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Child sex trafficking is the fastest growing criminal business in U.S.

The FBI’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC) is America’s central database for tracking crime-related information, and interlinked with federal, tribal, state, and local agencies and offices.

According to the NCIC, there were 465,676 missing children in 2016, an increase of nearly 5,000 since a year ago. Of the nearly 25,000 runaways reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in 2017, one in seven were likely victims of child sex trafficking. Of those, 88% were in the care of social services when they went missing. (Source)

Human trafficking is the commercial sexual exploitation of American children and women, via the Internet, strip clubs, escort services, or street prostitution.

John W. Whitehead, a constitutional attorney, is the founder and president of The Rutherford Institute and the author of Battlefield America: The War on the American People. In a well-sourced article on The Rutherford Institute, Whitehead alerts us to these alarming and horrific facts about child sex-trafficking in the U.S.:

  • Sex trafficking—especially the buying and selling of young girls—is the fastest growing business in organized crime (CBS Austin) and the second most-lucrative commodity traded illegally, after drugs and guns (WGBH). Why? Because, as investigative journalist Amy Fine Collins points out, it is “more lucrative and much safer to sell malleable teens than drugs or guns. A pound of heroin or an AK-47 can be retailed once, but a young girl can be sold 10 to 15 times a day.”
  • Children—some as young as 9 years old—are being bought and sold for sex in America. The average age for a girl being sold for sex is 13 years old. (DHS)
  • Adults purchase children for sex every two minutes, at least 2.5 million times a year in the United States. (HuffPo; USA Today)
  • Who buys a child for sex? Otherwise ordinary men from all walks of life. “They could be your co-worker, doctor, pastor or spouse,” writes journalist Tim Swarens, who spent more than a year investigating the sex trade in America.
    • In Georgia alone, it is estimated that 7,200 men (half of them in their 30s) seek to purchase sex with adolescent girls each month, averaging roughly 300 a day.
  • It is estimated that at least 100,000 children—girls and boys—are bought and sold for sex in the U.S. every year, with 300,000 children in danger of being trafficked each year. (Herald Tribune) Some of these children are forcefully abducted, others are runaways, and still others are sold into the system by relatives and acquaintances.
  • On average, a trafficked child might be raped by 6,000 men during a five-year period of servitude. (Sun Sentinel)
  • Child sex trafficking is not an urban problem, but takes place everywhere, right under our noses, in suburbs, cities and towns across the nation.
  • Where do sexual predators find their child victims? On social media like Facebook and MySpace ; malls, bus stops, high schools, middle schools; foster homes and youth shelters.

Whitehead attributes the epidemic of sex trafficking to:

  1. Consumer demand “that is increasingly lucrative for everyone involved — except the victims”.
  2. Government corruption: “a level of corruption so invasive on both a local and international scale that there is little hope of working through established channels for change”.
  3. Women’s groups who do nothing.
  4. “An eerie silence from individuals who fail to speak out against such atrocities.”

Whitehead’s advice on what we can do:

  1. Educate yourselves and your children about this growing menace in our communities.
  2. Stop feeding the monster: This epidemic is largely one of our own making. Sex trafficking is part of a larger continuum in America that runs the gamut from homelessness, poverty, and self-esteem issues to sexualized television, the glorification of a pimp/ho culture—what is often referred to as the pornification of America—and a billion dollar sex industry built on the back of pornography, music, entertainment, etc. According to The Atlantic, the porn industry brings in more money than Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Apple, and Yahoo.
  3. Call on your city councils, elected officials and police departments to make the battle against sex trafficking a top priority, more so even than the so-called war on terror and drugs and the militarization of law enforcement.
  4. Stop prosecuting adults for victimless “crimes” such as growing lettuce in their front yard. Focus instead on putting away the pimps and buyers who victimize these children.
  5. Finally, the police need to do a better job of training, identifying and responding to these issues; communities and social services need to do a better job of protecting runaways, who are the primary targets of traffickers; legislators need to pass legislation aimed at prosecuting traffickers and “johns,” the buyers who drive the demand for sex slaves; and hotels need to stop enabling these traffickers, by providing them with rooms and cover for their dirty deeds.

~Eowyn

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Children are harvested for black-market organ transplant

This distressing information was published in 1998-1999, but I just discovered it.

In 1998, the refereed journal Nursing Ethics (vol. 5, 6) published “Children Sold for Transplants: medical and legal aspects,” which was co-authored by:

  • Ulla Fasting, Nurse Clinical Development Coordinator, Viborg Hospital, Viborg, Denmark.
  • Jan Christensen, Danish Working Group for Children, Amnesty International.
  • Suzanne Glending, Save the Children, Denmark.

18 years after the article was published, its “Abstract” was posted online on August 19, 2016 (source: Sage Journals):

Over the last few decades there has been a substantially higher percentage of successful organ transplants but also a significant imbalance between the demand for and the supply of organs, creating the basis for a highly profitable black market trade in human organs. Sometimes there are reports that children have been kidnapped, only to reappear later lacking one kidney, or that they simply disappear and are subsequently killed to have all their transplantable organs removed for profit. The European Union feels that there is a need for action and that it has a duty to act in this field, especially for ethical reasons. There is now established close co-operation between the various European transplant organizations. The legal protection of children with regard to organ transplantation is not specifically mentioned in the existing conventions because this issue was not foreseen at the time of their preparation. However, the issue is covered in a broader sense by more general provisions. There are endless rumours surrounding this area. Members of various organizations who travel in the suspected countries say that the trafficking in children who are sold for transplantation is well known, but it is too difficult and very dangerous to catch the people involved. We have to conclude that it has been impossible to prove or disprove the rumours, but they are consistent and we all, especially in the health care professions, have an obligation to be keenly aware of how and where organs are obtained.

The next year, on March 17, 1999, the UK paper The Guardian has this report by Mona Eltahawy on homeless children in a shelter in Menoufiya, Egypt, who were killed for their organs in a very lucrative organ-transplant black market:

Egypt‘s prosecutor-general has launched an investigation into claims that 25 children were killed at a shelter for the homeless over a three-month period and their body parts sold to wealthy transplant patients in private hospitals.

The inquiry follows allegations from members of parliament that officials in the Nile delta town of Menoufiya knew of the illicit trade and aided the shelter’s administrators. The children, many of them illegitimate, had been abandoned and left to fend for themselves on the streets.

In a report, the MPs suggest the organs were sold for between $9,000 and $330,000 each.

Egypt’s Middle East news agency said the minister of social affairs, Mervat El Tellawi, told parliament on Sunday that a panel set up in June to investigate the allegations found evidence of ‘financial and administrative irregularities and that the children’s deaths were the result of gross negligence’ by those who ran the shelter. Officials there were not available for comment.

‘If these allegations are true, this is the most dangerous manifestation of the violation of the right to life,’ said Yosri Mostafa of the Egyptian Organisation for Human Rights. ‘The number of street children is increasing every day and we can’t allow their bodies to become a new source of trade.’ […]

Organ transplants from living donors must be authorised by the Medical Syndicate, which usually only gives the go-ahead when the operation involves relatives. Rich Egyptians generally travel abroad when they need transplants.

That children’s organs are illicitly harvested and sold for transplants certainly adds credibility to the speculation that very wealthy global élites may also be using children for their blood because young blood has been shown to have rejuvenating qualities.

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~Eowyn

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