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“In times of crisis, the sexual exploitation and trafficking of children skyrockets,” says Lori Cohen, Executive Director of the anti-human trafficking organization ECPAT-USA. “Being safe in a time of COVID-19 means more than just washing your hands.”
Wincey Terry-Bryant is a musician with a fabulous career. She’s worked with Sting, Tina Turner, Garrison Keillor, and a whole host of other famous people. She’s talented, charismatic, funny, and has a warmth that can light up a room.
However (and as you might guess, there is a “however”) her music career took an unexpected twist when it led Wincey to devote a large part of her life to combatting human trafficking.
Everyone has his or her own story for why they want to combat human trafficking. In the case of Jennifer Keltner, Founder of Rescue Party Give, it began when she was a terrified little girl.
Although the information may not apply to you, if you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that it does. If you work in the anti-trafficking field and you have even a reasonably high profile – maybe you’re on the Internet, or you give talks, or you donate money to anti-trafficking causes – do you need to worry that the traffickers will find you and harm you? Or your children?
Understanding this situation turned out to be life-changing for Wells and Safe House Project co-founder, Brittany Dunn. They realized that, “The only thing standing between slavery and freedom for these children was having a place to heal. Their freedom required our action.”
We’ve all heard the snarky advice, usually given to people in the media whose jobs have disappeared: “Learn to code!” But for those who have survived human trafficking, this normally unkind advice turns out to be almost unbelievably useful and valuable.
Art has the power to reach beyond our rational brains. At its best, art has the power to reach to the very core of what makes us tick. It can make us see ourselves differently and it can inspire us to action. When we say that art “moves us,” this is actually literally true; art can not only make us more aware, it can inspire us to behave differently.
Jeff Keith from Guardian Group has an answer for you. He and his colleagues designed the 15-page report, 2019 Human Trafficking in America, and according to Keith, they did it, “To create a tool that enables people to get information in one place without having to seek it out. We sourced it from well-done research projects and then added to it our own analysis of the problem based on 10 years of experience.”
The Jeffrey Epstein case brought to light one of the ugliest secrets of the fashion world. In too many cases, a pretty girl is offered a glamorous and lucrative career in modelling and ends up being trafficked.
When you think of human trafficking, here are two factors you may not have considered. Both of these factors involve the need for prison reform.
1.Too often traffickers target female prisoners on their release.
2.Children of mothers who are incarcerated all too often end up in foster care. If they run away from foster care, which is a serious risk, they will be attractive prey for human traffickers.
Human exploitation takes many forms, but all of them have one thing in common: exploiters prey on the vulnerable. The Tahirih Justice center focuses on helping a particularly vulnerable group, immigrant women and girls.
Want an extraordinary statistic? One that is deeply disturbing and that may be even worse than it seems?
Forty percent of runaway and homeless youth identify as LGBTQ. That makes them prime targets for either survival sex or for being victims of sex-trafficking.
s pornography a harmless activity? A “No harm, no foul” situation?
Nina Bullock from Fight the New Drug has emphatic answers. Her answers are, “No!” and “No!”
Jim Conrad is a Delaware Poet who wrote this poem, Evil at Its Worst, for Win This Fight. A great big Thank You to Conrad for doing this! Poetry can focus and intensity emotions as words alone cannot. Again, thank you, Jim Conrad, for writing this.
The earrings you see in this illustration are stylish, unusual, and beautiful. However, when you know the story behind them, I bet you’ll see them as being even more beautiful.