Elizabeth Smart was barely a teenager when she was kidnapped and kept by the criminal minds for a period of nine months away from her loved ones. She is now a mature woman and is an activist who speaks out against human trafficking.
Recently, she attended an event in the Dakotas and the motif was the solution to these people who abuse and use other people for their selfish ends. Elizabeth Smart announced her full support and applause for the law enforcement authorities who dealt with such bad elements in society.
She said that this heinous crime was virtually universal and existed amidst them as well. It had to be eradicated. And the first step was the acknowledgement of the existence of the problem.
"It's everywhere whether you accept it or not," she said. "It's in my hometown. It's here in your hometown. It's everywhere, and as soon as we open our eyes and acknowledge that, the sooner we can start to make a difference."
The tendency of females and minors to get suctioned into this terrorizing trade was a banality that was both shocking and a blemish on the face of society. The difficulty of extricating oneself from the situation was especially discussed among the members of the forum.
The purchase and selling of human beings, especially young girls for the sexual satisfaction of perverts and sex-starved males, was a shameful reality that must be met head on in order to eradicate it from the milieu.
"I mean the fact of the matter is these victims are often the most vulnerable in our community and if the community itself is not taking care of our own children, there are predators out there that are looking to take advantage of that situation," says South Dakota U.S. Attorney General Brenda Johnson.
The predatory and scavenger-like nature of some males in society who participated in this flesh trade was not to be tolerated no matter what. The victims of this practice range from a tender13 years of age to mature 30 years old prostitutes.
And furthermore, drug addiction and alcoholism were both rife among the population of human raw material headed for usage by other humans.
"Most often, in South Dakota, our victims are ages 13 to 30, they come from a vulnerable population, often have drug abuse or alcohol addiction problems," Johnson explains.
The actual reason behind the conference was the gathering of all sorts of people from medical staff to social workers on one platform for the solution of human trafficking.
"If we have a heightened awareness, then we'll look for those clues and sometimes, you know, if somebody comes in and has been a victim of violence, it's pretty obvious in the clinic or in a hospital, but sometimes those clues are very subtle and they're not very obvious," Jacobs says.
"This is difficult stuff to talk about, it makes people uncomfortable, but that's okay because the reality is the discomfort that we have talking about sex trafficking is nothing compared to the real life pain that South Dakota children have gone through when they've been victimized," Johnson said.
Awareness-raising was the goal and basic function of the event. There have been arrests already and hopefully things are bound to improve in the future with more strict and stringent measures.
Source: Valley News Live