Welcome to the New Face of Sex Trafficking

By Beth Bruno -October 25, 2020

Welcome to the New Face of Sex Trafficking

We are sipping coffee near the courthouse. I’ve just witnessed a man plead guilty to a felony charge: trafficking a minor. Everything fits the televised version—the orange jumpsuits, bailiff-guarded doors, hands cuffed to waist. What does not fit is the dull, monotonous tone of the judge, attorneys and defendant. Another day in court, except a man’s life is set to change today. I expected a bit more emotion.

My friend is explaining the terminology over our shared muffin. She’s an investigator and thrilled he pled guilty. New laws are making cases stick, and our community is starting to get convictions. At least she is emotional. The minors she works with keep her heart tuned. They break it, daily.

I ask if she sees trends that match the national ones: early sexual abuse, family chaos, child welfare system, substance abuse. Yes, yes, yes, she says, and she adds more. She lists the previous few cases, and they all fit into the profile in some way or another.

But I’m unsettled. In the last few weeks, I’ve fielded two phone calls that confuse me. The calls are from middle class parents. Educated parents. Church-going parents. Parents who took family vacations, enrolled their kids in sports, encouraged summer reading and had dinner around a table every night. And yet, the worst thing imaginable has happened, and they are worried.

They call me when they fear the worst. When the red flags they’ve heard about are flapping in their face. They call when they want confirmation, even though what they really want is for me to assure them that it’s going to be fine and that this looks nothing like sex trafficking. The parents call when they need a bit of parenting themselves.

Red Flags

Each case involved a girl over 18, which makes it dicey. These girls are legally adults. Each one was in risky relationships with a guy who quickly talked her into moving in with him or leaving the state with him. There were other men in and out of the house as well. Drugs were involved, suddenly and out of the blue. Contact with her had been difficult, if not severed. It would not be a huge leap for the guy to ask her to sell sex to make money for them in the short term.

I’m explaining all of this to my friend outside of the courthouse. We’re not counselors, but it’s easy to see a pattern: A young woman from a stable family quickly abandons friends, common sense, and her self-worth has been triggered. There has been an inciting incident, and the most common culprit is sexual assault. Something has jarred her reality, and she is now in an alternate one that is dangerous and self-destructive.

Parents view her behavior as disobedience and selfishness. I think it is self-protection. Woundedness takes on all shapes, does it not?

“Welcome to the new face of sex trafficking,” says my friend. Suburban sex trafficking.

While we don’t know for sure what is going on in my two examples, we have concerns. There are indeed red flags. On the surface the “profiles” look very different than what the trends show and the minors who come through court, but are they all that different? Brokenness has led to exploitation. For some, it began at a young age when mom stopped caring. For my two, it began later, despite how much mom cares.

What, then, are we to do?

  1. We need to learn the red flags! Dating an older guy, particularly if met online, distancing long-term friendships and suddenly changing behavior are a few examples.
  2. We need to educate youth that traffickers are not always gold chain-clad gangsters, but often “boyfriend” types or older girls promising things without backing it up: “If you can just earn some money for us, we can leave here and start that new life you want!”
  3. Area sex assault centers need to be trained to understand and recognize the connection between assault, high-risk behavior and potential trafficking. Is yours?
  4. Let’s look beneath behavior to discover the origin of the wound and seek healing.

Like it or not, aware of it or not, sex trafficking can easily happen in all of our communities.

Let us cultivate hearts that stay tuned, and let us not abandon emotion. May we have eyes to see differently, and may we have ears that hear pain.


VIDEO DHS Insider Blows Whistle on International Child Sex Trafficking Gangs Exploiting ‘Reasonable Fear’ Loophole …

‘Every Single One of These Transnational Criminal Organizations Are Involved in Sex Trafficking’

