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Georgia Brings Child Sex Trafficking Fight to School

In Awareness, Child Sex Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking, Social Justice on May 16, 2013 at 11:19 am

Starting this fall, students in a pilot program for Georgia high schools are set to start learning about child sex trafficking. It’s part of a trend that may make Georgia a leader in fighting the crime.

“Georgia has one of the most prevalent problems in the country” with child sex trafficking, in part because the state is a major crossroad of freeways and airlines, said Joel Thornton, chief of staff at the Georgia Department of Education and organizer of a May 13 and 14 sex trafficking conference attended by 324 school personnel, mainly from Georgia. Thornton has organized similar conferences before, but this one is the biggest so far.

“The thing that surprised me most when I started looking into this two or three years ago was that it was a lot more Georgia kids than I thought,” said Thornton. “I had assumed it was international kids passing through our airport.”

Source: Youth Today

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Love146: Expansion

In Awareness, Child Sex Trafficking, Child Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on April 26, 2013 at 2:46 pm

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We’re focusing on reaching America’s children before traffickers do and educating children on the dangers of trafficking. Many of the at-risk children in the U.S. go to school every day.

So over the last 18 months we piloted a program in Connecticut and reached nearly 4,000 children. Unfortunately, we also identified potential victims. After training teachers how to identify signs of potentially trafficked children, in almost every school, teachers told us they had seen these signs previously but not known what they were. We even had children teach us potential new trafficking tactics – one child told she was waiting for her “sponsor” to get out of prison. This is not your typical type of child sponsorship run by charities, rather one where older men “sponsor” a child, buy her gifts, clothes, cell phones and promise to take care of her. These tactics are placing children in extreme risk of being trafficked.

We’re starting by growing our Prevention Education program in Connecticut schools to reach thousands more students in our home state. To support the expansion we’re also opening two new Love146 offices in 2013.

Source: Love146

Nigeria: The Proposed Law On Human Trafficking

In Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking on January 24, 2013 at 12:19 pm

The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday announced that it was seeking a seven-year jail term for human traffickers, by approving a draft bill that would be sent to the National Assembly for consideration, deliberation and passage into law. The draft bill is titled “Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition, Enforcement and Administration) Bill, 2012”.

The Minster of Information, Labaran Maku said, “Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition), Law Enforcement and Administration Act, 2003 (as amended)”, is fraught with deficiencies and grossly inadequate to effectively combat the scourge of human trafficking in the country.”

Source: All Africa

Girls’ school shines in village notorious for sex-trafficking

In Child Sex Trafficking, Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on January 23, 2013 at 12:02 pm

There is nothing apparently different in this village at first glance. But if one looks deeper, they can spot the winds of change that have been blowing over Piyali in South 24-Parganas.

For six years now, girls are safe in the village once infamous for sex trafficking. And it is a school meant for every girl child of the village that has helped bring this change.

Piyali Learning Centre started in 2007, a social initiative jointly run by the Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan and the US-based NGO, Pace Universal. Though yet to secure an affiliation from the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education, the school runs classes from nursery to Class IX exclusively for village girls. The two social welfare groups ensure that each girl child takes admission in the school and does not spend time outside either home or school because the abduction rate of girls for the flesh trade racket was extremely high here. A large number of women who live in Piyali have been rescued from the flesh market. According to police reports, there have been instances of parents willingly selling their daughters to touts.

At the school, children are taught English though the teaching medium is essentially in the vernacular. Happily, most have picked up the language fast and are even trying to educate their parents. “I am illiterate but my daughter is teaching me,” said 38-year-old farmer Badal Mondol, who was among the first parents to send his daughter, Shampa, to this school.

 Source: Times of India

Teaching Her: One Woman’s Mission to Give Nepali Child Trafficking Survivors an Education

In Child Labor, Child Sex Trafficking, Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking, Social Justice on October 10, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Aawaaj is an organization in Nepal that helps disadvantaged girls, many who have been trafficked for labor, succeed in school. (Photo c/o Aawaaj)

When Irada Prajuli Gautam was just 19 years old, she traveled from her comfortable home in western Nepal to the rural midwestern area of the country to work as a nurse for Save the Children. A young Nepali woman whose parents had always encouraged her to pursue education, Gautam was overwhelmed by the scarcity and economical depression she found in this mountainous, roadless region that was recently wracked by political violence.

Here the brutal realities of poverty are felt most harshly by girls, who are married at very young ages, often verbally, physically and sexually abused, and regularly trafficked for the sex trade or child labor. Many girls, even if they live with stable families, have such overwhelming workloads at home that they cannot attend school. “I saw lots of girls who were not happy being a daughter,” Gautam says. “They faced discrimination on a family level and society at large. They were not getting equal love and care as boys.”

Gautam spent the next 10 years working in this area as a nurse before deciding that she could do more as a leader of a grassroots organization that would focus on changing the societal norms. “I saw misery and unbalance among the girls,” she says. “I felt like I had to give them a voice.”

Source: Take Part

Masseuse arrested for soliciting sex with undercover officer

In Awareness, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on September 6, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Police arrested a Barstow masseuse for allegedly soliciting sex acts with an undercover officer, though detectives have not ruled out that the woman may, herself, be a victim of sex trafficking.

Lixia Wang, 44, was arrested Saturday after allegedly soliciting an officer with the Barstow Police Department Street Enforcement Team who posed as a customer. The team was investigating reports of prostitution at the Asia Massage parlor at 816 East Williams St.

