In honor of the END IT Movement.
- An Average of 5 Victims of Slavery For Every 1,000 People
As of 2016, there were an estimated 40.3 Million victims of slavery around the world. This number is made up of victims of sex slavery, forced marriage, and forced labor. 1 in 4 victims of modern slavery are children.
- Communications Decency Act of 1996 Protects Human Trafficking Postings
The Communications Decency Act of 1996 protects businesses for being held accountable for third party postings, specifically stated in section 230. There is currently a raging legal battle between Backpage.com and the families of human trafficking victims. This issue was first brought to some major light in the Netflix documentary called, “I Am Jane Doe,” where mothers of girls exploited on Backpage.com tell their story.
Section 230 prevents Backpage from being held accountable for not deleting and reporting posts of children, teenagers, and trafficked men and women. It would make sense to say that Backpage should not be held accountable as the law states, but, in the documentary, you find out that the owners of Backpage are actually involved with pimps, have made deals to receive millions of dollars to allow the postings, and instruct pimps to use code names in the tags when selling women online. Section 230 disables companies who are knowling allowing and benefiting from human trafficking and modern slavery from being punished.
Senator Rob Portman (R- OH) recently introduced a bill called “Stop Enabling Sex Trafficking 2017.” The intent of the bill is to hold sites like Backpage responsible for their actions. As of January 10th, it was placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders.
3. California Is the Number One State for Human Trafficking
New York and Texas follow California in having the highest rates for trafficking. Both Texas and California border Mexico and this contributes heavily to their elevated rates of human trafficking.
In Los Angeles, sex traffickers can make on average $49,000 per victim. In New York City, the Polaris Project found that 70 to 80 victims of trafficking were found in one residential neighborhood in an 8 year period. Texas officials state that 1 in 3 runaways are lured into sex trafficking within 48 hours of running away.
4. Organizations Taking Human Trafficking Head On
A worldwide organization that provides healthcare, support, protection, awareness and participates in rescue missions is the END IT Movement.
The Polaris Project is an organization that advocates for stronger laws against trafficking, provides services and support for victims, and operates the National Human Trafficking Hotline Center. Urban Light is an organization that specifically advocates for male victims of trafficking. Here is the full list of organizations fighting the battle all around the world.
5. How YOU Can Help End Modern Slavery
Learn the indicators:
-Poor living conditions with multiple people
-Under the age of 18 and in prostitution
-Signs of physical abuse
-Employer is holding identity documents
-Fearful to speak around others and is submissive
Be aware of who you buy your products from. Corporations will find the cheapest labor to work in dangerous conditions; this is a product of human trafficking. If you are curious to learn more, read here or take the survey on the page to find out.
If you are suspicious of human trafficking in your neighborhood call the national hotline
1-888-373-7888 or contact your local police department.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.