What do these numbers mean to you? Let’s try another set:
2.8 million, 12 years, 300,000,
What do all of these numbers have in common? Well, if you read the name of the article you’d have figured it out by now that we’re not discussing the rising rates of lollypops, or the numbers of gallons sold in gas.
Actually these numbers are far more tragic in that we could willingly allow for something like this to happen; 12 Billion Dollars is a lot of money isn’t it? Almost makes you think twice… until you find out that those proceeds come from 1.2 million child victims who are bought, sold, and used for sex.
Do you know where your children go?
Reportedly, there are as many as 2.8 million children running away from home every single year, and those children are on the streets within 48 hours. What makes that statistic scary is that the average age of victimized children is 12 years old, and 300,000 American children are at risk for commercial sex exploitation according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
So where do these kids go? That is the million dollar question… where does someone go when they are bought, sold, and used for molestation, abuse, rape, drug abuse, and even death? Well… they go in a dark alley somewhere eventually, or left in front of a hospital (if they’re lucky), or taken somewhere and killed for their silence. We don’t know… that’s the point.
Have you read enough, or do you need more convincing that awareness on child trafficking needs to come to an end? Because the next numbers you find on this article isn’t going to be as open to interpretation as the first set:
Try this one… 600,000 to 800,000 people every day are bought and sold across international borders; of those numbers, more than half of the amount are children, and more than that are female who will inevitably, eventually be forced into sex trade on a commercial level, this, according to reports from the U.S. Department of State on Human Trafficking.
Who is the most ghastly to profit from this? According to the Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Study; an average serial child molester may have as many as 400 victims in his lifetime… 400 victims… that’s 400 children who will have that innocence stripped away, never to return, and they would never know why they were picked for such a ruthless, brutal and emotionally traumatic experience such as this either. See we’re not talking full-fledged adults here right now, we’re talking about children; children who have no idea yet about the real world, or any concept other than what they’ve seen on television.
I know these numbers, these statistics are brutal to look at… but it’s obvious from the figures that this kind of market isn’t going to go away on its own, it will take awareness on such a high level, and with over 200,000 people trafficked within the United States alone, it gives us a good place to start with the rise of missing children.
12 billion dollars, and 1.2 million missing children… it’s like a scandal straight out from a suspenseful movie, but the reality is far more terrifying, because deep down inside it’s not only about the child gone missing, but the family that has no idea what really happened to their precious daughter or son.
Bring an end to this; become aware of what’s happening right in front of you…