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Not My Daughter

Not my Daughter

January was designated as Human Trafficking awareness month here in the United States. This global problem needs more than just one month of awareness, so we are taking a moment to look back on the facts surrounding this major issue.

It has been estimated that there are between 20 and 40 million people in modern slavery today. Can you even wrap your brain around 40 million people being sold as slaves in today’s world? 40 million? That is just crazy, the numbers are almost unfathomable to us because we are so far removed. What if you considered the fact that the entire country of Spain has a total population that is only slightly greater than 40 million. So, we could say, to grasp this number, imagine the entire country of Spain being sold off as slaves. Can you imagine such a horrible thing? As my 12-year-old stepson likes to say, “that hurts my brain”.

Trying to take in the full scope of trafficking is difficult because so many of the cases go undetected, this is something that the United Nations refers to as “the hidden figure of crime”.  To make things even worse, estimates suggest that, internationally, only .04% of survivors of human trafficking cases are identified, meaning that the great majority of cases just go undetected.

Make no mistake, this is a crime. This is modern day slavery and the price tag is no joke. Human trafficking earns global profits of roughly $150 billion a year, with $99 billion of that coming from commercial sexual exploitation. Now I don’t know about you; but that blows my mind.

Let’s make this a bit more personal for a moment now. I have three daughters; they are my joy and happiness. One of the things that we love to do is going to the malls and also to various sporting events. I have always been a bit of “mother hen” in that I keep track of my little chicks every moment that we are out. My thirteen-year-old has been playing Fortnite quite a bit with her brothers, and I became aware at some point that she is playing with people whom we don’t know. So, going to the mall is great, but be aware that you are being watched. Playing these online games are also super fun, but again be aware that our children are being targeted and yes, watched. Globally, an estimated 71% of enslaved people are woman and girls, while men and boys account for 29%. In 2018, over half (51.6%) of the criminal human trafficking cases active in the US were sex trafficking cases involving only children. These traffickers are savagely scouting around for a child like yours, like mine. They are much like a hungry lion looking for an injured gazelle for an easy meal.

Nurses, Doctors, Social Workers and all professionals, keep your eyes opened. If your gut tells you that something is wrong…it most likely is. Get involved. Get informed.

 

Read the poem below, written by a 17 year old South African girl named Phumzile Zwane.

Your Life is Priceless

Your life has no currency

A single rand* is not worth your dignity

Pricing your body cannot define your identity

Avoid affinity and lift your own integrity.

 

Human figured minds, myopic about their immoral lives

Why they can’t just move away from these shattered lives.

Shipments of humans treated as objects in exchange of a decent life.

Selling minds, selling lives, ripping away dreams.

 

Their hearts cold,

worth hatred

shifted to their toes

and yet the truth remains untold.

 

Equal in brain that drains, the pains running through their veins

This is a new generation,

with less integration,

with no future intensions,

inspiration,

intuition is not introspected

 

This freedom is taken for granted

These temples are no longer respected

Our minds are objected

 

You are not for sale

You cannot be bought, neither sold

For God owns your soul

 

Remember God in all cases

Every season for every reason

For God knows your life is priceless

As always, we here at Avalon Medical Educators feel honored to provide for your educational needs. We offer your continuing education course of Human Trafficking to meet your CE needs, please look us up.

