I’m sure many of you know that I’m very passionate when it comes to keeping your child safe and out of harms way in every way possible; sexually, physical and mentally. Horror stories involving children always make me weep and I’m sure it hits many of you just as hard.
As painful as these stories of children being abused, kidnapped or murdered, are I’m always right there gaining information and informing those around me. But more than it just being children it’s things that are happening right underneath our noses.
So here I go informing you all of an issue that happens around us daily and most of us are unaware.
Human trafficking/child trafficking is a huge issue we in the US need to even be concerned with. Human trafficking is very close to surpassing the drug trade! That’s insane. We all know just about every other person we know does drugs, which includes yes marijuana, so the thought of that is appalling.
Many people don’t know exactly what human trafficking is. If your like me you thought human trafficking occurred overseas, not as much in the US, and it was strictly trafficking people for sex. Well it’s so much more than that. Some facts I read on Random Facts include:
• Researchers note that sex trafficking plays a major role in the spread of HIV
• Those being trafficked are victims, perpetrators and advocates all at once.
• Belgium, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Thailand, Turkey, and the U.S. are ranked very high as destination countries of trafficked victims.
• Those trafficked are not only largely work in the sex industry, but also sent to work at sweatshops, domestic servitude and agricultural work.
• Traffickers target victims on the telephone, on the Internet, through friends, at the mall, and in after-school programs.
• An estimated 30,000 victims of sex trafficking die each year from abuse, disease, torture, and neglect.
• 80% are mostly females and over 50% are children.
50% are children! 50! Such an astonishing number to grasp– it’s painful. Many people here in the US are so, what’s the word– not necessarily neglectful to their children, but more lets say, free-spirited when it comes to not wanting to overbear their children. And that’s when your guard goes down as incidents of all these missing children who are sometimes listed as “runaways” are taken and sent into the trafficking world.
It’s as swift as that. As fast as you blink, are turn around for just a moment your child could be forever gone.
And if you have an infant? You need to have an alarm system chained onto that child. Seriously.
These infants can be taken into the trafficking world as well for a later time in their lives or they could easily be adopted to a new family who so much want to be parents.
Yeah, let’s read further–
Recently in China (reported by CNN) a few babies were reunited with their birth parents after a doctor, Zhang Shuxia, who was basically a friend to everyone, was selling their babies to people who would pay up and think they were legally adopting a child.
What Zhang did was that once the mother gave birth they (nurses) would whisk the child away and make false claims that the child wouldn’t live long, they had heart problems, cerebral palsy to missing genitals to convince the parents to give their child away. Many were even told that the babies died too. And many parents apparently believed this because they trusted this doctor who was a friend to everyone.
Thanks to Lifetime their bringing this issue to light again with a new Saturday night movie premiere (August 17, 2013) starring Kirstie Alley and Jennifer Finnigan in ‘Baby Sellers.’
The film takes viewers into the grim some reality of international child-trafficking ring in which newborns are bought– or stolen from parents and given to “adoptive” parents who believe are doing the adoption the legal way.
Baby Sellers premieres Saturday, Aug. 17, at 8pm on Lifetime.