Is Sex Trafficking the New Dope?

The following is a guest post by Joseph Hall.

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Is Child Sex Trafficking the New Dope?

Today, Fox News reports that the Indiana legislature pushed through a highly critical law forbidding sex trafficking at the Super Bowl this Sunday. Among law enforcement officials it is common knowledge that with the Super Bowl crowd comes demands for entertainment both on and off the field. The greatest demand off field is for illicit sex; therefore, the traffickers bring their show to town!

See Fox News report: “Indiana passes human trafficking law in time for Super Bowl

For centuries, selling illicit drugs was extremely profitable for those who sold narcotics to addicts. Once a person is hooked, they will do absolutely anything to get the money to buy the next fix. Nevertheless, there is one major drawback; pushing is a dog-eat-dog world of turf struggles and tough law enforcement standards.

Enter the new high-profit world of sex trafficking. The 2008 thriller, Taken, starring Liam Neeson, was a box office sensation. The movie provided a sensational action plot involving a retired CIA operative who tracks down his daughter who was kidnapped and sold as a sex slave. The movie made us feel safe; after all, the setting was Europe, and the good guy won.

The bad news, US police gang units now proclaim that sex trafficking has surpassed drug sales and larceny as the top dollar draw in gangland. According to a recent article at NPR, “Gangs Enter New Territory with Sex Trafficking,” reporter Carrie Johnson, sex trafficking is a high profit, low risk business.

She reports:

“Joshua Skule, who oversees the violent crime branch of the criminal division at the FBI’s field office in Washington, lists some reasons for street gangs’ move into sex trafficking.

“It is not like moving, or as risky as moving narcotics. It is not as risky as extorting business owners,” he says. “And these victims really have no way out.”

Skule says they’re like modern indentured servants. The 12-year-old girl involved in one of the recent sex trafficking cases is safe now, authorities say. But she’ll be dealing with the physical and emotional scars for many years.”

Gangs now prefer to kidnap and enslave girls of any age, up to 20-years-old, to serve as prostitutes. Gang members use a variety of methods to trap young girls into the dark world of sex slavery. Once the girl falls prey, it takes a daily dose of drugs and alcohol to keep the victim placated and productive. With social media, gangs can announce a party and lonely girls flock to the event which promises to be filled with good times and plenty of party paraphernalia.  Game over for the unsuspecting girl. (NPR, 2011)

In Chicago, the police busted up one sex trafficking gang through a court ordered wire tapping measure. According to CBS News Channel 2 in Chicago, “Police Use Wiretaps To Crack Human Trafficking By Street Gangs,” this marks the first time that law enforcement has used wire tapping as an investigative tool in tracking a sex trafficking gang.

This disturbing exploitation must be stopped. The money raised in this fashion can be readily funneled into other illegal and subversive activities. While there is no smoking gun as of yet, there are rumblings that girls who joined in at Occupied villages, and are now missing, could be victime. In an open society, tracking the movements of potential victims of this vicious crime is an almost impossible task. State legislatures must work quickly to empower law enforcement agencies to stop the slavery now.

One organization committed to stop this crime wave is “Stop Child Trafficking Now!” Their unique approach is to track and arrest the customers who create the demand for trafficking. The question remains, what is Attorney General Eric Holder’s job description?

Watch YouTube Video: “America’s Dirty Secret: Child Sex Trafficking

Rachel Lloyd’s account of her personal involvement as a victim of trafficking is entitled, “Girls Like Us: The Hidden Story of Human Sex Trafficking in America.” Brief article, Take Part, April 2011

Submitted by: Joseph Hall, Daymar Institute, Healthcare, Law, General Studies