Thursday, January 30, 2014
This past Sunday John and I attended a human trafficking workshop. A brief talk was first given regarding human slavery world wide, and it was noted that there are 27 million slaves in the world today. The other speakers were a detective from San Diego and a social worker who works primarily in north San Diego County. San Diego is one of 13 United States cities which has a highest incidence of child prostitution. Quite often the children caught up in this slavery are "throw away children", children who have no record of being reported missing. They make be foster children or children coming from homes where they have been abused. The youngest one found by police was 11 years of age, she had been transported here from the east coast. Once picked up by a prostitution ring, or street gangs, they become slaves and are dehumanized. Some have a bar code tattooed on their arms. They may turn an average of 25 tricks an evening, at $100.00 for each one. So, as you may see, there is big money in this business. Crystal Anthony, the social worker who spoke in the workshop, becomes involved with these victims when they are picked up by the police. The foundation which employs her (Lifeline) provides her with the funds to help the individuals gain a life of freedom with no exploitation. They are viewed by the police as victims, not prostitutes. Anthony ask those of us at the workshop to get the word out to at least five people regarding this story of human trafficking in the United States. Hence I decided to include that topic in my last posting from California. Young children and women who accept gifts from strangers need to be made aware of the fact that those gifts may have a horrific price tag attached to them.