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What is Slavery? CAN YOU ANSWER?


WHAT DO ANGELS IN THE Field promoting awareness through presentations in schools,high schools, college, University,churches,Government Agencies,Law Enforcement interact with senators ,Immigration officers and Groups.



Our Angels In The Field Board Member are :

Debra Lopez: President/Founder

Mark Sortary: Director

Pat Brandom: Tresure

Lacksmaiah : Vice president Buisness administration

Angels In The Field concentrate on working to wake up the nation and communities to the horrific reality that victims of human trafficking and child sexual exploitation are confine to third world countries, but that the network is global,putting our own children at risk. Especially with predators that are constantly, looking for a innocent child or little girl, or teenager from the nightmare of selling them to predator that out this children for prostitution,Pornography,drug mule, lab our, and the list fall as big
as you want to be.

Approximately 6000,000 to 800,000 victims annually are trafficked worldwide

14,000 to 18,000 victims are trafficked in the United States

In our country, thousands of children go missing,many are never found,possibly sold into slavery or exploitation.


This summer we have been working on a Causes campaign to raise awareness of child slavery and stop it once and for all. We know that 50% of slaves are children. This breaks our hearts, but we know that we can change that number with your help. Please join with us in the fight to end child slavery in our lifetime by donating now. Read on to learn more about the work we are doing to protect innocent children from exploitation.
Arisa is enrolled in 6th grade, a big shift from her days on the streets. She works hard in school, and is helpful around the Children’s Home. She helps the younger children with their homework and getting ready in the morning. She loves school and has received awards for her writing and drawing. She dreams of getting a university level education, although she at times gets discouraged when she thinks of where she came from. Yet she is thankful of the opportunity given to her, excited that one day she will no longer be stateless, as a university education will help her get an ID card.
Solar panels donated by Panels for Progress were just delivered to Not For Sale Thailand’s Children’s Home this week, despite harsh road conditions. VP Solar will shortly begin installation of the solar panels, which will eventually allow the Children’s Home to be energy independent during the day. Not only does this save them money, but thanks to a new government energy trading program, will provide additional income for the house. It also allows Not For Sale to install a computer lab for the children. Donate to help us continue to find innovative ways to provide better lives for at risk children.
Prevention Conference Last week, Not For Sale Romania held a week long prevention camp for vulnerable youth. There were both fun and educational activities, and staff and survivors taught the children about exploitation and how they can avoid it. Young survivors shared their stories with the other youth as way to prevent others from having to face the same suffering that they have. This is just one way that Not For Sale is working upstream to stop exploitation at the source. Join us today to say that children are not for sale.

Horrors of Slavery
Slavery refers to a condition in which individuals are owned by others, who control where they live and at what they work. Slavery had previously existed throughout history, in many times and most places. The ancient Greeks, the Romans, Incas and Aztecs all had slaves.

What does it mean to be a slave or enslaved person?

To be a slave is to be owned by another person. A slave is a human being classed as property and who is forced to work for nothing. An enslaved person is a human being who is made to be a slave. This language is often used instead of the word slave, to refer to the person and their experiences and to avoid the use of dehumanising language.

What does it mean to be a Chattel Slave?

A chattel slave is an enslaved person who is owned for ever and whose children and children’s children are automatically enslaved. Chattel slaves are individuals treated as complete property, to be bought and sold.

Chattel slavery was supported and made legal by European governments and monarchs. This type of enslavement was practised in European colonies, from the sixteenth century onwards.

The Triangular Trade
The Slave Trade
The Transatlantic Slave Trade had three stages:


Slave ships from Britain left ports like London, Liverpool and Bristol for West Africa carrying goods such as cloth, guns, ironware and drink that had been made in Britain.
Later, on the West African coast, these goods would be traded for men, women and children who had been captured by slave traders or bought from African chiefs.

