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.