AUGUST 24, 2021

  • Department of Homeland Security [DHS] Insider: “Once an [illegal immigrant] informs the U.S. government that they have some type of fear, or that their life is in jeopardy, or they’ll be persecuted, or they may be tortured, they are put in what’s called the ‘reasonable fear [category]’…Once [a migrant gang member] makes the declaration of, ‘My life is in danger and I may be harmed if I return home,’ they’re taken off the [Transnational Organized Crime] watchlist. That makes it a giant loophole.”
  • DHS Insider: “Some of these [migrant gang members] are encountered by Border Patrol and they’re asked right away, ‘Do you fear for your life if you are deported?’ They’ll say no, and then the next day they’ll say yes.”
  • DHS Insider: “It’s almost like they [migrant gang members] are coached, ‘Hey if you get caught, just go ahead and say this.’” 
  • DHS Insider: It is not true that migrant gang members are in danger if they were to be returned to their country of origin.
  • DHS Insider: “These are the people that are causing danger in those foreign countries. That’s why they’re on the Transnational Organized Crime [TOC] watchlist.  So, they are allowed to stay in the country while they wait for the asylum claims…They will be able to file for what is called the Employment Authorization Card. This essentially is a work permit, and they’re allowed to stay legally under the protections of this [permit].”
  • DHS Insider: “This to me is a bigger problem than terrorism is right now within the country…Every single one of these Transnational Criminal Organizations are involved in sex trafficking.”
  • DHS Insider: “Children are the most vulnerable population of any society. So, when you’re sending kids to a place with no family [accompanying them] – or when the only family or guardians [they have] are known gang members, they’re even more vulnerable.”
  • DHS Insider: “If I was to go to any other media organization [besides Project Veritas], like The Washington Post or CNN — they’re just mouthpieces for the administration…they won’t report the information.”

[WASHINGTON, D.C. – Aug. 24, 2021] Project Veritas released a new video today featuring a Department of Homeland Security [DHS] insider blowing the whistle on a federal government “loophole” that enables migrant gang members to get away with sex trafficking and other crimes.

The DHS insider sat down with Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe and explained how the current immigration system is broken.

“Once an [illegal immigrant] informs the U.S. government that they have some type of fear, or that their life is in jeopardy, or they’ll be persecuted, or they may be tortured, they are put in what’s called the ‘reasonable fear [category],’” the insider said.

“Once [a migrant gang member] makes the declaration of, ‘My life is in danger and I may be harmed if I return home,’ they’re taken off the [Transnational Organized Crime] watchlist. That makes it a giant loophole,” they said.

The whistleblower noted that migrant gang members, some of which are part of the infamously violent group MS-13, know how to evade deportation after being arrested by federal agents.

“Some of these [migrant gang members] are encountered by Border Patrol and they’re asked right away, ‘Do you fear for your life if you are deported?’ They’ll say no, and then the next day they’ll say yes,” the whistleblower said.

“It’s almost like they are coached, ‘Hey if you get caught, just go ahead and say this.’”  

The whistleblower said migrant gang members are lying when they claim their lives are in peril if they were to be sent back home — but the U.S. government affords them an opportunity to work legally within the country anyway. 

“These are the people that are causing danger in those foreign countries. That’s why they’re on the Transnational Organized Crime [TOC] watchlist. So, they are allowed to stay in the country while they wait for the asylum claims…They will be able to file for what is called the Employment Authorization Card. This essentially is a work permit, and they’re allowed to stay legally under the protections of this [permit].”

The whistleblower believes that the ongoing situation at the border is more severe than most Americans know it to be.

“This to me is a bigger problem than terrorism is right now within the country…Every single one of these Transnational Criminal Organizations are involved in sex trafficking,” the whistleblower said.

“Children are the most vulnerable population of any society. So, when you’re sending kids to a place with no family [accompanying them] – or when the only family or guardians [they have] are known gang members, they’re even more vulnerable.”

When O’Keefe asked the insider why they decided to come to Project Veritas to blow the whistle on this issue, the insider provided a passionate reply. 

“If I was to go to any other media organization, like The Washington Post or CNN — they’re just mouthpieces for the administration…they won’t report the information.”