African dealers kidnapped people from villages up to hundreds of miles inland. One of these people was Quobna Ottabah Cugoano who described in the autobiography how the slavers attacked with pistols and threatened to kill those who did not obey. They marched the captives to the coast where they would be traded for goods. The prisoners would be forced to march long distances, as Major Galan describes, with their hands tied behind their backs and their necks connected by wooden yokes.
On the African coast, European traders bought enslaved peoples from travelling African dealers or nearby African chiefs. Families were separated.
The traders held the enslaved Africans until a ship appeared, and then sold them to a European or African captain. It often took a long time for a captain to fill his ship. He rarely filled his ship in one spot. Instead he would spend three to four months sailing along the coast, looking for the fittest and cheapest slaves.
Ships would sail up and down the coast filling their holds with enslaved Africans. On the brutal ‘Middle Passage’, enslaved Africans were densely packed onto ships that would carry them to the West Indies.
There were many cases of violent resistance by Africans against slave ships and their crews. These included attacks from the shore by ‘free’ Africans against ships or longboats and many cases of shipboard revolt by slaves.

In the West Indies enslaved Africans would be sold to the highest bidder at slave auctions.
Once they had been bought, enslaved Africans worked for nothing on plantations.
They belonged to the plantation owner, like any other possession, and had no rights at all. The enslaved Africans were often punished very harshly.
Enslaved Africans resisted against their enslavement in many ways, from revolution to silent, personal resistance. Some refused to be enslaved and took their own lives. Sometimes pregnant women preferred abortion to bringing a child into slavery.
On the plantations, many enslaved Africans tried to slow down the pace of work by pretending to be ill, causing fires or ‘accidentally’ breaking tools. Whenever possible, enslaved Africans ran away. Some escaped to South America, England or North America. Also there were hundreds of slave revolts.
Two thirds of the enslaved Africans, taken to the Americas, ended up on sugar plantations. Sugar was used to sweeten another crop harvested by enslaved Africans in the West Indies – coffee.
With the money made from the sale of enslaved Africans, goods such as sugar, coffee and tobacco were bought and carried back to Britain for sale. The ships were loaded with produce from the plantations for the voyage home.

Slavery and Forced Labor

Rights at Stake
International and Regional Instruments of Protection and Promotion
National and International Protection Agencies
Advocacy, Educational and Training Materials
Other Resources


What is slavery?
To be a slave is to be controlled by another person or persons so that your will does not determine your life’s course, and rewards for your work and sacrifices are not yours to claim. According to Kevin Bales, one of the world’s leading experts on contemporary slavery, “people are enslaved by violence and held against their wills for purposes of exploitation.” While people today most likely believe that slavery is a thing of the past, the practice is still thriving wherever poverty, social conditions, and gullability can be exploited. Bale estimates that there are 27 million slaves in the world today. (Kevin Bales, Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy, University of California Press, 1999)

The Slavery Convention (article 1.1) in 1926 defined slavery as

“…the status or condition of a person over whom any or all of the powers attaching to the right of ownership are exercised….”

The convention defined slave trade as

“…all acts involved in the capture, acquisition or disposal of a person with intent to reduce him to slavery; all acts involved in the acquisition of a slave with a view to selling or exchanging him; all acts of disposal by sale or exchange of a slave acquired with a view to being sold or exchanged, and, in general, every act of trade or transport in slaves by whatever means of conveyance.” (article 1.2)

The 1926 Convention’s definition of slavery was broadened to include forced or compulsory labor in 1930 in the ILO Convention (No. 29) concerning Forced or Compulsory Labour (article 2.1):

“…all work or service which is exacted from any person under the menace of any penalty and for which the said person has not offered himself voluntarily.”

According to the United Nations, 4 million people a year are traded against their will to work in a form of servitude. The majority of them come from Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America.

Rights at Stake

Slavery includes:

1) The practices and institutions of debt bondage: the status or condition arising from a pledge by a debtor of his personal services or of those of a person under his control as security for a debt, if the value of those services as reasonably assessed is not applied towards the liquidation of the debt or the length and nature of those services are not respectively limited and defined.

2) The practices and institutions of serfdom: the condition or status of a tenant who is by law, custom or agreement bound to live and labour on land belonging to another person and to render some determinate service to such other person, whether for reward or not, and is not free to change his status.

3) Servile forms of marriage: a woman, without the right to refuse, is promised or given in marriage on payment of a consideration in money or in kind to her parents, guardian, family or any other person or group; or the husband of a woman, his family, or his clan, has the right to transfer her to another person for value received or otherwise; or a woman on the death of her husband is liable to be inherited by another person.

