The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the American way of life in many ways. We’ve lost friends and loved ones, unemployment has caused undue financial strains, grocery prices are rising, and the availability of certain items we once took for granted are no longer filling shelves.
As a result, some citizens have faced disparaging circumstances. Also, as a result, there is always a dark element that will extend their sharpened claws in every effort to take advantage of those in despair. They will lure in their prey with false promises of hope when they become just vulnerable enough to be ripe for the picking.
Unfortunately, human trafficking has seen an uptick in recent times. Particularly, child trafficking. The demons from hell have been quite active in their searches for new victims, and also, unfortunately, many of them have found untold success.
At the U.S.-Mexico border near Texas, authorities located a missing girl who may have been a child/sex trafficking victim. The girl was found in the back of a tractor-trailer.
The girl was from Odessa, Texas, and had been previously reported as missing. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents based out of Laredo, Texas, discovered the missing girl at a checkpoint. The agency said, “Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents continue to be diligent every day in protecting the safety of our citizens and preventing potential tragedy.”
Another such incident recently occurred in Texas when a woman claimed to have jumped from the back of an 18-wheeler to escape her kidnappers. The woman, who is from Cisco, Texas, said three men abducted her and took her to El Paso.
Police in Cisco responded to the report by stating that a “second female that was in the truck is safe and accounted for. The alleged victim that jumped from the truck is safe.”
Texas, because it borders Mexico, is a hotbed of activity for kidnappers. Just in the past year, Texas has reported over 1,000 human trafficking cases, with at least 900 of them involving female captives. This is according to the Human Trafficking Hotline.
But Texas is by no means the only state to experience such tragedy. Very recently, U.S. Marshals in Georgia managed to locate 39 missing children over a two-week operation.
A press release from the marshals stated, “These missing children were considered to be some of the most at-risk and challenging recovery cases in the area, based on indications of high-risk factors such as victimization of child sex trafficking, child exploitation, sexual abuse, physical abuse, and medical or mental health conditions.”
As previously stated, these scums of the earth prey upon the vulnerable. The easier it is to lure them in, the better for them, and the less chance of getting caught.
Donald Washington, Director of the U.S. Marshals, “The message to missing children and their families is that we will never stop looking for you.” He went on to state how this is a mission he wishes they didn’t have to have.
Washington continued with, “As successful as this operation was there is a harsh reality here–the harsh reality is, ‘gee, why are we doing this in the first place? Why do we have missing, endangered children? The stats are that every 40 seconds, there is a child abducted in the United States.”
EVERY 40 SECONDS! Let that sink in. So while the U.S. Marshals in Georgia, and the border patrol agents in Texas, are to be highly commended for the great job they are doing, it’s an endless task. And the longer the pandemic goes on, and the more destitute and vulnerable people become, the harder their job will become.
The National Human Trafficking Hotline is (888) 373-7888. Anyone who possesses any information that may help stop this atrocious activity is encouraged to call the number without hesitation. No lead is too small, and it just may lead to the recovery of more innocent victims.