Is it human or inhuman trafficking?
Rebecca Jean Downey
It appears that the mid-summer release of my new novel, The Middle Eye- a paranormal thriller about child trafficking-has been given the blue ribbon for incredible timing. Is it just me, or are there articles about human trafficking everywhere?
When folks learn about my efforts through fiction to get the word out about the atrocities of U.S.- Mexico border trafficking, they start sharing with me stories from all across the globe.
Much of the problem, it seems, stems from individuals living in abject poverty. Poverty is not new, and many of us have risen above it, but feelings of hopelessness and despair are boiling up in the jungles of Viet Nam, the villages of Cambodia, the cardboard shacks of India and lawless countries in Central America. Desperation is festering in places like Honduras, for example, where there is virtually no government, no jobs and no schools because the drug cartels are in control.
Parents around the world are selling their children into slavery in record numbers. And if they aren’t selling their kids, they are abandoning them. Just ask the children (10,000 of them in 2012) who rode The Beast from Central America to the U.S.-Mexico border hunting for their parents.
U.S. Immigrations and Customs predicts that the number of unaccompanied minors crossing our borders in 2013 will rise to 20,000 because of the crime and corruption of Central America. Human traffickers and pimps know that thousands of would-be immigrants to the U.S. tie themselves to a train for the thousand mile ride. Many of these individuals are children, ripe for the taking.
I’ve met a large number of these young people who were lucky enough to find their way to Southwest Key, an organization trying to reunite unaccompanied minors with their parents. But most kids are not so lucky.
Trust me, these youngsters look just like our children. In fact, they are our children.
How can you help? Give to organizations who are serving victims of inhuman trafficking. If you contact me, I’ll recommend several.