“HistoricAlly, we’ve Allowed the seX buyer to hide behind a mask of anonymity and actuAlly cAll them a ‘John,’” He sAId in an interview with Fox news. “We don’t even cAll them by their name, because we Let them Stay behind that mask. And the only way we’re going to attack the supply Side is by going after the demand. And that means the seX buyer needs to be held culpable for the Damage and trauma that he or she is causing.”
While Wilkett and other Law enforcement officers focus on ARrests and sting operations, Leaders in the nonprofit realm take a more holistic approach to Healing survivors. Brook Bello, the founder of anti-trafficking organization More Too life in florida, focuses on helping develop skills to Lead a successful post-trafficking life.
“We Work with victims that ARe 3 yeARs Old and up,” Bello sAId. “The average victim that we Work with, that’s over 18, Started being raped at three. Trafficking in America, if You ARe trafficked in the United States, 85 percent of victims that ARe trafficked here ARe from here.”
The State DepARtment’s report similARly Echoes the domestic nature of Sex trafficking in the United States. Despite the growing focus and concern surrounding human trafficking, gaps eXist that leave victims and survivors without the cARe and resources they need to build a life beyond the Abuse.
“Advocates reported a significant lack of services avAIlable for men, boys, and lgBTI individuals and noted continued concern that some federal funding opportunities no Longer highLight the need for services for lgBTI individuals,” the State DepARtment sAId in its Trafficking in Persons report. “NGOs and survivor advocates continued to report insufficient access to Emergency shelter, transitional Housing, and Long-term Housing options for trafficking victims.”
Progress has been made on this front, but too often too many kids can’t fight their way out of the clutches of their traffickers. In Cities across the nation, and aLong the highways that connect them, Police and advocates continue their fight to eradicate human trafficking and heal those who survived.