  1. “Modern Slavery Fact Sheet.” Anti-Slavery Internationa. Accessed July 31, 2019. https://www.antislavery.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Modern-slavery-fact-sheet.pdf. "2019 Trafficking in Persons Report.” United States Department of State. Accessed July 31, 2019. https://www.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/2019-Trafficking-in-Persons-Report.pdf. ↩︎
  2. “Forced Labor, Modern Slavery, and Human Trafficking.” International Labor Organization. Accessed July 31, 2019. http://www.ilo.org/global/topics/forced-labour/lang--en/index.htm. “Monitoring Target 16.2 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.” United Nations Office on Drug and Crime. Accessed July 31, 2018. https://www.unodc.org/documents/research/UNODC-DNR_research_brief.pdf ↩︎
  3. “What is Human Trafficking.” Californians Against Sexual Exploitation. Accessed July 31, 2019. http://www.caseact.org/learn/humantrafficking/. ↩︎
  4. “Human Trafficking by the Numbers.” Human Rights First. Accessed July 31, 2019. https://www.humanrightsfirst.org/resource/human-trafficking-numbers. ↩︎
  5. “Trafficking and Slavery Fact Sheet.” Free the Slaves. Accessed July 31, 2019. https://www.freetheslaves.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Trafficking-ans-Slavery-Fact-Sheet-April-2018.pdf ↩︎
  6. “Human Trafficking Within and Into The United States: A Review of the Literature.” Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. Accessed July 31, 2019, https://aspe.hhs.gov/report/human-trafficking-and-within-united-states-review-literature#Trafficking. ↩︎
  7. "2018 Federal Human Trafficking Report.” The Human Trafficking Institute. Accessed July 31, 2019. ↩︎
  8. "2019 Trafficking in Persons Report.” United States Department of State. Accessed July 31, 2019. https://www.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/2019-Trafficking-in-Persons-Report.pdf. ↩︎
  9. "2019 Trafficking in Persons Report.” United States Department of State. Accessed July 31, 2019. https://www.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/2019-Trafficking-in-Persons-Report.pdf. ↩︎
  10. “Human Trafficking Within and Into The United States: A Review of the Literature.” Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. Accessed July 31, 2019, https://aspe.hhs.gov/report/human-trafficking-and-within-united-states-review-literature#Trafficking. ↩︎
  11. “Hotline Statistics.” The National Human Trafficking Hotline. Accessed July 31, 2019. https://humantraffickinghotline.org/states. ↩︎

Additional Resources:

Domestic Violence: National Domestic Violence Hotline, 24 hour Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

Sexual Abuse: Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), 24 hour Hotline: 1-800-656-4673

Suicide: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 24 hour Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Dating Violence: National Dating Abuse Helpline, 24 hour Hotline: 1-866-331-9474

Runaway and Homeless Youth: National Runaway Safeline, 24 hour Hotline: 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929)

Missing Children and Child Pornography: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, 24 hour Hotline: 1-800-THE-LOST (843-5678)

Not my Daughter

January was designated as Human Trafficking awareness month here in the United States. This global problem needs more than just one month of awareness, so we are taking a moment to look back on the facts surrounding this major issue.

It has been estimated that there are between 20 and 40 million people in modern slavery today. Can you even wrap your brain around 40 million people being sold as slaves in today’s world? 40 million? That is just crazy, the numbers are almost unfathomable to us because we are so far removed. What if you considered the fact that the entire country of Spain has a total population that is only slightly greater than 40 million. So, we could say, to grasp this number, imagine the entire country of Spain being sold off as slaves. Can you imagine such a horrible thing? As my 12-year-old stepson likes to say, “that hurts my brain”.

Trying to take in the full scope of trafficking is difficult because so many of the cases go undetected, this is something that the United Nations refers to as “the hidden figure of crime”.  To make things even worse, estimates suggest that, internationally, only .04% of survivors of human trafficking cases are identified, meaning that the great majority of cases just go undetected.

Make no mistake, this is a crime. This is modern day slavery and the price tag is no joke. Human trafficking earns global profits of roughly $150 billion a year, with $99 billion of that coming from commercial sexual exploitation. Now I don’t know about you; but that blows my mind.

Let’s make this a bit more personal for a moment now. I have three daughters; they are my joy and happiness. One of the things that we love to do is going to the malls and also to various sporting events. I have always been a bit of “mother hen” in that I keep track of my little chicks every moment that we are out. My thirteen-year-old has been playing Fortnite quite a bit with her brothers, and I became aware at some point that she is playing with people whom we don’t know. So, going to the mall is great, but be aware that you are being watched. Playing these online games are also super fun, but again be aware that our children are being targeted and yes, watched. Globally, an estimated 71% of enslaved people are woman and girls, while men and boys account for 29%. In 2018, over half (51.6%) of the criminal human trafficking cases active in the US were sex trafficking cases involving only children. These traffickers are savagely scouting around for a child like yours, like mine. They are much like a hungry lion looking for an injured gazelle for an easy meal.

