Sex Trafficking

By Definition According To The U.S. Department Of Health And Human Services, “Sex Trafficking Is The Recruitment, Harboring, Transportation, Provision, Obtaining, Patronizing, Or Soliciting Of A Person For The Purpose Of A Commercial Sex Act, In The Which The Commercial Sex Act Is Induced By Force, Fraud, Or Coercion, OR IN WHICH THE PERSON INDUCED TO PERFORM SUCH ACT HAS NOT ATTAINED 18 YEARS OF AGE.”

Child Sexual Abuse – CSA

No Definition Needed, One Only Needs To Know That It Happens. Everyday. In Every Country, Every State, Every City, Every Town. Even Yours. Children As Young As Infancy Are Being Sexually Abused, And Most Often By Those Closest To Them. Stories Of Abduction And Kidnapping Are Far Less Prevalent Than Stories Of This Type Of Abuse Happening At The Hands Of Family Members, Caregivers, Coaches, Teachers, “Friends” Of The Family. It Is Our Job As Advocates To Learn How See The Signs, Listen For The Silent Cries For Help And Have The Courage To Make A Call – It Could Save The Life Of A Child.

Child Sex Trafficking – CST

CST Is Not Always The Teenager Who Has Fallen Into The Hands Of A Pimp, Though This Is Also A Form Of Child Sex Trafficking. The Truth Is, Children Younger Than Teens Are Also Trafficked. There Are Cases Of Children From Infancy Being Sold For Money, Drugs, Favors To Pedophiles And Perverts Who Use These Twisted Means To Obtain Sex With Children. Again, Not Always A ‘Stranger-Danger’ Situation, But One That At Times Starts At Home With Parents Selling Their Underage Children.

Grooming

A Predator Will Use A Grooming Technique Specifically For The Purpose Of Gaining Trust And Relationship With A Child. This May Come In The Form Of Attention, Toys, Favors To Entice The Child. Once The Predator Feels “Safe” To Make Advances Towards The Child, Emotional Tools Such As Control, Fear, Dependency And Alienation Are Already At Their Disposal To Use Against The Child Since The Predator Has Created A False Sense Of A Safety. Social Media Has Become A Haven For Predators Grooming Our Children. Vulnerabilities Are Stealthily Spotted By Abusers And Children Who Show Any Sign Of Emotional Duress Are Targeted, Entertained By And Eventually Unknowingly Intertwined And Outwitted By Predators Posing As Children, Friends, Boy/Girlfriends Via Messaging, And Chat Rooms. It’s The Proverbial Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing.

Force, Fraud, Coercion

Force Does Not Always Imply Physical Exertion, Although It Certainly Is Used By Abusers. The Breaking Down Of Someone’s Spirit, Self And Identity Are Also Forms Of Force. Predators Monitor Their Prey, Looking For Vulnerabilites And Insecurities In Behavior And/Or Physicality To Isolate And Break Down The Victims Resistance. This Tactic Is Often Used In The Beginning Stages, Whereafter Any Physical Force, Assault Abuse Can And Usually Does Occur.
Fraud Is Exactly That. Lies. False Promises, A Better Life, A Safe And Loving Relationship – All Meant To ‘Groom’ A Victim Into A Trust Level And Sometimes Invoke An Emotional Attachment That Leads To The Predator Having Control Over The Victim In Such An Extreme Capacity That The Victim Becomes Dependent On That Relationship For His/Her Existence. After The Victim Is “Conquered”, The Abuser Will Show Their True Colors And The Victim Will Have Become Trapped. And Will Go Above And Beyond To Please The Perpetrator. Many Times, The Victim Is So Manipulated That Is Difficult For Them To Understand There Is Anything “Wrong” With The Relationship, Believing That The Abuser Loves Them.
Coercion Is A Strings-Attached Method Of Gaining Control Over A Victim. Predators Will Use Threats Of Harm, Psychological Manipulation, Identification Confiscation, Information Or Perhaps Indecent Photos Previously Voluntarily Shared With Them To Entrap The Victim Into Compliance. At Times, Threats Of Abusing Or Harming The Victim’s Family Members May Be Used To Retain Control Of The Situation. .

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