Speak Up- Human Trafficking

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So first, let’s talk about when human trafficking began. Slavery, as most of us are aware is a real thing. From the ancient Greek and Romans to the medieval times, and up until today, humans have been subject to various forms of physical and sexual slavery. It has existed for thousands of years, so why has it been around for so long? Well, ever since one person was able to physically, economically, or politically dominate another, Human Trafficking, also known as slavery, has been around. And as sick as this sounds, there’s always been a strong demand for it and markets don’t exist without demand. For example take a look at Portland,  “Between 2009 and 2013, 469 children were identified as victims of commercial sexual exploitation in the Portland metro area”, according to a study by Portland State University Associate Professor Chris Carey. But the number of cases that go unreported is much higher than that. Portland Oregon is where human trafficking thrives alongside all of Portland’s strip clubs.

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With Portland being known for its rather large sex trafficking rings, let’s take a look at how victims are affected. First, they become a victim, which in its entirety is traumatizing. Victims are forced, subjected to fraud or manipulated by their traffickers. Sex Trafficking victims go through brainwashing, where they’re taught to look normal, not make eye contact and victims are taught what not to say to an authoritative figure like a police officer.

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The victims are labeled as property by the trafficker, also known as the pimp. The pimp sells the victim to people, known and referenced as “johns”. In Portland, Victims have claimed that they were paid to have sex 20 to 25 times a day. That’s a large number for a single day to be having sex, but it wasn’t just sex, it was forced, paid for, abusive and rough sex. Because in the “johns” mind, The victim is theirs for the hour or half hour that they paid for, so they can ultimately do whatever they please with the victim.So how can we help? How do we help combat Human Trafficking, starting in Portland? Most victims who are in some sort of indentured situation don’t have the ability to just walk away and ask for help.  First, we can spread awareness and outreach. All of the organizations in the world about human trafficking won’t be able to stop it unless we all are talking about it.  Traffickers build on silence, both of those who they use and abuse but also the silence of society. Let’s talk about it to everyone we know. Let’s share awareness with our friends, family, coworkers and schools. Let’s put a stop, to human trafficking, together.

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The victims are labeled as property by the trafficker, also known as the pimp. The pimp sells the victim to people, known and referenced as “johns”. In Portland, Victims have claimed that they were paid to have sex 20 to 25 times a day. That’s a large number for a single day to be having sex, but it wasn’t just sex, it was forced, paid for, abusive and rough sex. Because in the “johns” mind, The victim is theirs for the hour or half hour that they paid for, so they can ultimately do whatever they please with the victim.So how can we help? How do we help combat Human Trafficking, starting in Portland? Most victims who are in some sort of indentured situation don’t have the ability to just walk away and ask for help.  First, we can spread awareness and outreach. All of the organizations in the world about human trafficking won’t be able to stop it unless we all are talking about it.  Traffickers build on silence, both of those who they use and abuse but also the silence of society. Let’s talk about it to everyone we know. Let’s share awareness with our friends, family, coworkers and schools. Let’s put a stop, to human trafficking, together.

So how can we help? How do we help combat Human Trafficking, starting in Portland? Most victims who are in some sort of indentured situation don’t have the ability to just walk away and ask for help.  First, we can spread awareness and outreach. All of the organizations in the world about human trafficking won’t be able to stop it unless we all are talking about it.  Traffickers build on silence, The silence of who they use and abuse but also the silence of society. Let’s talk about it to everyone we know. Let’s share awareness with our friends, family, coworkers and schools. Let’s put a stop, to human trafficking, together.

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National Human Trafficking Hotline

1-888-373-7888

Confidential Information and Help 24/7

 

Rebecca Blair

WR121

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