4) The exploitation of children and adolescents: any institution or practice whereby a child or young person under the age of 18 years, is delivered by either or both of his natural parents or by his guardian to another person, whether for reward or not, with a view to the exploitation of the child or young person or of his labor.

To determine exactly which practices constitute slavery it is necessary to consider the circumstances of the enslavement:

the degree of restriction of the individual’s inherent right to freedom of movement;
the degree of control of the individual’s personal belongings;
the existence of informed consent and a full understanding of the nature of the relationship between the parties.
In some cases states that have agreed to the definitions of slavery set forth by the conventions may be endorsing circumstances that enslave individuals within their jurisdiction – thus enforcing the abolitionist conventions becomes difficult and controversial. Prison systems, for example, are state sanctioned and often provide cheap (if not free) labor for corporations – all legal by the laws of some states.

By these definitions and under a variety of circumstances slaves are a part of our lives – from the chocolate that we eat to the charcoal we burn, slave labor may have contributed to the production of the goods we use daily.

The International Labor Organization (ILO) says there are eight main forms of forced labor in the world today. ILO’s definitions and the countries it cites as examples of where the practices exist:





Consider ministering to young girls that have escaped through an advocacy, local juvenile detention facility, Woman’s shelter, or foster care program, most of this girls don’t know English and are vulnerable because of inability to speak the language or you can contact Debra/DJ’s Organization, there is a Angels  H.O.P.E, and Freedom for Me.  It also, offers training, and information materials for churches, news letter that we will be having in our website soon, Please, direct any girls or individual person that has been trafficked and child sexual exploited so, We as an organization , mentor girls  caught in Trafficking.

Sex Trafficking in the U.S.

Curtains are used to divide rooms in residential brothels, where women are forced to engage in commercial sex.

Sex trafficking occurs when people are forced or coerced into the commercial sex trade against their will.  Child sex trafficking includes any child involved in commercial sex.  Sex traffickers frequently target vulnerable people with histories of abuse and then use violence, threats, lies, false promises, debt bondage, or other forms of control and manipulation to keep victims involved in the sex industry.  Sex trafficking exists within the broader commercial sex trade, often at much larger rates than most people realize or understand.  Sex trafficking has been found in a wide variety of venues of the overall sex industry, including residential brothelshostess clubs, online escort servicesfake massage businessesstrip clubs, and street prostitution. For sex trafficking resource packs, click here.

National Human Trafficking Resource Center


The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) is a national, toll-free hotline, available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year.

The NHTRC is a program of Polaris Project, a non-profit, non-governmental organization working exclusively on the issue of human trafficking.
We are not a government entity, law enforcement or an immigration authority.

Call us at: 1-888-3737-888


Llama la línea gratuita y confidencial: 1-888-3737-888

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This website was made possible in part through Grant Number 90ZV0087 from the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division, Office of Refugee Resettlement, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division, the Office of Refugee Resettlement, or HHS.

2)Contact the National Human Trafficking resources if you suspect someone is being trafficked and needs help. Trafficking Victim can also contact the Center at 1888-373-7888. this  non-profit government hotline is open 24 hours a day,7 days a week.

3) Pray against the spiritual warfare that exist for people, such as DJ’ involved is exposing human trafficking and helping Victims.  There are powerful people in this country, Including the very wealthy and some high in politics,  Who are involved in trafficking Movement, and do not want our work to succeed, DJ’s Angels sails.  We need prayers for protection, provision, and the ability to reach and help these girls.

4) Donate funds to support Victims. Some girls associated with DJ’s Angels Ministry need cloth,food, and toiletries once they live prison.  Other needs help with fees for school. Contact DJ’s Angels  H.O.P.E for  Me.




