Human Trafficking & Simple Economics
Supply and demand, in economics, according to Britannica.com, is the relationship between the quantity of a commodity that producers wish to sell at various prices and the quantity that consumers with to buy. The resulting price is referred to as the equilibrium price and represents an agreement between producers and consumers of the good.
They go on to define Market Demand as the total amount of goods and services that all consumers are willing and able to purchase at a specific price in a marketplace. In other words, it represents how much consumers can and will buy from suppliers at a given price level in a market.
Ever hear of the Beanie Baby? Troll dolls? Cabbage Patch Kids? Tickle Me Elmo? Easy Bake Oven? Pokemon Cards? And so on….
These were fads.
When the demand for them disappeared they were no longer for sale.
I am not discussing Labor Trafficking, just Sex Trafficking. And I’m not going to breakdown genders either. We are simply going to talk numbers.
A $32 billion-a-year industry, human trafficking is on the rise and is in all 50 states. 4.5 million of trafficked persons are sexually exploited. Up to 300,000 Americans under18 are lured into the commercial sex trade every year. Ark of Hope
These are tax free dollars; of course. And these are estimates. One thing that’s for sure, Human Trafficking is the fastest growing crime in the world.
Human Trafficking as a criminal enterprise is a fast easy way for traffickers to make money. You take your product hand it over to a buyer after he pays. If the goods are damaged they will heal. Then you simply repeat. It doesn’t work like this for guns and drugs. A gun or drug sold must be replaced with another gun and more drugs. Bodies can be sold repeatedly day in day out.
If this making you sick, good. It should.
Let's face it, if there are no buyers there is no market.
Here are some ideas an options for educating yourself and others as well as finding ways to protect kids. Shared Hope Ambassadors voluntarily train and educate children, parents, and groups to help with prevention and to build awareness.
Shared Hope International offers the Defenders program. Men pledge that they will not buy sex.
Covenant Eyes offers help for men and women addicted to pornography.
Shared Hope International also offers training for first responders, doctors, nurses, schools, etc. They have a new training on Internet Safety. It’s a must see.
We’re not going to get this done without people becoming aware and by holding everyone accountable. Buyers willfully buy a life with the sole intent of pleasing themselves. They are often buying children or adults who have been forced into the life.
In closing, knowledge rules the day. Become aware and take action.
Let’s eliminate demand. No buyer. No buying. No business.