Hundreds of Thousands of Children in the U.S. are Being Separated from Their Parents – Many are Sexually Trafficked
by Brian Shilhavy
Editor, Health Impact News
The corporate sponsored “mainstream” media has been fixated in recent days with reports that children are being separated from their parents at U.S. borders.
For the news sources that are critical of the current administration, one is led to believe that this is a recent problem that just started.
However, this limited and biased view is not even close to the truth.
Health Impact News has covered the issue of child trafficking of minor children coming across the U.S. borders since 2016, when Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) published a six-month investigation into the matter during the Obama administration.
Focusing on a couple of thousand children currently in border facilities without their parents also ignores a far greater problem, one that is a national crisis, and that is the 400,000+ children who have been taken away from their parents, and the practice of child trafficking that is continuing to happen in every U.S. state every single day.
The overall real problem in this tragedy is one of child trafficking, and it is time that this issue gets public attention.
The Border Issue of Minor Children Separated from Their Parents
The problem of children separated from their families crossing the borders illegally is a problem that has plagued all of the modern-day administrations, and it certainly did not begin with the current administration.
There are conflicting reports that the current administration is doing something different to force the separation of children from their parents, but published reports of investigations into this issue clearly show that the vast majority of minors entering the U.S. illegally are “unaccompanied alien children” (UAC).
In other words, most of these children were separated from their parents before they ever reached the border. Senator Portman’s 2016 report looked at 125,000 unaccompanied minors who crossed the U.S. borders into the United States during a 5-year period (2011 – 2016), reportedly fleeing violence and unrest in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
This U.S. Senate report concluded that the Office of Refugee Resettlement, an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has failed to protect these children from human trafficking, leaving them vulnerable to abuses at the hands of government-approved caretakers.
U.S. law requires HHS to ensure that unaccompanied alien children (UAC) are protected from human trafficking and other forms of abuse.
However, the 2016 report conducted during the Obama administration clearly showed that this had not been happening.
The fact that the United States is a popular destination for child trafficking has been well documented:
The causes of the surge of UACs are disputed, but all stakeholders, including HHS, agree that one reason UACs come to this country is that they are ‘brought into the United States by human trafficking rings.’ According to the State Department’s 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report, ‘[t]he United States is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, transgender individuals, and children—both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals—subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor.’
Human trafficking involves transporting or harboring human beings, often for financial gain, through the use of fraud, force, or coercion. (Report)
The Senate report noted several “Systemic Deficiencies” in the government’s failure to protect these vulnerable children from organized criminal trafficking, and all of these existed prior to the current administration:
- HHS’s Process for Verifying a Category 3 Sponsor’s Identity and Relationship with a UAC Is Unreliable and Subject to Abuse
- HHS Is Unable to Safeguard Children from Sponsors Attempting to Accumulate Multiple Children
- HHS Failed to Require Background Checks on Non-Sponsor Adult Household Members or on Backup Sponsors
- HHS Policy Allowed Non-Relatives with Criminal Histories to Sponsor Children
- HHS Does Not Ensure a Sponsor Has Adequate Income to Support a UAC
- HHS Approves Placements with Sponsors Who May Not Remain in the Country
- Sponsors Often Inflict Legal Harm on UACs by Not Ensuring Their Appearance At Immigration Proceedings
The claims that over 2000 children have recently been separated from their parents at the border should be carefully investigated if it is to believed as true. As the 2016 report under the Obama administration clearly found, documentation for these children, including who their parents are, is seldom present to even verify that the adults who are accompanying the children are, in fact, their parents.
The fact that the media is hyping this issue for partisan purposes, and not always conducting journalistic investigations to determine the truth to back up their claims, was exposed last week when Time Magazine portrayed a young, crying girl as being separated from her parents at the border due to the policies of the current administration. Turns out they made a mistake, and it was later learned that the young girl had been with her mother the entire time since they crossed the border.
Children being separated from their parents and crossing the U.S. border illegally is a very serious problem, and should not be taken lightly nor used for partisan politics.
As the 2016 report published under the Obama administration clearly shows, the tragedy of these unaccompanied minors is that they are being sexually trafficked as a commodity, and this human trafficking problem is such a lucrative market in the U.S. that it exceeds both the illegal drugs and gun trade combined.