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ICE busts significant sex trafficking ring operating from Florida to North Carolina



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ICE busts significant sex trafficking ring operating from Florida to North Carolina
Operation Dark Night results in 13 criminal arrests, 44 administrative arrests and as many as 11 victims rescued
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SAVANNAH, Ga. — Today, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced the results of a lengthy investigation, called Operation Dark Night, into a sex trafficking ring operating in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. The investigation, which was led by ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), led to a takedown yesterday in which authorities made 13 criminal arrests and 44 administrative arrests tied to the investigation, as well as the rescue of as many as 11 victims.
“ICE investigates a wide array of crimes, but the trafficking of women and girls for prostitution is among the most sinister,” said ICE Director John Morton. “Few crimes so damage their victims and undermine basic human decency. Our fight against this evil must be relentless, both here and abroad.”
U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia Edward Tarver said, “In what essentially amounts to slavery in the year 2013, the conduct described in the indictment against these defendants is reprehensible. This case is a prime example of the United States Attorney’s Office and HSI recognizing that human trafficking is a cancer facing our society and taking a stand to stop the victimization of women involved in sex trafficking.”
According to the indictment, Joaquin Mendez-Hernandez, aka El Flaco, conspired with each of the other defendants to transport people across interstate boundaries to engage in prostitution. In addition, Mendez-Hernandez allegedly conspired with at least three others to entice women from Mexico, Nicaragua and elsewhere to travel to the United States with false promises of the American dream. Once inside the United States, these women were allegedly threatened and forced to commit acts of prostitution at numerous locations in Savannah and throughout the Southeast. In one such instance identified in the indictment, Mendez-Hernandez is alleged to have told a Mexican woman that she would be sent back to her home country unless she serviced 25 clients a day.
HSI provides relief to victims of human trafficking by allowing for their continued presence in the United States during criminal proceedings. Victims may also qualify for a T visa, which is issued to victims of human trafficking who have complied with reasonable requests for assistance in investigations and prosecutions. Anyone who suspects instances of human trafficking is encouraged to call the HSI tip line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE (866-347-2423) or the Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888. Anonymous calls are welcome.
Operation Dark Night was led by HSI, with assistance from the FBI; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP); CBP Air and Marine Operations; the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigations; the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department; the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office; the Garden City Police Department; and, the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tania D. Groover and E. Greg Gilluly Jr. are prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.
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ICE busts significant sex trafficking ring operating from Florida to North Carolina

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India’s rape epidemic: Will the US apply pressure for change to its Asian ally?
Barnini Chakraborty
By Barnini ChakrabortyPublished July 04,

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May 31, 2014: Onlookers stand at the site where two teenage girls, who were raped, were hanged from a tree in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.Reuters
WASHINGTON – When the news of a young Indian woman brutally beaten and gang-raped on a moving bus in New Delhi went viral, vows to change the system and strip the stigma attached to victims came quickly.

Politicians across the country, responding to public pressure and global outrage in the wake of the 2012 attack on the 23-year-old female student and her male friend, promised they would modernize outdated policies on women and violence.

Collectively, it looked like the country was moving toward change and working hard to repair its global image. And for a while, it seemed to work.

But in late May, the bodies of two teenage girls were found hanging limply from a mango tree in their village in Uttar Pradesh. The girls, 14 and 15 years old, had been gang-raped. A week later, another case surfaced. Like the others, the girl had been raped and asphyxiated. She was found dead, hanging from a tree.

As the grisly cases start to emerge again, many are hoping the United States and others will apply pressure to their Asian ally to renew the fight against what is by any standard an epidemic of rape.

But it won’t be easy.

In recent years, U.S. officials have faced significant obstacles with India, ranging from disagreements over economic conditions which include grudges over limits on temporary work visas to polarizing political figures like the country’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Some say applying more pressure, even on an issue like rape, could strain the fragile U.S.-India relationship even more.

Others, like Shamila Chaudhary, a senior South Asia fellow at the New America Foundation, see it differently.

Chaudhary told the U.S. government now has a chance to re-frame its relationship with India into one that would be beneficial to both countries and one that draws more attention to the epidemic ripping through the country.

The number of rapes reported in India from 1953 to 2011 has shot up 873 percent, according to statistics from the National Crime Records Bureau. In 2011, 24,206 rape cases were reported in India. (This increase could reflect, in part, a greater willingness by victims to come forward.)

Of those, 6,227 were in northern India, covering New Delhi where the bus rape took place.

Ruth Manorama, president of the National Alliance for Women, recently told The Wall Street Journal, “It is not a north India phenomena, it is an all India phenomena.”

A victim’s rights advocate based in the northern part of the country, who wished to remain anonymous, echoed the sentiment and told that “the problem is not going away.”

