The I-95 Corridor which links New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington DC with Miami is a major conduit for human trafficking, a plague that has spread across this country [1A]. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, as many as 100,000 children each year are victims of sex trafficking in the US.
Some 70% of trafficking incidents occur at truck stops. There, predatory pimps seek out desperate young girls and boys, often runaways [1B]. Most vulnerable are children between the ages of 12 and 14 from broken homes, with low self-esteem and a history of trauma [1C].
Given its nightlife and gambling, Jersey City is considered a trafficking hot spot [1D].
Though situated on the I-95 Corridor, Smyrna – a small town in Delaware founded before the American Revolution – would seem an unlikely location for a human trafficking operation. However, Smyrna police this week arrested James Walls and Sha Shen at the Kiki Spa for prostitution and human trafficking .
“The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?” (Jer. 17: 9).
What are we to make of this? Is morality determined by geography? The Bible tells us otherwise.
Those willing to exploit children are not confined to a single location and not easily identified. Clearly, there were eager customers for the sexual favors of the captives in Smyrna, small town or not. That had more to do with the corrupt nature of the human heart than the location of Smyrna.
[1A, 1B, 1C, and 1D] NY Justice and Beyond, “Along the I-95 Corridor, human trafficking still a huge danger for at risk minors”, 5/10/16, https://nyjusticeandbeyond.wordpress.com/2016/05/10/along-the-i-95-corridor-human-trafficking-still-a-huge-danger-for-at-risk-minors/.
 WBOC, “Smyrna Pair Arrested in Human Trafficking, Prostitution Investigation” by Kye Parsons, 12/11/19, http://www.wboc.com/story/41437429/smyrna-police-arrest-2-in-human-trafficking-prostitution-investigation.
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