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Poverty and Human Trafficking: A Journal

March 2, 2010
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I recently returned from speaking in Houston, Texas and a big conversation point was the role of poverty in trafficking. I often refer to ‘poverty as the trafficker’ when vulnerable children end up in exploitive situations. Not all children have been ‘trafficked’ by the definition that we know it: tricked, coerced, or forced into a situation of exploitation. Rather, children who may be orphaned, abandoned, living in an unstable home, etc are all in survival mode trying to get their next meal, trying to find a place to sleep, and often this results in their vulnerability being prayed – resulting in exploitation.

So, what is the difference between a child trafficked into a brothel, held there by a trafficker, and a child selling sex on the streets, held there by poverty?

The difference is that we can point our finger at the trafficker, but poverty is the fault of all humanity.

And to the child, there is no difference.

Author: [Rachel Carey]

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  1. April 6, 2010 6:56 pm

    Thanks Rachel! This definitely speaks TRUTH! I’m certain that this is the same reason here in Mexico! Wherever in the world…poverty is the culprit right along side a jaded society that puts more priority on the billion dollar industry of sex & entertainment (porn) than on saving lives. Corruption exists everywhere right up to the highest levels.

    I just added your SOLD project and blog to my Project A… bookmarked for future reference. So thankful you are getting the word out & making a difference I pray.

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