DEFINING HUMAN SEX TRAFFICKING & SLAVERY IN THE UNITED STATES

HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Colonists in early America were largely male who resorted to force to procure wives. American Indian women would be captured and traded, sold, or taken as wives. Poor European women were forced to migrate against their will to the United States to be wives. African-American slaves were often raped or forced to breed with other slaves. Many female slaves, or “fancy maids” were sold at auction into prostitution and were called “fancy trade”. The term “white slavery” was used for white Anglo-American women who were forced into prostitution. In the Early 20th Century, city after city no longer tolerated this prostitution and forced the closing of brothels.

The White Slave Traffic Act or Mann Act of 1910 made prostitution a felony if women crossed state borders for the purpose of immoral purposes or prostitution and sex trafficking. In regard to women trafficking from foreign countries for this purpose, the United States passed immigration acts to stop aliens from entering the United States. These acts included Emergency Quota Act and the Immigration Act of 1924 to prevent immigrants from Europe and Asia from entering the United States. Human sex trafficking was not an issue until the 1990s. The Advisory Committee on the Traffic of Women and Children had members from nine (9) countries. An implementation of a system of annual reports from these countries was developed. In 1929, there was a need to expand into the Near East (Asia Minor), the Middle East, and Asia.

In thirty-one (31) states, victims of sex trafficking may potentially be charged with crimes they were FORCED to commit. Each state has its own laws for dealing with sex trafficking within its own state. Prosecution may occur under specifically addressed sex trafficking, or under other laws such as laws prohibiting commercial sex services, including persecution for any acts of abuse or unlawful detention of the victims of sex offenses.

In 2000, Congress created the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act with tougher punishments for sex trafficking. Former sex slaves can obtain a visa but must “prove they were enslaved by force, fraud, or coercion in their country. The visa allows former victims of sex trafficking to stay in the United States for three (3) years and then apply for a green card. Since then, there has been additional reasons added for either forced labor or sexual exploitation. The Bush Administration formed forty-two (42) Justice Department task forces and spent more than 150 million dollars to reduce sex trafficking. 

According to a University of Pennsylvania report, 100,000 to 300,000 American children at any given time may be at risk of exploitation due to factors such as drug use, homelessness, or other factors. The report continues to state this estimate does not reflect the actual number of cases in the United States, but the number of children at “risk” of commercial sexual exploitation. This number is based on 25-year data from the 1990s and is out of date. Can it be, in this day and age, the United States still has “white slavery” or “sex trafficking”?  The illegal immigration that is taking place on the United States border is making a mockery of all the United States acts that were put into place. This illegal immigration takes into account immigrants from other countries that are coming through the Southern borders.

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PIMP controlled  trafficking is controlled by one pimp and controls the victim physically, psychologically, and/or emotionally. Initially, the grooming stage by the pimp seeks to make the victim dependent on them. Once the victim is comfortable in that stage, the pimp moves to the next seasoning stage. In this state, the pimp shall ask the victim to perform sexual acts for the pimp which the victim may do because they believe it is the only way to keep the trafficker’s affection. It can be difficult for the sex slave to leave the arrangement after this.

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GANG TRAFFICKING has the sex victim controlled by more than one person. Gangs are turning to a sexual type of trafficking, because it is seen as safer and more lucrative than drug trafficking. Sometimes the victim is sold to other gangs. The victims may be tattooed to show their ownership. Numerous MS-13 (stands for Mara Salvatrucha) gang members have been indicted by Federal prosecutors on sex trafficking charges. These sex slaves are usually runaway children, or they were lured from middle schools, high schools, and public shelters. They were required to have sex with a minimum of ten (10) individuals per day.  President Trump has recently stated many of these gang members have been sent out of the United States rather than convict them and put in prisons in this country.

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SURVIVAL SEX has the victim not controlled by a certain person, but the victim has to perform in order to obtain basic commodities to survive. They are victims of sex trafficking if they are below the age of consent and are legally unable to consent to the sexual acts. This framing of sex trafficking emerged during the period of second-wave feminism during the early 1960s, 70s, and 80s in the United States.

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FAMILIAL TRAFFICKING is difficult to detect because it is often a family business, and it is a culture within a family that is passed down from generation to generation. Children who are trafficked by their family are abused as early as from birth. They grow up believing rape and violence are normal. Participants of a family that traffics their children include parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. They have all been raised in a similar way and may play a role in the trafficking. It is difficult for a child who grew up in this environment to recognize the victimization that is occurring and to be able to break the cycle. An outsider may be able to notice what is occurring and get outside help for the child.

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HOTELS AND MOTELS are a major provider for domestic sex trafficking. They are mainly pimp-based, and the victims are mainly US citizens. To fight this problem, advocacy groups hand out pamphlets about sex trafficking to hotels and ask them to look out for women who appear fearful and show signs of being controlled by the men they are with. Or some groups give hotels bars of soap that have a sex trafficking hotline phone number to contact.

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MASSAGE PARLORS that are illegal may have their massage workers work out of apartment complexes for many hours a day. The women may be lured into the United States under false pretenses. They are, therefore, in debt to their “owners” and are forced to earn enough to buy back their freedom. In addition, they may be forced to undergo plastic surgery and/or abortions. Individuals in society should be alert to report suspicious behavior, because the psychological and physical abuse occurs which can often leave a victim unable to escape on their own.

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SPORTING EVENTS  host crowds, and when there are crowds, there is a demand for sex. Human trafficking which is known as modern day slavery is the second largest criminal activity in the world. Although not officially documented, the Super Bowl is the largest sex trafficking event in the world. See: Human trafficking and sports by Richard Lapchick, Contributing Writer, ESPN.com.

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LATINO BROTHELS cater to Latino males and are a major vehicle for sex trafficking with the victims being mainly women and children from Latin America but also may come from US citizens of Latin descent. The brothels may be in informal underground businesses located in any part of the United States. These brothels move from time to time to other areas in order to not be detected, and the victims do not get to know the area too well.

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NEVADA BROTHELS are legal in certain rural counties. Pimps can use these brothels to traffic children who are, in many cases, under age. The pimps take the bulk of their earnings. The brothel owner is nothing more than a slave owner. Nevada is the last state in the union that should stand against all forms of slavery.

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Social Media has played an increasing role in sex trafficking, particularly Facebook and MocoSpace. Some social media providers create their own websites. Sex slaves captured by ISIS are known to surface at auctions in the United States.

People are asking for a change in the immigration laws to again stop the entrance to this country of sex and drug trafficking, because it appears these two go together. Spiritual awareness in the United States would then have a much better chance of growth although the growth of Spiritual Conscious Awareness is making a huge headway. Founders of this nation’s Constitution were Spiritual men, and the concepts and laws for this new country were founded on the principles of Spirituality.

The information and statistics expressed in this post are the other side of Spiritual…the negative forces as opposed to positive which are the dualities of human experience as expressed in “The Larger Spiritual Order & Universal Scheme of Things-Simplified”. This treatise is found with Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/dp/1496012755/

Contents from this post were taken from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex_trafficking_in_the_United_States 

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