Joanna Rubinstein from the World Childhood Foundation knows that child-trafficking is more prevalent now than ever before. She also knows why.
“In the past, a trafficker might be able to find five or six young people who were vulnerable, and it would take weeks or months of grooming to entrap them. Now, with the Internet, the trafficker can be working on a couple of hundred prospective victims at the same time.”
If you were to ask Dr. Bernadette Madrid why she values her work as founding director of the Child Protective Unit (CPU) in the Philippines, she might share with you the case of a 16-year old girl we’ll call “Ana.”
On New Year’s Eve three years ago, Ana presented at the hospital with a 1.5 by 2-inch vaginal mass. It was a pus-filled gonorrheal boil, and when a boil reaches that size, it is terribly painful.
During a trip to Egypt in the 1990s, Dr. Cesar Chelala learned something that was a cross between horrifying and hard-to-believe. Ninety percent of the women there had undergone Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
You may already know this, but FGM means cutting out a woman’s clitoris. The process is so painful that an adult woman may remember the misery of the procedure for her entire lifetime.
Are you up for a slightly different view on what child sex trafficking victims look like?
Dr. Andrea Nichols, the author of Sex Trafficking in the United States, has been involved with anti-human trafficking since 2006. Currently, she teaches at Washington University in St. Louis. As someone who interviews people involved in sex traffickings, such as social service providers and individual survivors of sex trafficking, she possesses a lot of on-the-ground knowledge.
Crimes against children have changed in the digital age. Doctors Richard B. Krueger and Meg Kaplan, a husband and wife team of psychiatrists from Columbia University, believe that our legal system hasn’t kept up.
As researchers in the field of sexual behavior, they know that in the past, a victimizer engaging in predatory sexual abuse would have had physical contact with the young person. Today, people who will never touch a particular child are nevertheless part of a system that can result in that child’s pain, degradation, and even death.
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Meanwhile, enjoy this exclusive interview with the book’s author, Tim Ballard. He’s the founder and CEO of Operation Underground Railroad, an organization that works internationally to stop child trafficking.