While not the same, human trafficking and domestic violence have a lot in common—mainly the issue of controlling to the point of enslaving another person, terrorizing them through beatings, physiological abuse, financial and resource abuse, and threats to their person or to loved ones.
Most victims are women and children, and the numbers are greater than we think. Human trafficking victims are estimated at 27 million around the world. Three hundred thousand children disappear within America each year. It is estimated that the great percentage of these are lost to domestic minor sex trafficking. #Domesticviolence affects one in four women in their lifetime — that’s more women than breast cancer, ovarian cancer and lung cancer effect all together. Each year, an estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical violence by an intimate partner.
A number of ways these two crimes are similar:
Remember, coercion and abuse–physically, psychologically, and monetarily–is used to control the victim. And these are women you know. But they won’t tell you. Check out the sites below for what you can do to help, to get help or for more information.
The Purple Purse at http://www.purplepurse.com/
National #HumanTrafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) toll-free hotline at 1-888-373-7888: http://www.traffickingresourcecenter.org/report-trafficking
Do you know or have you been involved with domestic violence or human trafficking? Please contact one of the agencies above. If you have a comment, I would love to hear from you.
My Christian romantic suspense novel, Looking for Justice, deals with domestic violence. It is a clean read, no graphic sex or violence, but deals with this issue in a way to bring awareness to those that don’t know what may be happening to friends or relatives. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B012MDZ5QG
National Network to End Domestic Violence: http://www.nnedv.org/getinvolved/dvam/1307-dvam-blog-series-1.html
National Human Trafficking Resource Center: Call 1-888-373-7888 or text BeFree (233733).
http://www.catfht.org (in Florida)