“Every two minutes, a child is prepared for sexual exploitation.” When hearing this statistic, many people make a few assumptions.
First, we often think human trafficking only affects the people who are poor. But in reality, the wealthy are also targeted and can just as easily fall victim to modern slavery.
We often think that only females are victims of trafficking. But males are as well. All individuals of all ethnicities are targeted for exploitation.
Victims tend to have one trait in common…youth. Children are easier to manipulate, leading to the average age of entry in sex trafficking of 11 – 14. The parents are often not even aware that their child has met a trafficker as children usually only approach an adult when things get out very bad.
“Today in every corner of society and the country we hear the cry of the children, ‘I am not safe,'” writes Sister Gracy Rodrigues, a member of the Congregation of the Daughters of Charity in India and the Asian Movement of Women Religious Against Human Trafficking (AMRAT).
AMRAT works to combat human trafficking by building awareness. “An estimated 200 million children today are child laborers and Unicef estimated that 1.2 million children are trafficked every day.” Sister Gracy Rodrigues of the Congregation of the Daughters of Charity writes, “They are trafficked for sexual exploitation, pornography production, forced marriage, illegal adoption, forced labor, and to become child soldiers.”
Read more about Sister Gracy Rodrigues and AMRAT here.