Human Trafficking

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This is what Wikipedia says about Human Trafficking:
Human Trafficking is the trade of humans for the purpose of forced labor, sexual slavery, or commercial sexual exploitation for the trafficking or others. This may encompass a spouse in the context of forced marriage, or the extraction of organs or tissues, including for surrogacy and oval removal. Human trafficking can occur within a country or trans-nationally. Human trafficking is a crime against the person because of the violation of the victim’s rights of movement through coercion and because of their commercial exploitation. Human trafficking is the trade in people, especially women and children, and does not necessarily involve the movement of the person from place to place.
According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), forced labor alone (one component of human trafficking) generates an estimated $150 billion in profits per annum as of 2014. In 2012, the ILO estimated that 21 million victims are trapped in modern day slavery. Of these, 14.2 million (68%) were exploited for labor, 4.5 million (22%) were sexually exploited, and 2.2 million (10%) in state-imposed forced labor. The International Labor Organization has reported that child workers, minorities, and irregular migrants are at considerable risk of more extreme forms of exploitation. Statistics shows that over half the world’s 215 million young workers are observed to be in hazardous sectors, including forced sex work and forced street begging. Ethnic minorities and highly marginalized groups of people are highly estimated to work in some of the most exploitative and damaging sectors, such as leather tanning, mining, and stone quarry work.
Human trafficking is thought to be one of the fastest growing activities of trans -national criminal organization.
Human trafficking is modern day slavery. It is the exploitation of men, women and children for forced labor or sex by a third party to profit or gain.

Ken Paxton, Attorney General of Texas – texasattorneygeneral.gov
Texas, my home state is in the forefront of combatting this hideous crime. In 2016 – in one of his first major initiatives – Attorney General Paxton formed the Human Trafficking and Transnational/Organizational Crime Section (HTTOC), tasked with combatting human trafficking across our state. There are 234,000 Victims of labor trafficking in Texas any given time. This section has already won significant battles against human traffickers, including developed and produced a powerful training video – designed to mobilize all Texans to “Be the One” in the fight against human trafficking.
Go to their site texasattorneygeneral.gov and watch the video, it is available in both English and Spanish… Prevent . Recognize . Report
Texas ranks first in the nation By Drew Knight – kvue.com
According to a report from The Human Trafficking Institute, 74 criminal human trafficking cases made their way through federal courts in Texas last year.
Austin, Texas – The state of Texas has some work to do when it comes to human trafficking, according to a report from The Human Trafficking Institute.
The report, released Tuesday, shows Texas ranked first in the nation for the number of criminal cases that wound their way through the federal courts last year. Of those 74 cases, 68 involved sex trafficking and six involved labor trafficking.
Texas also ranked first for the number of new criminal human trafficking cases in 2018 with 19 initiated cases. That’s well above the national average of five new cases per state or territory.
Of the new criminal cases, the report shows Texas initiated two criminal labor trafficking cases last year, making Texas one of seven states or territories to initiate a new labor trafficking prosecution.

My thoughts
The trafficking industry is a $32 billion industry, that is the third largest criminal industry in the world, only lagging behind drugs and guns. Most being sex slavery and a high percentage being female. Almost impossible to catch and bring to justice. With people becoming more aware and pay attention to their surroundings some victims of trafficking are being noticed but this is very rare.
What is it like to be a slave, well your freedom is taken from you. From the moment you were trafficked you have no more free choice; you do someone else’s bidding. If you become a labor slave, you work long hours with not much to eat and no free time, beatings and endless work, often hidden away not to be noticed by others. If you become a sex slave, your used and abused so many times a day and night that you lose all track of time and your emotions become frozen. I can’t think of anything worse than to have no free choice. Bad treatment and abuse become the norm even though you never become used to it.
A passion burns inside of me of various emotions, anger, sadness, horror of what is happening to people who have been stolen who have been trafficked and why, because of evil, greed, lusts, selfishness…. No one is safe from sexual slavery; a baby, toddler, young child is desired by some evil person because he wants a young tight helpless child to get his gratification from…. that’s the harsh reality, no sugar coating here. Childhoods are stolen, lives are taken as you enter a nightmare underground world.
Atrocities are going on, people dressing up as the opposite sex and reading to kids in the libraries – I saw one video where one of these people was actually on the floor imitating a sexual act…. To young children no less!!!! It’s beyond my understanding why parents would allow a child to participate in such activities. Parents need to be diligent, keep their kids close and yes, we need to get back to a traditional and moral way of life.
I will continue on this topic.

