Trafficked. What does that mean? It’s a sobering reality in the world, not just today, but always. I’m talking about slavery.
My new book, Ant Dens, begins with the disappearance of Jamie Aldrich’s stepdaughter, Rebecca. She is the third freshman to disappear from Las Vegas, New Mexico’s Highlands University in as many months. But Becca has ‘run away’ before as a teenager. Who’s to say that this time is any different?
The horrifying fact is – it could be different. Here are some statistics, and some links I’ve put together for you to learn more about this horrendous activity, taking place around the world.
Information on the current state of the problem can be found on several websites, including those for the National Center for Victims of Crime (www.victimsofcrime.org) and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (www.bjs.gov.) Other sites containing information include the International Justice Mission (www.ijm.org/), and the UNICEF Report on the State of the World’s Children (www.unicef.org/sowc/.) Operation Underground Railroad (https://www.ourrescue.org) is one program which provides assistance for children who have been enslaved.
At the time of Ant Dens – A Suspense Novel publication, here are the statistics:
Human traffickers kidnap victims for use in several types of businesses. The current breakdown is:
- Prostitution and Sex Services: 46%
- Domestic Service: 27%
- Agriculture: 10%
- Sweat shops: 5%
- Restaurant and hotel services: 5%
- Other: 8%.
Within the Prostitution and Sex Services category, 94% are female. 83% of those who are sex-trafficked in the U.S. are U.S. citizens. Racially, the statistics show the following:
- 40.4% are black
- 25.6% are white
- 23.9 % are Hispanic.
Within the Labor categories (54% of trafficking), here’s the breakdown: 66% are female, 34% are male. Racially, the statistics show the following:
- 55.7% are Hispanic
- 14.8 are Asian
- 9.8% are black
- 1.6% are white
- 18% are other
Other nations besides the United States whose citizens are often grabbed by traffickers are from the following areas: Malaysia, South America, Asia, China, India, Eastern Europe and Russia.
I won’t spoil your read and tell you whether Rebecca has been trafficked or not. You’ll have to read that for yourself. And I hope you will.