Project Veritas encourages insiders from all facets of society, including those working within government and media, to send newsworthy tips securely via VeritasTips@protonmail.com

About Project Veritas

James O’Keefe established Project Veritas in 2010 as a non-profit journalism enterprise to continue his undercover reporting work. Today, Project Veritas investigates and exposes corruption, dishonesty, self-dealing, waste, fraud, and other misconduct in both public and private institutions to achieve a more ethical and transparent society and to engage in litigation to: protect, defend and expand human and civil rights secured by law, specifically First Amendment rights including promoting the free exchange of ideas in a digital world; combat and defeat censorship of any ideology; promote truthful reporting; and defend freedom of speech and association issues including the right to anonymity. O’Keefe serves as the CEO and Chairman of the Board so that he can continue to lead and teach his fellow journalists, as well as protect and nurture the Project Veritas culture

Project Veritas is a registered 501(c)3 organization. Project Veritas does not advocate specific resolutions to the issues raised through its investigations. Donate now to support our mission.

https://www.projectveritas.com/news/breaking-dhs-insider-blows-whistle-on-international-child-sex-trafficking/



Related

https://www.waynedupree.com/2021/06/fbi-agent-child-abuse/

Detective finds evidence of sex trafficking on OnlyFans: ‘Hiding behind that paywall’

By Nicole Alcindor, CP Contributor| Thursday, July 22, 2021

OnlyFans Panel Discussion
Detective Joseph Scaramucci (upper left) is joined by panelists Ron Eritano, Tim Palmbach and Linda Nealon for a discussion during the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation’s online summit on July 21, 2021. | Screenshot: Coalition to End Sex Trafficking

A detective and a panel of guest speakers at the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation’s online summit detailed Wednesday how the popular content subscription service platform OnlyFans, frequently used for pornographic purposes, fosters abuse and sex trafficking.

Detective Joseph Scaramucci from McLennan County Sheriff’s Office in Texas, known as one of the country’s most elite human trafficking investigators, shared with viewers how OnlyFans shows evidence of sex trafficking activity. He spoke about the signs that investigators look for when working to find evidence of sex trafficking.   

Scaramucci has been involved in both state and federal investigative work since 2004. He has participated in arresting over 460 sex buyers and has aided in the arrests of 149 individuals for human trafficking and related offenses, which led to the identification of 260 trafficking victims.   

“Targeting trafficking is going through and looking at the photographic visual indicators, being able to show the travel, and being able to get very strong indicators, whether it be financial transactions coupled with money movement,” he detailed. “And people in certain cities at certain times, [those] advertisements just happen to be posted at and then coupling that with are they advertising for OnlyFans as well.”

“… The beauty of OnlyFans is that many of them are hiding behind that paywall. … [They] are shooting video with their victims [on OnlyFans], and they are using that video to elevate themselves because that’s what [pimps] do … which is what drives me crazy about them.”

In several instances, Scaramucci said he has taken videos from OnlyFans and screen captures faces throughout the videos to build criminal cases against many. 

During the pandemic, OnlyFans has seen exponential growth. Last year, it claimed to have more than 30 million registered users and more than 450,000 creators. 

OnlyFans, headquartered in London, was launched in 2016 by British tech entrepreneur and investor Timothy Stokely, who has a background in the online adult world. 

Since the launch, OnlyFans has become a haven for online pornographic material.

“This platform is unquestionably facilitating child sex abuse material and human trafficking of adults and minors alike, … enabling sexual abuse and exploitation,” said Linda Nealon, the director of corporate and strategic initiatives for the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. 

“It’s critical that law enforcement, policymakers, service providers, parents and caregivers understand how this platform works and the many associated risks.” 

In October 2018, Ukrainian-American entrepreneur Leonid Radvinsky bought the majority stake in OnlyFans parent company, Fenix International Ltd. Radvinsky also has a history in the adult online world. He started a porn website called MyFreeCams through his holding company, Mfcxy, Inc. Radvinsky has other smaller pornography sites that he promotes.  

“As you can imagine, given both these gentlemen’s backgrounds, a large percentage of the content of OnlyFans is pornographic in nature, … at least 90% to our best estimate,” said Ron Eritano, representing the Normandy Group on behalf of Awareness is Prevention. “… The interesting thing about OnlyFans is it portrays itself as a much more mainstream website and platform due to connections with a number of celebrities, from Floyd Mayweather Jr., the boxer; to Cardi B, the entertainer. But make no mistake about it, OnlyFans is predominately and heavily an adult online pornographic website.” 

The OnlyFans layout, Eritano said, is much like that of Instagram and Facebook, with a homepage, options to grow subscribers or followers and a messaging feature. 

