Writing for God, Fighting Human Trafficking

Linda Rodante

Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence—the Numbers are Staggering

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.

set the captives free

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:

  • It’s kept secret.
  • Victims are driven and controlled by fear and shame and threats to those they love.
  • Victims are kept apart from “normal” society, often they are not allowed outside friends, or money, or freedom.
  • They must keep their “partner” or pimp happy and notified of all they do.
  • They are beaten and/or raped if they do something “wrong.”.
  • Victims feel they have no where to go and no one to turn to. They are afraid for their lives and lack the finances and know-how to break free.
  • They need help.

 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.

 National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224. or go to http://www.thehotline.org/

 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

 Human Trafficking: http://www.polarisproject.org/what-we-do/national-human-trafficking-hotline/the-nhtrc/overview

National Human Trafficking Resource Center: Call 1-888-373-7888 or text BeFree (233733).

 http://www.catfht.org  (in Florida)

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2 comments on “Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence—the Numbers are Staggering

  1. Gracie
    August 27, 2015

    having been a victim of both domestic violence AND human trafficking, i just want to thank you for all you do to get the word out there to the world that this stuff DOES happen… many people cannot fathom – do not want to fathom – that this happens so close to home. it is horrific and all too common. thank you for speaking out on our behalf.

    • Linda Rodante
      August 27, 2015

      Thank you for your comment. I am so sorry you’ve had to endure so much. I hope that people’s eyes have started to be opened these days.

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