Males also face the reality of being trafficked, yet they are vastly underrepresented by the news stories and dramatization of human trafficking in books and movies. For too long, men and boys have been the silent victims of trafficking. Fortunately, their voices are no longer falling on deaf ears. More stories than ever before are surfacing to shed light on this issue, which is gaining greater recognition amongst law enforcement and social work communities. Even so, there is not nearly enough public awareness of the vulnerability that males face for this very real threat. But trafficking extends beyond that of subservient female sex slaves and illegal prostitution rings.
Males- The Silent Victims of Human Trafficking
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AP — Like many victims of a Connecticut sex trafficking ring that preyed on troubled young men and teenage boys for more than 20 years, Samuel Marino never told his family or police about being coerced into sexual relations with much older men. Marino ended up carjacking vehicles from two different women in and leading police on a chase that left him dead at just 26 years old. The pain of not being able to help my son Sam when he was going through this is insurmountable. Police said they identified at least 15 victims of the Connecticut trafficking ring but believe there could be dozens more. The operation appeared to date to the s and was discovered only after a state probation officer reported it to authorities in January , police said. One of the victims had told the probation officer about being trafficked, officials said.
More and more, young boys are being preyed upon and exploited in the sex trade, and advocates are beginning to take notice. Geoff Rogers and Kevin Malone at their Florida-based home for boys who have been sex trafficked. Fox News. Making matter worse, services to help these young men escape a life of trafficking are virtually nonexistent. But according to a study commissioned by the U.
Human trafficking is complex and dynamic. It is widespread but exact numbers are hard to come by. It follows patterns, but every situation is also unique. There is so much more to learn, and so much misinformation already out there.