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Gloucester Township Police Call Attention to Human Trafficking

The goal is to raise awareness of the modern day slavery associated with human trafficking.

Camden County College in Blackwood will host a program on Jan. 22 on human trafficking.
Camden County College in Blackwood will host a program on Jan. 22 on human trafficking.

Gloucester Township police marked Human Trafficking Awareness Day over the weekend and are also publicizing an event next week on the issue at the Blackwood campus of Camden County College.

The goal is to raise awareness of the modern day slavery associated with human trafficking.

"Human trafficking is a borderless crime against individuals that violates the most basic human rights and deprives victims of every shred of personal freedom," police said. 

Camden County College will host a Human Trafficking Community Awareness Event on Jan. 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Dennis Flyer Theater on its campus in the Blackwood section of Gloucester Township.

The United Nations’ International Labor Organization has estimated 12.3 million adult and children worldwide are currently in forced labor, bonded labor, or forced prostitution. Approximately 80% of the victims are women and girls and 50% are younger than age 18. 

Human trafficking is not just an international problem.

  • Human trafficking generates $9.5 billion yearly in the United States. (United Nations)
  • Approximately300,000 children are at risk of being prostituted in the United States. (U.S. Department of Justice)
  • The average age of entry into prostitution for a child victim in the United States is13-14 years old. (U.S. Department of Justice)
  • A pimp can make$150,000-$200,000 per child each year and the average pimp has 4 to 6 girls. (U.S. Justice Department, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
  • The average victim may be forced to have sex up to 20-48 times a day. (Polaris Project)
  • Department Of Justice has identified the top twenty human trafficking jurisdictions in the country:” Houston• El Paso• Los Angeles• Atlanta• Chicago• Charlotte• Miami• Las Vegas• New York• Long Island• New Orleans• Washington, D.C.• Philadelphia• Phoenix• Richmond• San Diego• San Francisco• St Louis• Seattle• Tampa (Department of Justice)
  • One in three runaway teens on the street will be lured toward prostitution within 48 hours of leaving home.(National Runaway Hotline)
EaglesFan856 January 14, 2014 at 05:41 PM
John, this article is making people aware of this serious issue. You may want to read it again since it has nothing to do with what you want to joke about. I agree with some of the issues that you mention about our tax money, but this article has nothing to do with any of that.
Bob Kola January 14, 2014 at 07:08 PM
Since the Gloucester Township Police Department only issued a press release calling attention to Human Trafficking Day and promoting a 2-hour event at a public community college, I would think that the costs for the police department would be virtually nil, and the cost for the college would be less than some of the events that are held there. A quick Google search turned up an article on SouthJersey.com from 2008 that reported a teenage girl was being held at at motel in Absecon. The girl said her captors used a stun gun to keep her there and forced her into prostitution. This is just not a problem else where in the world, it can happen here. Raising awareness of this problem seems to me to be money well spent.
Lisa Nuzzo January 14, 2014 at 10:40 PM
It certainly needs to be addressed, in every town, everywhere. It's a sick practice that needs to be stopped!
Frank Garriel January 30, 2014 at 03:18 PM
So pimps make between $600,000 and $1.2M a year? I find this hard to believe.
Frank Garriel January 30, 2014 at 03:23 PM
Assuming that the pimp keeps 100% of the money, that's $411 per day, per prostitute, minimum. More realistically, the prostitute would keep some share and the pimp probably has to pay certain people off as well. That's a lot of hustling.

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