When using the platform as a subscriber, users must check off a box verifying they are over 18 and submit a credit card payment. However, the only method for creators to monitor age verification is when they request payment for video content they post. They must provide a selfie photo, which shows themselves in the picture and a government identification card. 

OnlyFans has partnered with at least three different organizations, which use an AI platform to work to verify whether or not users are the same person in their photo IDs, he said. 

The platform allows users to have an option to be a creator, a subscriber or both. When using OnlyFans, Eritano said, there is some free content made available. However, much content requires a fee to access, typically how hardcore pornography is made available.

OnlyFans differs from its predecessors in the online space because of its paywall, which can often create trouble for law enforcement and those trying to monitor what is happening on the platform. 

The price structure is constantly shifting because the prices per creator are changing based on demand. 

Eritano said it is difficult for law enforcement to monitor the website because the paywall is expensive and not easily searchable due to very few search mechanisms.

Greater responsibility is placed on the payment providers because they can police or influence OnlyFans and its interactions with its creators and the content they are posting.

One of the most common features of OnlyFans is the use of third parties in most videos and content posted. There is no age verification process in place for third parties. Age verification only takes place for the account in which the creator is sitting.

“This creates a huge loophole that continues to be utilized by many folks on OnlyFans today,” Eritano explained.

The other potentially dangerous factor about OnlyFans is its inner connectivity to other social media platforms through promotions. Those sites include Facebook, Twitter, Tiktok, Snapchat and Instagram. 

“Not only are they promoting OnlyFans, but they have recruiters actively recruiting folks to come make their millions, citing the few examples of folks who have made a lot of money, and encouraging a lot of folks, particularly young folks who are on a lot of those websites, to come on over to OnlyFans and have a similar experience,” Eritano added. 

“As you can imagine, that becomes pretty dangerous pretty quickly. Not only do they pay the recruiters on OnlyFans, the creators themselves are incentivized to add folks by getting a small payment in conjunction with anyone they add to the platform. OnlyFans continues to drive its membership based on those payment structures.”

OnlyFans receives a 20% cut of any content purchased on the site, and 80% of the money made from content purchased on the site stays with the creators. 

“Early on, some of these big celebrities jumped in, like Bella Thorn. And when they jumped in, she went a little towards the racy side and showed pictures that are maybe not allowed in some of the other sites. And all of a sudden, her subscribers would follow her and pay very substantial amounts of money,” added Tim Palmbach, the director of the University of New Haven Center For Forensic Investigations of Trafficking in Persons. 

“One of the problems with OnlyFans is not only is it just generally exploitative in nature, … there is layers of exploitation. … What it’s doing is grooming and finding our young, vulnerable children in the general social media, and convincing them to come on over … and then grooming them to do more and more sexually explicit, exploitive activity under a lie that they will make millions.”

Palmbach said some of the ways to stop the potential threat of OnlyFans is through banking, financing, working with law enforcement by reporting things that are witnessed and searching for potential dangers in other social media platforms.

https://www.christianpost.com/news/detective-finds-evidence-of-sex-trafficking-on-onlyfans.html


VIDEO Homeland Security arrests 82, rescues 31 during human trafficking operation

The youngest of those rescued in the operation was 4 years old

By Nicholas Sherman July 1, 2021

Arecent operation conducted by Homeland Security Investigations resulted in the rescue of 31 victims of human trafficking, including adults and children, and the arrests of 82 individuals.

The operation announced Tuesday took place June 17-26, 2021, in Wichita, Kansas; Independence, Missouri; and Kansas City, Missouri. Of the victims rescued, 14 were missing children, the youngest being 4 years old. The other 17 were adults, according to United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The 82 individuals who were arrested will be charged with crimes related to soliciting prostitution, commercial sex trafficking, narcotics and outstanding warrants. 

The operations was conducted between HSI officers and the local police departments.

https://justthenews.com/government/federal-agencies/homeland-security-nets-82-arrests-rescues-31-during-human-trafficking


VIDEO Demi-Leigh Tebow Shares Her Attempted Abduction Story in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

By Jesse T. Jackson -June 30, 2021

26-year-old Demi-Leigh Tebow, wife of Tim Tebow, shared an emotional video on the couple’s Tim Tebow Foundation’s Facebook page, recounting her attempted abduction that took place four years ago.

