(Tea Party 247) – Human trafficking is a modern-day slavery epidemic. Women, children, and society’s vulnerable are being bought and sold all around the world, right in plain sight. As big as the problem is you’d think it would be a major story on every news outlet in America. Of course, this isn’t the case and we have to wonder why. Perhaps because the mainstream media outlets are more concerned with protecting the wealthy elites, which include some in the media, than they are about protecting the innocent victims of human trafficking.
We have yet another clue into why the mainstream media is so silent on the matter of human sex trafficking. Turns out the majority of victims and traffickers end up in Orange County, California, home to many of the nation’s wealthy and powerful elites.
The Epoch Times reports:
Orange County, Calif., which boasts a median household income of $86,000, is often viewed as a relatively safe, wealthy, and conservative region. Most people do not do not equate the area with human trafficking. However, researchers reveal the county to be a destination spot for traffickers.
The official Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF), set up to fight real time sex and labor slavery in the county, released their latest victim report in 2019. Approximately 80 percent of both victims and traffickers in Orange County travel to the area from other parts of the region, the state, and the entire nation.
“This is due in part to Orange County’s tourist attractions, sports venues, beach cities and affluent population,” states the report (pdf).
“Traffickers bring their victims expecting to have an abundance of customers and higher profits.”
There were 415 human trafficking victims rescued in the county in the past two years, compared to 509 in 2015-2016 and 371 in 2013-2014. According to the OCHTTF report, a full 73 percent were new victims in 2017 or 2018. Of that total, 87 percent were trafficked in the sex trade while 12 percent were in forced labor.
That is unbelievable. Over the course of the last two years 415 human trafficking victims were rescued in Orange County alone. Imagine how many more there are who are not fortunate enough to be rescued. Underneath the beautiful beaches, sports venues, and the wealth is a dark and nightmarish reality; Orange County is the human trafficking capital of the world.
Kelly Galindo, a professor of film and media arts at Chapman University’s Dodge College, directed an upcoming documentary series on sex trafficking called “26 Seconds.” She visited and filmed sex slave survivors around the globe, including in Thailand, Iraq, Cambodia, India, East Africa, Mexico, and the United States.
“It may sound strange, but of all the places I have visited, I have been most afraid right here in Orange County — tough pimps and lots of guns,” Galindo said.
The title “26 seconds” refers to the UN statistic that a child is trafficked somewhere in the world every 26 seconds. What a heartbreaking thought. In each episode of the series, she goes into a different “survivor’s experience and point of view in a particular country.”
According to Galindo, even though it seems as though efforts to stop human trafficking are being ramped up by various law enforcement agencies, it is hard to make an impact because of how easy it is to traffic humans nowadays, “We live in this amazing, yet horrifying online world in which one can be anywhere and order up women and children like pizza,” she said. “They are delivered to [a] home or hotel. The saturation level is at a whole new increasing intensity.”
Human trafficking will continue on until the media finds some integrity and is willing to call out the powerful elites.