Commercial sexual exploitation of children is child sexual abuse. Commercial sexual exploitation of children is any sexual activity involving children for which something is given or promised. These items can include: money, food, clothing, drugs, gifts, a place to sleep, protection from threats.
Sexual abuse in childhood is often one factor within an array of traumatic, negative
developmental experiences that can increase vulnerability to commercial sexual exploitation.
The State Department has just released it’s annual Trafficking in Persons report. The country of Myanmar is among the worst, joining the ranks of Iran, North Korea, Syria and Uzbekistan. Myanmar attributes the problem to poverty which drives people to other countries in search of work and higher paying jobs which can leave them vulnerable to labor trafficking. In addition, China’s demand for “brides”, from Myanmar is forcing woman and girls into sexual slavery. The report looks at 188 countries around the globe. While the United States is among the top ranked countries in dealing with Human Trafficking and Sexual Slavery it continues to have a problem with forced labor and sex trafficking with victims coming from Mexico and the Philippines.
When trafficking victims are treated as criminals the trafficker is proved right, reinforcing their position as the one person the trafficking victim can trust.
Traffickers may exploit existing vulnerabilities such as poverty or immigration status, or may create vulnerability by threatening harm to family members of forcing drug use to create dependency.
One in ten children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday.
Human Trafficking and Sexual Slavery is the second most profitable criminal enterprise on the planet, eclipsing all illegal gun and arm sales worldwide. Current projections indicate that Human Trafficking and Sexual Slavery will become the number one criminal enterprise within 3 to 5 years. This means that Human Trafficking and Sexual slavery will be the number one producing criminal enterprise in the world. Illegal drugs, arms and gun sales will pale in comparison to the amount of money which can be made by enslaving human beings.
Slavery is illegal worldwide.
Sexual exploitation and forced labor are the most common forms of trafficking worldwide.
Human Trafficking is, at its core, a fundamental denial of basic human rights. It is rooted in exercising control and ownership over a person. Human trafficking does NOT mean movement, the term trafficking actually means being forced, coerced or threatened to do something that you do not want to do. Trafficker’s often threaten people’s families as a method of enslavement.
I recently spoke at Hill Air Force Base about Human Trafficking and Sexual Slavery. This presentation was about what Human Trafficking is and what it is not. The presentation was approximately an hour and a half. It was a great exchange of questions and answers that illuminate how great the problem is, not only on a world wide level but in our on state as well. I am grateful to Hill Air Force Base for allowing me to come do this presentation.