Child Trafficking-How Bad Is It?Many of you are confident in the belief that Ayla is dead and that something fatal happened to her in the Waterville home she shared with her father, aunt, cousin, and grandmother. Others are not so sure and don't PERCEIVE what has been released by LE to conclusively mean Ayla is dead. Many who believe Ayla is dead have chosen to also believe the information given to the public by the maternal family. Many others view it as hearsay and not fact and instead chose to consider and discuss only verified facts. Sadly in this case there aren't many verified facts and even though others who believe she is gone forever try to argue their position, those who don't know what happened are not seeing things the way they are and are trying to argue their position back.It has been a constant back and forth in the blogs regarding Ayla's case which has caused a lot of nastiness, hatefulness, and personal attacks all by people who mean well but just don't agree. It doesn't mean one side is right and the other is wrong and it doesn't mean those who feel one way are the enemies of those who feel the opposite. There has been so much mention of blog wars lately and it really sounds juvenile and petty. There is no reason anyone regardless of what they believe, even if they believe aliens abducted Ayla and brought her to a land with pink unicorns and rainbows that really rain skittles, for anyone to ever be personally attacked. There is no reason attacks made against any individual not directly related to the case should be allowed to stay on any blog. PERIOD. Allowing those comments to stay further fuels the blog wars and the bullshit about it being considered censorsism or not allowing someone their opinion is just that-bullshit.Attacking commenters in defense of either or Justin or Trista is also uncalled for and not needed. They are both adults and are both aware of the blogs. They are capable of defending themselves if need be, others don't need to rush to their defense or be their saviors. Ayla however is not able to defend herself, she does need a savior so fight only to keep her name out there and fight to make sure she is not forgotten so the person who is responsible knows there will always be pressure on them and they will always have to look over their shoulder. Fight so LE doesn't get complacent but stop fighting each other.I will always speak my mind and I will always defend what I believe is right even if the majority disagree with me or don't like the manner in which I say it. I don't care if there are three people reading and commenting here or thirty thousand. It isn't a competition to me about who has more followers or writes more blog posts. I would prefer fewer commenters and less drama any day as opposed to a ton of comments with most of them being personal attacks or irrelevant to the current discussion. With that said, I will do what I can to keep this blog current and to stay on top of comments for not only moderation but also to answer questions but I am busy in my personal life right now and things down look like they are going to slow down any until after the new year.Thank you for reading all of that and now on to what I intended to write all along...I received an email today with link to an interesting story. Obviously the girl in the picture is not Ayla although it maybe could have been.This four year old girl was found in Greece. Her identity is a mystery. Police became suspicious that the people who were claiming to be her parents genetically did not appear to be her parents.So where did this little girl come from? How did she get into the care of this couple? It has been speculated that she is a victim of child trafficking. Does that really happen? Does it happen a lot? Doesn't that only happen in foreign countries with corrupt governments? Ayla likely isn't a victim of child trafficking but it is more prevalent than most are aware of and a little girl like Ayla with blonde hair and blue eyes would fetch the most money.Studies show that it is very hard to put an exact estimate of the number of children who are victims of child trafficking each year because there are so many children that they don't find out about until later or never at all. The below estimates are believed to be very low in comparison to the actual amounts.
- Asia/Pacific: 250,000 children
- Latin America & the Caribbean: 550,000 children
- Africa: 200,000 children
- Transition economies: 200,000 children
- Developed/industrialized economies: n/aThere are many reasons children are taken or sold. The main reasons are forced labor and sexual exploitation but there are other reasons and some are unbelievable. Some children are taken for the sole purpose of being forced beggars. They are made to collect charity for their owners whether on the streets or from organizations. Other children are taken to fight wars, to be used in the drug trade as mules as well as to work growing and processing the drugs. In China, children were taken to eat as to avoid starvation. Children are also taken to be sold on the black market to families that are desperate for a child.As with any other form of business, as sick as it sounds in this case, it is about supply and demand. Some people seek out products or services provided specifically by a trafficked child whether it be a t-shirt made or something more devious.No child is exempt from fitting a niche when it comes to child trafficking. Every color, size, shape, nationality, etc can be found to fit some purpose and some children are more desirable because they can fit many needs. A child as beautiful as Ayla would be highly desirable for many reasons but I can't bring myself to list the reasons why. This whole topic repulses me but it is very real and many have closed their eyes and minds to its existence.Just a few months ago in the US, New Jersey actually, the FBI uncovered the biggest child trafficking ring to date in the US.http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2013/07/largest_sex-trafficking_crackdown_in_us_history_nets_70_nj_arrests.htmlSadly, many children are sold by their parents into child trafficking. If a parent were to do that, they would know it was illegal. They would try to cover it up. They would lie to police and they would avoid questions and media. It is likely this has nothing to do with Ayla's case but I can see why some are hesitant to believe Ayla may not be dead. I can see why some may think she is a victim of child trafficking. I just hope it was something LE looked into not just in Ayla's case but in the cases of many missing children.