She added that the data from the National Crime Records Bureau carries the caveat that the actual number of rapes still is much greater than the number being reported. Victims have long stayed silent in the face of societal pressures as well as reluctance by authorities to register reports of abuse.

“This type of terrible sexual violence, though horrific, is not unique to India,” U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told “We continue to urge improved protections and rights for women and girls and accountability for perpetrators of such violence in countries around the world, including India.”

The State Department has, broadly, been speaking out more on the issue of sexual violence. In June, Secretary of State John Kerry vowed to “banish sexual violence to the dark ages and the history books.”

“We will not tolerate rape as a tactic of war and intimidation,” Kerry said during his keynote address at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict.

The four-day meeting – the first of its kind – was held in London last month. The U.S. was among 155 countries there that signed a declaration of commitment to end sexual violence in developing countries and regions.

From a political standpoint, how America responds to the rape crisis in India could have a ripple effect on ties with the country, which has been a key ally for the U.S. in the region.

The U.S. relationship with India has hit a few rough patches lately.

This year’s elections put the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in power – a party that typically advocates conservative social policies, free market capitalistic principles and foreign policy driven by a nationalist agenda.

“It is in the national interest of both India and the U.S. to move beyond the current plateau in relations and build a durable and strategic partnership,” said Lisa Curtis, a senior research fellow at The Heritage Foundation.

Modi has been a controversial figure in Indian politics. His critics claim he did little to stop Hindu-Muslim riots in the state of Gujarat, where violence in 2002 led to the deaths of more than 1,000 people. For a time, the U.S. denied Modi a visa to enter the country – something that was reversed following the recent election.

But how the U.S. handles relations during Modi’s time in office has yet to be seen. The India-U.S. relationship has been tested and strained during the past several years, with one of the hardest hits coming last December when the U.S. arrested Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade on charges she lied about how much she paid her housekeeper as well as allegations of mistreatment.

Experts like Curtis say the U.S. must now reframe its relationship with India, striking a balance between tough messages on terrorism and women’s rights, as well as capitalizing on economic opportunities.

Back in Washington, senators sat down last week to discuss how to reduce violence against women and discrimination around the world.

The hearing came as lawmakers tried for the fourth time since 2007 to pass the International Violence Against Women Act, which would make stopping violence against women a diplomatic priority for the U.S.

Sens. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., were among the lawmakers who took up the thorny topic at the Senate Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy, and Global Women’s Issues hearing.

But despite some bipartisan support, the bill has never been voted out of the subcommittee.

“I struggle to understand why the United States has failed to pass the convention, but I understand politics,” Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said. “We need to acknowledge our responsibility and our leadership on issues.”

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Gang Involvement with Human Trafficking
Posted on November 18, 2013 by Michelle Lillie
gangsSex trafficking has traditionally been propagated by small-time local opportunists looking to make a large profit with little work. While these small-time traffickers still exist, sex trafficking rings run by gangs and other large criminal enterprises are increasingly becoming the norm. Human trafficking is now the world’s fastest growing criminal enterprise, second only to drug trafficking and as profitable as the illegal arms trade. Sex trafficking is enormously profitable due to the ability to sell a person for sex many times as compared to drugs or guns which can only be sold once. Due to expansive criminal networks as well as the ease of technology, sex trafficking will only continue to grow.

A Growing Problem
For the past ten years the number of gangs in the US has steadily increased to an estimated 25,000. As gang membership has grown, so has gang involvement with human trafficking. Global Centurion has identified over 200 cases of human trafficking in the US in which gang members have been involved. The FBI reported that The Bloods, MS-13, Sureños, and Somali gangs are involved in human trafficking. Twenty-four members of The Bloods were recently arrested in Northern Virginia for conspiracy to commit sex trafficking. The MS-13 or Mara Salvatrucha are also located in the Washington DC metro area and have the distinction of being the first street gang to be declared a transnational criminal organization by the US government. Earlier this year an MS-13 member was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his involvement with a sex trafficking ring in Northern Virginia. The Sureños, a group of imprisoned gang members who pay tribute to the Mexican Mafia, are heavily engaged in human trafficking. The Somali gangs are made up of Somali refugees and immigrants located mainly in the Minneapolis / Saint Paul area of Minnesota. In 2012, six Somali gang members were tried and three convicted of sex trafficking minors through three states.