Demi-Leigh Tebow Shares Her Story

The video was posted for Tebow’s birthday campaign to raise awareness for human trafficking and $26,000 for Her Song, a non-profit organization that fights human trafficking and cares for trafficked survivors. In 2020, the Tim Tebow Foundation and Her Song aligned to fight human trafficking together across the globe.

“I never want to victimize myself. But I pray my story serves as a reminder of the countless individuals in need around the world. People who need someone to just step up. This is my story.”

Tebow explained that not long after she had been crowned Miss South Africa, she was sitting at a red traffic light in a South African city she does not name, dressed up for an event. Suddenly, five armed gunmen surrounded her vehicle. “I didn’t know exactly what they wanted from me,” she said. “But I knew it wasn’t good.”

Raising her hands to show the men they could take whatever they wanted, Tebow said in that moment she realized her material possessions were no longer important. She attempted to run from the gunmen, but one forced her back into the car. “Get in, you’re going with us!” she recounts the man shouting. Tebow said she knew in that moment her next actions were critical. She told her would-be abductor: “No. I’m not. I’m not going with you. I don’t care if you shoot me, if you kill me. But I’m not going with you.”

The 2017 Miss Universe pageant winner said she did “her best” to survive the encounter, punching the gunman as hard as should could in the throat. She then abandoned her vehicle and ran up the avenue in heels during “peak-hour traffic” with people and cars everywhere in broad daylight. Fearful she would be shot in the back, Tebow said she knocked on 30 to 40 car windows pleading for help. She said the worst part of her story isn’t that she was attacked, but that not one car stopped. “Not one person stopped to help.”

“I don’t know what was more terrifying — being attacked by these five armed men, or not getting any help,” Tebow said. Finally, a small, older car pulled over and a girl yelled for her to get in.

Tebow said, “If it wasn’t for that young girl, who was 19 years old at the time, I don’t know what would have happened…That courageous young woman risked her own safety to help me,” she explained. “I will forever be grateful to her.”

Tebow: Be the Person Who Leads Someone to Safety

Encouraging listeners to be as courageous as the girl who helped her, Tebow urged listeners to not be the person who “shoves someone away, who rolls up your car window when someone is begging you for help.” Tebow says, “Be that person who leans over, and opens up your car door, and lets that person in, and leads them to safety.”

“We need you. More importantly they need you.”

Tebow’s emotional story comes as part of her birthday campaign, which in less than a week has raised more than $200,000, well surpassing its original goal of $26,000. Tebow said in an Instagram video, “It seems so unreachable to impact 40.3 million lives that are trapped in human trafficking as we stand today. But what makes it worth it to me is knowing that even just one life is worth it and deserves us speaking up for them…fighting for them.”

The Tim Tebow Foundation has been waging war on human trafficking since 2013.

Watch Demi-Leigh Tebow’s story below:


Facebook, smashed, failed to protect against teen sex trafficking, court rules, paving the way for tech companies to be held liable when they’re used for criminal activity

By Staff Writer June 27, 2021

Facebook has suffered a major defeat Thanks to the Texas Supreme Court. They are being sued over facilitating a child sex ring and tried to get out of it by declaring they are protected by Section 230. But, they have no problem censoring conservatives but does that keep them so busy they can’t do anything about a site that runs a teen sex ring. This just goes to show you that you don’t mess with Texas.

They can appeal to the Supreme Court but I doubt they would even take the case, meaning that the Texas Supreme Court’s ruling stands. This could cost Facebook dearly. If they make a settlement or have a big judgement against them, it could embolden others to sue over various actions instituted by Facebook. I would like to see a successful lawsuit against Facebook for censoring conservatives.

Business Insider reported:

The Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday that Facebook can be held liable for sex traffickers that use its platform to recruit and prey on child victims.

As the Houston Chronicle reported, the ruling followed three local lawsuits involving teenage victims who had met their traffickers through Facebook’s messaging tools. The plaintiffs said Facebook was negligent and did not attempt to key sex trafficking off its technology.

Facebook has argued that it is shielded by the protections of Section 230 — part of an internet law that states online platforms are not liable for what people post on their services — and should therefore not be held responsible for what is posted on its platform.

