Prudential Security Teams Up With Vista Maria to Fight Human Trafficking
Vista Maria is an organization that delivers innovative care, support, treatment and education to vulnerable youth so that they heal, believe in their worth, and build the skills needed to succeed. Their vision is to ensure that vulnerable youth and families are supported, prepared and equipped to achieve lifelong success.
One facet of their activities is fighting Human Trafficking.
With 100,000 children estimated to be in the sex trade industry in the United States, human trafficking generates billions of dollars. The average age of a victim is 12-14 years old.
Human Trafficking is a form of modern day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others. The U.S. federal anti-trafficking law, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 defines human trafficking as:
The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for sex trafficking, in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person is induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age; or, labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.
Perpetrators prey on the weak including teens that have dropped out of school, are in the foster care system or have run away from home. Human trafficking is a highly profitable and low risk crime. Traffickers target anyone, including children in their own communities. In Michigan, most times the victim is:
- A girl or a young woman
- Seen as commodities, as easy to recruit
- Cheap to maintain and readily replaceable
Prudential Security employees and staff will be helping to support the 1st Annual Charity Bowling Event to benefit Vista Maria, which will raise funds to StrikeOut Human Trafficking. Human Trafficking is widespread throughout the United States, including Michigan. It is the second largest criminal industry in the world after drug dealing and the fastest growing. Vista Maria is the only licensed and contracted human trafficking treatment program for girls in the state. Our Wings Program helps rescue and restore the lives of victims of human trafficking.
For more details, please visit this link: https://www.vistamaria.org/vm-event/strikeouthumantrafficking/