Ease of Technology
Due to the ease of technology, street gangs are able to meet the high demand for sex with young girls and women. Gangs commonly use websites like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and Instagram to lure young girls into commercial sexual exploitation. Andrea Powell, the advocate who runs Fair Girls, says she’s seen girls recruited from almost every social network that exists. Facebook and Tagged are two of the most common, she says, but even more limited sites like Twitter and Instagram get used for solicitation. Traffickers are becoming more tech-savvy and with the Internet so accessible in the US, it is not difficult for a lonely, young girl looking for love and attention to be tricked or coerced into becoming a victim of sex trafficking. Gang members then commonly use websites like or to sell their victims. produces about 70 percent of all online prostitution ads in the US. While federal and local law enforcement are aware and monitor these websites, it is not sufficient to stop the growing demand and ease of access for sex with young women.

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Sold for Sex: The Link Between Street Gangs and Human Trafficking
by Laura J. Lederer
within Culture, Politics

In order to curtail human sex trafficking successfully, we must take seriously that street gangs are a large part of the problem.

In April of this year, in Oceanside, California, thirty-eight Crips gang members, their alleged associates, and two hotel owners were arrested for engaging in a sex trafficking enterprise that involved the prostitution of minors and adult females. After raping their victims and threatening to kill them if they tried to escape, the gang members sold the girls online. The girls were trapped in a hotel for twelve hours a day, as men who had purchased their bodies from the gang members had sex with them. Though these commercial sex acts brought in between $1,000 to $3,000 dollars a day, the young women and children never saw a penny of the money. Their only payment was food, avoiding beatings, and staying alive.

In a similar case this past June, an MS-13 gang member was indicted for trafficking girls at a Super 8 motel just outside of Washington, D.C. At least one of the girls was only fifteen when she was sold. He advertised her as a “high school girl” and “fresh out of the box.” A year earlier, in Brooklyn, New York, eight members of the Bloods street gang were also charged with sex trafficking of minors. They solicited customers using online websites. The victims, recruited from local junior high and high schools, were trafficked into prostitution. The traffickers made $500 a day.

The facts from hundreds of criminal cases show a clear link between dangerous street gangs and the scourge of human trafficking. Over the last decade, the United States has passed numerous laws to address criminal gang activity. Similarly, in 2000, Congress passed the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) to curtail trafficking in persons. But the enforcement of each law has developed independently of the others, with little, if any, integration. This is unfortunate and represents a missed opportunity not only to save the victims of a terrible crime, but also to add another prosecution weapon against the dangerous street gangs that endanger our communities and our nation.

With state and national crackdowns on drug trafficking, gangs have turned to sex trafficking for financial gain. Unlike drugs, girls can be used more than once, and it is the girls, not the traffickers, who run the greatest risk of being caught and prosecuted. Case records show that gangs still utilize traditional methods of recruiting, employing the modern equivalent of wining and dining a young girl (“skip parties” and “love showers”), winning her heart and then slowly “seasoning” her for the street by sharing her with other gang members. One young woman described her trafficker’s request for a “love donation”: sex she had to provide to other men to win her place in the gang.

But women and children also describe being coerced into a life of prostitution after being subjected to severe beatings and gang rapes, and being deprived of food and water. The victims of trafficking are made to feel both afraid of and dependent on the traffickers for their very lives.

New technological advances give gang traffickers the ability to market the services of their victims discreetly. In several high-profile prosecutions of sex trafficking in Seattle, San Diego, and New York, street gangs used online advertisements on websites such as Craigslist and Backpage to traffic women and girls as young as thirteen. Once arrangements are made over the internet and by cell phone, the victimization that takes place behind closed doors is the same as in other trafficking cases: women and children are delivered to customers and forced to perform sex acts for money that is paid to and pocketed by their traffickers.

The U.S. government has prosecuted several hundred cases against street gangs, motorcycle gangs, and prison gangs in which commercial sex acts, prostitution, or human trafficking were mentioned; the gang members, however, were charged with drug and weapons trafficking, armed robbery, auto theft, extortion, home invasions, and other felony offenses—not human trafficking. Human trafficking charges are rarely the primary basis for prosecution; though, since late 2010, there have been a few such cases.

