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.

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!

Foot Soldiers for the Cause

 

 

 

By Ron Jensen

More than 2 million allies have jonied the effort to stop modern slavery.

Foot soldiers, you might say.

The Defense Department has instructed military members to be vigilant for evidence of human trafficking.

This is not inconsequential. 

A significant number of U.S. military members are stationed in nearly two dozen countries around the world–in Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific region.

But the warning from the Pentagon went out to soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines stationed in America, too. And to its civilian employees worldwide, adding a million or so more pairs of eyes to the fight.

 John F. Awtrey, the DoD’s director of law enforcement policy and support, pointed out in the press release, “While traffic victims generally come from the poor places in the world, their destination . . . is all over the world. A lot of countries where our service members are deployed have evidence of a lot of trafficking, and it’s here in the United States, as well.”

The military began training military members and civilian employees on how to spot evidence of human trafficking back in 2004 when military members were found frequenting places in South Korea that were involved in trafficking women from Russia and the Philippines.

Military members are, for the most part, well-trained at spotting something out of the ordinary. People who can spot disturbed earth on a dirt road in Afghanistan where a deadly bomb has been placed probably can be counted on to notice warning signs of human trafficking.

But this is a role we all can play. And so can our friends and family members.

We should obligate ourselves to know how to spot evidence of human trafficking and share that information with our friends.

The Pentagon release tells of a civilian employee at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, who had a meal once a month at a Chinese restaurant near the base. He noticed that the staff was new every time he visited.

He reported his suspicions and the FBI busted a human trafficking ring.

This isn’t a job only for the authorities or the folks who wear badges. This is something all of us can do.

The Pentagon points out that nightclubs, bars, spas, nail salons and dry cleaners are all places where people being trafficked are put to work.

And, just in case you do see something suspicious, the number for the National Human Trafficking Resource Center is 1-888-373-7888.

           

           

 

 

National Victims Rights Week April 10-16

The week of April 11th-17th is National Crime Victims Rights Week, also referred to as NCVRW.  Awareness of victims rights includes recognizing victims of human trafficking.  NCVRW was established by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) back in 1981, and has been a tradition ever since.

You can review OVCs calendar here, which provides locations all over the country that are speaking out about the rights for victims of crimes.  The purpose of NCVRW week is to help other communities in the U.S. establish fair’s, community events, give awards, and allow for speaking venues where people can be educated about victims rights.  The OVC website has everything that a community would need from a resource guide to multimedia tools to hold an event during this week.

OVC’s website also has a page dedicated solely to human trafficking.  Please check out this site and take a look at the publications and videos posted about modern day slavery.

Additional Information:

OVC on Human Trafficking

Adult Services Ads Support Human Trafficking

Even though Craigslist shut down their adult services on both their US and international pages, many other web sites still provide a convenient and easy way for the continuation of trafficking.

Sites such as Craigslist provide a way for pimps to post women, men and even children for exploitation. Pictures of those being trafficked are typically posted in the adult services section, often listing the cost and what services were being offered to any customer willing to pay.  This has allowed for a massive flow of online sexual exploitation: those engaging in the trafficking of underage men and women will not even have to leave their home to post a victim online.

If you were to look at these ads you might not even know that the people posted were being forced to perform sexual acts for the profit of someone else.  While Craigslist did take the first steps to stop assisting this trend, there are many other websites that continue to turn a blind eye to the practice.

While the introduction of aggressive new law enforcement measures and concerned citizen outreach has begun to put pressure on these web sites, many still continue to operate their adult services with a measure of impunity. Public and legal action that forced Craigslist to close their adult forum was indeed a success, however, proving that as long as there are people out there willing to fight against online human trafficking – while it may be one website at a time – victory is certainly achievable.

Craigslist Says it Shut Down U.S. Adult Services for Good (Washington Post)

Craigslist Controversy Continues: Adult Services Still Offered Just Across Border in Canada (ABC News)

Adult Services Censored on Craigslist (CNN)

Craigslist Removes Commercial Sex Ads from International Sites (Change.org)

Submitted by Charlotte Buscher

INTERPOL Fights to End Slavery

Check out this interview with INTERPOL by CNN’s Richard Quest in regards to human trafficking.

More about INTERPOL:

INTERPOL is an international police organization with
188 member countries who work with INTERPOL to combat crimes including
human trafficking.

The interview discusses the issue of human trafficking and how
INTERPOL is working to diminish trafficking.  INTERPOLs Criminal
Intelligence Officer discusses how they work to help the law
enforcement with their acting members to track the billions of dollars
that comes from human trafficking.  INTERPOL has securities in place
to track passports of suspected human traffickers and has a system
that notifies INTERPOLs member countries of those suspected of human
trafficking.

This interview frequently mentions the trafficking of people across
borders but please don’t forget that human trafficking does not
require the  transportation of people to be considered human
trafficking.

The link to this interview is below as well as the link to INTERPOLs
website if you want to learn more about INTERPOLs mission and what
they are doing to fight human trafficking.

For more information on INTERPOL and its continuing work against trafficking, please visit the organization’s website here.

Post submitted by Charlotte Buscher

Video: Tina Frundt on HR 5575 and the Domestic Sex Trafficking of Minors

Tina Frundt, founder and executive director of trafficked children’s center Courtney’s House, and a survivor of trafficking, testifies on domestic trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation and the need for more victim’s recognition, services, and housing before the House Congressional Judiciary Committee regarding the Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Victims’ Support Act (HR 5575). The following link leads to an interview with Ms. Frundt and of portions of her testimony.

To view this video, please click here.

From the UK: Girl, 14, forced to be prostitute in Greater Manchester

A 14-year-old was forced into prostitution and sexually abused by a series of men after going missing from her home in Greater Manchester.

Nine men were convicted in connection with the abuse, which took place in February and March 2008.

The girl, described as vulnerable, was “used as a commodity” for sexual activity with the men, police said.

Supt Paul Savill, of Greater Manchester Police (GMP), said she had been through an “absolutely horrifying ordeal”.

Police said the girl, who first went missing on 16 February 2008, had been abused by a number of different men “as she went from one vulnerable situation to another”.

In each case the men identified her vulnerability to take advantage of her.

In a statement issued following the convictions, the girl said: “These people exploit young girls, introduce them to prostitution, feed them drugs and alcohol and tell them they love them.

To read more, please follow this link to the BBC article.