A& E Special: “8 Minute, Welcome To Houston”
According to Slavery Footprint, world wide, there are 27 million men, women and children in the slave trade today. It is estimated that 4.7 million of those are in the sex trade, with hundreds of thousands of those being trafficked in the U.S. alone. In the U.S, it is estimated that between 100,000 and 150,000 of those trafficked are children, with almost 60,000 new trafficking cases annually. Eighty percent of those trafficked are women and girls. The average age of a girl being put into the sex slave trade is 12-14 years of age. According to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC), 60% of those who end up in the sex trafficking trade were runaways.
According to the NHTRC, the needs of trafficked individuals are complicated and requires a multidisciplinary approach that includes social services, counseling, interventions, emergency shelters, medical care, emergency planning, job resources, housing, food, clothing and many other services.
On A&E, there is a special focusing on human trafficking, specifically in the sex trade. It is called, “8 Minutes”. A former police officer and current pastor takes a team of cameramen, officers, and former trafficked women into a sting operation to help women who are currently in the sex traffic trade get out of the trade. They refer to these women as victims. It is a dangerous business. Click on the link below to view the special on A&E, which aired for the first time April 2, 2015.
- Allies Against Slavery: http://www.alliesagainstslavery.org/slavery/
- National Human Trafficking Resource Center: http://www.traffickingresourcecenter.org/what-human-trafficking/human-trafficking/victims
Slavery Footprint: http://slaveryfootprint.org/#where_do_you_live