Suicide Has Become The Second Leading Cause Of Death In Adolescents

Suicide has become the second leading cause of death in adolescents between the age of 10 and 24.

I’m speaking from a Biblical perspective, when we have Jesus in our heart and He’s the foundation of our life, then we have purpose, when we know who we are in Christ we have hope because we know that what ever we are going through is temporary even when times are tough. We know that going through the fire so to speak is going to refine our character. We know that we are not alone that the Lord is with us and that gives us a sense of comfort and we can endure because we know that things will get better. God is more concerned with our character than he is our comfort and He wants to bring us to that place of trusting in Him and to do that we need to develop our faith.

Suicide Myth: Young people rarely think about suicide.
Reality: Teens and suicide are more closely linked than adults might expect. In a survey of 15,000 grade 7 to 12 34% knew of someone who had attempted or died by suicide; 16% had seriously considered suicide; 14% had made a suicide plan; 7% had tried and 2% had required medical.
In the US, suicide is the third leading cause of death. Suicide rates among youths aged 15-24 and for every youth suicide completion, there are nearly 400 suicide attempts. An important explanatory variable is the increased share of youths living in homes with a divorced parent.

Father-deprivation is a more reliable predictor of criminal activity than race, environment or poverty. Father-deprived children are:
72% of all teenage murderers.
60% of rapists.
70% of kids incarcerated.
twice as likely to quit school.
11 times more likely to be violent.
3 of 4 teen suicides.
80% of the adolescents in psychiatric hospitals.
90% of runaways

The weight of evidence indicates that the traditional family based upon a married father and mother is still the best environment for raising children and it forms the soundest foundation for society as a whole.

Suicide, Exploited Children, Homeless Children Are Just Some Of The Horrific Problems Kids Face

The desperate need for Trauma to Triumph Family Ranches is demonstrated by these horrific facts:

Suicide among children ages 5 to 24 years old is the second leading cause of death. And suicide under the age of 13 is 1 every 5 days.

Every 30 seconds someone becomes a slave. There are 2,000,000 children who are exploited in the commercial sex industry.

There are 498,000 kids in foster care, the Department of Child Protective Services has become a protected empire. It’s built on taking children and separating families.

There are 800,000 children disappearing annually from the US and no one asks why!

There are 1,000,000 children in adult jails and to keep them safe they are generally kept in solitary confinement.

Homeless children in the US is a staggering 2.5 million which represents 1 in every 30 children.

The number of students in public schools is 1.36 million. And there are 16 million American children who struggle with hunger every

Trauma To Triumph Family Ranches, wants to bring support, love, encouragement, a new vision of hope, through the ranch programs which will deal with the scars and open wounds of the trauma and turn those around into Triumph and put families back together.

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Children should be having a childhood…. not considering or committing suicide because they think their life is not worth living!

Will you be a part of the team to help children and families who are suffering?

The Bible warns in Matthew 18:6

“But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a milestone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

Luke 17:2

It were better for him that a milestone was hanged around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.

Article About Childhood Depression On NBC News

Kate Snow and Cynthia McFadden wrote an article on children who are depressed. The article gives stories of kids who have been diagnosed with depression. The authors talk about child and adolescent mental health. The article includes a statement from Dr. Harold Koplewicz, founding president of The Child Mind Institute, a nonprofit children’s mental health advocacy group that child and adolescent mental health disorders are the most common illnesses that children under the age of 18 will experience. NBC Nightly News over the next few months will exam the state of American Children’s mental health, including reports on what has led to this increase – especially in anxiety and depression. They are including children as young as 2 years old.

