Dr. Cyndi Romine was in the Philippines when she saw a foreigner raping a preschooler he’d just purchased from her parents. Witnessing this horrific scene made her so angry that she started the non-profit Called to Rescue, an agency that saves children from being a sex slave.
“It’s not the economy,” she told me, “that makes sex trafficking the second most profitable industry in the world, after drugs, for 32 billion dollars. It’s the demand of these perverts.
“When a child is trafficked, they are picked up by a handler and taken to an unfamiliar city to be offered to paying customers.” And,.yes, she says, “You can find pages and pages of fiction and non-fiction titles on sex trafficking.” Here are a few, including hers, Called to Rescue: Real Stories of Global Sex Tafficking Survivors and the Woman Who Fought and Dared to Save Them.
“Not for Sale: The Return of Global Sex Trade and How We Can Fight It (David Batstone)A Walk Across the Sun (Corban Addeson) set in India about two girls sucked into sex traffic after a tsunami); The White Umbrella – Walking with Victims of Sex Trafficking (Martha Frances Bowley).
Called to Rescue is located in Vancouver, WA., along the I-5 corridor which Dr. Romine says is a prime location for moving missing children between Mexico and Canada. With her organization, last year 1300 children were saved by the help of her affiliations along with local police, FBI, CIA, Homeland Security, etc. and volunteers.
You, too, can be on the lookout for a kid who might be out of place in a shopping mall or bowling alley or other public place. Watch for a kid who doesn’t make eye contact and often has their head down. Their handler makes a kid avert their eyes from everyone except them.
Should you see a child that fits the profile tray to engage them in conversation and ask, “What school do you go to?” Children being moved across state lines aren’t likely to know the name of a local city or school. Get license number if it involves a car and the description of the handler so you can report what you’ve seen to local authorities or Called to Rescue.
Want to know more? Called to Rescue has task force training. Go to their web site or call the hot line: 855-646-5484.