Individuals, mainly young girls, are being physically,
mentally, emotionally and spiritually devastated. There aren’t many solutions or answers on how
to eradicate this injustice. However, the first step is for individuals to be made aware, and
develop a determination to eradicate sex trafficking. There are many organizations fighting for
individuals that are currently enslaved in this horrible devastation. Let this January be the month
that your awareness becomes an “I care” moment.

For more information please visit:

Rich Binning
Research/ Educate/ Advocate
End Slavery!


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