Nurses, Doctors, Social Workers and all professionals, keep your eyes opened. If your gut tells you that something is wrong…it most likely is. Get involved. Get informed.

 

Read the poem below, written by a 17 year old South African girl named Phumzile Zwane.

Your Life is Priceless

Your life has no currency

A single rand* is not worth your dignity

Pricing your body cannot define your identity

Avoid affinity and lift your own integrity.

 

Human figured minds, myopic about their immoral lives

Why they can’t just move away from these shattered lives.

Shipments of humans treated as objects in exchange of a decent life.

Selling minds, selling lives, ripping away dreams.

 

Their hearts cold,

worth hatred

shifted to their toes

and yet the truth remains untold.

 

Equal in brain that drains, the pains running through their veins

This is a new generation,

with less integration,

with no future intensions,

inspiration,

intuition is not introspected

 

This freedom is taken for granted

These temples are no longer respected

Our minds are objected

 

You are not for sale

You cannot be bought, neither sold

For God owns your soul

 

Remember God in all cases

Every season for every reason

For God knows your life is priceless

As always, we here at Avalon Medical Educators feel honored to provide for your educational needs. We offer your continuing education course of Human Trafficking to meet your CE needs, please look us up.

  1. “Modern Slavery Fact Sheet.” Anti-Slavery Internationa. Accessed July 31, 2019. https://www.antislavery.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Modern-slavery-fact-sheet.pdf. "2019 Trafficking in Persons Report.” United States Department of State. Accessed July 31, 2019. https://www.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/2019-Trafficking-in-Persons-Report.pdf. ↩︎
  2. “Forced Labor, Modern Slavery, and Human Trafficking.” International Labor Organization. Accessed July 31, 2019. http://www.ilo.org/global/topics/forced-labour/lang--en/index.htm. “Monitoring Target 16.2 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.” United Nations Office on Drug and Crime. Accessed July 31, 2018. https://www.unodc.org/documents/research/UNODC-DNR_research_brief.pdf ↩︎
  3. “What is Human Trafficking.” Californians Against Sexual Exploitation. Accessed July 31, 2019. http://www.caseact.org/learn/humantrafficking/. ↩︎
  4. “Human Trafficking by the Numbers.” Human Rights First. Accessed July 31, 2019. https://www.humanrightsfirst.org/resource/human-trafficking-numbers. ↩︎
  5. “Trafficking and Slavery Fact Sheet.” Free the Slaves. Accessed July 31, 2019. https://www.freetheslaves.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Trafficking-ans-Slavery-Fact-Sheet-April-2018.pdf ↩︎
  6. “Human Trafficking Within and Into The United States: A Review of the Literature.” Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. Accessed July 31, 2019, https://aspe.hhs.gov/report/human-trafficking-and-within-united-states-review-literature#Trafficking. ↩︎
  7. "2018 Federal Human Trafficking Report.” The Human Trafficking Institute. Accessed July 31, 2019. ↩︎
  8. "2019 Trafficking in Persons Report.” United States Department of State. Accessed July 31, 2019. https://www.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/2019-Trafficking-in-Persons-Report.pdf. ↩︎
  9. "2019 Trafficking in Persons Report.” United States Department of State. Accessed July 31, 2019. https://www.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/2019-Trafficking-in-Persons-Report.pdf. ↩︎
  10. “Human Trafficking Within and Into The United States: A Review of the Literature.” Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. Accessed July 31, 2019, https://aspe.hhs.gov/report/human-trafficking-and-within-united-states-review-literature#Trafficking. ↩︎
  11. “Hotline Statistics.” The National Human Trafficking Hotline. Accessed July 31, 2019. https://humantraffickinghotline.org/states. ↩︎

Additional Resources:

Domestic Violence: National Domestic Violence Hotline, 24 hour Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

Sexual Abuse: Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), 24 hour Hotline: 1-800-656-4673

Suicide: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 24 hour Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Dating Violence: National Dating Abuse Helpline, 24 hour Hotline: 1-866-331-9474

Runaway and Homeless Youth: National Runaway Safeline, 24 hour Hotline: 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929)

Missing Children and Child Pornography: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, 24 hour Hotline: 1-800-THE-LOST (843-5678)

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