Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (MSCs) Stella Maris Province. Corporate Stances To SUPPORT the rights and dignity of all immigrants. To STOP human trafficking. With the stances in mind, the MSCs have created a coalition….
…of the day President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation that paved the way for the eventual freedom of 4 million persons in captivity.
150 years later, slavery still exists in the United States with more slaves than at any point in history. In fact, there are twice as many slaves today as during the entire trans-Atlantic slave trade.
27 million worldwide)
Billions of dollars are being made at the expense of millions of victims of human trafficking.
How can such a trade in human beings occur in the 21st century? Because it is a low risk, high reward crime. In many countries, either the necessary laws are not in place, or they are not properly enforced.
…tied with the illegal arms trade as the second largest criminal industry in the world, AND it is the fastest growing. The reason this is such a lucrative business is that after an illegal gun or drugs are sold, what happens?....That money maker is gone. With sex trafficking a human being can be sold and IS sold over and over and over again.
People forced into indentured servitude may be found in:
…in a wide variety of venues of the overall sex industry, including residential brothels, gentlemen’s clubs, online escort services, fake massage parlors, strip clubs, truck/rest stops and street prostitution.
Many people assume that trafficked persons in America come primarily from other countries - illegally smuggled immigrants, tricked by the promise of employment. While this is the case for some victims, surprisingly, most victims are not foreigners. They are actually young women and children born in the United States.
The life expectancy of someone trafficked is 7 to 9 years. They may die from malnutrition, disease, while most die from contracting HIV/AIDS and injuries sustained from sexual violence or punishment. Some commit suicide due to the life they are forced to live.
When Ashley was 12-years-old she got into a fight with her mother and ran away from home. She ended up staying at her friend’s older brother’s house and intended to go home the next day, but when she tried to leave he told her that he was a pimp and that she was now his property. He locked her in a room, beat her daily, raped her and advertised her for sex on websites. Eventually Ashley escaped her confinement and is now at a treatment center for girls who have been trafficked in New York.
“I walk around and carry the physical scars of the torture you put me through. The cigarette burns, the knife carvings, the piercings … how a human being can see humor in the torture, manipulation, and brainwashing of another human being is beyond comprehension. You have given me a life sentence.”
- U.S. World Report
Many times these type of buildings house trafficked victims.
Should you have the opportunity to speak with a potential victim privately (at a nail salon, restaurant, etc.) and without jeopardizing the victim’s safety because the trafficker is watching, here are some sample questions to ask to follow up on the red flags you became alert to:
If you suspect trafficking call this number:
Mental & psychological health:
Modern day slavery is about people, and the way the world chooses to fight it must also be about people: restoring their hopes, their dreams, and most importantly, their freedom.