While Human Trafficking is not a clone of sexual assault, they link in many ways, as victims are subjected to sexual exploitation or forced prostitution.
Excerpts from the book, From a Cry to a Shout, by Pastor Robert Hendricks
… My father and other campers, along with Ramón, during most fishing trips traveled together to what they identified as “going to town.” I was never allowed
to make these excursions. Some of the campers would return to the campsite drunk, while my father would return sober, although he seemed very happy…I thought about the time a group of campers returned from “town” with a young Mexican lady (could have been underage) they had brought back to the campsite. My father had not made the trip with them this time. I was in our trailer relaxing, and my father was stirring around the campsite when they arrived. I heard one of the campers call out to my dad, "Willie, don't you want to get in on this?" He would further make my father aware that one of the campers was having his way with this young lady as they spoke. I assumed she was a prostitute. By now I was hearing the chatter very well, and young Mr. Inquisitive decided he would look out the window to see what all the fuss was about. Just as I peeped out of the window of the trailer, this young lady emerged in the camper door topless, baring her breasts. To the best of my knowledge, my father did not participate, but he was certainly hanging around with the wrong company. 1
While boys are not exempted, girls ranging from the age of 12-14, face the highest risk of being forced into sexual trafficking. Once in this modern-day slavery most of these children endure additional trauma as they have already been victims of physical or sexual abuse, and homelessness (sometimes because of being a runaway). And we now know that some children being bought and sold for sex in our nation are foster care children. These circumstances make these children ripe for traffickers as they prey on children that hold the greatest vulnerability.
Walk Towards The Cry 5K Run/Walk
· Saturday, June 24, 2017
· El Dorado Park East Regional Park • 7550 E. Spring Street Long Beach, CA 90815
· 8:00 a.m.
Cry Heard Inc. is a non-profit organization which helps through:"Breaking the silence of sexual assault, human trafficking, and pornography addiction, through publishing, and public awareness campaigns."
This event is a fundraiser to increase awareness and prevention of Human Trafficking or “Modern-Day-Slavery” and Sexual Assault.
Please register and walk or run in support of this cause.
1. Pastor Hendricks, Robert. From a Cry to a Shout. Tarentum, Pennsylvania: Word Association Publisher, 2006