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Why We HAVE To Start Talking About Child Sex Trafficking

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Child sex trafficking is a disturbingly prevalent issue in our society, and one that is often swept under the rug because it’s so uncomfortable to talk about, and so few of us are willing to admit, to ourselves and to others, that it’s a problem. We simply don’t want to believe that this is something that could happen to us or someone we know, in our ‘safe’ neighbourhoods, and we often assume it’s only something that happens in foreign countries, so we don’t ever need to worry about it. The thing is, it is something that we ALL should be concerned about.

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I started a new job a few months ago, serving weekends at a hotel restaurant, and during the corporate training session we received we learned how to recognize the signs of human trafficking and what to do if we suspected someone was being trafficked. This was an eye-opener for me. Before that moment, I had no idea that it was something that was common enough to be brought up during a training session for a new job.

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After that, I began to research the issue, and was absolutely blown away by what I found. Child sex trafficking is way more common than a lot of people realize and it is happening in Canada, in the United States, literally everywhere around the world, and it’s happening right under your nose.

Some Statistics

  • Human trafficking has surpassed the illegal sale of arms
  • Human trafficking will surpass the illegal sale of drugs within the next few years
  • Victims of child trafficking can be used and abused over and over and over again.
  • An estimated $32 billion a year industry, human trafficking is on the rise and is found in all 50 states
  • 5 Million trafficked persons are sexually exploited
  • Around 300,000 Americans under the age of 18 are lured into the commercial sex trade every year
  • Between 14,500–17,500 of those victims are trafficked into the United States each year
  • The average age of the victims is between 11 and 14 years old
  • An estimated 80% are women and children that are bought, sold, and imprisoned in the underground sex service industry
  • Children are often given drugs to comply with the demands of the trafficker
  • Some children are even sold by their families to the traffickers, not fully knowing what their child is being sold for
  • Nearly two thirds of children sold for sex in the United States are sold online

These statistics were found on the website Ark Of Hope For The Children. There you can find even more resources.

Who’s at Risk?

Children who run away from problems at home can be easy targets and are often exploited as a result of their emotional vulnerability, homelessness, and desperation for money. The sexual exploitation is not limited to particular racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic groups, but children from lower income families seem to be at a higher risk of commercial sexual exploitation. In a study, most of the street children that were surveyed were Caucasian youths who had run away from middle-class families.

People are bought and sold into the sex trafficking industry in several different ways — sometimes fake employment agencies, newspaper ads, word of mouth, or abduction. The traffickers can be neighbours, friends, family members, you name it. Increasingly, however, traffickers are part of organized crime syndicates who are often in collaboration with corrupt law enforcement entities, government officials, and employers.

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Victims are generally kept under lock, unable to contact their families; they are used, abused, raped, and isolated. They undergo severe psychological trauma that is designed to keep them thinking that what is happening to them is their own fault, soon reaching the point where they feel they deserve the treatment they are receiving. Traffickers will threaten the victims’ families, and use shame, fear, and control to keep them imprisoned.

I Am Jane Doe

Netflix recently released a documentary called I Am Jane Doe that follows the stories of several young girls who were bought and sold into the sex trade industry online, and the legal battle their parents have been enduring in order to hold someone accountable for what happened to their children. This documentary is extremely informative and eye-opening, and really drives home the point that this could happen to anyone, anywhere. I highly recommend this documentary if you are looking to educate yourself further on this important issue.

I Am Little Red

From the website:

I AM LITTLE RED is a 10-minute animated short aimed at children most at-risk for sex trafficking (e.g. foster-care, runaway, LBGTQ, homeless, and adopted children), with the goal of prevention and awareness. The film, narrated by Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain, animated by Academy Award winners Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala from PunkRobot, and written by 10 survivors of sex trafficking (aged 14-21) along with Alec Sokolow (Academy Award nominated writer of Toy Story) and Mary Mazzio, is a contemporary re-imagining of the classic fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood. I AM LITTLE RED addresses the four tactics a “wolf” (trafficker/pimp) will typically use to lure a Little Red off her path.

My Life My Choice has designed curriculum materials for I AM LITTLE RED to give at-risk children the skills and tools to stay on their own paths.

This film is coming fall 2017, and will be a must-see for all families around the world to hopefully help children spot the warning signs of potential traffickers and get away before it’s too late. If this is a matter that is truly beyond the law, then the only thing we can do is to keep talking about it — raise awareness and educate our children and ourselves about the warning signs and how to avoid such situations.

One day, maybe we will live in a world where this is a dark memory of our past, and sex trafficking will cease to exist, but until then, we should all to our part to help in any way we can.

If you would like to donate to a charity aimed at educating people on the warning signs of trafficking and raising awareness to the general public, click here.

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A large portion of our journalism that you’re used to seeing on our Collective Evolution platform has now moved over to The Pulse. We will be publishing most of our news articles there, while Collective Evolution focuses more on personal development.

