When a mom found her 14-year-old daughter’s photo on a website under the false name “Diamond,” she decided to take action. She responded to the ad by texting, “Interested. What can $200 get me?” She said she got a text response saying, “good sex.’”
From that point forward, she was determined to rescue her daughter…
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Say No To Abuse
There is no place for the glorification of sadomasochism and sexual abuse in any culture that stands against human trafficking. Yet Hollywood–Universal Pictures and Focus Features– is giving a platform to 50 Shades of Grey, a pornographic movie that merges erotica and violence. It has been controversially scaled down to an R rating so it can be served up as a mainstream offering and woo this generation of sons and daughters with a sleek and sexy–and completely inaccurate— look into the world of BDSM. To add insult to injury, this piece of cinematic garbage will be released the day before Valentine’s Day.
[quote]Critics have described the book as misogynistic, pornographic, exploitative, sexually violent, and anti-romance – and there is little reason to expect the film will be anything different.
Opposition to the book and movie crosses the ideological spectrum, with many feminists expressing grave concerns about the messages the book is sending. One post on the leading feminist website Jezebel slammed the book (and by extension, the movie) as ’50 Shades of Abuse.'[/quote]
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Actually, this entire ’50 Shades of Degradation’ is pathetic. It points out the tremendous flaws in our male/female relationships. If men and women need to fantasize about controlling and degrading a sexual partner in order to get turned on — then, we are truly out of touch with what human intimacy is all about.
I would suppose that women, who seem to be running to this, are so unsatisfied with their sexual partners that perhaps we need to ask ourselves — why?
But, the unfortunate reality is that very few people will look at this for what it is, but instead, look at it for what the ‘studio’ wants us to see it as. Yes, their dream is that we’ll look at this behavior as — ‘normal’.
I’m pretty sure that abuse hotlines, battered women’s shelters, and our local police departments will be dealing with the aftermath of our ‘normalizing’ the subject matter of S&M.
Women as victims is nothing new in this world. It’s truly a shame to see this so ‘mainstreamed’. It’s particularly disturbing to know that there are so many women drinking the kool-aid known as — sexploitation. Good luck with that, ladies. (Robert, commenting the day after the film was released.)[/quote]
[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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A Social Experiment Worth Repeating
Slowing, shrinking and stopping sex trafficking is one of the most crucial and difficult tasks we face in the 21st century. We are grateful to Sweden for providing such a great example of how it can be done. This is a social experiment and that no doubt can be duplicated worldwide.
[quote]The number of foreign women now being trafficked into Sweden for sex is nil. The Swedish government estimates that in the last few years only 200 to 400 women and girls have been annually sex trafficked into Sweden, a figure that’s negligible compared to the 15,000 to 17,000 females yearly sex trafficked into neighboring Finland. No other country, nor any other social experiment, has come anywhere near Sweden’s promising results.[/quote]
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Related articles across the web
The Rotherham sexual exploitation scandal refers to the existence of widespread child sexual abuse in the town of Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England, between 1997 and 2013, and its subsequent cover-up.
More Rotherham Abuse Scandal Evidence Emerging
According to lead officer Simon Bailey:
[quote]There will be more Rotherham-style child sexual exploitation scandals unearthed in the coming months as the “stone is lifted” on the scale of abuse perpetrated on the young. [/quote]
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A new report released by Not For Sale reveals some interesting statistics…
- More than 50 percent of human trafficking victims were born in the United States; 19 percent in Mexico; and 18 percent in Asia.
- commercial sexual exploitation was the most common form of trafficking reported
- traffickers frequently relocate their victims
[quote]Here’s the scoop. In Silicon Valley, human trafficking victims are young, American women. They are most often sexually exploited at an early age, and their exploitation continues as they are forced to sell their bodies.[/quote]
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A UN report on human trafficking reveals that millions are being trafficked around the world. 136 nationalities from 118 countries are represented in this study. The grim reality is that children, the most vulnerable group of all, is a rising percentage each year.
[quote type=”center”]Human trafficking requires a forceful response founded on the assistance and protection for victims, rigorous enforcement by the criminal justice system, a sound migration policy and firm regulation of the labor markets [/quote]
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Ten years after she was abducted from her bedroom and held captive for 9 months, Elizabeth Smart is happily married and speaking out against human trafficking. It has been said that is isn’t what happens to us so much as it is how we respond to what happens to us that really matters. Smart is a stellar example of this point. The advice she received from her mother is priceless:
[quote] He’s taken nine months from your life that you will never get back. The best punishment you could give him is to be happy.[/quote]
Elizabeth Smart Abolitionist
Part of Smart’s recipe for happiness has been to speak out against human trafficking and internet crimes against children. The Elizabeth Smart Foundation is dedicated to this purpose. Regarding human trafficking she says:
[quote]It’s everywhere whether you accept it or not,” she said. “It’s in my hometown. It’s here in your hometown. It’s everywhere, and as soon as we open our eyes and acknowledge that, the sooner we can start to make a difference. [/quote]
From Survivor to Spokesperson Extraordinaire
- On March 8, 2006, Elizabeth Smart appeared at the US Congress to support sexual predator legislation as well as the AMBER Alert system.