This issue of sexual child tafficking is the real tragedy the media should be focusing on and exposing.
But even this issue, as horrible as it is, pales in comparison to the separation of children and parents of U.S. citizens that occurs through Child Protection Services and the Foster Care industry, where most children are routinely sexually abused, and many of them are sexually trafficked to that lucrative trafficking market that includes pedophiles.
Sexually Trafficking Children Through Foster Care
Just as the Senate report in 2016 clearly showed that minors crossing U.S. borders where being sold into child trafficking rings, so too it is well-documented that the vast majority of children sexually trafficked into pedophilia rings in the U.S. come through the U.S. taxpayer-sponsored foster care system.
Dolce, who speaks from experience from representing children abused in foster care, writes:
Here’s the ugly truth: most Americans who are victims of sex trafficking come from our nation’s own foster care system. It’s a deeply broken system that leaves thousands vulnerable to pimps as children and grooms them for the illegal sex trade as young adults.
We have failed our children by not fixing the systemic failures that have allowed this to happen for decades. (Story here.)
If you are tempted to think that this may not be a real problem, or that it is being exaggerated and sensationalized, see these previous articles:
Publicly Open Pedophile Running for Office in Virginia Reveals How Foster Care is a Pipeline to Adopt Children as “Sex Toys”
Massachusetts State Auditor Finds Widespread Rape and Sexual Abuse in Foster Care but DCF Officials Won’t Report It
Arizona Foster Care System Revealed as Pedophile Ring: Former Foster Child Tortured for Years Sues for $15 Million
If one reads through all the links above, it will become rather obvious that we were able to write and publish articles about sex trafficking through foster care, with clear evidence and examples given, starting around the midway point of 2017, during the current administration’s first year after the elections.
Prior to this time, the best evidence we had that this was a wide-spread problem was a 2015 interview of Tammi Stefano of the National Safe Child show by filmmaker Sean Stone. (Child Sex Trafficking through Child “Protection” Services Exposed – Kidnapping Children for Sex)
That article and video was shared by hundreds of thousands of people in social media, but the only real evidence we could publish that this was happening was the older 1989 “White-house Call Boys” scandal that managed to break through into the corporate media at that time, although it quickly died down.
So what has happened that has allowed more evidence of these horrific practices of child sex trafficking happening here in the U.S. to be published and exposed to the public?
Arizona: Battleground State for Exposing and Fighting Child Sex Trafficking?
For Health Impact News, the key event that turned the tide, where we could start publishing real current examples of state-sponsored foster care being used to sexually traffick children, was a case out of Sierra Vista, Arizona, the home of Fort Huachuca near Tucson, where David Frodsham was arrested and convicted for running a child pornography pedophile ring out of his state-approved foster home in June of 2017.
Because he was arrested and prosecuted, Health Impact News (and all other media sources) was able to access court records and publish the story, as protected by our First Amendment “freedom of the press.”
This story was significant for several reasons.
First, Arizona has the highest percentage of children removed from their parents and put into foster care of any other state in the U.S.
Our MedicalKidnap.com website and topic was started in 2014, due to the sheer volume of parents from Arizona who were contacting us and telling us their stories of how their children were being kidnapped by the state and put into foster care.
What we were learning from our interviews and investigations into child social services in Arizona was truly appalling, as the corruption being reported reached to the highest levels of government. There were very few attorneys who even wanted to try and fight the system, and the few who did wanted huge retainer fees.
For most of these families, there seemed to be little hope for justice. We discovered that local judges were motivated by the federal funds available to the state when a child is placed in foster care, with little regard to actual justice.
When we exposed their deeds through the articles we published on behalf of the families, they threatened the parents with gag orders and even ordered Health Impact News to take down our articles (which we have never done.) See:
One famous retired Arizona Judge (now deceased) even documented how corrupt the judicial system is:
Besides the corrupt judicial system, we learned that all the Arizona state legislators, upon being elected and taking their oath of office, were told to never deal with their constituents on child protection or foster care matters, but that all cases were to be referred to the Director of the Arizona Legislative Office of Family Advocacy, an unelected bureaucrat by the name of Maria Hoffman.
