Human Trafficking Arrests Are Up. Now, It’s Time for Disclosure.

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By Dannielle Blumenthal, PhD

People are impatient for the arrests to begin but they may not realize just how much is underway. Specifically, an analysis of the running list of human trafficking-related arrests at Qmap.pub/kids revealed that arrests have jumped 234% in slightly more than a year and a half.

That’s significant.

The anonymous Patriots at Qmap (so named because the site focuses on what #QAnon is telling us about current events) have been collecting headlines about human trafficking related arrests beginning on the day President Trump was inaugurated and continuing through the present. The purpose of this post is to highlight the progress that has been made thus far.

Before we do that, let’s consider briefly how the data is limited:

  • It does not go back in time to compare the current level and quality of arrests with prior years. A number of efforts within the Federal government to combat human trafficking date as far back as 2000.
  • We don’t have the criteria used to determine which arrests were worth including.
  • All arrests count as one unit, but it would be preferable to weight them such that nationwide stings; high-number arrests; child sex trafficking arrests/child pornography arrests; and arrests of authorities get a heavier weighting.

 

All that said, it seems that the trajectory is extremely positive.

  • We are only three-fourths of the way into 2018, and if the current trend continues, the number of arrests is likely to go up significantly by year’s end.
  • In April 2018, after a legal war that took many years, against deep-pocketed entities, the online classified ad space/sex market known as Backpage.com was finally shut down by the U.S. government.

 

Nevertheless, despite these successes, human trafficking remains a horrific crime, deadly and exploding, bringing in an estimated $32 billion per year in revenue worldwide — more than illegal drugs. The plague affects somewhere between 600–800,000 people per year that we know of, 70% of whom are female, 50% of whom are minors. The vast majority, 4 out of 5, are raped over and over and over again as they are victims of sex trafficking.

Screenshot Source: University of San Diego

Already by 2011, Yiota G. Souras, General Counsel and Vice President at The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, testified before Congress that the past 5 years alone had seen “an 846% increase in reports of suspected child sex trafficking to the CyberTipline.”

The NCMEC also estimates that 1 in 7 runaways are probably child sex trafficking victims, and the vast majority of those — 88% — disappeared from foster care, not from home.

Screenshot source: NCMEC

Clearly, a lot more needs to be done; many suspect that “fox is guarding the henhouse,” and that real progress will begin when we uncover the corruption that gives us token progress, but not a full and complete stop to this global disease.

To that end, while victim restitution efforts are laudable, they don’t dismantle the infrastructure that enables child sex trafficking to continue.

Part of this will entail using the best tools we have to deter and disrupt criminals. Right now, in Montana, CIA-trained analysts are using their skills to do just that.

But there is another tactic we have to make use of, and one that people in power tend to avoid because it creates such “messy” situations. This is, of course, the part where we name names: the part where the full force and weight of law enforcement is employed to disclose to us “the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth” about just how it is that America’s children — along with the precious children of other Nations, all over the world — have somehow become the world’s most lucrative cash crop.

Copyright by Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal. All opinions are the author’s own. The author hereby releases this content into the public domain.

This article (Human Trafficking Arrests Are Up. Now, It’s Time for Disclosure.) was originally published on Medium and syndicated by The Event Chronicle

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