Foremost among the health risks of prostitution is premature death. Like those who abort the unborn child, sex – trafficking kills, it dehumanizes! It breaks down a life – body, soul and spirit!
Human trafficker’s would like you to believe that sex trafficking – human trafficking does not kill its victims, but that is a lie. The truth is, those who are trafficked die at an alarming rate from homicide, suicide, drug and alcohol related causes, HIV infection and accidents. The homicide rate among female prostitutes is 17 times higher than that of the age – matched population. Active prostitutes are nearly 18 times more likely to be murdered than non-prostitute women of the same age and rage.
The dehumanization practiced by sex traffickers is simply an extension of the dehumanization practiced by all of those who kill their fellow human beings. Quite frankly, sex-trafficking dehumanizes! It does so by capturing its victims in its web of lies by treating them not as precious brothers and sisters made in the image and likeness of God, but as objects that exist purely for the gratification of others.
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. – Genesis 1: 26-27
The dehumanization of sex trafficking, and the loss of dignity, freedom, and life that inherently accompany the practice, must be fought on every front: legal, social, and spiritual.
We must PRAY, be EDUCATED and get INVOLVED!
Did you know … globally, the average cost of a slave is $90?
Trafficking primarily involves exploitation which comes in many forms, including:
- Forcing victims into prostitution
- Subjecting victims to slavery or involuntary servitude.
- Compelling victims to commit sex acts for the purpose of creating pornography.
- Misleading victims into debt bondage.
A few facts to consider …
- According to some estimates, approximately 80% of trafficking involves sexual exploitation, and 19% involves labor exploitation.
- There are approximately 20 to 30 million slaves in the world today.
- According to the U.S. State Department, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year. More than 80% are female and half are children.
- The average age a teen enters the sex trade in the U.S. is 12-14 years-old. Many victims are runaway girls who were sexually abused as children.
- California harbors 3 of the FBI’s 13 highest child sex trafficking areas on the nation: Los Angelos, San Fransico, and San Diego.
- The National Human Trafficking Hotline receives more calls from Texas than any other state in the US. 15% of those calls are from the Dallas-Forth Worth area.
- Between 14,500 and 17,500 people are trafficked into the U.S. each year.
- Human trafficking is the third largest international crime industry (behind illegal drugs and arms trafficking).
- It reportedly generates a profit of $32 billion every year. Of that number, $15.5 billion is made in industrialized countries.
- The International Labour Organization estimates that women and girls represent the largest share of forced labor victims with 11.4 million trafficked victims (55 percent) compared to 9.5 million (45 percent) men.
- The Department of Justice estimates that 27% of sex-trafficking victims are underage.
- The Department of Justice estimated that between 2001 and 2005, there were 100,000 – 200,000 sex slaves in the United States.
Organizations – ministries to check out to get involved either via donation, volunteering or participation.
1. Freedom Firm: www.freedom.firm.in
2. The Freedom Climb: www.thefreedomclimb.net
3. Wellspring Living: https://wellspringliving.org
4. StreetGrace: http://streetgrace.org
5. Out of Darkness: http://www.outofdarkness.org