Ms. Hoffman used intimidation and threats to try and scare off anyone who dared to ask questions about court-ordered child abductions. See:
With such a concerted effort to subvert justice and keep children in state-sponsored custody, where we now know some of these children were placed with known child taffickers and pedophiles, how did David Fordsham get arrested and convicted?
The answer: President Trump’s federal ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) intervened and made the arrest.
Somebody at the federal level, obviously outside of the corrupt state of Arizona, decided “enough is enough,” especially after Frodsham had already been disciplined for deviant sexual behavior while serving in Afghanistan, and had even been previously arrested in Arizona, and yet still was allowed to run his pedophile pornographic ring out of his state-approved foster home.
In court-filed documents, submitted on behalf of one of Frodsham’s victims, we learn how federal law enforcement had to get involved to put this guy away:
John Doe is a victim of the State of Arizona’s failed child protection practices and policies.
John Doe, who is now 18 years old, suffered over 12 years of shocking physical and sexual abuse because of the State’s refusal to protect him.
John Doe was born in September of 1999 and before his fourth birthday was placed in foster care. The Frodshams were approved by the State to have John Doe in their home in 2004 and John Doe was subsequently adopted by David and Barbara Frodsham in 2012.
The Frodshams were licensed foster parents with the State of Arizona from 2002 to January 2015. The Frodsham license was not suspended until David Frodsham was arrested at the DES office for felony drunk driving with toddlers in the vehicle.
The State and its employees ignored actual notice of the abuse of John Doe and numerous warning signs that the Frodsham home was dangerous.
The State did not remove John Doe until ICE, a federal agency within the Department of Homeland Security, arrested David Frodsham for operating a pornographic pedophile ring based in the home. ICE identified John Doe as a victim of Frodsham’s pedophilia.
John Doe suffered sexual, physical and emotional abuse for over 12 years in this home, despite numerous red flags of abuse and neglect. This abuse was no secret to CPS/DCS and well documented yet no investigations were undertaken.
Arizona Foster Care System Revealed as Pedophile Ring: Former Foster Child Tortured for Years Sues for $15 Million
Here at Health Impact News, we have no political party affiliation. We stand for the truth, and we stand against corruption, especially corruption that is censored by the corporate-sponsored “mainstream” media. And there is corruption in both parties.
For example, much of the legal basis that allows these horrendous acts to occur in foster care is the result of a law passed by Bill Clinton, and said to be mainly crafted by Hillary Clinton, the 1997 Adoption and Safe Families Act.
The Clintons get a lot of blame (and rightfully so) for this very bad piece of legislation, but few bother to report that it was a Republican majority of “conservatives” that controlled both the House and the Senate, and led by Newt Gingrich, that passed this law and handed it over to President Clinton to sign.
But there is clearly something that has changed since President Trump has taken office, and we see it in Arizona.
More recently, we reported on the group Veterans on Patrol in Tucson who discovered a child sex camp in an area where known cartel members traffick women and children.
The leader of the group, Lewis Arthur, began live-streaming their operations in trying to shut down this human trafficking corridor in Arizona, which originally seemed to be met with opposition from local law enforcement.
At one point, they evacuated all the women and children from their camp, as it looked like local law enforcement was going to act on a trespassing complaint and try to remove them.
Arthur and another man stayed up all night in locked up in a tower, and they seemed to expect that they were going to be executed.
But the next morning, as Arthur live-streamed an update, he related how he allegedly received a phone call from Washington D.C. He could not give details or names, but after that, he and his crew of veterans and volunteers were allowed to resume their patrols in Arizona, seeking to find human traffickers and stop child sex crimes from those coming across the border.
Again, why the sudden change of events? If the call was from D.C., was it from someone on Trump’s team that cleared the way for them to resume operations? They are continuing their operations today, although many still oppose them and are trying to stop them.
BREAKING: Vet Group Finds Pedophile Child Sex Camp Near Tucson – Local Law Enforcement Refuses to Help as Tensions Rise
Conclusion: Let’s Fight the REAL Problem of Children being Separated from Their Parents and Being Trafficked
This media frenzy over children supposedly being separated from their parents, due to policies of the current administration, whether valid or not, is obscuring the real issues facing our nation today, which are not being addressed.
The larger issue here is child trafficking, much of it the lucrative sex trafficking, and we won’t gain much progress in stopping it if partisan political fighting continues.
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