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.

Fallen: Out of the Sex Industry and Into the Arms of the Savior
By: Annie Lobert

“A beating is all it took. An hour of fury unleashed, blood splattering onto the sparkling white floor while my boyfriend-turned-pimp smashed my head repeatedly into the kitchen cabinets.” page ix

So begins sex trafficking survivor Annie Lobert’s memoir, Fallen: Out of the Sex Industry and Into the Arms of the Savior. Now known as the founder of the Hookers for Jesus ministry, Lobert’s journey began as a child who was sexually assaulted and emotionally neglected and abused.

Through Annie’s story, you gain a perspective of what prostitution may look like for many women around the world. Though difficult to read at times, her memoir gives a unique perspective of what often happens behind closed doors in the sex trade.

My life was now a blank slate. I wanted to be somebody. I wanted power, not to be squashed as a helpless victim.” (p. 16)

After graduating from high school, she set out to make her mark on the world. Lured by money and revenge, she swallowed feelings of uneasiness and traveled to Hawaii to visit a friend who encouraged her to sell her body for money. After later moving to Las Vegas, she began working as a high-end professional escort and created the persona “Fallen,” a persona that allowed her to continue to hide her true emotions and turn a blind eye to the dangerous lifestyle she had become addicted to.

“The next day Kimmie accompanied me to the escort service, the agency that would send me on my calls almost every day for the next five years.” (p. 56)

A near-death experience and a miracle within her heart caused Annie to leave the life of drugs and prostitution and to found Hookers for Jesus, a ministry for prostitutes and sex trafficking victims. She became a born-again Christian, leaving the world of prostitution behind to minister to others about Jesus.

It was easy to spot the working girls. I had been one of them, after all. I knew the coy, confident looks, the trips up and down elevators. This was my town. I had once run the streets as one of the most successful high-class call girls. I knew about lust. I knew about greed. I knew about pockets full of money. I knew about violence. I knew about the pull of pimps. But now I knew the remedy for the sickness of all those things—God’s love.” (p. 195)

Annie has had great success ministering to the community within Las Vegas and across the globe.

“I felt God calling me to help other women in the sex trafficking industry, but I wasn’t sure how or in what way.” (p. 166)

editor’s note: I found Annie’s story difficult to believe at times, particularly her one-eighty from sex and drugs to church and Jesus, but conversions like hers do happen. Annie seems very personable and you can’t help falling in love with her. Her tragic past has not worn her down, she is a fighter.

Are you looking for a way out of the sex industry and don’t know where to go? Annie and her team of volunteers have developed programs that can help. Check out the links below.

  • Destiny House, a free program that was founded to help women who are looking for the opportunity to escape from and reestablish their lives outside of the sex industry.
  • FISHnet Fund is a vital part of Hookers for Jesus that includes developing a monetary fund to support men and women seeking to be set free from the bondage of the sex industry.
  • Saturday Night Love (SNL) Outreach is the caring communities’ outreach of love to sex trafficking victims and ladies working on the Las Vegas Strip as prostitutes. The purpose of this outreach is to let each lady know that she is valued, precious, and loved by her community.
  • Ladies of Destiny support group, a group that meets every week to offer support, encouragement, food, fellowship, and fun.
  • The Keeping Innocent Sisters Safe (K.I.S.S.) Project is committed to working closely in support of prison chaplaincy and assisting the work of the church behind bars. This organization reaches out to women incarcerated in the Clark County Detention Center. Its outreaches have included personal visitation, mentoring, Bible studies, cultural events, and provision of literature for libraries to improve the quality of life behind bars.
  • Grace Chicks Volunteer Program outreach ranges from inviting girls to events, planning and attending social gatherings (movies, bowling, etc.), and driving a girl to an appointment.
  • Diamonds and Pearls Strip Club Ministry is much like the Saturday Night Love outreach. The purpose of Diamonds and Pearls is to let each lady know that her worth and value is above and more precious than the diamonds and pearls. This outreach consists of providing gift bags for the ladies they connect with, developing friendships, and praying for the girls in the clubs.

You can learn more about Annie’s ministry at her website
You call follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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