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Thou shalt not be a victi…

In Human Trafficking on February 5, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Thou shalt not be a victim. Thou shalt not be a perpetrator. And above all, thou shalt never be a bystander.

Yehuda Bauer, Holocaust scholar

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Free Sara Kruzan

In Human Trafficking on January 20, 2012 at 3:11 pm

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Sixteen-year-old human trafficking victim Sara Kruzan was sentenced to life in prison without parole when, after years of sexual, physical and mental abuse, she shot her pimp. When Sara met G.G., the 31-year-old man who would become her pimp, she was only 11. G.G. groomed Sara two years before he raped her. By then, his control was complete and he forced her into prostitution. Sara and the other girls who G.G. exploited were out on the streets from 6pm to 6am, every night. Twelve hours a night, seven days a week, for three years, Sara was raped by strangers so G.G. could profit. After three years, she snapped, and she killed him.Now 33, Sara has spent half her life in prison as a model prisoner, and has asked Gov. Schwarzenegger for clemency. Sara was arrested and tried in 1994, before anyone was using the term “human trafficking” and when the country was still struggling to understand issues like domestic violence and pimp control that give one person coercive control over another. So there was no expert witness at Sara’s trial to explain how her years of repeated rape, trauma, and abuse had affected her actions. There was no expert to tell the jury that with counseling, support, and care, Sara could heal from her traumatic past and grow to be a strong and moral woman.

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Free Sara Kruzan

In Minnesota, a recent study by the Shapiro group found that 124 girls were exploited for prostitution in the month of August 2010.   House Bill 556 would explicitly define sexually-exploited youth as children in need of protection and services, ensure that these youth are not categorized as juvenile delinquents, require the Commissioner of Public Safety develop a statewide model to serve sexually-exploited youth or youth at risk of sexual exploitation, defines “prostitute” as only those over 18 (2014), and increases penalties for those who purchase children for sex. The Minnesota House of Representatives needs to hear that explicitly defining sexually-exploited youth in the law and mandating the development of a statewide service model for sexually-exploited youth or youth at risk of sexual exploitation are important to you. Minnesota can achieve this by passing House Bill 556!
(via Carver County Corruption)

In Human Trafficking on September 5, 2011 at 9:15 am

House Bill 556 Minnesota Human/Child Trafficking

Public complicity and ignorance allow slavery to proliferate.About 20,000 immigrants are entering our country annually enslaved in some form or other be it the sex industry, marriage, or some form of labor (domestic, factory, restaurant, agriculture, construction and even public begging).Victims are often seen as criminals and feel there is no escape. If there is no local shelter for them, the best that can be provided is juvenile hall. These are our children or their friends. What can we do to stop this?Men can take leadership by stopping “locker room” talk and speaking up so others do the same. Unhealthy rationalization needs to stop, and we can all become involved in creating change in some way.Think about it. The next person to be enslaved may be your child or grandchild, or your child’s friend. How far away did Jaycee Dugard and Philip Garrido live from us? Could more have been done sooner? Garrido’s neighbors did report their suspicions.
(Shera Banbury for The Union) My husband was recently speaking to some relatives, and dropped information about
not purchasing Hanes brand underwear when we were in the States recently.  When asked why, he told them that Hanes has an exremely low rating on free2work.com, and told them briefly about human trafficking and our responsibility as consumers to be sure we aren’t contributing to any companies who refuse to make sure their supply-chain is slave-free.  The people he was speaking to, who are very religious and vocal about their religion, dubiously asked, “So what?”   There is nothing more frustrating to me than people whose conscience can’t or won’t rise up against human trafficking.  I’m equally bothered when people say to me, “I can’t handle this information; it makes me too sad.”  This article paints the very real picture of human trafficking here in the States, and takes a quick stab at answering the question of “So what?”  What if the trafficking victim was your child, or someone you knew?   But I want to know – does it even matter if it’s someone you know?  If it makes you sad, consider the very terrifying life of the victims who are being raped right now.  It may be very utilitarian, but does your discomfort weigh more than their very real pain?  I beg for courage, a strong conscience, and cognizance through educating yourself. 

In Human Trafficking on August 6, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Human trafficking in our own backyard

Through his organisation Guria, Ajeet’s first aim was to rescue the minor girls. Ajeet roamed the red light areas posing as a customer recording the locations and details of minor girls. After collecting evidence he took a unique action. “We involved civil society and took 4000-5000 people. We did inform the police, but we didn’t wait for them to take action. We did our legal homework and we marched on. As citizens of this country we have to take action, we covered the whole red light area and rescued 50 girls,” Ajeet said. But he believes he could have rescued more. Over the years Ajeet Singh has been slapped with multiple cases of rape and robbery. Despite this he has succeeded in sealing all the brothels that traded with minors in Varanasi’s red light area. Ajeet is fighting 200 cases against 450 human traffickers, like that of Meena. Meena was just 14 years old when she was kidnapped by a local brothel broker and taken to Mumbai. She was raped multiple times in transition.
(Priyali Sur for CNN-IBN)

In Human Trafficking on August 4, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Real Hero Ajeet fights against female trafficking in India

In Human Trafficking on August 2, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Thou shalt not be a victim. Thou shalt not be a perpetrator. And above all, thou shalt never be a bystander.

Yehuda Bauer, Holocaust scholar

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