Today’s episode may be disturbing for some listeners. My guest is Garry McIntosh from Operation Underground Railroad (OUR). We discuss a dark topic that most people want to avoid thinking about—the horrors of sex trafficking in the United States and around the world. Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the history of the world, surpassing the gun trade and closing in on the drug trade.
Operation Underground Railroad exists to rescue and rehabilitate children from sex trafficking. Garry and I discuss why this criminal behavior is so prevalent, and why it’s growing so quickly. As someone who is fairly new to this topic, I was surprised by these horrible statistics:
- An estimated 30 to 40 million people are in slavery around the world right now; a quarter of these are children
- 2 million of those children are sold for sex; the others are sold for forced labor, organ harvesting, and child sacrifice
- The US has the highest demand for child pornography out of any other country in the world
- 85% of trafficking cases start online with fake relationships or fake job opportunities
- Traffickers use encrypted messaging apps to prey on vulnerable teens and people who don’t understand they’re being manipulated or coerced.
OUR partners with law enforcement, sets up sting operations, and facilitates the arrest of individuals who are harming children, trafficking them, and exploiting them. Once the children are liberated, they’re put into Aftercare, where they begin their journey of healing from the trauma and darkness of sex trafficking. How OUR is able to rescue and rehabilitate survivors of sex trafficking is nothing short of amazing.
Links & Resources
Connect with Garry & Operation Underground Railroad:
- Website – https://ourrescue.org
- Facebook – @ourrescue
- Instagram – @ourrescue
- Twitter – @ourrescue
- LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/garry-mcintosh-abolitionist/
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