Thursday, July 30, 2015

Recent CNN Documentary on Ending Sex Trafficking

In the late 1990s and early 2000s when the media first began reporting on sex trafficking, almost all of the stories were based on foreign soil. In 2015, the stories are taking place right here, in our own back yards, in our schools, or just down the street.

Chained

Last week, CNN (in conjunction with the Freedom Project) broadcast a one-hour program hosted by Jada Pinkett Smith (an ardent anti-sex trafficking activist) featuring six women whose lives were once in the hands of traffickers. The stories include a fourteen year-old, recruited out of her own school, and a young woman who began her foray into the sex industry as a stripper, only to be told that she could make more money if she also agreed to offer sex as part of her services. One of the most chilling details about this piece? Every one of the stories takes place in Atlanta, Georgia--one of the largest "hubs" for sex trafficking in the United States. According to CNN (through an Urban Institute study), the illegal sex industry in Atlanta generates over $290 million dollars a year.

Jada Pinkett Smith became involved in the movement to end sex slavery when her eleven year old told her that there were girls her age in the U.S. being sold for sex. In disbelief, Pinkett Smith spent hours on her computer researching the cases. It was a wake-up call creating a call-to-action in her heart. In this documentary from CNN, Pinkett Smith interviews many of these women who have come out of "the life" as well as a courageous rescuer who runs The Living Water Center, a shelter and rehabilitation center for trafficked girls.

If you haven't seen Children for Sale: The Fight to End Human Trafficking, I highly recommend watching the documentary or some of the clips at THIS LINK on CNN.com.

4 comments:

  1. I read the article that came with the link; so sad. There are so many facets of sadness here, the victims involved of course at the foremost, but also it is sad that there are people out there that would actually pay (good) money to have sex in these circumstances. What is sad is they should all be in jail (not of course the victims, but those that participate in getting them into sex trafficking and those that participate in the act themselves.). I can't go into specific details for privacy sake but I know someone whose family member is serving a 30 plus prison sentence for child molestation. Seems like there are a lot of others out there that should be doing the same but sadly will never be caught and that is a travesty of justice, along with the effect it has on the victims in these cases.

    betty

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    1. I think one of the reasons there is so much trouble catching the pimps is because the girls are so afraid (or brainwashed). They'll just say the guy is their boyfriend.

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  2. That's heartbreaking. I hear more about sex trafficking all the time. It's a huge "industry." I appreciate everyone who calls attention to it.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I really appreciate all the men and women out there "working in the trenches" to stop it. Thanks, Janie.

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