Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is one of the most heinous crimes imaginable, often described as modern-day slavery. This crime robs its victims of their most basic human rights and is occurring in United States and worldwide. The victims, who are mostly women and children, are deprived of their normal lives and compelled to provide their labour or sexual services, through a variety of coercive practices all for the direct profit of their perpetrators. Exploitation often occurs through intimidation, force, sexual assault and threats of violence to themselves or their families.

Human trafficking involves the recruitment, transportation, harboring and/ or exercising control, direction or influence over the movements of a person in order to exploit that person, typically through sexual exploitation or forced labor. It is often described as a modern form of slavery.

Violence against women and girls is a persistent human rights violation that not only threatens the security and safety of its victims, but also hinders women and girls around the world from being full and equal participants in society. Women and girls who experience violence and abuse often suffer for years from the effects. They may have to deal with ill health and psychological trauma, which in many cases is passed on to their own children and also influences the communities and societies they live in.

The resulting testimonials often paint a grim picture. Three in ten women say that they have experienced physical and/or sexual violence since the age of 15 at the hands of a partner or non-partner. Over two-thirds of women think that violence against women and girls is common in their communities, and a fifth think it is very common. Just under a quarter personally know someone among their family and friends who has been subjected to violence.

While many initiatives are underway, both at home and abroad, the time has come to consolidate all of the activities into one comprehensive plan with an unwavering pledge to action.

Human trafficking is often confused with human smuggling, so what are the differences? Consent: The smuggling of migrants, while often undertaken in dangerous or degrading conditions, involves migrants who have consented to the smuggling. Trafficking victims, on the other hand, have either never consented or, if they initially consented, that consent has been rendered meaningless by the coercive, deceptive or abusive actions of the traffickers.

Exploitation: Smuggling ends with the migrants' arrival at their destination, whereas trafficking involves the ongoing exploitation of the victim. Transnationality: Smuggling is always transnational, whereas trafficking may not be. Trafficking can occur regardless of whether victims are taken to another State or only moved from one place to other within the same State.
Many other Criminal Code offences can also apply to human trafficking cases including kidnapping, forcible confinement, uttering threats, extortion, assault, sexual assault, prostitution-related offences, and criminal organization offences. Other within the same State.

Action Plan: Human Trafficking The City of San Antonio Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking proposes strategies that will better support organizations providing assistance to victims and helps to protect foreign nationals, including young female immigrants who arrive in San Antonio alone, from being subjected to illegitimate or unsafe work.

• Awareness-raising and addressing root causes;
• Investigation and co-operation with USA law enforcement
• Teaming up with attorney for pro-bono
• Protection of victims’ rights, including assistance and compensation
• Create number strictly for Human Trafficking
• Violence Against Women and families well being
• Neighborhood watching

Sources:
https://popularresistance.org/americas-dirty-little-secret-sex-trafficking-of-young-girls/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bq-PdMr7pTY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcyYBhVDFHM&t=502s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4pBfWYbJYY&t=31s

Brothels The women inside brothels are typically under the care of a madam. Their pimps are not usually on the premises. A house where men can visit prostitutes. Now the question is does San Antonio have Brothels?

Pedophilia Pedophilia is an ongoing sexual attraction to pre-pubertal children. It is considered a paraphilia, a condition in which a person's sexual arousal and gratification depend on fantasizing about and engaging in sexual behavior that is atypical and extreme. Pedophilia is defined as recurrent and intense sexually arousing fantasies, sexual urges, or behaviors involving sexual activity with a prepubescent child or children—generally age 13 years or younger—over a period of at least six months. Pedophiles are more often men and can be attracted to either or both sexes. How well they relate to adults of the same or opposite sex varies.
Pedophile disorder can be diagnosed in people who are willing to disclose this paraphilia, as well as in people who deny any sexual attraction to children but demonstrate objective evidence of pedophilia. For the condition to be diagnosed, an individual must either act on their sexual urges or experience significant distress or interpersonal difficulty as a result of their urges or fantasies. Without these two criteria, a person may have a pedophile sexual orientation but not pedophile disorder. The prevalence of pedophile disorder is unknown, but the highest possible prevalence in the male population is theorized to be approximately three to five percent. The prevalence in the female population is thought to be a small fraction of the prevalence in males.
An estimated 20 percent of American children have been sexually molested, making pedophilia a common paraphilia. Offenders are usually family friends or relatives. Types of activities vary and may include just looking at a child or undressing and touching a child. However, acts often involve oral sex or touching of genitals of the child or the offender. Studies suggest that children who feel uncared for or lonely may be at higher risk for sexual abuse.