Sunday, October 20, 2013

Child Trafficking-How Bad Is It?

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. 

Police first became suspicious because the girl, who is blonde with very pale skin and blue eyes, did not resemble the couple who claimed to be her parents.

When the couple were then questioned, "they changed repeatedly their story about how they got the child," a police statement said, compounding the officers' suspicions.


http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/19/world/europe/greece-mystery-child/index.html

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/a


There 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.


Sadly, 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. 



19 comments:

  1. Ayla's dead because there is Ayla's blood all over Phoebes house, on Ayla's car seat, on Justin's tennis shoes. Too much of Ayla's blood was shed in her Paternal grandmothers home for the sweet little baby to have survived.

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  2. LE has looked at all angles in this case, and have not ruled anybody out as a suspect. But the blood is disturbing and I think it is sickening to think Phoebe still sits on that couch that has her granddaughters blood on it. Bloody mess down there in the basement too. So far Dipietros nor LE have denied this info.

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    1. " Phoebe still sits on that couch that has her granddaughters blood on it"

      I think that is going to turn out not true.
      If Ayla's blood was on a couch, it would have been taken into evidence.

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  3. In fact Phoebes criminal lawyer confirmed that it is true, but some of it was not blood. So saliva, throw up, blood. 59 days. Broke arm, arm in a sling. Was sling on when she was put in those Jammie's? We will never know, because her father has not spoken a word of her to the public in a year and a half. No comment is his favorite phrase.

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  4. You said in china children are taken to eat to,avoid starvation? You mean cannibalism ?? Please explain.

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    1. In China, in response to adult starvation, some children were exchanged, killed, and eaten. According to Robyn Meredith, "peasants [in the People's Republic of China (possibly in ca. 1958)] turned into skeletons. The nation's farmers, including the residents of Xiaogang, .... [among some] starving families[,] resorted to a practice called yi zi er shi [meaning "exchanging children to eat"]:... they traded a child for a neighbor's child, then killed and ate the skinny youngster, with the sickening knowledge that their neighbors were devouring their own."[51][a][b][c]

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    2. This is happening as we read & type in North Korea. The people are so horribly poor & are starving that they trade the children to eat. :(

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  5. I think the girl pictured, has a different story, Tori.

    I don't think "Marie" was kidnapped by them. I don't think they bought her either. I don't think they were going to try to sell her.

    They colored her hair to try to make her fit in. They weren't parading around her blonde hair, that would be a selling "feature" (I hate saying that).

    A family member spoke out, saying that they were given her, and that they didn't take her to sell her. Of course he could be lying, but it almost seems to fit, especially with them coloring her hair.

    Believe me, I don't think she had a nice life. She was found in squalor, among other things, but I think someone gave her away. Someone who couldn't or didn't want to care for her. Maybe those people she was with actually bought her, idk. The worst part is, they'll probably never find out who she really is, where she came from, or who her real parents are.

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    1. ^^^ That's off topic to Ayla's case obviously. Just what I think about Marie, as it's been said to be the name she was called.

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    2. I agree I don't think Marie was a victim of child trafficking, mainly they were gypsies and couldn't have afforded to by a child from a trafficker whether to use her as a slave or keep her as their child if they were unable to have one. Gypsies aren't known to have exorbitant amounts of money. They also were likely not traffickers themselves as more than one child would have been found. I am sure her origins will be uncovered eventually as someone in their group will talk

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  6. I appreciated your post Tori.

    While this may not have been what happened to Ayla, it does happen, and all too often.

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    1. It was eye opening to read the figures and to learn they were low to actual estimated figures. This is PER YEAR! Hundred of thousands of children per year disappearing in a child trafficking organization. The numbers are staggering. It was a hard post to research and write about. If I had tougher skin it would have been more in depth, I just couldn't do it

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  7. Tori, one thing that has troubled me is the frequency with which there are rumors of child sex rings operating in close proximity (not physically but via some connection with someone with some relationship to the case) in some missing children's cases and some cases where DHHS takes custody of children. In the HaLeigh Cummings case, there were a lot of those rumors floating around. There is a webpage I won't cite because I don't trust its reliability linking DHHS cases nationwide to alleged trafficking. There are also a couple of high profile custody cases where a parent was allegedly involved in such. It's really hard to tell if any of this information is reliable, but the fact it crops up so much does raise concern. And Maine was considered #3 for trafficking tho that includes a variety of situations from forced foreign labor to baby sales to teen prostitution.

