So as promised in our last post about Sex Trafficking…What’s That we are continuing on our journey exploring the horrible act of sex trafficking and learning how this could ever happen to someone like you and me.
For starters, Human Trafficking or Sex Trafficking does not discriminate against anyone. It doesn’t matter your age, race, gender, religion, or socioeconomic status. It CAN and does happen to anyone. The main culprits are gang members and pimps.
They have been known to stock people on the internet or in neighborhoods or even at the mall to learn their patterns and way of life. They pray on those with low self-esteem who are weak and vulnerable or those who have been sexually abused at a young age. For example, if you post something on Facebook about getting in a fight with your mom or dad and how much you hate them then that gives them fuel for the fire. To them that is a way in to gain your trust. They will start comforting you and talking about how you don’t need them in your life. They will make you feel secure and that you can trust them and that they will take care of you.
Once someone who is vulnerable with low self-esteem lets someone like this into their life that’s usually the end. As time goes on the pimp or gang member usually starts to ask for favors like performing sexual acts for money. If the victim refuses to perform these acts that is when things can turn very violent. In many situations drugs and alcohol are also used to keep sex slave victims in line with what the pimp or gang member wants them to do.
At this point victims have been brainwashed, drugged, physically, verbally, mentally, and emotionally abused, and threatened to the point of being stuck in this life till they die. Many are very afraid to seek help because of the repercussions if they are caught. They have also been made to think that if they do seek help they will go to jail because what they are participating in is illegal. So they just become stuck…
How can we be proactive? you may ask….Tune in to my next post on ways to protect yourself and be proactive against human traffickers!