A 15 year old was kidnapped from her own driveway while her mother was inside. She was kept in a dog cage for 40 days and was threatened that her captors would go after her family if she did not cooperate. She was advertised on craiglist.com and was turning in a hefty profit each night for her captors.
Rodney Hubert, a thirty-four-year-old man of
Cause and Effect
Human traffickers easily find these vulnerable individuals because they prey on the victims’ low level of economic, psychological and educational well being. Some fall prey due to the promise of lucrative jobs to escape poverty. The lure of a better future in a foreign country can be an attractive enticement to the down trodden and disadvantaged.
A 20 year old woman from Guatemala became a prostitute because of a debt which jumped from $5,000 to $30,000. She was illegally smuggled the
A developmentally disabled girl who had difficulty making friends was approached and befriended by another woman at
Supply and Demand
One victim can bring in about $280.00 for her captor. United Nations estimates the total annual revenue from human trafficking to reach more than $10 billion. Profit is the primary driving force of human trafficking. Obviously, the traffickers stand to increase their profit margin dramatically if they use forced or slave labor as opposed to conventional prostitutes.
Traffickers have been known to user Facebook to lure naïve girls into their trap. Teens are normally wary of talking to strangers face to face, but they often let their guard down while on the familiar platform of Facebook. Predators normally pose as music promoters, potential boyfriends or modeling agents. Recently, there have been several news stories in the U.S. where predators were posing as modeling agents in an attempt to lure young girls or obtain lewd photos of them.
Codie Toby Cardinal, a 38-year-old man from
Any business needs marketing strategies, so does human trafficking. Craiglist.com used to be the most popular site, but authorities cracked down on the adult postings on the site. The human traffickers have since moved to Facebook, which offers them access to more than 500 million users.
With 33 million Facebook users,
Type in the words ‘escort service’ in Facebook’s search box and you’ll find hundreds of human trafficking sites posing under this category. This tag comes from one in
Still Think Social Media is Safe?
For more information on Human Trafficking visit: http://www.humantrafficking.org/