These are some of the many versions of human trafficking. Human trafficking occurs in every corner of the world, including the entire Greater Rochester Area. That means in our community, force, fraud or coercion is used to make people perform commercial acts of labor or sex.
And often these victims are children. The Center for Youth identifies over a hundred local youth who are being trafficked, or at risk for being trafficked each year. Each type of human trafficking has Ade seany causes rooted in issues like sexual abuse, poverty, trauma, racism, homelessness and misogyny.
Helping victims emerge from this life, and preventing new victims, is difficult. Complex problems like these require complex solutions, and that was the philosophy upon which the Rochester Regional Coalition Against Human Trafficking was formed.
So who are these victims, and why do they wind up in Monroe County and the surrounding counties this is by no means limited to the city? Contrary to popular belief, human trafficking is not human smuggling. Sex trafficking victims can be recruited and trafficked in their home town. Most trafficked minors were abused and often were living in the foster care system or on the streets before they crossed paths with a trafficker. A child who suffers abuse and neglect at home intensely enough to wind up in foster care is highly predisposed to mental illness and drug addiction.
Since they have seen unhealthy relationships, healthy ones are unfamiliar and scary to them, whereas unhealthy ones seem normal. Someone who is kind, who offers shelter and safety, will seem like an improvement over a home or foster home that offers none of these.
After a while, a price is attached to that kindness, and that price can only be paid through commercial sex work. And even if freed from their trafficker, victims still face the same vulnerabilities they had before they were trafficked plus new mental and physical illnesses, stigma, isolation, and often a criminal record that impairs future employment. Trafficking truly is modern-day slavery. And there are variations on these themes. Child pornography may or may not be child trafficking, depending on whether or not the pictures were sold or traded.
Drugs, sex, poverty and exploitation are woven together in very complicated ways in the hot spots of street prostitution. So what do trafficked people need to put their lives back together? First, they need to be removed from the direct control of their trafficker. Traffickers maintain intense psychological control over their victims trauma bonding is a partial explanation for how this happens. Sex traffickers gain this through their relationship with their victims, and victims often need much time, much opportunity for reflection and growth, and an overall change in their life circumstances before they can permanently leave that life.
In classic labor trafficking there may not be as intense a bond between victim and trafficker, but victims are kept isolated through threats, fear and isolation. There are very few direct service agencies in our community that work specifically with trafficked people. And these agencies strain under low budgets, high workloads and constant uncertainty. Doing the public education, training and coordinated community responses that this issue warrants is nearly impossible for them.
We do not provide direct services, but we try to facilitate what the direct service providers can do and increase their impact in our community.
Department of State, the City of Rochester is addressing a need and other cities should follow suit.The Ohio State University.
Human trafficking in the United States has a racialized and classed history.
It is easy to see these fears manifested in discourses surrounding human trafficking today. Human trafficking and sex trafficking have come to be synonymous, when in actuality there are many forms of trafficking besides sex trafficking.
The representation of trafficking victims in our media leads to a misunderstanding of who is at risk, which makes it harder to understand what victims actually need and what could prevent them from becoming victims of trafficking. The media shows a clear image of who a victim of sex trafficking might be, but many times this is not who it actually is.New Anti-Trafficking Campaign To Protect Those With Developmental Disabilities
Human trafficking has become sensationalized in many films and TV shows, and can show American anxieties that are based in historical narratives. Media will often show a stereotyped trafficked innocent woman who is in need of rescue by a man. Many Americans will recognize the film Taken as a movie about human trafficking, however; there are many parts to it that are problematic.
In the film, a wealthy, white, 17 year old girl travels to Paris. Within minutes of arriving in the airport she is kidnapped by East-European traffickers, d. Trafficking victims are not usually white girls or women from upper-class homes, and traveling abroad does not necessarily mean you will be trafficked. The movie leads us to believe that trafficking happens outside of the United States, but in reality it certainly does happen here.
Takenhowever; gives viewers an othering mentality, as the crimes are being committed abroad by foreigners who are attacking American values. Certain populations are more vulnerable to become victims of trafficking,but sex trafficking discourse many times centers around non-Black women and girls.
Advocacy campaigns will many times use white girls or women, which results in a sense of urgency for white audiences. It creates a panic and feeling that this crime is happening here to people who look like me, and disallows for the audience to continue to believe that it only happens abroad or to foreign women. Many anti-trafficking groups relay the message that anyone can become a victim of trafficking anywhere Traffickingbut this is not always accurate.
Black girls are disproportionately victims of sex trafficking. Black youth account for 62 percent of minors arrested for prostitution offenses Phillips, while African-Americans make up only Many social and racial factors account for why this number is so high.
