Chilling account of child slavery in the US
Rob Morris on ending child sex slavery and exploitation
- Duration 6:52
- Date Mar 14, 2012
Rob Morris on ending child sex slavery and exploitation
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What later this is subject that I knew nothing about and that is.
Child slavery the traffic.
The trafficking of men women and children into the United States on an annual basis.
A group called love won 46 that is working and child's sex slavery and exploitation in here now.
Is the president and co-founder rob -- rob thanks very much giving this stats of how many -- traffic per year into the US.
As far as men women and children it's just yet -- Summers between 1410171000.
People where did you come into the assets from all over.
Although who's trafficking.
People who want to make a lot of money as I think people sometimes mistake.
Traffickers -- people who hate children -- who hate people these are people that are just thinking about making money and the sale of human beings generates a lot of money.
So this is it's gotta be without any people an elaborate.
And what happens to these people once their traffic into the United States.
Yeah I mean that you would it what it looks like -- -- the certainties there week's deal specifically with children so you end up in.
Brothels -- you'll end up in situations of forced labor.
There's a lot of different scenarios.
Came within the 41 48 hours of being on the street.
One and three children are forced into were lured into prosperity this issue.
Little girls these lawyers are vulnerable kids so you're talking about runaways.
Is that the trafficking of children involves vulnerability the core issues vulnerability in some places in the world.
That vulnerability is created by poverty.
Sometimes by natural disaster for instance he he.
The first people on the scene in Haiti were not aid workers they were traffickers taking advantage of a lot of vulnerable.
Children armed conflict areas of conflict you're gonna have vulnerability.
So in the United States -- that looks like is runaways or what some people call throw away.
Teams and so there's a there's a vulnerability that grown women are are.
Well which it we're talking about children here this is -- right because we were kids -- the statue cider were women and sure absolutely so women.
More are forced to do what it's a it's a form of modern day slavery whether it's prostitution.
Whether it's forced labor.
It's it's -- human trafficking oftentimes and as a fancy word.
For modern day slavery in terms of our government.
Are are they aware of this who's on the front lines to stop it absolutely is it immigration to cut yeah I think it immigration.
That the government is doing a lot more than what we were doing and I think that's act as awareness is created.
More and more people are our understanding what it looks like and what to do about it so yeah I think I think there are some good things happening -- group is called love won 46 what does that stand for.
So -- Back about ten years ago myself -- a few friends we first heard about the issue of child trafficking.
Come and start to educate ourselves on the issue and honestly I was a bit stunned when I started to look at I'm thinking way.
I was given the impression that slavery ended with what we call the emancipation proclamation and and and the reality is that man there are a lot of kids.
Enslaved and so what it in that process of educating ourselves we were in but we.
We connected with another organization made up of criminal investigators that go in undercover.
-- -- undercover operations and in this regard and and they invited us to see one of their operating -- to see firsthand what was going on and this is back in 2002.
We went over to southeast Asia.
Connected with these criminal investigators other organization they give us -- brief training on how to go in posing as customers -- -- and posing as customers.
Undercover surveillance equipment on gathering evidence in these places they then present that evidence to local law enforcement.
Actually having to do a separate investigation of local law enforcement to find.
Those that are not corrupt those that are actually -- in favor of getting these kids out of the situation so there's several levels investigation.
I will never forget that night we walked into this -- first of all having to pretend to be.
The very thing that everything in me is completely and utterly repulsed by we walked into this room look -- -- glass windows and -- kids girls.
In matching red dresses having even the dignity given name stripped from them they just had numbers and -- -- addresses.
And we were in a room shoulder to shoulder with what could only be described as predators -- -- purchasing these kids for sacks.
And I remember -- -- -- to see it on members know they just purchased they did this so you have the brothel workers that are going to say no number so and so can do this this is her specialty or whatever.
And -- before we went in this investigator said whatever you do make sure you hold it together if you feel like you're not going to be able hold it together emotionally.
Don't go -- we cannot risk -- see -- dead give away exactly cover.
And so you know I'm -- myself standing in this room looking at this and I was just -- everything in me was wanting to smash this glass get these kids out of there.
Trying to figure out how many of these guys in this room we could take out.
And I think that so stunned me Gregg was the looks in the eyes of these kids.
I have six kids of my own and one of the few things I've learned about kids is that if there should be anybody on the planet that has a light on in their -- life there.
A sparkle kitchen it was god these kids were like robots staring at children's cartoons and these television sets.
Except for one girl my guess is that she was new to the brothel.
Because that life had not been taken from her yet they're still fighting her eyes.
-- never forgets that face -- get those -- never forget her number number was 146.
And so when we were actually renamed our organization to remember her.
Because I think when we talk about the stats when you bring up statistics.
I think at times we can and that dehumanizing people when we just -- numbers and stats all the time.
But we forget we're talking about somebody's daughter here we're talking about somebody's side it's not just something that happens two girls and so.
Let -- stolen off the street or were they actually given away by their parents for money why all of the about it depends desperation of poverty there are kidnappings that take place but oftentimes there is a desperation.
Factor there is coercion that happens there's fraud traffickers can come into -- community and rural village and the trick then where you land in the United States and Mason every movie that's got to be pockets where they're more harshly ports where we're easy entrance and suvs.
Give -- New York mean any any place on a coast where you can get into the country.
But even that you see pockets just popping up all the time.
Listen I think what you're doing is -- -- -- organization is called love won 46.
How can folks.
Do more what what what your website so they go to its loved 146 dot pork.