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Cape Gazette CAPE LIFE FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7 - MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2014 75 21st century slavery hits home By Maddy Lauria maddy@capegazette.com The Sussex County Republican Women's Club received a harsh reality check when veteran jour- nalist Christine Dolan described a human trafficking case that struck close to home. "Listen up ... you don't have a clue," Dolan said as she be- gan to discuss her more than decade-long experiences with human trafficking. "Just like the Industrial Revolution, just like the Victorian era, just like the African slave trade, you are living in the digital age of slavery in the 21st century. It is not just on the street. It is over the internet." Dolan, who worked for ABC and CNN in the 1980s, was com- missioned by the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children to study child exploita- tion in 2000. Dolan said when she began her study, she was clueless. "! didn't know about any of this 14 years ago," she said. "This is an investigation that changed my life." Dolan said Easton, Md., shows human trafficking occurs close to home. While many attendees raised their hands to say they were familiar with the town, most audience members voiced surprise that a brothel, operated a few doors down from a Mexi- can restaurant on Dover Street, was busted just a few years ago, leading to sex trafficking convic- tions in fall 2013. "If you think it can't happen in a Norman Rockwell neighbor- hood, wake up," Dolan said. Sussex County Republican Women's Club Vice President Cathy Walls said Dolan's pre- sentation was an awakening for some members. "They were very surprised at the depth and breadth of terror- ism and human trafficking, and how it all ties together," Walls said. "I think that people realize that this is an issue that is in our own backyard. We need to be much more aware of everything." Now Dolan is on a mission to spread the word that human traf- ficking crimes are proliferating throughout the world, which she outlined in her "Tots to Traffick- ing to Terrorism" presentation during the club's dinner meeting Oct. 22. She said globalization and increased internet access provide ways for everything from child pornography to trafficking for torture to make a mark on international markets. "Terrorism is a transna- tional, transcriminal network. Trafficking' is a transcriminal, transnational network," she said. Dolan said groups like al-Qaida and the group known as the Islamic State are trafficking or- ganizations with a hand in sex and labor trafficking as well as torture rituals: Dolan outlined the main branches of human trafficking to include sex and labor, sex tour- ism, child pornography, child soldiers, organ trafficking, skin trafficking and ritual abuse tor- ture. Dolan cited an evidence comparison by Interpol that 89 percent of online incidents affect victims between the ages of 6 and 12, while 10 percent include victims age 3 and younger. She said there have been great ef- forts made since 2000, but the demand for younger victims has increased, with a jump from 3 percent in 2005 to the recently reported 10 percent of young trafficking victims. "White males, that's the pro- file," she said. Dolan said young teens, who are experiencing their own sexual curiosities, can get caught up in child porn crimes and be targeted for human traf- ticking. "We live in a strange age," she said. "There is a host of people that are part of the hu- man trafficking arena worldwide since the last 14 years." While the human trafficking epidemic affects millions of peo- ple - men, women and children alike - Dolan said local measures can be taken to assist state and WOMEN's MADDY LAURIA PHOTOS THE SUSSEX COUNTY REPUBLI- CAN WOMEN'S CLUB invited jour- nalist Christine Dolan to talk about human trafficking during a dinner meeting Oct. 22. Journalist Christine Dolan, center, chats with Sussex County Republican Women's Club members Carole Andrejko, left, and Phyllis Byrne. SUBMITTED PHOTO Past President of the Delaware Federation of Republican Women Mary Spicer, left, Christine Dotan and Sussex County Republican Women's Club First Vice President Cathy Watts pose for a photo before Dolan's presentation. federal mandates, as well as in- She pointed to Child Advocacy temational efforts like Interpol's Centers as a wonderful resource Virtual Global Task Force. for helping victims heal, but said "You need to set up a task force additional efforts must focus on that works," she said. 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