Continue Reading Below Advertisement In the United States, keeping a person trafficked is a matter of constant vigilance "There was always someone watching me," says Christina. The process is often strangely cult-like, including total isolation from the outside world.
I went to prison and didn't even know we were at war with Iraq. I'd been so isolated from the world. That made his threats against them much more credible, and thus made leaving even harder.
For the worst kind of pimps, Google is a much more dangerous tool than a backhand. He had pictures of my mom. Continue Reading Below Advertisement Still, she attempted to escape between and times, she says, most of which were shut down immediately. Christina was too scared to tell her family what had happened. So when her pimp inevitably picked her back up -- ensuring her compliance with threats of violence -- she left home again without a struggle.
Continue Reading Below Advertisement In Eastern Europe, on the other hand, many victims don't even consider themselves as being "trafficked. Which means they were bred to be prostitutes. So you have whole cities dedicated to the business. They are sent all over Bulgaria, all over Europe to do this business, and they provide millions of euros to the organized crime rooted in Bulgaria. Continue Reading Below Advertisement These women often get into the sex trade when they're still too young to consent.
By the time they're adults they may say they "consent" to do the work Even if you get a girl away from a situation, drag the girls out, and rescue them, it takes years for girls to realize they're trafficked. What is trafficking when your whole family has been doing it?
Eventually they're too old to make money -- at which point, they're out on the streets. One of the top five countries in Europe with the most victims of sex trafficking is the goddamn Netherlands , a nation that's about as First World as they come. Continue Reading Below Advertisement The girls who are groomed and moved to other countries lose control of their own travel documents in the process -- that's part of what keeps them from escaping. In other cases, girls answer ads for what look like legit jobs in other countries like, say, the USA with promises of room and board -- maybe a service job that advertises for an attractive young female candidate.
Then, once they arrive, the victims get eased into the real job by the same process Christina did -- they're told they owe money and now have to "work" it off.
Continue Reading Below Advertisement Kay says the girls she deals with are "typically sent to Greece first. Legal, but indoor brothels. Italy is sorta the same way. It's not legal, but it is everywhere. If you can get a girl to survive through that, they'll send them to Western Europe. So if the girl is still under your control, you can put them out into the red light districts. As for how many girls are trafficked within the USA, like Christina?
The government doesn't even have an estimate. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police alone have recovered 2, victims of sex trafficking since So, here's the reality: If you've paid for sex, there's a significant chance the person you fucked was there against their will.
Continue Reading Below Why do we know so little about this problem? Well, it didn't exactly go well. Her very first customer turned out to be casino security. In the moment I wanted to give him a hug.
He was like, come down to the security office and we'll talk. When we got down there he sat down, and on the wall was a list of girls they'd 86'd for prostitution. He said, 'If you come back in for any reason, you can go to jail for trespassing. That's when I knew I was in for something I couldn't get help for. I didn't think any sort of law enforcement would help me. In fact, many parts of the country don't have specific laws against human trafficking -- prostitution is just blanket illegal in most of the U.
And, lawmakers reason, if all prostitution is illegal prostitution, why should human trafficking get its own special laws?
Eventually, Christina and her pimp both got busted, not for prostitution but for a credit-card-fraud scheme the pimp had involved the girls in. I ended up taking a plea agreement six months later. I got 24 months in a federal prison. I never told anyone what was going on. Nobody asked me what was going on. They just shuffled me through the system. If you want to get even more bummed out today, you can read this story of a woman who was kidnapped from her home at age 14 , forced into prostitution, and has since then been convicted of prostitution 12 times.
Police in the U. Long Island, a human trafficking hub, just got an anti-trafficking task force in , and they still aren't together enough to have actually done anything. As Christina points out, "They depend on testimony from victims who are terrified of the police.
She helps counsel girls the agents bust in prostitution stings who are being trafficked The adults, well, they still figure that's their own fault. Over in Bulgaria, meanwhile, prostitution isn't illegal, which is different from being legal -- if it were the latter, there would at least be some laws enforcing health and safety standards on the industry. But the cops simply don't care either way -- especially about trafficking.