[quote]As the New England Patriots were celebrating their thrilling Super Bowl XLIX win Sunday night, law enforcement around the nation were observing a more somber victory.[/quote]
While Justice For Youth advocates were passing out “Be A Champion” flyers during Super Bowl week, they had no way to predict the Justice that would be unleashed on Superbowl Sunday…
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[quote]Their 18-year-old daughter was held in the building of the Luhansk SBU, and together with her in a small room with sealed windows there were about 40 other girls from Luhansk, all aged from 17 to 22 years old. Marina’s parents asked for help from Ukrainian police, internal investigative forces, even Russian journalists (since there was no other alternative), but all to no avail.[/quote]
[quote]They stick us with needles that have some mind-numbing substance, which forces us to stop thinking temporarily, and during that time they do with us whatever they want. Girls here are constantly changing, new ones arrive, while others are taken “to work” at checkpoints, then they do not come back here again. I don’t know what happens to them. I might go mad soon. [/quote]
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[quote]Most people aren’t aware that it involves OUR KIDS, and kids are being recruited into prostitution through schools, through malls, and through social media.[/quote]
Human Trafficking is the fastest growing crime in America…
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Anti-Trafficking Campaigns in Moldova Schools
Vadul Li Sac. Rushu. Krihana. Valeni. Gavanosi. Have you ever heard of these names? Well, they are actually small towns located in the southern part of Moldova where Justice For Youth staff have conducted anti-trafficking campaigns in local schools. In our seminars hundreds of young people heard about the horror’s of trafficking and, with great interest, raised their hands to ask one question after another.
[quote]Who do traffickers target? How do they lure girls into the sex trade? How can we recognize phony advertisements? [/quote] These were some of the main questions raised by public school students eagerly wanting to prevent the trap of slavery.
Thousands of young people from Moldova become victims to the modern slave trade and the villages are one of the main targets. Poverty has created fertile soil for youth to easily consider job offers abroad or even in the capitol city of Chisinau. Villages are less educated to this problem because of isolation and a lack of communication. Young people are looking for a way out and any offer sounds good to them. Their desperate situations lead to poor choices.
But there is hope. As we get the word out to young people through the JFY school campaigns, word is beginning to spread. Signs of trafficking are now being spotted and recognized and villagers are equipped to help stop slavery in southern Moldova. Village life can be difficult and opportunities to work abroad are very intriguing. The glamour of international travel or big city life are always a temptation for young people but JFY awareness campaigns are giving the tools to make travel and job offers a safer adventure.
May many more questions come our way! The word is spreading!
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]https://www.justiceforyouth.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Kelly.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Kelly Hoodikoff is Co-founder of JFY and an article contributor. He has worked in the area of anti-human trafficking since 2006. He presently lives in Eastern Europe and is active in bringing awareness to the problem of human slavery. (Copyright 2013– Justice For Youth. All rights reserved.) [/author_info] [/author]
The Justice For Youth Human Trafficking Prevention Campaign, focusing on schools throughout Moldova, began full-time in Southern Moldova in March of 2013. One school per day has heard the presentation and hung a poster for all to see in the front lobby. At JFY, one of our human trafficking prevention goals is to reach each of the approximately 2000 schools in the nation of Moldova. Momentum has grown and we hope to see multiplication of our volunteer Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force later this fall.
Schools are closed in the summer months and in our efforts to stop human trafficking, JFY is busy developing a strategic plan to complete its goal of presenting seminars to every school in the southern region of the country by the end of 2013. Every school we contact has warmly embraced our program. School directors and teachers continue to express gratitude that we have raised awareness on the phenomenon of human trafficking among their students and have armed them with ways to prevent human trafficking. In some cases we have seen tears of concern stream down the faces of teachers.
Teachers: Eager For Human Trafficking Prevention Tools
During our question and answer sessions, it is not uncommon for some of the teachers to be the first to ask about human trafficking prevention training. After years of investment, no teacher wants to see the life of a child thrown away by one wrong decision. These young people are innocent but, because of the lack of awareness, many are deceived into a life of brutal sexual and emotional slavery. Once ensnared, those who are lucky enough to escape are often scarred for years with internal trauma that needs careful attention and counseling.
September is coming and soon the schools will open again. JFY needs financial partners to continue funding this critical campaign for justice and freedom in Southern Moldova. Please consider investing in this important cause by through our online portal or by sending in a check. A gift of $40 will get the word out to over 200 children and equip them to recognize the trapping of slavery. Join us!
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This past week, the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to approve the Trafficking Victims Re-authorization Act, extending the groundbreaking human trafficking provisions provided by the bill signed into law by President Bush in January 2006. This law was signed by President Obama on Friday.
[quote type=”center”] “Congress’ renewal of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act re-asserts U.S. leadership in the effort to eradicate modern-day slavery, our greatest global human rights scourge. This is an important step toward freedom for the millions of women, men and children around the globe who are trafficked into forced labor and sex slavery each year.” [/quote]…David Abramowitz, director of the Alliance To End Slavery & Trafficking
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We at JFY are passionate about fighting human trafficking, mentoring at risk and underprivileged youth and encouraging micro-businesses globally. But we can’t sit back. We know it is imperative that we GO–and we want to bring you with us! So…we are offering a mission trek that will feature digital capture on the ground. Translation: come ready to make a documentary that we can post on YouTube and unleash on the world!
Focus For 2013: Eastern Europe
Looking ahead, we will be taking teams to Russia, Ukraine and Moldova in the summer of 2013. Australia has been and will continue to be one of our most popular outreach locations, so we are planning on leading a team there as well.
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[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #9b9b9b;”] J [/dropcap]ust in time for Valentine’s Day, treat yourself or your loved one to a handmade piece of jewelry and support Justice For Youth at the same time! Our necklaces were made by women working to fight against human trafficking and they are our thank-you to you for your donation. For every $25 donation, you will receive a “Freedom Rocks!” necklace made of glass beads on a leather cord with clasp. For every $15 donation, you will receive a “Be An Angel” necklace, either a small angel on a beaded cord or a large angel on an adjustable suede cord.
Visit our website to donate today and be sure to include your email address so we can contact you about your gifts:
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