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From http://arkofhopeforchildren.org/child-trafficking/child-trafficking-statistics

Child trafficking Statistics

     U.S. & International

The impact;

  • Human trafficking has surpassed the illegal sale of armsthumb No More
  • Trafficking will surpass the illegal sale of drugs in the next few years
  • Drugs are used once and they are gone. Victims of child trafficking can be used and abused over and over
  • A $32 billion-a-year industry, human trafficking is on the rise and is in all 50 states (U.S. Government)
  • 4.5 Million of trafficked persons are sexually exploited
  • Up to 300,000 Americans under 18 are lured into the commercial sex trade every year
  • From 14,500 - 17,500 of those victims are trafficked into the United States each year

Click to read the Needs of Rescued Trafficking Victims 


 According to non-governmental U.S. sources;

  • Average victims age is 11 to 14
  • Approx 80% are women and children bought, sold and imprisoned in the underground sex service industry
  • Average life span of a victim is reported to be 7 years (found dead from attack, abuse, HIV and other STD's, malnutrition, overdose or suicide)

The largest group of at-risk children are runaway, thrown away, or homeless American children who use survival sex to acquire food, shelter, clothing, and other things needed to survive on America's streets. According to the National Runaway Switchboard  1.3 million runaway and homeless youth live on America's streets every day. [5,000 die each year] It would not be surprising to learn that the number of children trafficked in the United States is actually much higher than 300,000.

Children are often targeted by traffickers as they are deemed easier to manipulate than adults. More money can be earned by younger girls and boys exploited in sexual exploitation, especially virgins. Pre-pubescent girls are reported to be injected with hormones to bring on puberty. Younger girls are expected to have a greater earning potential, and as such are in greater demand. 

In the rundown little house where her family currently lives, the fourteen-year old glances obediently at her glaring daddy, nodding her head in quiet compliance to his usual horrible demands of her for the evening. Not to acquiesce would incur his utter wrath, and that is something she has learned well by now to avoid. Things are not like the old days, when she was twelve, feeling so lost, and he would lavish her with little gifts: bracelets with charms, cute purses, chocolate candies. . . With warm aqua eyes, he’d smile his approval as she whirled around the room, modeling a pretty dress for him. In those days when her world had fallen apart, he’d taken her in. His voice would softly soothe her then, chasing away her every fear. Back to reality. Daddy’s voice now is laced with menace. And his eyes are ice blue marbles staring through her. “Do what wifey says,” he instructs her at the door as she leaves with four other sisters and the one of legal age, her sister-wifey. Leaning in to her, his breath like chill wind on her nape, he whispers, “And you better be VERY good with your dates this time.” The young girl, in high heels, slit skirt, and heavy makeup, has exited the door when her daddy barks commands to his helper in the living room, and then Daddy exits too, but through the garage, where a Mercedes Benz is parked. He drives alone, a short trip across town to his other house - the one with manicured lawn and garden and a large pool out back - the large beautiful house where a real wife and a real daughter await him. “How was your day?” his beautiful young wife gushes as he crosses the threshold in his expensive business suit. “Oh, just another day at the office,” he quips, leaning in to give her a soft kiss. Then his young daughter comes bounding down the stairs, broadly grinning. “Daddy, look at the new dress you bought me!” She twirls with adolescent glee. The man, with blue eyes dancing, looks his fourteen-year-old daughter up and down. “Sweetie, you know I don’t like you wearing lipstick yet.” “Oh, Daddy,” she teases, “I’ll be dating soon.” “Afraid not,” he lovingly chides her. “Those boys will just have to wait at least for two more years. For now, you are Daddy's little girl."