During the investigation police seized a large amount of cash believed to be gains from illegal activity.

Officers are working with the U.S Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement to determine Wang’s immigration status. Wang hardly spoke English, though she was cooperative with police, said Sgt. Mike Hunter. She was cite-released that night.

Prostitution arrests in Barstow are rare — even rarer are those tied with businesses, Hunter said.

Wang’s immigration status also makes this a unique situation and police are investigating the possibility she was brought to the U.S. as a sex slave.

Earlier this year several Barstow police officers participated in sex trafficking training organized by the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.

“There’s a lot of immigrants being brought over here and used in the sex trade,” Hunter said.

Source: Desert Dispatch

Educate schools to help stop child trafficking

In Awareness, Child Sex Trafficking, Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking on June 1, 2012 at 4:15 pm

My goal is to ensure that advocates across the country are given the same opportunity to speak and to experience a similar sense of honor and victory when their bills pass.  In order to make this possible, I consulted with James Dold for advice.  James is the Policy Counsel with Polaris Project, an organization which was instrumental in the passing of this law, and he suggested the following steps:

1. Build a case – Quote general nationwide statistics from organizations like Polaris Project, Shared Hope International, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), and others.

Quote local statistics by consulting with the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC).  The NHTRC can provide details for calls made to their hotline from your state.  For example, the NHTRC can provide details for the number of calls made, the number of calls regarding minors, the number of calls from teachers, and the number of potential minor victims, along with other useful information.

Cite news articles which report areas of the state considered to be “hotspots” for the trafficking of children, recent arrests, and recent activity by the Attorneys General and the Governor’s offices… (Click the link to read more!)

Child labour in our culture

In Awareness, Child Labor, Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking on April 1, 2012 at 4:02 pm

There is a need for eliminating child labor in Pakistan. Child labor and child trafficking negatively affect human capital development and the overall national development agenda. When children do not go to school they are denied the knowledge and skills needed for national development. Educating children, rather than forcing them to work, could yield enormous economic benefits for developing nations, through increased productivity and human capital. Benefits of education however large, may not be enough to convince poverty struck families to stop sending children to work as the concern over household survival outweighs that of children’s future earnings, therefore this is the problem that Pakistan faces today.

Child labor in Pakistan is perhaps most rampant in a north-western province called Sialkot, near the border with Kashmir, which is an important production centre for exports goods such as sporting goods. Thousands of Pakistani children, many under the age of 10, get less than 10p an hour stitching soccer balls for export around the world. About three-quarters of all the high-quality footballs used in international competitions are made here where child labour is perhaps the most rampant (In 1994, it pumped the equivalent of $385 million into the Pakistan economy).

Source: Pakistan Observer

Chicago police taught to be more alert to signs of human trafficking

In Awareness, Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on February 24, 2012 at 10:35 am

Chicago police, attorneys and other law enforcement officials attend a training session Wednesday at Chicago Police Department headquarters designed to teach investigators how to be more alert to signs of human trafficking. Because Chicago is a hub for tourism and conventions, it is considered a main area for human trafficking in the U.S. by the FBI, officials said. (José M. Osorio, Chicago Tribune / February 22, 2012)

A 2010 Illinois law that defined underage prostitutes as victims instead of criminals has spurred Chicago police to be more alert to signs of human trafficking, which experts say is second only to the drug trade as the biggest illegal business in the nation.

And because Chicago is a hub for tourism and conventions, it is considered a main area for human trafficking in the U.S. by the FBI, officials said Wednesday during a seminar for police.

Investigators learned to be alert for bruises, anxious and submissive behavior, and words like “daddy,” slang for pimp. Officials say those clues might help identify victims of human trafficking.

In addition to new and strengthened laws, awareness of the problem is growing. Wednesday’s training on prostitution and forced labor, at Chicago Police Departmentheadquarters, was attended by about 300 law enforcement officials.

“Many people associate human trafficking with other countries,” said Jennifer Greene, policy adviser at the Cook County state’s attorney’s office. “But it happens here in Chicago all the time.”

The victims include children as well as adult women and men, often affected by psychological issues or factors like low income and homelessness. Those factors make them vulnerable to people who recruit them on the street or via the Internet, officials say.

Source: Chicago Tribune

!!!!! Such AWESOME news.

Don’t blame the victims of human trafficking

In Awareness, Child Sex Trafficking, Child Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking, Social Justice on February 20, 2012 at 10:01 am

This past week, citizens across Montana held their breath and prayed for a young girl whose disappearance triggered an Amber Alert.

I am so proud and thankful for our local and national law enforcement’s quick and coordinated efforts. The relief I felt at the news of her recovery brought tears to my eyes. But my elation quickly turned to sorrow as I read comments online by uninformed citizens that wanted to “blame” the young victim and her family for the calculated criminal activities of the men arrested by the FBI.

There is a lesson here, no doubt, that parents need to learn how to track their children’s activities online, and our young people need to be formally educated about the real dangers that linger there. But the blame in this case and thousands just like it falls completely, totally, and irrevocably on the shoulders of the men who manipulated and exploited the vulnerabilities of a 12-year-old girl.

While the investigation in this particular case continues, let me tell you that this is an all too familiar scenario. The fastest growing crime across our nation is Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking; quite simply, the sexual exploitation of our young people for profit.

(Diane Yarus for Daily Inter Lake)

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