But the Texas Supreme Court said Section 230 doesn’t mean Facebook can operate as a “lawless no-man’s-land,” as the Chronicle reported.

According to the Human Trafficking Institute’s 2020 Federal Human Trafficking Report, 65% of online sex trafficking took place on Facebook.

CBS News reported:

Data from the last two decades included in the human trafficking report showed that 30% of all victims identified in federal sex trafficking cases since 2000 were recruited online.

In 2020 in the U.S., 59% of online recruitment of identified victims in active cases took place on Facebook alone. The report also states that 65% of identified child sex trafficking victims recruited on social media were recruited through Facebook.

Twitter is also being sued for the same thing. A boy had his picture placed on Twitter and when he complained, Twitter told him the picture did not violate their standards. Another victim then joined the lawsuit. Hope it costs them a fortune.

VIDEO Joe Biden and a Trafficking Story

Madison Marquette was trafficked for over a decade to individuals including the current “president” of the US. She rescues trafficked children now, and this is a heartbreaking current tale of one rescue at the US/Mexico border. The past 100 days have been “hell on earth” at the border, and this is courtesy of the people currently running the country.

Grab some tissues, this one is hard.

Madyson also talks a little more about being trafficked to Joe Biden and George Soros in this next interview, and how she has gone after them in court.

There are a ton of people talking about military tribunals these days for the elite, but this woman is one of the only first hand eyewitness reports I’ve ever heard. She claims that she testified at over 100 military tribunals. I have no reason at this time to doubt her.

If you’ve not time to watch the first video, here are some critical notes, as the video transcript will not load at this time:

  • Children are trafficked both from the USA to Mexico, as well as Mexico to the USA.
  • They are a commodity, like drugs or guns, each child worth from 30-100K
  • All age ranges are trafficked, from infant to teenager
  • There are teams of extraction experts who are often called in to pull children out of areas where they are being held
  • Some of the extraction team are civilians, some federal marshals and some FBI
  • The very top levels of government, i.e. the White House have been recently telling the marshals and FBI to stand down and not participate in extracting trafficked children.
  • Some children are dead on arrival of the extraction team. Some have already been abused so badly that they die before they are returned to their families.

https://liftingthewool.wordpress.com/2021/06/01/joe-biden-and-a-trafficking-story/


Guatemalan President: Biden’s Messaging Encouraged Coyotes to Traffic Children


Biden: The President of Human Trafficking

Biden: The President of Human Trafficking

Drew Hernandez, investigative reporter, reveals the immoral human smuggling operation along the border.



Related

VIDEO Mike Pence and a Trafficking Story

Interrogation of James Clapper

UPDATED with Interrogation of James Clapper

Our Whistleblower (OW) has talked about Mike Pence and his association with the system a number of times. John Todd, another illuminati whistleblower, talked extensively about infiltration of Christian churches by the illuminati. Below is the story of a trafficking victim talking about his experiences that ties both of those whistleblowers stories together.

And here’s another trafficking victim discussing the above video.

The top video was part of a trafficking series originally published on Dr Charlie Ward’s Bitchute channel on May 5, 2021 and it includes these 3 videos:

https://liftingthewool.wordpress.com/2021/05/07/mike-pence-and-a-trafficking-story/


James Clapper Interrogation – 2



Related

If You Want To Know The Future Of America Peer Into The Looking-Glass Of Europe

By William D. Howard

When Notre Dame Cathedral burned in 2019, it was symbolic of a greater European -wide collapse of religious faith which had already taken place.  That great cathedral, like most of the others in Europe, had long since passed from being a vibrant community of active worshipers, to an architectural show piece attracting millions of tourists, taking millions of photographs.

  The process which has brought about the death of Judeo-Christian culture in Europe is now being replicated in America. If America wants to know its grim future, it only has to consult the facts of present day European society. 

    From the earliest days of American history, religion played an outsized role. Even during the 1700’s when it was intellectually fashionable for some of our leaders like Thomas Jefferson to scoff at supernaturalism and prefer deism to theism, they still held tightly to the moral and spiritual truths expressed in the Holy Bible.  They could do without belief in miracles in general but not the necessary miracle of a creator God who established an unchanging moral order.  French philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville, who had visited America in the 1800’s, took particular note of America’s highly religious national character as compared to European society. He knew the horrors which French society was plunged into as a result of extreme, anti-religious, sentiment. The history of the world is littered with failed revolutions that promised to remake their societies, in a better image. The American Revolution is among the few which have actually succeeded.

