Monthly Archives: January 2013

Why Human Trafficking?

labor_traffickingYou know how the saying goes: that thing that gets under your skin the most or extremely irritates you is something in which you should be involved toward bringing change. That’s part of why I have an interest in policy concerning human trafficking. It truly is modern day slavery. It bothers me that children are being forced/coerced into the commercial sex and labor trades by the hundreds of thousands every year, in the U.S.! What bothers me more is that human trafficking is the second largest criminal enterprise in the world! People are making serious money by victimizing innocent people and are continuing to do so as I am typing this post! It’s one of those things that make you say, “why isn’t someone doing something about it?” Well, I think the first step is to bring awareness to the issue. That’s the purpose of this blog. From now until May, I will devote as much of myself as possible to not only further educating myself, but others as well so that slavery of every kind will finally be stopped.

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Unjust Laws Exist…

Henry David Thoreau

“Unjust laws exist; shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once? Men generally, under such a government as this, think that they ought to wait until they have persuaded the majority to alter them. They think that, if they should resist, the remedy would be worse than the evil. But it is the fault of the government itself that the remedy is worse than the evil. It makes it worse. Why is it not more apt to anticipate and provide for reform? Why does it not cherish its wise minority? Why does it cry and resist before it is hurt? Why does it not encourage its citizens to be on the alert to point out its faults, and do better than it would have them?”

                           -Henry David Thoreau


Blog | Polaris Project | Combating Human Trafficking and Modern-day Slavery

Blog | Polaris Project | Combating Human Trafficking and Modern-day Slavery.


Kids Not Criminals

Think sex trafficking is a foreign issue? Think again. According to national estimates, there are currently 100,000 children in the commercial sex trade in the United States. What’s worse, many child victims of sex trafficking are arrested for prostitution and placed in juvenile detention. ITGegXmckruvbdL-556x313-noPadHow can we criminalize children for committing a sex act they are not even legally able to consent to? The Polaris Project has started a petition via change.org to get the attention of state lawmakers in order to gain sup0port for Safe Harbor laws. These laws define these sexually exploited children as victims of abuse, help them find protection and support, and grant them immunity from prosecution for prostitution while they are under 18 years of age. Safe Harbor laws also can increase funding for specialized services like long-term housing, mental health care, educational support, and job training to help these children recover. Thirty-nine states lack these basic Safe Harbor protections – including Texas, Michigan, Nebraska, and Louisiana. Every state can do more to increase services for child victims of sex trafficking and you can join the movement by signing the petition.


Welcome!

Welcome to my blog site! This site will contain information about policy and issues surrounding human trafficking, the second largest criminal enterprise in the world. Policy surrounding human trafficking is of particular importance to the Richmond area because of its location at the intersection of three major highways and at the center of the east coast, making it very attractive to those in the trafficking business. I’m hoping that the content of this blog will shock, offend, and empower you to action! Don’t be a spectator, join the movement today to end human trafficking.