- In 2011, Smart founded the Elizabeth Smart Foundation,which aims to support the Internet Crimes Against Children task force and to educate children about violent and sexual crime.
- On May 1, 2013 in a speech at a human trafficking conference at Johns Hopkins University Smart discussed the need to emphasize individual self-worth in fighting human trafficking. You can see this session below:
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[quote type=”center”] Everything you’re doing makes a difference. People like you brought me back. [/quote]
JFY Advocates Stasia and Chelsey, a mother and daughter team, are in Thailand right now, working with Home of the Open Heart in Chang Rai, near the Myanmar (formerly Burma) border. Home of the Open Heart provides a place of refuge for HIV positive children. Chelsey brings this report:
[quote]Garin is one of the amazing children here at home of the open heart where my mother and I are staying in Thailand. Garin has such an incredible story. My mum and I will hopefully be bringing some of his beautiful paintings back to America to auction for him for his second surgery and other needs of the home. Please watch this touching video.[/quote]
Stasia brings this report:
[quote]I have an opportunity for you all. Garin has a few of his limited edition prints of his very first painting available for purchase. These are gorgeous prints and all proceeds go to his next ear surgery. Please contact me if you would like me to make sure that you get one. (I plan on purchasing one before I leave. )[/quote]
We live in a world where human trafficking is so prevalent that many of us have no doubt encountered victims and didn’t even realize it at the time. With that in mind, here is a terrific list of things to look for that was posted by Steve Graham of ACT (Against Child Trafficking
Red Flags: Spotting a Human Trafficking victim
* Living with Employer
* Poor Living Conditions
* Multiple People in Cramped Space
* Inability to Speak to an Individual Alone
* Employer Holding Identity Documents
* Signs of Physical Abuse
* Submissive or Fearful
* Unpaid or Paid Very Little
* Under 18 and in Prostitution
* Heavy security at the commercial establishment including barred windows, locked doors, isolated location, electronic surveillance. Women are never seen leaving the premises unless escorted.
* Victims live at the same premises as the brothel or work site or are driven between quarters and by a guard. For labor trafficking, victims are often prohibited from leaving the work site, which may look like a guarded compound from the outside.
* Victims are kept under surveillance when taken to a doctor, hospital or clinic for treatment; trafficker may act as a translator.
* High foot traffic, especially for brothels where there may be trafficked women indicated often by a stream of men arriving and leaving the premises.
Trafficking victims are kept in bondage through a combination of fear, intimidation, abuse, and psychological controls. While each victim will have a different experience, they share common threads. Trafficking victims live a life marked by abuse, betrayal of their basic human rights, and control under their trafficker. The following indicators in and of themselves may not be enough to meet the legal standard for trafficking, but they indicate that a victim is controlled by someone else and, accordingly, the situation should be further investigated.
<p>IF YOU ARE ABLE TO ASK QUESTIONS OF A PERSON YOU THINK HAS BEEN TRAFFICKED, THESE ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTIONS TO ASK:
* Can You Leave Your Job if You Want?
* Can You Come and Go as You Please?
* Have You Been Hurt or Threatened if You Tried to Leave?
* Has Your Family Been Threatened?
* Do You Live With Your Employer?
* Where Do You Sleep and Eat?
* Are You in Debt to Your Employer?
* How did you arrive at this destination?
* Do You Have Your Passport/ID? If Not, Who Has It?
Very Important: You do not want to create a situation of greater danger for this person. Ask questions with great care and sensitivity. The person may be traumatized and not be able to speak about his/her experience. Most trafficking victims will not readily volunteer information about their status because of fear and abuse they have suffered at the hands of their trafficker. They may also be reluctant to come forward with information from despair, discouragement, and a sense that there are no viable options to escape their situation. Even if pressed, they may not identify themselves as someone held in bondage for fear of retribution to themselves or family members.
Anyone can report suspected trafficking cases. If the victim is under 18, professionals who work in law enforcement, healthcare, social care, mental health, and education are mandated to report such cases. Through a grass-roots community-wide effort and public awareness campaign, more professionals on the front line can readily identify the trafficking victim and have him/her treated accordingly.
INDICATORS THAT OFTEN POINT TO A PERSON HELD IN A TRAFFICKING CONDITION</p>
Health Characteristics of a Trafficked Person
Some of the health problems that may be evident in a victim include:
* Malnutrition, dehydration or poor personal hygiene
* Sexually transmitted diseases
* Signs of rape or sexual abuse
* Bruising, broken bones, or other signs of untreated medical problems* Critical illnesses including diabetes, cancer or heart disease
* Post-traumatic stress or psychological disorders
Other Important Signs
In addition to some of the obvious physical and mental indicators of trafficking, there are other signs that an individual is being controlled by someone else. Red flags should go up for police or aid workers who notice any of the following during an intake. The individual…
*Does not hold his/her own identity or travel documents
* Suffers from verbal or psychological abuse designed to intimidate, degrade and frighten the individual
* Has a trafficker or pimp who controls all the money, victim will have very little or no pocket money