Former Human Trafficker Opens Up About His Crimes To Protect Victims During World Cup

It is easy to forget what goes on in real life, if we are only focused on what’s on TV…..


His method was simple.

He’d find girls or women from out of town, investigate their financial situations and then offer them better lives. Soon enough, he would have easily recruited another female to traffic and profit off of.

This former trafficker, who is remaining anonymous, is revealing his story at this moment because countless lives are at stake. As the World Cup heats up in Brazil, so does the risk of human trafficking.

To help protect potential victims, Operation Blessing International (OBI) has coincided the release of its documentary — “1 Real: The Other Side of the Coin” — with the famed soccer event.

The film, which features stories of victims and perpetrators, is being shown in all 12 World Cup match cities with the hope of educating locals and visitors about the horrifying crimes.

Every year, 40,000 children and adolescents disappear in Brazil and about 15 percent of those cases go unsolved, according OBI.

Experts say that the chances of getting exploited drastically increase during major sporting events.

“When large sporting events come to town, young girls are at heavy risk,” Bill Horan, president of OBI, said in a statement. “Not far from where a FIFA World Cup match will be played, a family member or sex trafficker will sell a young child to a predator for as little as 50 cents, or 1 real, the currency of Brazil.”

But those who buy and sell the victims make a considerable amount of money.

The former trafficker who was interviewed in the documentary said he’d make about $20,000 off each victim.

In addition to showing the film, OBI plans to raise awareness by distributing copies of the documentary, handing out “Hope Bags” to girls in the red light districts and distributing flyers with information on where to seek help.

It’s often the youngest victims who are most vulnerable.

“These girls come from extreme poverty,” Antonia Lima Sousa, state prosecutor, told CNN of the underage prostitutes, “a culture of social exclusion and a tradition of profound disrespect for women.”




Fast Food Companies Outsource $7 Billion In Annual Labor Costs To Taxpayers

Two new reports released this week have shed light on how America’s fast food companies have quietly outsourced a significant chunk of their labor costs to the taxpayer, with more than half of the industry’s 3.65 million low-wage workers on public assistance at a cost of $7 billion each year.

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley released a study on Tuesday showing that front-line fast food workers earning a median wage of $8.69 an hour are more than twice as likely to rely on public benefits programs as the rest of the workforce — 52% compared to 25%.

Of that $7 billion, well over half — $3.9 billion — is spent on Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for fast food workers and their families. UC Berkeley’s researchers found that 68% of these low-wage earners are the main breadwinners in their households, with over a quarter raising children.

A companion report released by the National Employment LawProject found that the 10 biggest fast food corporations in the country are responsible for nearly 60%, or $3.8 billion, of the annual $7 billion outlaid by the taxpayer for low-wage workers. These same 10 companies made a cumulative $7.4 billion in profits in 2012, paying out an additional $7.7 billion in dividends and buybacks to shareholders.

The NELP compared just how much the public purse subsidizes labor costs at each of these ten restaurant chains. McDonald’s MCD +0.17% topped the list, costing the taxpayer $1.2 billion annually in public assistance programs for their low-paid workers. Yum Brands comes in at a distant number two, with its Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and KFC subsidiaries costing $648 million in benefits programs for workers each year.

The chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) reacted to the two reports in a statement to the press, describing the figures as “stark.”

“Anyone concerned about the federal deficit only needs to look at this report to understand a major source of the problem: multi-billion dollar companies that pay poverty wages and then rely on taxpayers to pick up the slack, to the tune of a quarter of a trillion dollars every year in the form of public assistance to working families,” said Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa). “Seven billion of this is just for fast food workers, more than half of whom, even working full time, still must rely on programs like food stamps and Medicaid just to make ends meet.”

“In a nation as wealthy as the United States, no one who works hard for a living should live in poverty,” Harkin added. “Underpaying workers affects us all. These highly-profitable companies paying poverty wages should raise wages and listen to their workers’ demands to form a union. We should also increase the minimum wage, as I have proposed. These steps are not only the right thing to do for low-wage workers, but also the smart thing to do for the economy and for taxpayers.”