The Truth About Trafficking From A 20-year Veteran of the Child Exploitation Task Force

The Truth About Trafficking From A 20-year Veteran of the Child Exploitation Task Force

I think she’s right about that last point. I’ve written many times about the stories I hear, over and over again, where people don’t want to hear about child abuse and sexual abuse. It’s too sad and dirty. It isn’t very pleasant. People don’t want to know about how much sex trafficking goes on right around us every day and the hard work we could do to solve the problem. They’d rather believe conspiracy theories and look to their “heroes,” who are nothing but con artists, to fix it for them by going on rescue missions or attacking the “elites” who are supposedly controlling all sex trafficking around the world. That seems simpler than solving the problems that make kids vulnerable to trafficking: poverty, abuse, racism, a lack of support for kids transitioning out of foster care, or LGBTQ kids whom their own families do not accept.

Those are real problems that create vulnerable kids who go on to become real victims. Fixing them will require hard work and resources from all of us.

Shared Links (weekly) Aug. 13 2023

Shared Links (weekly) Aug. 13 2023

I Started Healing When I Convinced Myself I was Safe Now, What About People Who Aren’t Safe?

I Started Healing When I Convinced Myself I was Safe Now, What About People Who Aren’t Safe?

Casey calls out those of us who would say “love is love” and support our LGBTQ friends and family members without standing up and doing what we can to actually make this world safer for them. I’ll go one further. If we want to call ourselves mental health advocates and advocates for trauma survivors we need to do what we can to push for a world that is safe for everyone. We can’t heal when we don’t feel safe, and for too many people in this world, they have no reason to feel safe.

We need to advocate for a world that is safe for them too.