Some examples are a relationship to the child welfare system, traumatic childhood experiences, and homelessness. Between percent of exploited youth have been in some sort of foster care, group home, or other aspect of the child welfare system Phillips, Many times they have run away or aged out of the foster care system. Aging out of the system is a major issue, as percent of youth face homelessness after Landers et al, Exploiters also target runaways, one study suggesting that one in three runaways are approached by a perpetrator within 48 hours on the streets Landers et al, Their homelessness and prior experiences in the foster care system make them targets for exploiters, due to their possible trauma, lack of family and support system, lack of supervision, and are many times easy to manipulate Landers et al, The victims label has certain assumptions and exclusions that come along with it.
The Trafficking Victims Protection Act TVPA states that youth under 18 cannot consent to sex so they are victims without the need to show that there was any force Phillips, The TVPA attempts to protect victims, however; it is clear it only has certain victims in mind. Victimhood has been racially coded, and Black women and girls have been historically unprotected. The framing of CSEC commercial sexual exploitation of children has yet to engage with race and the impact intersectionality has on victim framing.
Legal and advocacy interventions also do not engage with the racialized vulnerabilities victims and potential victims face, as there are particular needs of Black girls in low income communities Phillips, The racialized vulnerabilities that lead to sex work are intertwined with the economic and social realities that serve as pathways to sex work.
Conceptions of consent and sexuality are informed by race Phillips,and the economic disparities and limited social support place many Black women and girls in insecure circumstances that lead to trafficking, whether it be that they are hyper-vulnerable to trafficking or hyper-exposed to prostitution as a way of survival Phillips, The Black female body has been a source of economic growth in the United States, as with it came a valuable commodity: their enslaved children Phillips, Their sexuality has made them vulnerable to sexual domination, and their blackness denied them the protection they deserve Phillips, Black girls and women occupy a contested victim position, stemming from past and present representations and discourses surrounding Black femininity and sexuality.Posted by Michelle Lillie Sex Trafficking 0.
The link between domestic sex trafficking and racial discrimination—while undeniable, is not immediately clear. What is clear; however, is that the demography of domestic sex trafficking is very different from the racial make up of the United States. In a recent report by the Office of Victims of Crime, of the confirmed sex trafficking victims, This is almost four times higher than the percentage of African-Americans living in the United States, which the US Census Bureau currently lists as Some argue that it is simple economics that causes racial disparities in trafficking—the demand for one race is higher than the demand for another.
That could possibly explain why the percent of Asian American sex trafficking victims matches within one percent the racial makeup in the United States four and five percent respectfully. Many traffickers are also savvy businessmen who are just trying to keep people that were marketable.
In a recent Urban Institute study that looked at the economics of human trafficking, of the traffickers interviewed, the majority overwhelming believed that trafficking white women would make them more money but trafficking black women would land them less jail time if caught.
Most of the traffickers interviewed had trafficked women and girls of different races since having a variety of products to sell was good for business.
There has never been a demographic survey of sex trafficking victims in the United States, so what little information we have is based off of non-profit reports and small government studies. Since most of the reports trying to link race and sex trafficking are taken from a small sample of the population, the results seem to leave more questions then answers.
Without a comprehensive survey of victims of domestic sex trafficking, the gross racial disparity of sex trafficking victims will remain unknown—or worse, ignored. We depend on the anti-trafficking community to keep our resource hub up to date. Have you recently published a useful resource? We have resource guides for researchers across the globe on all forms of trafficking for various stakeholders. Next National Foster Care Month. About The Author. Michelle Lillie.
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Related Posts. Submit a Resource We depend on the anti-trafficking community to keep our resource hub up to date. Need a Guide? Guide Me.The extravagant home of financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein reportedly contains a plethora of odd and disturbing art pieces, including a collection of prosthetic eyeballs and a painting of Epstein in a prison yard. Epstein has been arrested on charges of sex trafficking, and authorities have found a collection of pornography believed to contain images of children stored inside his New York estate.
There are different psychological pathways to explain inexplicable behavior, he said. One is the alleged accomplices might simply be sociopaths by nature. It refers to a bank robbery in Stockholm in which hostages were taken. The person being controlled wants to stay out of 'trouble' and not have the bad part of the controller emerge. It psychologically forces you to try to see the world through the eyes of the distorted world of the good version of the controller to give you a sense of hope. One almost becomes brainwashed in wanting to keep them happy.
All of these psychological understandings do not forgive heinous behavior and crimes, Manevitz stressed. You wind up on your toes to see the world through their eyes because of this attachment. In December of last year, the New York Post reported that a separate lawsuit was brought against Epstein in Manhattan in which the plaintiff, Sarah Ransome, claimed that both he and Maxwell coerced her into having sex while she was in her 20s.
As recently as last April, a New Jersey woman came forward in a sworn affidavit with accusations of her own against Epstein and Maxwell, according to the Miami Herald.
The former owner of the New York Daily News was found dead near the Canary Islands in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean just days after he was reported missing from his yacht, the Lady Ghislaine—named after his daughter. Maxwell has been photographed over the years hobnobbing with Prince Andrew, the Clintons and Donald Trump.
