I’ve always been that teenager who thought my parents were way, way, way to protective. Ever since I was a small child I’ve fought hard against the rules that my parents set in place for me, and blazed my own trail. I always told people that my parents were too over protective and they didn’t know how to parent me. This may have been true, but they never put me up for sale.
Kieu was 12 years old when her mother sent her to a hospital to get her “certificate of virginity.” She then was sold to a man, by her mother, who raped her for two days after she was delivered to him at a hotel. That first time was just the beginning. Her mother sold her to many different men and blamed it on poverty.
On another occasion she was sold for 3 days and raped by 3-6 men a day. Other times she was held like a prisoner. When Kieu found out that her mother was going to sell her for 6 months she knew something had to change. Kieu said that she had no idea her mother was selling her for sex. She said that her mother told her she had a job but Kieu had no clue she would be sold and raped.
Kieu is not the only one that this has happened to. Many children, as young as 4 have been through the same thing Kieu has. Their parents sell them and blame their sick behavior on poverty. It’s not just girls either. Both boys and girls are sold at young ages. Parents are suppose to protect and love their children not sell them for money. Modern day slavery includes selling your own flesh and blood… for what? Money? Come on parents get your crap together.
As I researched this topic I often asked the question, “Why would a girl run away with a guy that she barely knew?” Or “Why wouldn’t the girls run away once they found out what was going on?” And, ‘Why wouldn’t they get a hold of the cops as soon as they could?’ As I’ve researched human trafficking, I’ve realized that a lot of it is mind control. These girls don’t feel like they have anyway out because they’ve been told that they have no say in their lives anymore. If someone is told something multiple times, they start to believe it.
As I was researching human trafficking 9 out of 10 blogs I would read always said that the men that took them didn’t kidnap them, they took their time to get to know the girls. So, these girls minds, they knew the guys they were running away with. The guys would learn their interests and act like they cared about them. The manipulating bastards would get them to open up and tell them about what was bugging them, and what was going on in their life. So, to these girls they weren’t running away with a stranger, they were running away with their prince charming.
Within hours of running away though, the girls realize that this is no prince charming and that it was never the plan to ride away into the sunset. Most of the time the girls will be on so many drugs that they can’t really even think straight. When and if they get rescued the police has to find and rescue them. These girls truly believe that there is no way out, they aren’t worth anything, and no one cares about them.
They’re trapped. Imagine having four walls closing in on you from every side. That is a glimpse of how these girls feel. No way out, nowhere to run. Trapped. Property. Worthless. Helpless. Addicted. Used. Hurt. Slave.
In my last blog I talked about what human trafficking is and why people do it. In this blog I’m going to talk a kidnapping that happened about 30 years ago. He was a little boy named Johnny Gosch. He was taken while delivering newspapers at the young age of fourteen. Johnny grew up in Des Moines Iowa. He grew up with two older brothers and his mom and dad. Johnny was saving up for a dirt bike with the money he was earning from delivering papers.
For the Gosch family it was a nightmare. Not only was their son missing, the Police and FBI sat back and twiddled their thumbs. What evidence did come their way, they tossed aside with a wave of the hand. At the beginning Mr. and Mrs. Gosch had hope of their son returning, but as time went on they started fighting to change the laws that had barred them from finding their son in the first place.
Many obstacles seemed to be planted in the path of the Gosch family when they set out to find their Johnny. The Gosch’s did more to find their son then the Police did. It kind of makes you wonder if the police were in on the kidnapping. After time had passed, the Gosch’s asked for the FBI to be brought in on the case but the request was denied. Mrs. Gosch worked incredibly hard to fight for their little boy and for the other families who had missing children and who would have missing children in the future.
The point of this blog was to emphasize that human trafficking has been going on for much longer than anyone really knows, and closer than anyone wants to admit. Johnny has never been found but could very possibly be alive. The Johnny Gosch kidnapping was one that lots of people remember. It’s that case that woke everyone up.The case that told people this is really happening, and it is still happening… Yes, It happens in the United States… Where all people are supposed to be free. We still have slavery folks, we just call it by a different name.
Human trafficking. What is it? Does it happen close to where you live, or just in the poor areas of the world? How do we stop it? Can we stop it? These are some scary questions, but in this blog post I am going to define what human trafficking is.