Today is Human trafficking awareness day in Denver where several advocacy group will be taking the issue to the capital for the third year.
What is Human Trafficking? Human Trafficking (Traffiking) is very much the same as drug trafficking. You have a need for a product or service; sex trafficking, labor trafficking, the fulfillment of a parenting need, etc., you have a product; a human being, you have the need or want for the product; sex rings, drug cartels, pornography trade, prostitution, labor, organ harvesting, etc., it is lucrative; the human trafficking industry brings in billions of dollars in profit.
According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Human Trafficking is; the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs
To some disbelief Human Trafficking is alive and has decreased in the state of Colorado.
In Colorado, according to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC), there has been a decrease in calls they have received and cases reported to their offices. In 2013 there were 301 calls to the center and 73 victims reported compared to 2014 where there were 273 calls to the center and 67 cases reported. These figures may or may not reflect the actual state of the issue as many cases go unreported.
Some of those unreported cases are due to the fact that some trafficking is engaged in by families with little income where the victim is a member of the family. The head of the family is having difficulty feeding the family or paying the bills and actual sells the victim to a trafficker to help with temporary relief of their problems. In most cases the victim is never seen again.
In 2014, according to the NHTRC, 51 females, of adult age, 18 and above, who were US Citizens were trafficked opposed to Adult Males, 15, who were US Citizens. A majority of the reports they received were to give a tip about trafficking and were from community members. Out of the rest of the figures the center collects, 34 victims of Labor Exploitation, 26 victims of Trafficking and 21 families of a victim were received in their office for the state.
In the US from 2007 – 2012 there were 9,298 potential cases of human trafficking. Of those cases 41% of them were in the sex trafficking for pimp-controlled prostitution, commercial-front brothels and escort/delivery services. 20% of the 9,298 were for labor, domestic, restaurant, food services, peddling and traveling sales.
In sex trafficking cases 85% are noted as being women. In labor 40% of the cases are men.
When it comes to child cases reported the top 10 industries they are trafficked are; Pimp-controlled prostitution, peddling rings, pornography, escort services or delivery services, commercial-front brothels, traveling sales, domestic work, restaurant or food services, personal sexual servitude and hostesses or strip clubs.
For more information on trafficking and what you can do to help you can simply google or do a search in your browser using the words “Human Trafficking.” You can also find many organizations who help with trafficking awareness, rescue, local street teams and etc., by searching for “Human Trafficking Organizations.”