Real Talk: Sex Trafficking.
Every 30 seconds a child is stolen, kidnapped or taken away and it is happening in every country of the world, and (unfortunately) United States of America is one of the top 3 countries where Human and Children Trafficking is happening every single day. Sex trafficking is a part of child sexual abuse that is often overlooked by parents. I want to speak up and not have this issue overlooked anymore. If we all speak up, raise our voices, talk and educate a lot about this issue, it can help little by little. You don't have to have a huge social media following, be a big Instagram influencer or have thousands of YouTube subscribers in order to talk about this issue. I am very much a small blogger yet I have decided to write this post here on the blog about this issue and I constantly talk about it on my my Instagram and my Instagram stories (here). It may seem like something that only occurs in other cities, states, or countries. It actually can, and does, occur everywhere! Information is the greatest shield against it though, and as parents we owe it to our kids to protect and educate them.
IT DOESN’T JUST HAPPEN SOMEWHERE ELSE.
Cases of human trafficking in the United States have been reported in all 50 states, Washington D.C., & all United States territories.
IT'S MORE THAN JUST YOUNG WOMEN THAT ARE VICTIMS OF SEX TRAFFICKING.
Victims of human trafficking can be children or adults, male or female, from all backgrounds & economic levels. Children as young as 5 years old can be targeted for exploitation.
IT’S ABOUT POWER AND CONTROL.
When it comes to children getting pulled into trafficking, perpetrators are looking for vulnerable children that they can easily control and manipulate. Lonely kids who don’t have a good relationship with friends or family are prime targets. Abandoned kids, foster children and children that are part of broken families, abusive relationships and drug/alcohol addicts are at huge risk.
AMERICANS ARE THE LARGEST PRODUCERS OF PORNOGRAPHY IN THE WORLD.
We’re also the biggest consumers. Both the production and consumption of pornography can feed into the demand for sex trafficking in the United States.
IT ISN’T JUST MALE STRANGERS WHO ARE PERPETRATORS.
Women, boyfriends, family members can all lead a child into sex trafficking. Sexual abusers sometimes coerce the children they abuse into sex trafficking. Children can be made more or less vulnerable by the adults in their lives. If a child is loved, cared for, and taken care of, they are much less likely to get lured into sex trafficking. Educate yourself on the risks of sex trafficking in your area and do your part to protect the children you love from becoming a statistic.
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P.S. Also, Thursday July 30th is National Sex Trafficking Day and blue is the color that honors all the sex victims. In honor of this day and this great cause which I am very passionate about, I will be styling and wearing a blue outfit on Thursday this week which will be featured on Thursday Moda, too. Stay Tuned!