During her time in college during the late 80s, Maxwell started The Kit Cat Cluba speaker and discussion club for women in her native England. Maxwell only dated Epstein for a brief period but they remained friends for years after. For further information regarding Stockholm Syndrome, or if you or anyone you know has been a victim of sexual violence and would like help, click here for resources.
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Social media warnings of white vans that lock from the outside and follow school buses, arrests in several states, accounts from Black women about kidnap attempts and thousands of missing women and girls have raised fears about increased sex trafficking in the Black community. The problem, however, is wider than strangers snatching young girls and women, though that happens. It includes a plethora of abuses and failures, said advocates fighting to end the scourge.
The Black and Missing Foundation says Black people, just 13 percent of the American population, are almost 40 percentof all missing persons. Inroughly 64, Black women and girls went missing, it said. Of the overminors in the U. The U. Justice Dept.
Advocates and survivors believe many missing women and girls are victims of sex trafficking. A year-old Houston girl ended her life in mid-October. The young Latina disappeared at age 13, was drugged and sex trafficked. Her family found her two years later, but she was never the same.
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Family members were heartbroken when she killed herself. No news was talking about it; and that made me feel some kind of way. In one scene, Ms. Blair pulls up to a gas station with a group of suspicious men sitting in a nearby car.
The images are haunting, but at the same time, all too real because this kind of scenario does play out in the Black community and other neighborhoods. They can also be sold from one trafficker to another. In other cases, young women have gone to parties and found themselves held captive, beaten and forced into sexual slavery.Visit our Services Directory - The services directory is a one-stop-shop to search for services such as how to apply for a driver's license or medical assistance.
For the first time, Minnesota youth who engage in prostitution are viewed as victims and survivors, not criminals. They will be treated with dignity and respect, and directed to supportive services, and shelter and housing that meet their needs and recognize their right to make their own choices. Sexual exploitation of youth in Minnesota is commonly overlooked, misidentified as something else and undocumented.
As part of Minnesota's Safe Harbor Law and No Wrong Door model, each region of the state has a Regional Navigator for the main points of contact for sexually exploited youth and concerned agencies throughout Minnesota.
Navigators are responsible for connecting youth with services and serving as regional experts for communities. Youth, educators, service providers, law enforcement, and community members are encouraged to contact the navigator in your area if you are working with a young person who may be sexually exploited or to be connected with training to learn more about the sexual exploitation of youth.
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How to Register to Vote. Where to Vote. Print Property Tax Statement. Print Proposed Tax Statement.April 16, am Updated April 17, pm. As people strolled past the Prospect Heights home on their way to the park, the Brooklyn Museum or a bar where celebrated authors give readings for The New Yorker crowd, two year-old girls were allegedly being kept inside as sex slaves. The girls were saved when one of them escaped in July and ran to police.
But they are just two of the thousands of sex slaves being trafficked under the noses of New York City residents every day, part of a silent epidemic that law enforcement is struggling to contain. Last year, the NYPD rescued one person a week from sex slavery and busted pimps while working sex trafficking cases — more than double the number in Taking kids who are in need of help, preying upon that need, developing a relationship and then turning against them and turning them into kids who are making money for them on the street — those are the cases that we get.
But the average victim is a vulnerable girl from a troubled home who has already been sexually abused and is first sold for sex as young as Many local victims come from in or around the city, but others are bused into the Big Apple from upstate or nearby states such as Pennsylvania and Connecticut. Some are gang members or drug dealers hunting new revenue streams. Others are just teenagers themselves and from a family of traffickers. You could sell a kilo of coke once.
Taking kids who are in need of help, preying upon that need, developing a relationship and then turning against them. And the year-old who watched the Snoop Dogg film? She was found locked in a closet surrounded by pots of urine.
There was the Prospect Heights apartment where those two year-olds were allegedly forced to turn tricks in fear for their lives by a trio of somethings. There was a Bronx homeless shelter just blocks from Yankee Stadium where convicted sex trafficker Maria Soly Almonte repeatedly prostituted out three of her sisters and a year-old girl. At a Howard Johnson hotel in Brownsville, Brooklyn, a couple allegedly forced two year-old runaways to have sex with man after man and give up all their earnings.
And at a Manhattan youth shelter, kids escaping broken homes were lured into a life of prostitution with offers of booze, cash and a warm bed — lured by ads posted openly on Craigslist. When the year-old Snoop Dogg fan was rescued from the closet, she first told police and prosecutors that she wanted to be in there, Melton says.
Meanwhile, immigrants working in massage parlors often also fear deportation and are typically trafficked by members of their own communities. District attorneys now have dedicated units for tackling trafficking, more citizens are calling the NYPD tip line, and law enforcement is actively working with nonprofits to find and help the victims.
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