Human Trafficking

As Trump announces $35 million in human trafficking grants, Bethany Hamilton speaks out

By Bridgett Banks

Christian surfer Bethany Hamilton has spoken out on the devastating effects of human trafficking, stating it is time to bring this inhumane ordeal to an end as Donald Trump has announced additional funding.

The celebrity Christian, made famous by a shark attack in Hawaii, which saw her lose her arm, has taken to social media to speak out against the abuse that is sadly so prevalent in today’s society.

Taking to social media, she stated, “END IT. This is so devastatingly sad and sickening. Slavery is clearly alive and thriving.”

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According to her post, there are 30 million slaves in the world; 10 millions of those are children. Human trafficking generates over 100 billion dollars annually worldwide.

The Trump administration has awarded more than $35 million in grants from the Justice Department to organizations that provide safe housing for survivors of human trafficking. 17,500 women and children are trafficked into the US every year.

Americans are the number one producer and consumer of child pornography. On average, a trafficked child is victimized 5.4 times per day in the U.S.

By definition, human trafficking is the trade of humans for the purpose of forced labor, sexual slavery, or commercial sexual exploitation for the trafficker or others. This may encompass providing a spouse in the context of forced marriage, or the extraction of organs or tissues, including for surrogacy and ova removal.

Human trafficking can occur within a country or trans-nationally. Human trafficking is a crime against the person because of the violation of the victim’s rights of movement through coercion and because of their commercial exploitation.

Human trafficking is the trade in people, especially women and children, and does not necessarily involve the movement of the person from one place to another.

People smuggling (also called human smuggling and migrant smuggling) is a related practice which is characterized by the consent of the person being smuggled. Smuggling situations can descend into human trafficking through coercion and exploitation. Trafficked people are held against their will through acts of coercion, and forced to work for or provide services to the trafficker or others.

Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, was on hand at the announcement. “Today the @TheJusticeDept and I announced $35 Million in grants to 73 organizations to provide safe + stable housing to human trafficking survivors in 34 states,” she tweeted.

“The coronavirus pandemic has made safe and supportive housing for survivors more important than ever.”

In January, Trump appointed a special adviser for the issue of human trafficking.