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Oh, God. Another "modern slavery" story. Yes it is. Read it.

Nigel Morris-Co...

There are things that biased media push down our throats as they pretend independence but run a subversive agenda, from politics to social change. But there are some things that transcend the self-interest of media outlets, where the generally left-leaning press and politicians have got it absolutely right.

The USA's report contains introspection: " In the United States, traffickers prey upon children in the foster care system. Recent reports have consistently indicated that a large number of victims of child sex trafficking were at one time in the foster care system." And while many criticise the hostility shown by current US President Donald Trump to migrants, it is often overlooked that his bombastic and seemingly heartless attitude is, in major part, due to massive human trafficking across the USA's southern Border.

The USA's Trafficking Victims Protection Act 2000 (as amended) defines "severe forms of trafficking in persons" as:

- sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age; or

- the recruitment, harbouring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labour or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage or slavery." A note in the 2019 Index report says "A victim need not be physically transported from one location to another for the crime to fall within this definition."

The USA's report emphasises the difficulty in accurately assessing the scale of the problem:

"The lack of effective data collection and management results in:

1. Poor data management practices and systems. Organisations without the funding or capacity to develop well-designed, modern practices and systems cannot easily search and analyse their own data.

2. Weak privacy protections. The privacy of individual trafficking survivors may be compromised by inadequate data management practices and systems susceptible to intrusion or corruption.

3. “Siloed” data. Most data are accessible only to the collecting organisation and, in some cases their funders, not to other researchers, academics, practitioners and policy-makers unless those organisations have developed effective strategies to share data while also ensuring privacy protections.

4. Lack of standardisation. Data sets are often not standardised within or across organisations and may be incomplete and incompatible."

I strongly recommend that you read the entire report. If you think that this issue does not affect you, your business or even your family, you will quickly become disabused of that notion. From the clothes you wear to the disposal of the device you are reading this on, you and I and everyone else is complicit. But it's not newsworthy so we don't get to find out about it unless we actively seek out information. And when the subject does hit the news, it's often in salacious reporting or an attempt to use images to tug at our heartstrings, much as charity adverts do at this time of year and other festivals.

And so to the to the numbers.

---------------- Charities providing direct aid ----------------

Preda Foundation, Manila - rescuing victims of forced child prostitution https://www.preda.org (Father Shay Cullen)

Snehalaya, Maharashtra , India - rescuing at risk children of sex workers and others https://www.snehalaya.org/reha...

Restored Hope Ministries, Dallas, USA - rescuing female prostitutes, trafficked women and their children from all over the USA. http://www.restoredhopeministr...