  The bad news is that we are now no longer on the same path. We have opted for the European model.

   The last sixty years of American history reveal that we have been on a new path. It is a path that leads away from freedom and individual responsibility. It is a path that mistakes vice for freedom and socialism for progress and because Europe began this journey before us, we can now see our future, In their present

  If we begin with a comparison of religious practice, the surveys of American society show a number between 37% and 22% for Americans who attend weekly services.

    The average of these numbers which is below 30% is the lowest in modern American history but if you are a person of faith in Europe, you would be celebrating this as the sign of a “Great Religious “revival. The average church attendance for the countries of Northern Europe is 4%. There are only three countries in Europe where more than 10% of young people attend religious services on a weekly basis.

What must be understood are the characteristics of this new post-Judeo-Christian Europe?  What does the sociological data tell us is happening there?  Sociologists, psychologists and historians, all agree on one point, the family unit is the basis of all societies. The present European family is in a state of crisis. As much as we lament America’s high divorce rate of 53%, Europe’s is higher, in some countries reaching 60% but worse than the high divorce rates are the high out of wedlock birth rates and the huge increase in single parent families. The, “Max Planck Society” published the following in 2016,

“The significance of marriage slowly started to decline as early as 1970, a process linked to the advance of secularization in many countries… By 1990, the share of unmarried births had already increased fourfold… In many parts of Northern and Western Europe, there are already more births out of wedlock than births within marriage.”

  Needless to say the same process is taking place in America .The difference is America’s religious attendance was much higher than Europe’s when the process started. We are moving in the same direction as Europe but at a slower pace.

  The fact that European societies are still relatively prosperous  and orderly in spite of these demographic changes is only a testament to what historian Will Durant called , “… living in the after- glow of one’s faith”. No society will collapse immediately, but already these changes are showing themselves in a variety of dark statistics.

  The crisis in the European family is rapidly becoming a mental health crisis.   

  The most recent large scale study of Europe, covering 514 million people found that mental illness had increased to 38%.

  Based upon World Health Organization statistics, Europeans commit more suicide than the people of any other region of the world.  Russia has the highest rate, followed by other Eastern European nations all of which were until recent years ruled by Communist governments which viewed religion as taboo. Following these Eastern European nations the most secular parts of Western and Northern Europe have the next highest rates of suicide. The more traditional and culturally conservative parts of Europe have the lowest rates of suicide.   Lagging behind Europe, America is making great strides to catch-up. The CDC reported in 2018 that America now has the highest rate of suicide in 50 years.   

  In Europe this is not just a problem of highly depressed people wanting to end their lives. There is a concerted effort on the part of medical professionals to assist others in doing so. Belgium now carries the label of the, “world’s euthanasia capital” and even allows suicide by lethal injection for children.  

Following the same guiding principle of utility, Europe is now number four on the list of continents which carry-out the most abortions. The fact that the primary victim of an abortion is an unborn child without a voice makes the problem easier to ignore. Much harder to ignore is the explosion in Human Trafficking taking place in Europe.

  The Department of Homeland Security has described the problem of Human Trafficking, as a “… modern day form of slavery… among the world’s fastest growing criminal industries.” BusinessLine, reported in 2019 that, “… children now account for 30 per cent of those being trafficked… Trafficking for sexual exploitation is the most prevalent form in European countries…”

  Three of the top ten areas for sex tourism are located in Europe and all the others are located in poor less developed regions of the world. In America the same thing is happening. Feminists, pro-homosexual rights advocates, cultural celebrities, are using terms like, “Pan sexual”, “gender fluidity” and “One Love” to begin the major re-education of American society.  Harvard professor Sarah Richardson a supporter of this task has described the necessary change in this way,

  “Young people will lead us in directions that we have never imagined… more and more young people are transcending gender norms… a more sophisticated view of gender seems to be everywhere we look…. Is expanding our ideas of identify and love.”

