The trafficking of children as sex objects is the cruelest and most evil act imaginable. And it is now the second largest criminal enterprise in the world. In the 2000 Trafficking Victims Protection Act, Congress mandated that the U.S. State Department publish an annual report. According to the 2010 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report:
- 12.3 million adults and children are in forced labor, bonded labor, and forced prostitution around the world. 56 percent of these victims are women and girls.
- Traffickers make $32 billion in annual trade.
- 49,105 victims were identified worldwide, which is a 59 percent increase over the last reporting year (2008).
- The prevalence of trafficking victims in the world is 1.8 per 1,000 inhabitants (in Asia and the Pacific: 3 per 1,000).
- 62 countries have yet to convict a trafficker under laws in compliance with the Palermo Protocol.
- 104 countries are without laws, policies, or regulations to prevent victims’ deportation.
- 23 countries received upgraded rankings in the 2010 TIP Report; 19 countries received downgraded rankings.
In 2008 Lynette Lewis and Dr. Greg Wark joined together to form Stop Child Trafficking Now (SCTNow), an organization that attacks child trafficking at its most strategic point — child predators. Lynette Lewis is an international speaker, author, and corporate consultant. She is also the wife of Ron Lewis, pastor of King’s Park International Church, the Every Nation church in Durham, North Carolina.
Dr. Greg Wark, executive director of SCTNow, is also founder and president of Force Ministries, a division of Every Nation Ministries that serves military personnel and their families. Many of the SCTNow operatives have been involved with Force Ministry discipleship programs.
LYNETTE LEWIS, GREG WARK, AND CLARK D. STUART TALK ABOUT SCTNow
Just as addict demand fuels drug trafficking in the U.S., the high demand for child sex trafficking fuels a worldwide epidemic that has spread to every state in the U.S. While law enforcement has increased efforts to apprehend and prosecute child predators, they are do not have the financial and manpower resources to address the problem.
According to an April 2011 Justice Department report only 144 of the 2,515 suspected incidents of human trafficking opened for investigation between 2008 and 2010 led to known arrests after one year. Sexual predators, who victimize an estimated 100 or more children in a lifetime, continue creating the demand that is destroying the lives of countless innocent children.
The SCTNow strategy deploys operative teams consisting of former counter-terrorist personnel from law enforcement, cyber-crime investigative units, Navy SEALS, and others from military special operations. While several other organizations focus meaningful efforts in the courts as well as in the care and rehabilitation of children, one of the most strategic and cost effective means of actually stopping this horrible practice is putting predators in jail. SCTNow operative teams have established agreements with local and federal law enforcement agencies to deliver prosecutable evidence to arrest, indict, and convict child sexual predators.
Clark D. Stuart is the president of SCTNow Operatives. Stuart is a U.S. Navy veteran and served in Naval Special Warfare as a Sea, Air, Land (SEAL) operator. He is also the founder and president of Global Trident, the premier intelligence provider enabling organizations and governments to effect social justice and positive social change. Stuart’s twenty-four years of experience in intelligence operations, surveillance, cyber analysis, and strategic planning, as well as a comprehensive understanding of state, federal, and international legal policies and procedures, enable SCTNow operatives to be highly effective assets to local, state, and federal law enforcement.
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Walt Walker is the Editor of Every Nation North America’s News & Updates.
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