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    1. I have heard the rumors that Ayla was taken by DHHS and sold into a child trafficking ring more than once. I have also heard accounts from others who claim it has happened although no one with first hand knowledge such as their child taken. Maine is a poor state and I remember growing up and hearing girls in high school that were pregnant make mention of selling their babies for $50,000 and always wondered if someone could or would really pay that. Now that I am older and look back what is more concerning is that many young girls think that selling their child is a viable choice and one that will make them money. They have no emotional attachment to the child and don't seem to care what their fate will be. We may not hear about it a lot but it definitely happens and apparently happens a lot. I am sure there are also cases where people approach the parent about selling the child, parents who are down and out on their luck, financially struggling, drug addicts etc and who has better access to seeking out these people than DHHS? And offering to take their child to a loving family and in return they will be paid so much money etc only to have the child be sent to work processing drugs or engaging in child pornography.

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    2. CG - I remember those rumors. A lot of connections.

      Do you have a site/reference for Maine being #3 for trafficking. I would like to read it

      Thank you.

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    3. http://www.cclmaine.org/maine-third-in-nation-for-sex-trafficking/

      also I thought this was interesting

      http://www.polarisproject.org/state-map/maine

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    4. "PORTLAND, Maine — Maine has made progress in adopting laws to stem human trafficking, but remains in the bottom half of all states in terms of the strength and breadth of those laws, according to rankings released Wednesday by the national Polaris Project.

      Wednesday’s state-by-state ratings represented the Washington, D.C.-based anti-slavery organization’s fourth such annual report.

      “We believe the prevalence of this issue is much larger than most people realize,” said Bradley Myles, CEO of the Polaris Project in a Wednesday morning conference call to announce the 2013 report. “I think the reason this is getting more attention now is that people are having their own encounters with the issue, people are seeing it in their communities and are wanting to get involved.”

      In the 2013 ratings, the number of states in the Polaris Project’s top-ranked Tier 1 category for human trafficking laws grew from 21 to 32. Maine is one of 19 — including the nation’s capital — to have failed thus far to obtain the group’s highest rating."

      http://bangordailynews.com/2013/08/14/news/maine-gets-mixed-reviews-in-annual-human-trafficking-report-rural-states-are-sources-for-the-pipeline-expert-says/

      Stating that Maine was "considered #3 in trafficking" is misleading. The ranking given by Polaris project has nothing to do with how people are abused in trafficking. The ranking has to do with the types and number of laws on the books.

      I highly doubt that Maine is anywhere near #3 (State or otherwise) in trafficking of human beings. As far the Christian Civic League, well highly doubt their numbers and how they are calculated. One has to consider the source of the data and the reasoning behind why an organization wants to give the impression of trouble where there is none.

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    5. Thank you CG for the links!!!

      I appreciate it.

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  8. CG, the facts and hearsay you describe are indeed greatly concerning. Hearsay takes a more respected role when facts back it up, and in the case of human trafficking, it does. That being said, I think the most common version we have in Maine is teen prostitution. We have too many young people from backgrounds and home lives that are unstable and leave them vulnerable to the worst imaginable circumstances. Both girls and boys.

    I hate to even say this, but it does provide me some comfort: there's never been any reason to believe Ayla was taken to satisfy a deviant. Since the moment the FBI got involved they were looking for that possibility, I am sure of it. Nobody. Not the Reynolds, DiPietros, MSP, FBI, Hansons, Roberts or Tudealas or anyone else I've forgot have ever implied that. For all the other facts, innuendos and accusations that have gone around, nobody involved has raised with any seriousness the horrible idea that may have been Ayls'a fate.

    I hope I was tactful enough in saying that. It was difficult to even address.

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