Made in the U.S.A.: The Sex Trafficking of America’s Children, A Book Review

Posted: February 9, 2016 in Book Review
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Made in the U.S.A.: The Sex Trafficking of America’s Children
By: Alisa Jordheim

 

How are America’s children falling victim to human traffickers? Made in the U.S.A.: the Sex Trafficking of America’s Children by Alisa Jordheim provides a sneak peek into the minds of five children trafficked on American soil.

 

This book is heavily recommended for all U.S. parents. We need to educate ourselves as parents, caregivers, and as a community about the causes and vulnerabilities that make our children susceptible to trafficking.

 

If we don’t understand our children, a trafficker will.

 

What Is Sex Trafficking?

 

The book delves into the world of sex trafficking in the U.S. Do you know how sex trafficking ties into human trafficking?

 

“Sex trafficking is a form of human trafficking,” according to Polaris Project.

“Sex traffickers use…

  • Violence
  • Threats
  • Lies
  • Debt bondage
  • Other forms of coercion to compel adults and children to engage in commercial sex acts against their will.

 

Under U.S. federal law, any minor under the age of eighteen years induced into commercial sex is a victim of human trafficking—regardless of whether the trafficker used force, fraud, or coercion.”

 

“While any child can become a victim, there are several prevailing factors that make a child particularly vulnerable to commercial sexual exploitation,” according to Made in the U.S.A.: the Sex Trafficking of America’s Children.

Those factors are…

  • Runaway tendencies
  • Homelessness
  • Poverty
  • Limited education
  • History of sexual abuse
  • A parent or family member involved in prostitution
  • Gender bias
  • Sexual orientation discrimination
  • Mental disabilities

 

 

Sex Trafficking Through the Eyes of Five Children

 

Tiana’s Story

 

When her grandmother passed away, Tiana became homeless. Her mother was unable to care for Tiana, so Tiana sought the help of her high-school friend Alexis.

Alexis, who was living with a man in a Motel 6, took Tiana in for a couple of weeks. Alexis then decided to introduce Tiana to Chris a cocaine drug user, saying they could stay with him and his friends for a bit. On her first day there, Tiana felt pressured by her friend to try cocaine for the first time.

The next day, Tiana, wanting to leave Chris’ place but was afraid of Chris and his friends and had no place else to go, summoned up the courage to try to leave but Chris and his friends grabbed her bag trying to prevent her. She tossed the bag at them and took off running down the street. She made it all the way to a gas station two blocks away before she slowed down and realized everything she owned was in that bag.

In Made in the U.S.A.: the Sex Trafficking of America’s Children, you’ll get the details about how Tiana felt she was out of options and took a job recommended by her friend Alexis, to “dance” in Atlanta and became one of Marcus’ girls.

 

Kate’s Story

 

Seven-year-old Kate was excited to be spending the summer with her grandma, aunt, cousin, and her aunt’s new husband, George. Everyone liked George. He was fun, nice, and hardworking, and he never yelled.

After falling asleep on the living room floor watching movies, Kate was awoken by someone caressing her. It was Uncle George.

Frightened, Kate said she had to use the bathroom. Uncle George followed her into the bathroom and locked the door. That was the first time he molested her.

In Made in the U.S.A.: the Sex Trafficking of America’s Children, you’ll learn how Kate was trafficked by her own family.

 

Rich’s Story

 

Five-year-old Rich didn’t understand why his father was so verbally and physically abusive toward him.

When Rich’s mom was admitted to the hospital again due to a tumor on her back, Rich’s dad sent him to live with an aunt and uncle who both began molesting him shortly after he arrived.

In Made in the U.S.A.: the Sex Trafficking of America’s Children, read more of Rich’s story of drugs, depression, and survival sex.

 

Samantha’s Story

 

Samantha and her friend Karen, both in junior high, were excited to be tagging along with Karen’s older brothers to a local party full of high-school students. They all knew drugs would be there…all kinds of drugs.

After a little mingling among the party-goers, Samantha and Karen cozied up to a college-aged guy with bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. He offered them pot and both gladly accepted.

That’s the last thing Samantha remembered about the party.

In Made in the U.S.A.: the Sex Trafficking of America’s Children, learn about how traffickers emotionally control their victims, so much so that Samantha returned to the “life”– after being rescued.

 

Deidra’s Story

 

Deidra and Aaron knew each other from a special-ed class at school. Aaron was interested in community service and was from a devout Mormon family. He even had dinner with Deidra and her family once. So why would her parents need to be concerned when, after spending a couple hours playing video games at Deidra’s house, Aaron suggested they “go to Target and get a Coke”?

During their trip to Target, Aaron spent an unusual amount of time texting and checking his phone, which made Deidra uncomfortable since he seemed to be ignoring her.

After making their purchases, they waited for more than ten minutes in Aaron’s parked car, silently.

Suddenly, a Jeep and a Hummer drove up. Several teens piled out of the vehicles. Deidra recognized a few of them. They invited Aaron and Deidra to a party. Deidra decided she wanted to go, but Aaron decided he did not.

The kids whisked Deidra into the Hummer.

In Made in the U.S.A.: the Sex Trafficking of America’s Children, follow Deidra as she is kidnapped and forced to prostitute herself and Deidra’s family as they never stop searching for her

 

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Made in the U.S.A.: the Sex Trafficking of America’s Children is a valuable resource and an educational tool with which to arm yourself and protect your children.

 

Author Alisa Jordheim includes several resources in her book for parents, who after reading these children’s stories are compelled to get involved to protect America’s children.

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