Riddle me this….

….What are the three biggest crimes in the world??

Rape? Murder? Bullying? Dictatorship? If you guessed any of these, you’re wrong. Dead wrong.

In order, they are: Arms dealing, drug dealing/trafficking and human trafficking. Every year, 250-300 thousand children/women/teens are sold into human trafficking. Many are never heard from again. Most are sold for sex. Some of them are as young as 2 or 3. Some are sold to pay off debts, others for more money to buy drugs/alcohol. For many, it will be the only life they will ever know. And don’t think that girls are the only ones who fall prey to it – boys are victims of this too. And don’t fall prey to the myth that because you and I live in America that we’re free of this crime – Many victims are either sold out of this country or bought into this country through human trafficking. Some victims brought into the United States are sold unwittingly into the trade. They’ll be from Asia, India, the Middle East, Russia, etc and want a better life in America so they’ll make a deal for ‘free’ passage into the U.S. only to get here and find out they’ve been sold, sometimes for life.

Every day, children disappear, lives are forever stolen, and we sit here thinking it’s all a big lie. A myth. A hoax. Many will never be found. Those that are, will never live a ‘normal’ life.

Let me give you some facts – you’ve already heard one.

600,000 – 800,000 people are bought and sold across international borders each year; 50% are children, most are female. The majority of these victims are forced into the commercial sex trade.   – U.S. Department of State, 2004, Trafficking in Persons Report, Washington, D.C.

An estimated 14,500 to 17,500 foreign nationals are trafficked into the United States each year. The number of U.S. citizens trafficked within the country is even higher, with an estimated 200,000 American children at risk for trafficking into the sex industry.   – U.S Department of Justice Report to Congress from Attorney General John Ashcroft on U.S. Government Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons

Investigators and researchers estimate the average predator in the U.S. can make more than $200,000 a year off one young girl.  – NBC Report by Teri Williams

Now add that up – 200,000 dollars x 250,000 children = 50 billion dollars per year. We’re assuming only 200 grand and 250,000 children/women/teens. What if 200 grand is the minimum per year? What if the estimate of 250,000 is way off?? How much is being made here? How much could be put to a better use? How many children can we save? The questions are endless and so are the lives that can be saved. Many people have already asked these questions and are listed below:

Michael Fletcher – www.coinsforchildren.com

SCTNow – www.sctnow.org

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