Here’s CNN’s Article: http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/29/justice/child-prostitution-arrests/index.html?hpt=us_c2
Here are some facts on Human Trafficking in America from a few websites I found:
Random History: http://facts.randomhistory.com/human-trafficking-facts.html
Crisis Aid (PDF plugin required to view): http://www.crisisaid.org/ICAPDF/Trafficking/traffickstats.pdf
Human Traffickinged: http://www.humantraffickinged.com/
Again I must ask: Where’s the Outrage?
We spend almost a month talking about the fallout from the Zimmerman Trial but this takes more precidence. What happened to those three women in Cleveland was just ONE instance. Statistically speaking, there are more enslaved people in worldwide today than any other time in human history. Human trafficking is a $40 Billion Industry worldwide of which $9.5 Billion is in the U.S. The U.S. Government is aggressively tackling this problem head-on while sites like Perverted Justice exposes Traffickers and loopholes in state laws that traffickers exploit.
When you hear about situations like what happened in Cleveland, Elizabeth Smart and Jaycee Dougard you think “That’s terrible, I’m glad they were found and the bad guys were taken off the street.” The problem is there are hundreds if not thousands more we just don’t know about. I will admit that most of the time it’s hard to identify to the untrained eye but here are a couple of tips you can use if you suspect someone in your neighborhood might be holding someone against their will:
- Know your Neighbors. This is the most direct method. Start with your building, then your side of the street then the other side and then the next street over and so on.
- If you observe out of the ordinary activity or sounds coming from a neighbor’s house make a record of what you see and hear. If you’re comfortable with the neighbor, talk to them about it. If not, talk to a friend of the neighbor about it.
- Don’t assume something is wrong if a neighbor is wary of visitors entering their house/apartment. Not everyone has an “Open Door” Policy, nor do you need to know why.
- LISTEN TO YOUR GUT INSINCT but do not over react. If it’s a nagging feeling that something is definitely wrong call the police.
With all of these I’m not telling you to spy on your neighbors. Just know the people living around you. For those who don’t know what an Open Door Policy is, it basically means friends of the family are wecome anytime into the home. In urban places for example most people exercise a “Seige Mentality”: Everyone keeps to themselves and keeps interactions with neighbors to a minimum. The criminal in Cleveland who held 3 women hostage for 10 years (no, I won’t say his name but I do know it) got away with it for as long as he did because he knew his neighbors wouldn’t go inside his house.
I think this proves that in urban neighborhoods such as Brooklyn, Dorchester and South Central we can no longer be ignorant of the neighborhoods we live in. I feel more than a little uncomfortable with the very idea there could be someone in my neighborhood chained to a bed or radiator stripped of their basic human rights.