Meet A World Changer: Traffick911 April 01 2015
If you've shopped with WH Clothier in the past, you know that organizations who care for children are near to our heart. It shouldn't surprise you, then, that our newest world changer is saving the lives of children everyday. Please take a minute to read about Traffick911 - who they are, what they do, and how you can help - then purchase with purpose!
What is domestic minor sex trafficking?
Domestic minor sex trafficking is the buying and selling of America’s own children. It’s our own children being forced into sexual slavery. Federal law defines sex trafficking as the exchange of a sex act for anything of value. A sex act could include pornography, stripping, oral sex, massage parlors, etc. Anything of value could include a place to stay, a hamburger or higher status in a gang. Many times, the victims are vulnerable children fighting to survive.
While it is true that there are children who are at higher risk for becoming a victim, such as runaways and 'throwaways,' all children are at risk. The average age of entry into sex trafficking in the U.S. is 12-13 years old - children at this age are vulnerable in their very essence. Gangs and the Mexican cartels are sending recruiters into Texas schools to find victims. Children are kidnapped. People they know are selling them and threatening their families if they tell. Sometimes their own families sell them.
One little girl finally told her captor just to kill her - she couldn’t do it anymore. The pimp refused, telling her he makes too much money off her. If she wouldn’t do what he told her to, he would kidnap her 8-year-old little sister and do unthinkable things to her. The little girl complied, living in a dog cage when she wasn’t being sold to man after man.
A lack of awareness in our country, coupled with the explosion of the Internet, makes the job of the pimp and the recruiter extremely easy and the job of law enforcement extremely difficult. The scope of this horrific crime seems impossible, but each person can make a difference by teaching their own children about the Traps of a Trafficker and knowing the red flags to watch for.
Who is Traffick911?
Traffick911 is a 501(c) non-profit based in the DFW area that exists to free youth from sex trafficking through a three-prong strategy of prevention, rescue, and restoration. The focus of their work is in the state of Texas, specifically the Texas Triangle (DFW, Austin, Houston, San Antonio).
The Texas Triangle is knows as a hotbed for sex trafficking in Texas. Traffick911's rescue mission is to identify and divert domestic minor sex trafficking victims through work in the Texas juvenile justice system, missing children intervention, street outreach, and first responder trainings.
* Texas is the number 2 state for volume of calls going into the National Human Trafficking Hotline.
* Dallas is one of the top 14 U.S. cities for number of victims.
* 3,000 is a very conservative estimate of the number of youth at risk of being trafficked every year (This number is based on only one risk-factor - being a runaway. We know there are many other risk factors, such as prior abuse, homelessness, and poverty.)
How can we help?
By shopping with WH Clothier from April 1st through June 30th, you will be helping to fund Traffick911’s rescue programs. In close partnership with local, state and federal law enforcement, Traffick911 teams are identifying and diverting domestic minor sex trafficking victims in the juvenile justice system through their Juvenile Detention Outreach, as well as in local communities through Missing Children Intervention.
10% of EVERY purchase made, now through the end of June, will be set aside for Traffick911 and their vision of a nation without slavery. Our goal is to raise at least $500 to help Traffick911 and its volunteers restore hope for the victims of sex trafficking and to end it for good!