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!
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. 2283, the 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.
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
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.