This victory against sex trafficking in DaKalb County Georgia brings to light a few interesting points in the fight against trafficking in the United States.
The two girls were rescued a few weeks ago—here’s the full news report:
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My heart broke (again) when I heard the ages of these two girls.
Ages 12 and 14.
Can you believe it?
Girls this young forced into prostitution.
A few items of note from this story:
- Both girls were hiding when the police SWAT arrived.
I think it’s easy to get the idea that girls trapped in sex trafficking are anxious to be rescued. As if the sight of police would make them come running from the apartment upon being rescued. Sure, a police SWAT raid is scary, but think of what kind psychological fear is used to keep these girls into submission.
- A neighbor said: “They seemed Ok when I saw them that night, not in distress.
Did you get that?
“…seemed Ok…not in distress.”
Again, trafficking victims don’t need to be chained and bound to remain in control of their traffickers. These traffickers use much more powerful means of control than.
- “Two men and a woman inside the unit were arrested.”
Traffickers are not only men. They also include women.
I think it’s easy to think that sex trafficking is only done by men for men. In actuality, sex trafficking is just an extension of organized crime and prostitution. Money is at the core of the problem—for both the victims and traffickers.
Finally, witnesses said that they saw a “lot of people coming and going to the apartment” and that is what prompted a call for suspicious activity. Thankfully someone had the thought to call the police to take a closer look, but the fact that a “lot of people” are willing to pay for sex with a 12 and 14 year old is high disturbing.
The root of the sex trafficking fight is a cultural battle.