Greetings from The Slave Detective,
It is good to see the raised awareness coming out of the USA.
It seems that almost every day there is a news piece that covers a human trafficking success, whether this is a case being cracked or new governmental moves or funding.
I wish I could be quite so positive about the UK picture but I know there are people out there working very hard to change that.
What is shocking though is the magnitude of the problem.
It also mentions a survivors story which began when a San Diego teenager found a job as a bookkeeper for a small, home-based business. The position quickly turned into a nine-month nightmare of beatings and sexual slavery.
How can we stop this type of behaviour?
According to The Dayton Daily News, Ohio every year there are 3.3 million reports of child abuse made nationwide (US) involving nearly 6 million children.
Check out these web sites for further information about child trafficking:-
ECPAT Protecting Children Everywhere.
LOVE146 (just to name three at random. There are many more)
Children can never consent to being sexually assaulted or trafficked. That is a fact of Law.
It is also a fact of humanity that our children will be the next generation to support the globe. Treating children like a commodity will only result in the next generation believing it is acceptable to do the same.
I recently talked about a case I was involved in, Operation Golf.
This was the Child Trafficking Joint Investigation Team (J.I.T) targeting children being trafficked from Romania to Europe. This was not for sex trafficking but to be treated as street criminals.
I remember looking at one of the statistics.
168 of the children identified as trafficked by this group into the UK were responsible for over 2000 criminal convictions in the short time they were in the UK.
More shocking is the fact that these are the times they were caught AND dealt with by the Police. How many times were they told off and returned to their traffickers for a beating for not bring back the required amount?
There was also 350 other child associates identified as being arrested at the same time.
These children were being treated as criminals rather than victims. Golf went some way to changing that.
Five of the children rescued and taken into care never committed a single offence again and flourished in their education.
There are all sorts of issues to be addressed just in this small operation. The cost of rescuing children into care and the strain on UK resources to achieve this.
This was Child Trafficking on a grand scale and for 18mths there was a task force dealing with it.
This task force is no longer in existence but you can bet that this is just the thin end of the wedge and the problem has not gone away.
With the Police in the UK under increasing fiscal measures this is not going to change any time soon.
I’m sure there are some reading this that feel all sorts of outrage at just this one case. There are many others.
By reporting incidents to authorities you are helping the children. The most important commodity on this planet.
Without them humanity cannot survive.
Child Trafficking is not just a Third World Problem. It is here next door.