Copyright © | Year Posted 2016




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Date: 1/5/2018 6:24:00 PM
What wonderful skill you have to illustrate a terribly creepy situation... Very disturbing, just the way you meant it to be. Congrats on your win, Andrea.
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Date: 1/2/2018 4:44:00 PM
Thanks Andie for this powerful verse. Light & Love
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Date: 12/30/2017 8:07:00 PM
Your well-written piece perfectly describes how evil people can put others through hell on earth. Congrats n your win, Andrea. Janice
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Date: 12/30/2017 7:44:00 PM
This is very powerful and so well written and presented, Andrea ... the ambiguity of such evil goes very deep in many similar situations, and it's that dichotomy that is so deceptive and misleading ... "Oh, he could NEVER do such a thing!", (I have dealt with it myself). I hope a lot of people get to read this one. I, too, wrote of slavery and family betrayal, and it is FAR more prevalent than most people know. Congrats and blessings, Dear friend! <3
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Date: 12/30/2017 7:29:00 PM
Back to congratulate you on your win.. this was a wonderful read...Hugs Eve
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Date: 6/18/2016 2:47:00 PM
Andrea, I loved this when I first read it lady...congrats on your placement and thank you for being a part of my contest :)-luloo
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Date: 5/29/2016 8:12:00 PM
Part 2 - This is fine, hard hitting writing that should be read way beyond the borders of Soup. I hate knowing I share the planet with such cruel, heartless people. Your admirable talent was put to great use in this timely write and it will be awhile before I can change the channel in my head. Excellent ... CayCa
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Date: 5/29/2016 8:42:00 PM
I'm glad you could appreciate what I was going for here. These evil men sicken me so much, Caycay. But also OUR AMerican men, sniveling little snot face brats, going about the world asking pimps to provide their immoral needs. if not for them, the man in my story would have no reason to be enslaving young innocent girls.
Date: 5/29/2016 8:09:00 PM
THIS IS THE SLAVERY THAT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED NOW! IT IS NOT PAST SLAVERY, NOW LONG GONE, THAT SHOULD BE GETTING SO MUCH MEDIA, but then there is money to made on those past atrocities and money rules. Your subject matter breaks my heart on so many levels, every time I think of it, I think the break cracks deeper. The scum "Daddy" in your write exists and you portrayed his unspeakable duality perfectly, just as you did the reality of the girls.
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Date: 5/25/2016 11:11:00 AM
A wonderful contribution worth to win the First Place. Love Andrea
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Date: 5/24/2016 7:15:00 PM
This is so important for people to realize what happens in the underground. Things we only hear of in books and T.V. police shows but it's very real. Thanks for sharing this. God Bless, JB
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Date: 5/23/2016 7:26:00 PM
Andrea, this is an awesome piece I wasn't expecting the out come. a 7 Hugs
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Date: 5/23/2016 4:07:00 PM
Very powerful, Andrea. Congratulations on your top win in the 'split personality' contest. Hugs, Sandra
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Date: 5/23/2016 3:27:00 PM
Congratulations on your win, Andrea, with a very disturbing subject.
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Date: 5/23/2016 1:09:00 PM
Great poem, Andrea! Evil exists in a personality that rapes someone else's child.
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Date: 5/23/2016 11:38:00 AM
Terrific write Andrea, congratulations on your win...
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Date: 5/23/2016 8:17:00 AM
What a poem, split personality indeed. It's horrible that those statistic are real.
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Date: 5/23/2016 4:27:00 AM
Congratulations on this poem garnering first place Andrea!!I knew it was going to be at the top. Brava! # 7. ; )
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Date: 5/23/2016 3:57:00 AM
Excellent. Well penned. A beautiful poem. You are a great writer Andrea. I always enjoy your write. Thanks for sharing it.
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Date: 5/22/2016 11:53:00 PM
What a poem to read. It's a mind blowing beauty created by you dear friend with so much of facts and figures to move our mind and heart on this vital issue of Child trafficking. A very powerful write for the contest deserving 7++. My good wishes for your wonderful entry. I have placed a Hindi Poem O' Sailor of a great Indian Hindi writer in English and hope it would interest you. Love and best wishes always..Ravindra K Kapoor
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Date: 5/22/2016 11:51:00 PM
Oh Andrea this was freaking amazing! Exactly what I was looking for when starting this contest! And I take back what I said in earlier comments this type isn't you well I truly believe that any type of poetry is all you! You are amazing and congratulations!!
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Date: 5/22/2016 10:33:00 PM
It is one thing to write, but to actually put yourself in an other world and make us feel a part of this is commendable I felt for this one... you outdid yourself. I appreciate this one
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Date: 5/22/2016 9:16:00 PM
Intense poem Andrea. What demons are hidden by those we love.
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Date: 5/22/2016 9:03:00 PM
Beautifully done my lovely friend. This theme is differently done well. Poetic language suited nicely. Loved always my lovely friend. GL. ,bl
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Date: 5/22/2016 3:46:00 PM
Andrea, absolutely wonderful in every possible way, excellent, 7 ++++
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Date: 5/22/2016 3:21:00 PM
I read this with a degree of both deep sadness for this young girl's life and deep anger from a past experience with a "punk" like this who targeted my at the time 14 yr old daughter! Strangely though he couldn't handle the "45" shoved way deep in his mouth with the admonition to "never be seen again" for the next time his luck would not be there! Cops and military family members! He heeded the advice! I do hope this write is read by many!!! I really do! Andrea, this is one needed write!
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