One reason that street gangs have not been prosecuted for human trafficking is that too many prosecutors and law enforcement officials assume that human trafficking in America is primarily an international problem. A recent Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics report, however, found that 83% of victims in confirmed sex trafficking incidents are actually U.S. citizens.

The vigorous prosecution of human trafficking can help bring down street gangs that also engage in murder, robbery, and drug trafficking. Before that can happen, however, state and local government officials must learn how to combat the human trafficking that is occurring in their own backyards. The Department of State’s 2011 Trafficking in Persons Report found that less than 10 percent of state and local law enforcement agencies have any kind of protocol or policy on human trafficking. While great strides have been made in addressing international human trafficking and local street gang activity, little has been done to link the two.

In order to combat street gang involvement in human trafficking more effectively, new approaches must be undertaken: (1) State and local governments must add human trafficking to the list of suspect activities for criminal gangs; (2) gang and human trafficking task forces must coordinate and plan joint prosecutions; (3) gang investigations should include specific tactics for actively spotting human trafficking; (4) gangs involved in human trafficking should be charged under the TVPA or state trafficking-in-persons laws in addition to other criminal charges; (5) communities should develop specialized outreach, education, and training programs to address gang-related trafficking; (6) asset forfeiture laws should be utilized more extensively in gang-related human trafficking cases; and (7) new and creative approaches to prosecution (such as using the child soldiers provision in the TVPA) should be explored and established.

Street gangs are increasingly turning to human trafficking as a way to generate the funds that are necessary for their existence and operations. Little is known about the dynamics involved in this trafficking, and additional research on the methods of recruiting, transporting, harboring, marketing, buying, and selling involved in gang-related human trafficking is important.

We do know, however, that street gangs engage in human trafficking because the risk is low and the profit is high. We must draft and pass new laws targeting gang-related human trafficking. In addition, diligent law enforcement tactics that help identify street gangs involved in human trafficking must be developed. Federal and local law enforcement authorities should encourage collaboration between the current efforts to address human trafficking and prosecute street gangs. Finally, education about street gangs and human trafficking that is tailored for parents, teachers, and community leaders is critical to strengthening community resistance to human trafficking and other criminal gang activities.

Laura Lederer is President of Global Centurion Foundation, an NGO that combats human trafficking by focusing on the demand-side economics of trafficking. She is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law Center in Washington, D.C. A longer version of this article on street gangs and human trafficking will be available November 1, 2011, in the Johns Hopkins University Journal of Human Rights.

Sold as a Slave @ 14


She was only 14 when her mother sold her as a slave. Yet today, by the grace of God, she ministers to other women in the same situation. Hear the amazing story of DJ who spent 22 years as a sex slave.

Healing through the Grace of God

But who would have thought today people can be bought or sold for money, drugs, or a price. It seems so medieval, something from 18th century at the height of the slave trade. Yes, slavery is alive today. The UN believes 27 million people are living in bondage. Current jargon calls this “human trafficking”, but it’s no different than the historic slave trade. Women, children, and yes, men too, are bought/sold as commodities for labor, brothels, exploitation and even the removal of organs. Forced through threats, violence, mutilation, and coercion to work in sweatshops factories, farms, motels, strip joints, as domestics, sculleries, and recruiters for even more victims.

Slavery in the 21st Century

Forced laborers, housekeepers, nannies, prostitution, bondage:

Selling humans is Illegal-all over the world . AngelsInThe Field Rescue, Rehabilitation Educationpreventionspeakingengagements.Breaking the cycle. report Human Slavery if you know someone is in this situation call don't just let it go. sometimes some of the slavery,end in domestic violence because human gets torture or mentally abuse,beaten. You never know when you can save a life by reporting some of suspicious Act. If you hear anything that you think is domestic violence or you think someone is been taken. Report it. suspicious bars with teen is illegal and is child sexual exploited. Woman in the windows, that is a sign of slavery Report it. A child or a teenager in the street at 12Am in the morning is a sign of prostitution. Thank You for reporting. By DJs Angels I was a slave 22 years of slavery and 22th years of knowledge of the trade of Human trafficking