Did you know that one of the fastest growing crimes in the world is Human Trafficking? Human Trafficking, or modern day slavery, is said to produce a $9 billion profit for those involved. There are more people in slavery today than at any other time in history and it is reported that 25% of all US trafficking victims are in Texas. Defined, Human Trafficking is the recruitment, smuggling, transporting, harboring, buying or selling of an individual through force, threats, deception, or coercion for the purposes of exploitation, prostitution, pornography, migrant work, domestic servitude, forced labor, bondage, or involuntary servitude.
Around the world, millions of individuals are living in bondage; laboring in fields, homes or factories and threatened with violence if they try to break free. Some are forced to work in brothels or as prostitutes and beggars on the street fearful of the consequence of missing their daily quota. Others are taken to foreign countries where they are unfamiliar with the language and culture. Most exist with the relentless terror that the lives of their families will be susceptible to danger if they try to escape.
Child trafficking is on the rise and involves the business of removing children from the safety net of their homes, families and friends. They are often transported within the country or overseas, to be put to use by others and usually to make money.
Stop Child Trafficking Now is an organization that targets the source of child sex trafficking. While several organizations address child trafficking by performing rescue operations, SCTNow has chosen to fund a bold, new approach. They partner with specially trained elite operatives who are familiar with what it takes to infiltrate, investigate and bring to justice those who victimize children. Their aim is to address the demand side of child trafficking by targeting the buyers and predators who actually drive the sex industry around the world, including in your own local community.
You can get involved in the abolishment of trafficking children by participating in one of the upcoming national SCTNow Walk Campaigns. Communities all over the US are coming together on the weekend of October 2-3 to raise funds, bring awareness and end the trafficking of children.
For details on partnering in an upcoming SCT Now community walk please go to www.sctnow.com and click on ‘walks’. If you live in the Austin, TX area, please join us at Triangle Park at 46th and Guadalupe on October 2nd @ 8 a.m., for the 2nd Annual Stop Child Trafficking Now walk.
The Created Woman is informed. And, in the words of SCT Now's founder, Lynette Lewis, she provides a 'voice for the vulnerable'. She will rise up and take a stand for those in need and is passionate about making a difference in the world around her.