  Well the Europeans have both imagined and are realizing this “Brave New World” and the “New Morality” looks a lot like the “Old Immorality”. The imagined utopian welfare state of Europe is now being realized for what it is, a dystopian society where the soul of mankind dies and selfish appetites reign. In America we are faithfully re-tracing the European steps which include: The death of faith, the death of the family, and the de-humanization of mankind.

William D. Howard is a freelance writer who has been published in both secular and religious formats. He had a long career as an educator and has traveled in over 40 countries.


VIDEO Help Stop Human Trafficking

National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888
For immediate emergencies call 911

WHAT IS TRAFFICKING?

Human trafficking is a public health and safety issue that impacts individuals, families and communities around the world. Traffickers routinely target at-risk populations. Victims are often individuals who have experienced or been exposed to forms of violence, such as: child abuse, maltreatment, interpersonal violence, sexual assault, and community and gang violence, or individuals that lack a stable support system, such as: runaway and homeless youth, unaccompanied minors, and persons displaced during natural disasters. Below are the locations of human trafficking situations as reported by the National Human Trafficking Hotline and Polaris in the United States for 2019.

Human Trafficking map


In 2019, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) assisted with approximately 10,500 reports related to possible Child Sex Trafficking (CST). These reports came from every state and cases included both males and females. The average age of CST victims reported missing to NCMEC is only 15 years old. NCMEC also experienced a 98.66% increase in online enticement reports, a 63.31% increase in CyberTipline reports, and a 10.12% increase in calls into their hotline between January and September 2020 versus the same time period in 2019. With both kids and adults spending more time online due to school closures and social distancing measures, NCMEC is aware of instances where child predators are using the darknet to discuss this opportunity to entice children to produce sexually explicit material.

Human trafficking is a crime under federal and international law. It is also a crime in every state in the U.S. It is important to understand from the federal definition that anyone under the age of 18 who is induced to perform a commercial sex act is automatically a trafficking victim.

National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888
For immediate emergencies call 911

It’s Not Knowing the Signs – It’s Knowing the Story

Chances are there’s going to be nothing visible, nothing that you can see from across the room, or even from up close, that should alert you that a stranger is being trafficked. That may come as a surprise – especially if you have been to a training where you have been taught the ‘signs’ or indicators of trafficking, such as a person looking disheveled, upset or scared. But as we learn more about how trafficking really works, we are also learning that the best way to help is to pay attention to people you actually know or interact with – your students, your tenants, your children, your patients, your co-workers. It is all about two magic words: Context and proximity.

Vulnerabilities and Recruitment

Who is most vulnerable? “It can happen to anyone,” and “it’s happening in your backyard,” are common in the anti human trafficking field. But it’s more complicated than that. Learn more about vulnerabilities and how traffickers lure people in.LEARN MORE

Recognizing Labor Trafficking

Keeping victims isolated – sometimes physically, sometimes emotionally – is a key method of control in most labor trafficking situations.LEARN MORE

Recognizing Sex Trafficking

Anyone selling sex who is under 18 is legally a trafficking victim. There are a number of racial myths and stereotypes associated with sex trafficking.LEARN MORE

What Are You Seeing?

Context is key to being able to help understand if what you are seeing is sex or labor trafficking – or something else entirely. People who work in certain industries, for example, may be more likely to spot signs of trafficking that are specific to the way that industry operates. Below are resources specific to either the type of trafficking or to how trafficking situations may intersect with certain kinds of systems and industries.  The U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline does not report to law enforcement in situations involving adults without permission from the person contacting the Trafficking Hotline.

Healthcare

  READ ABOUT HEALTHCARE

Hotels & Motels

  READ ABOUT HOTELS & MOTELS

Trucking

  READ ABOUT TRUCKING

Nannies, House Cleaners, Home Health Aides

  READ ABOUT NANNIES, HOUSE CLEANERS, HOME HEALTH AIDES

Familial Trafficking

  READ ABOUT FAMILIAL TRAFFICKING

Recognizing Human Trafficking


Unchained: The Scourge of Human Trafficking – Narrated by David Strathairn – Full Episode


The Least of These: Save the Children (Rescue)


WE HAVE IT ALL, Children Don’t Just Disappear