SCTNow raises awareness, funds, at ESX

Friday, June 24, 2011

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Representatives from Stop Child Trafficking Now (SCTNow) had a booth on the show floor of ESX to raise awareness and funds for their non-profit organization.

“Our strategy is to go after the demand,” said Jason Weis, national sponsorship director, SCTNow. And the demand, sadly, is great, he told Security Systems News.

Child sex trafficking is the second largest criminal enterprise in the world, behind drug trafficking, and 25 percent of the demand comes from the U.S., he said. “At least 100,000 children are exploited in our country each year.”

“You can save more children if you go after the demand,” he said. “You have to go after the root cause, the buyers and predators.”

SCTN was at the security show because it has partnerships with many companies and individuals in the security industry including George De Marco, ESX chair.

The strategy of SCTNow is to partner with Navy Seals “and use the same strategy that is used to track down terrorists to track down child traffickers.”

The Seals do surveillance and intelligence gathering through “boots on the ground, cyber specialists, and a database.” Law enforcement has access to the database as does DHS. Once there’s enough evidence, law enforcement gets involved to apprehend these criminals. “We gather and supply actionable intelligence to initiate investigations that lead to arrests,” he explained.

Corporate sponsors “see major ROI” by getting involved, Weis said. Supporters will go out of their way to support companies who align with us, he said.

Although it has a presence across the country, a staff of only seven people runs SCTNow. For more information, visit



Ever since I met the folks from SCTnow, I have learned that this horrible criminal activity affects children from all walks of life. There has been an increasing awareness of child sex slavery, documented by the likes of CNN, MSNBC and other local news stations. Most people connect this kind of activity with foreign countries rather than here in the USA. It has been on our shores for sometime and is taking a stronger foothold, especially with the rapid spread of Internet porn, the Internet buying and selling of underage sex (boys and girls) by predators and organized crime and gangs' involvement.

Unfortunately, selling children for sex is very profitable, mostly because the children are considered a "reoccurring commodity" for which the sellers can sell them over and over again. The only way to break this cycle is to go after the traffickers and predators who victimize children. FACT - a sexual predator affects approximately 400 children over their life time. The numbers are staggering - many of the 400 affected children also become predators too.

There is no religious, race, political agenda's all about protecting children, everywhere. Children should be allowed to be children, protected from a life of sex slavery...something that steals their very souls.

I encourage the security industry to educate itself about the fastest growing crime in the world and be an active participant in helping to break the demand side of sex slavery. In the coming weeks and months, you will hear more and more about this subject.

George De Marco