Dr. Joan Luby, director of the Early Emotional Development program at the Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis believes untreated depression in toddlers can lead to depression later in life.

Here are my thoughts from my experience and perspective. I’m not advocating no helmets or seat belts, just trying to show why we have kids who are depressed and committing suicide in this generation compared to formative years:

Today’s parents worry obsessively and are on high alert with safety consciousness, in essence, kids today are living in a bubble wearing helmets, attending arranged play dates and already experts with electronics as young as 3, drinking bottled water, undisciplined, not experiencing consequences of their own actions or developing creative minds from experiences they would get if they were allowed outside the bubble.

Let’s take a trip back in time, let’s say, the 1970’s or earlier. Parents didn’t worry compulsively about health and safety as they do today. Kids were not sitting in front of the tube, glued to their various forms of electronics, instead they were out playing; on weekends and summer break or other school breaks, mom’s would tell their kids to go outside and play, often not seeing them again until lunch or even supper. Kids would meet their friends in the neighborhood. They’d communicate, no cell phones…. hmm, imagine that, no abbreviated conversation, they’d actually talk.

What did these kids’ day look like? They’d ride their bikes, climb trees, play baseball, play cowboys and Indians, girls would skip rope or play hopscotch, kids would play marbles, especially a gamed called Jacks. If they got thirsty, they’d drink from a garden hose. Hang out on the playground playing on the monkey bars, or, ouch, sliding down the metal slide that would be so hot from the sun. How about the merry go round, of course being risk takers, the goal was to get it to spin so fast that sometimes you’d fly off and graze your knees or arms but you wouldn’t miss a beat, just dust yourself off and jump back on. Battle scars and memories to retell. I’m not condoning just saying kids got concussions, bruises, and spilt their blood but they survived and more than survive, they were out in the fresh air, exercising, and best of all in a developmentally rich environment. Kids were not cocoon wrapped, with line of vision, play dates or go anywhere without supervision. Kids were kept busy, their minds were challenged creating their own fun and activities, amidst that play they were learning teamwork, creative thinking, communication, planning, inventing, building from scratch like go carts and tree forts. Kids were challenged, physically tired at the end of the day. Families did activities together, went to church, church had other activities like family picnics and get togethers.

 God was still in the home, in the school. And in the church. There was meaning in their lives, a value system, kids started the school day with the national anthem, pledge of allegiance and the Lords prayer, they ended their day with a bedtime story, a prayer and being tucked in with love. What I’m saying is to become a confident, secure adult means growing up means making mistakes, taking risks, and learning to get through life learning as you go. It’s having become that person, knowing how to navigate life because of those experiences growing up not despite them. Today’s kids don’t as a whole don’t experience that. There’s a crisis with our kids with the nation’s divorce rate, soaring single parent families, children who are depressed, child/youth runaways, and child/youth suicides, there is strong evidence that as a nation, our children are desperately in need of moral and spiritual values.  Children and youth from all races and cultures face increasing obstacles on the road to adulthood in the 21st century. The nation’s economic crisis has deeply affected the lives of millions of Americans. Deepening poverty is inextricably linked with rising levels of homelessness and food insecurity/hunger for many Americans. Huge numbers of kids in foster care. Children are particularly affected by these conditions.

These kids would benefit from a therapeutic environment at Trauma To Triumph Family Ranches on teaching four core values: Relationships, Respect, Responsibility, and Integrity. An environment where adolescents can develop, practice and improve healthy interdependence, social accountability, responsibility and self-mastery through principle-based decision making, value congruent behavior, and honest achievement. goal is that the child and youth emerge with a new perspective on their lives and with renewed hope for their futures Trauma To Triumph Family Ranches goal is that the child and youth emerge with a new perspective on their lives and with renewed hope for their futures.