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The Dark Side of Super Bowl Sunday

As noted in this article post from Psychology Today, Super Bowl Sunday is not just the battle between the winners of the AFC and NFC for the NFL’s top prize; it also corresponds to a spike in the number of people trafficked, particularly victims of the sex slave trade.

Human Trafficking is a year round issue that takes several forms, but sex trafficking for the Super Bowl is regarded by many experts as the single largest human trafficking event. While same may dispute that particular claim, there is no debate that any event which draws a large amount of people — which the Super Bowl is largely considered the single biggest such event in the United States– results in an uptick in people trafficked in for illegal purposes.

DC Stop Modern Slavery is an all volunteer organization helping to raise awareness and combat human trafficking in the Nation’s capital. Want to help out in the fight? Join our meetup group to learn about new opportunities and events.

Exclusive screening of \”In Plain Sight\” and expert panel discussion

Title: Exclusive screening of \”In Plain Sight\” and expert panel discussion
Location: Asbury United Methodist Church, corner of 11th and K Sts, NW Washington DC
Link out: Click here
Description: Stop Modern Slavery is excited to host an exclusive screening of “In Plain Sight” followed by a panel discussion with local experts, Barbara Amaya, Tina Frundt and Det. Bill Woolf
Date: 2016-11-07

Hope for the Holidays

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Join DC SMS, Love 146, and the Clarendon Ballroom as we present “Hope for the Holidays”! Experience the season of giving with this special celebration featuring food, drinks, and entertainment while crossing off your holiday shopping list with survivor-made goods. The funds raised from this event will support local anti-trafficking organizations.

Click here to register, start a team, sponsor, donate, share! 

Registration Levels

Abolitionist () – Event entry, hors d’oeuvres, two drink tickets 

Abolitionist Jr. () – Event entry, hors d’oeuvres **For those under 21 years old** 

Sponsorship Levels

Basic Sponsorship (0) – includes logo featured on marketing materials and during the event

Table Sponsorship (0) – includes logo featured on marketing material and reserved table at the event 

Take Action Today to End Demand

Contact your DC Council Member and let them know that you support ending demand in DC.

DC Stop Modern Slavery has introduced the End Demand law to DC City Council and now we need YOU to let them know that DC residents want to put an End to Demand.

The End Demand campaign seeks to strengthen consequence for the buyers of sex with minors in Washington, DC:

  • Distinguish between consequences for purchasing sex with an adult versus sex with a minor;
  • Eliminate the “mistake of age” defense so that buyers/renters of youths’ bodies cannot get away with saying that they thought the minors were over the age of 18;
  • People convicted under the new subsection shall be required to register as sex offenders – this goes for the traffickers as well as those who are the renters/buyers.  They will also face longer jail time and much larger fines.

Join us as we put an End to Demand and the sexual exploitation of DC’s youth!

Advocacy Opportunities – Focusing on DC City Council

Thanks for Rachael Pinguelo and Cindy Gustafson for the following blog post about events this week!

The DC Stop Modern Slavery Advocacy Team is working on the “End Demand” campaign to help combat human trafficking in Washington, DC.

On Tuesday, December 2nd, there are two ways you can be a part of this effort:

  • On Tuesday evening, the Advocacy Team will be meeting at the Martin Luther King, Jr Library in Downtown Washington, DC.  We will begin with a holiday social starting at 6 PM.  The business part of the meeting will start around 6:45 – focusing on getting word out to DC voters and residents about opposing the sex trafficking of minors and next steps for the “End Demand” campaign.  You can RSVP for the meeting hereor just show up!

Why are we doing this work?

DC ranks among the worst cities for sex trafficking.  Too often, the victims of such crimes are treated as criminals!  We are taking action to stop traffickers (often known as “pimps”) from repeatedly using youths as objects of rape by those who purchase them (sometimes called “johns” or “buyers” or “renters.”)  The arrested youths end up with criminal records while too many of those who exploit them do not.

Check out this news report about the legislation before the DC City Council, including an interview with a woman trafficked as a youth.  We are seeking to ensure that victims are treated as such since minors are not legally of age to consent to sexual relations with adults.  As the clip from the WUSA9 report notes, the “End Demand” campaign seeks greater consequences for the people who exploit the youths through the horrors of sex trafficking:

  • Distinguish between consequences for purchasing sex with an adult versus sex with a minor;
  • Eliminate the “mistake of age” defense so that buyers/renters of youths’ bodies cannot get away with saying that they thought the minors were over the age of 18;
  • People convicted under the new subsection shall be required to register as sex offenders – this goes for the traffickers as well as those who are the renters/buyers.  They will also face longer jail time and much larger fines.

Other states have already passed laws focusing on curbing demand (Louisiana, Georgia, Illinois, Mississippi, Texas, Tennessee, and Washington).  These laws are modeled after the Swedish Kvinnofrid law with its focus upon “buyers” rather than “sellers” of sex.

Join DC-SMS for Happy Hour and Film Screening Tonight

Blog post thanks to Rachael Pinguelo, DC Stop Modern Slavery Volunteer

Join DC Stop Modern Slavery and other anti-trafficking activists tonight – we will be at Boveda starting at 6 PM for refreshments and then we’ll walk over to the West End Cinema.  Meetup details here with ticket information about tonight and other showings here.

We are attending a screening of Food Chains, an exposé about the human cost of our fresh food industry. Food Chains premiered at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival and the film’s Executive Producers include Eva Longoria and Eric Schlosser.  To learn more about the film, please go here – summary below:

Event_FairfoodFilmFood Chains exposes harsh realities experienced by farm workers, the foundation of our fresh food industry, here in the United States.  They are routinely abused and robbed of wages. In extreme cases they can be beaten, sexually harassed or even enslaved. The complicity of large buyers of produce like fast food companies and supermarkets plays a key role in the current agricultural system. Over the past three decades, these food chains have drained revenue from their supply chains, leaving farm workers to work in poverty and/or under subhuman conditions.

The Fair Food movement strives to ensure a dignified life for farm workers by creating a more humane and transparent food chain.  To learn more about the DC Fair Food activists working on these issues, please go here

DC Stop Modern Slavery is a volunteer organization made up of individuals dedicated to combating human trafficking- the modern-day slave trade.  Human trafficking is the trade of humans for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation and/or forced labor.  Almost every country in the world is affected by trafficking and thousands of men, women, and children are exploited by traffickers each year. Through grassroots action, DC Stop Modern Slavery seeks to raise awareness, sponsor events, raise funds, and advocate for anti-trafficking related policies in our nation’s capital.   We strive to empower others to take action and collaborate effectively with partner organizations around the region.  To get further involved, contact us on social media and/or attend one of the events featured through our Meetup group.

YOU can make an impact- Let Congress Hear Your Voice

 

Stop modern slavery and human trafficking today- ask your friends and family to do the same!

Right now, Congress has a reputation for not doing much but they’re staying busy with human trafficking. The House of Representatives will be voting on a bill and the Senate is voting on five bills that positively impact victims of trafficking and try to hinder the efforts of exploiters and traffickers.

It is critical that your representatives and senators hear your voice now on these bills.

We need your help!

How you can help:

1. Call your representatives and ask them to VOTE YES on H.R. 2283the Human Trafficking Prioritization Act

2. We’ve made it easy- Contact your senators with this quick form from Shared Hope International and ask them to VOTE YES on the 5 for Freedom!

Reach out to your neighbors, family and friends and ask them to contact their U.S. Representatives and Senators today.

The more noise we can make together, the closer we can be to ending human trafficking

and sex slavery.