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Abductions & Car Vandalism – Startling Australian UFO Report Unclassified

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An uncovered Australian report performed by their Department of Defence. “Scientific Intelligence — General — Unidentified Flying Objects” is trending again. Those who have done extensive research on UFOs will find the Australian version of disclosure to be far more intellectually honest than the American version. Albeit it was conducted decades ago.

According to ex-US intelligence official Luis Elizondo, the Defense Department’s Inspector General is presently conducting three reviews. The inquiries vary from the Department of Defense’s handling of UFO claims to Elizondo’s alleged whistleblower retribution. The open IG cases are crucial to Australia’s report because they establish beyond a shadow of a doubt that the US Department of Defense is being dishonest and shady when it comes to the UFO subject. For decades, Australia has been a loyal friend of the United States. Within Australia’s boundaries, they share a military installation (Pine Gap). When a close defense ally’s intelligence agencies determined that the US was not being intellectually honest in its approach, perhaps it is reasonable to conclude that there is more to the tale than the 144 incidents studied since 2004 by the UAPTF.

The CIA became alarmed at the overloading of military communications during the mass sightings of 1952 and considered the possibility that the USSR may take advantage of such a situation.

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According to the summary, OSI, acting through the Robertson-Panel, encouraged the USAF to use Project Blue Book to publicly “debunk” UFOs. In a tragic twist of fate, when Australian authorities sought explanations from the US Air Force, the allegation was debunked. The authors of the study were depicted as conspiratorial and even crazy by the US Air Force. Ross Coulthart reported this, and it may be heard in a recent Project Unity interview. Courthart is an award-winning investigative journalist who is drawn to forbidden subjects. He also stated on the same podcast that a senior US Navy official identified as Nat Kobitz told him that the US had been in the midst of reverse-engineering numerous non-human craft. According to his obituary, Mr. Kobitz was a former Director of Research and Development at Naval Sea Systems Command.

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PGA Tour To End COVID Testing For Both Vaccinated & Non-Vaccinated Players

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    The PGA Tour has announced that it will stop testing players every week, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not.

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    Are PCR tests appropriate to identify infectious people? Should people who are healthy and not sick be tested at all, anywhere?

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The picture you see above is of John Rahm, a professional golfer on the PGA tour being carted off the golf course after tournament officials told him he had COVID. He was healthy and had no symptoms, yet was forced to withdraw from the tournament. He was told in front of the camera’s, and a big scene was made out of the event. You would think something like that, especially when you are a big time sports figure, would be done behind closed doors with some privacy.

Earlier on in June a spokesperson for the PGA Tour said that more than 50 percent of players on the PGA tour have been vaccinated. Although it seems that the majority of players on the tour will be fully vaccinated judging by this statement, it does leave a fairly large minority who won’t be, and that’s something we’re seeing across the globe as COVID vaccine hesitancy remains high for multiple reasons.

We are pleased to announce, after consultation with PGA Tour medical advisors, that due to the high rate of vaccination among all constituents on the PGA Tour, as well as other positively trending factors across the country, testing for COVID-19 will no longer be required as a condition of competition beginning with the 3M Open. – PGA tour Senior VP Tyler Dennis

The tour recently announced that the testing of players every week will stop starting in July for both the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. This was an unexpected announcement given the fact that, at least it seems in some countries, vaccinated individuals will enjoy previous rights and freedoms that everyone did before the pandemic. Travelling without need to quarantine and possibly in the future not having to be tested could be a few of those privileges. Others may include attending concerts, sporting events, or perhaps even keeping their job depending on whether or not their employer deems it to be mandatory, if that’s even legally possible. We will see what happens.

Luckily for professional golfers, regardless of their vaccination status they won’t have to worry about testing positive for COVID, especially if they’re not sick. This is the appropriate move by the PGA tour, who is represented by their players and it’s a move that the players themselves may have had a say in. It’s important because PCR tests are not designed nor are they appropriate for identifying infectious people. A number of scientists have been emphasizing this since the beginning of the pandemic. More recently, a letter to the editor published in the Journal of infection explain why more than half of al “positive” PCR tests are likely to have been people who are not infectious, otherwise known as “false positives.”

This is why the Swedish Public Health agency has a notice on their website explaining how and why polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are not useful for determining if someone is infected with COVID or if someone can transmit it to others, and it’s better to use someone who is actually showing symptoms as a judgement call of whether or not they could be infected or free from infection.

PCR tests using a high cycle threshold are extremely sensitive. An article published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases found that among positive PCR samples with a cycle count over 35, only 3 percent of the samples showed viral replication. This can be interpreted as, if someone tests positive via PCR when a Ct of 35 or higher is used, the probability that said person is actually infected is less than 3%, and the probability that said result is a false positive is 97 percent. This begs the question, why has Manitoba, Canada, for example, using cycle thresholds of up to 45 to identify “positive” people?

When it comes to golf, the fact that spread occurring in an outdoor setting is highly unlikely could have been a factor, but it’s also important to mention that asymptomatic spread within one’s own household is also considerably rare. It really makes you wonder what’s going on here, doesn’t it?

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