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Sunday, May 15, 2016
The Abolitionists: Human Trafficking In America
The Abolitionists is a new documentary that follows Tim Ballard leaving his Homeland Security position with the U.S. government and starting Operation Underground Railroad, a non-profit organization that works alongside and in full cooperation with law enforcement around the world to eradicate child sex trafficking.
The documentary features the first 3 rescue operations conducted by Tim and his team in Colombia and Haiti.
Academy award winning producer Gerald Molen (Schindler's List, Minority Report, Jurassic Park) approached Tim about producing a documentary that would shed a light on the travesty of child sex trafficking. Gerald Molen's film crew would embed with Tim and his team to film rescue missions and show the world the prevalence of trafficking and how it can be stopped. The footage is also provided to law enforcement after each rescue operation before the team leaves the country as evidence so victims don't have to testify in court. Mr. Molen shared that had Schindler's List been released in the 1940s the world would have been enlightened to the evils of the Holocaust and could have done more to stop it.
Child sex trafficking exists in every country around the world including here in the United States. There is a huge demand and children are being exploited in ways that are inexcusable. Tim and his team at Operation Underground Railroad can work with local law enforcement around the world to create a huge deterrent affect. The more traffickers that are arrested, the less children will be victimized in the future.
Latest figures show 24 children were reported as victims of human trafficking in Kent during 2015.
A report published by the National Crime Agency available here shows more than 3,200 potential victims across the UK came forward last year, an increase of 40% from 2014.
Victims come from 102 countries including Nigeria, Albania and Vietnam. On arrival in the UK many are sexually exploited or forced to work illegally.
The shocking statistics come as the county's MEP Catherine Bearder adds her voice to growing demands for more to be done to help victims of human trafficking across the European Union, particularly women and children.
She said:“Modern slavery is happening right under our noses, including right here in Kent.
“While there has been a lot of progress made in recent years to dismantle criminal gangs running this vile trade, not enough is being done to help the victims.
“The government must step up efforts to train law enforcement officials so they can spot the signs and give human trafficking victims the help they need.”
Some victims are migrants fleeing poverty and war, some are just seeking a better life.
But while the victims of people traffickers suffer, the organised gangs running such criminal networks can net hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Officials are warning that many trafficked children are not receiving the support they are entitled to under the EU's human trafficking law, including safe accommodation, counselling and access to education.
The report also urges states should do more to collect information on the problem.
In March eight people were arrested in police raids across Medway as authorities attempted to crack down on an organised gang of modern day slavers.
But authorities acknowledge this may just be the tip of the iceberg.
An estimated 300,000 American children are lured into the sex trade each year. The U.S. Department of Justice reports that the average prostitute begins working at 12-14 years old. It’s happening every day, every neighborhood, every socioeconomic status.
Traffickers and pedophiles lure young boys and girls who seem vulnerable. They often target runaways and children looking for affection. Because of that vulnerability, the children believe they can’t leave. But you can make a difference. Empower your children at home and teach them what to look out for. Learn the signs of human trafficking at traffickingresourcecenter.org and call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1 (888) 3737888 if you notice those signs.