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!

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.

 

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.

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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.

Abolitionists Bike to Raise Trafficking Awareness

We at DC – Stop Modern Slavery are proud to announce today International Justice Mission’s 5 Weeks for Freedom campaign!

Led by Venture Expeditions, a non-profit organization devoted to supporting charitable work through cycling and climbing events, 5 Weeks will follow fifteen ordinary people from all over North America as they embark on an 1800-mile bike journey from Mobile, Alabama to Buffalo, New York to retrace the steps taken by slaves fleeing the pre-Civil War South on the Underground Railroad. While state-sponsoredslavery was abolished in this country long ago, few realize that the institution continues. The Underground Railroad will be used once again as a beacon of freedom, this time as a vehicle for showing the public the truth behind modern-day slavery.

The riders, Andrew Nelson, Brittney Andrist, Clara Caruthers, David Nanne, Deborah Go, Elien Bruex, Joanne Barrow, Kyle Reiter, Laura Ranieri, Lisa, Rudzik, Margie Gordner, Merry Chadwick, Michael Bowerman, Mike Barrow, and Nathanael Hostetter come from many different walks of life, backgrounds, and regions of this continent – in one case, coming from as far as Alaska. They are students, teachers, small business owners, nurses, and engineers, and they have all taken a break from their daily lives to engage in this unprecedented project to promote advocacy and awareness of the 27 million people who, today, cannot go home.

The serendipitous nature of the meeting between IJM and Venture Expeditions came down to the simple placement of information booths. At a recent Urbana – a faith-based student ministry to encourage and support positive world change – conference the two booths of each organization were situated next to one another. As one began speaking to the other, the first glimmers of what would become 5 Weeks for Freedom began to emerge.

The riders for 5 Weeks will be followed by GPS to eight stops along their route, including Birmingham, Alabama; Nashville, Tennessee; Louisville, Kentucky; and the cities of Cincinnati, Columbus, and Cleveland, Ohio, where events will include concerts, rallies, speeches, and screenings of the documentary At the End of Slavery. During their journey, each of the fifteen biking abolitionists will record their thoughts, impressions, and hopes as they come across what will surely be thousands of people and discuss the existence and prevalence of the human slave trade.

“We want to capture people’s hearts,” Daniel Li, Senior Developer and Web Strategist of the IJM explained during a recent interview. “So many people [out there] don’t know that there are 27 million slaves.” With his own interest in ending modern day slavery beginning with the help he provided his sister in establishing a campus charter for slavery awareness and outreach work, Li will be accompanying the riders along the way on what is one of IJM’s “largest projects initiated to date… (Using the Underground Railroad) is a great way to tangibly access the history of America’s abolitionist movement to make a difference again.”

As the campaign draws to a close in July, we will be back with further information and interviews with the freedom riders about their experiences from the field and the IJM’s upcoming push to establish an easy-to-implement house gathering kit for abolitionists to screen the At the End of Slavery documentary to their family and friends.

We wish the riders a safe and exciting journey, and we look forward to the stories of your experiences!

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For those of you interested in attending a 5 Weeks for Freedom event in one of the above listed cities, or if you would like more information on the participants, please check out the campaign’s website at www.fiveweeksforfreedom.org

For more information on the International Justice Mission, check out IJM’s web page here.

The trailer for and more information on the documentary film, At the End of Slavery, can be seen here.

Venture Expeditions is committed to humanitarian support through the mobilization for cycling and climbing tours. Their website can be viewed here.

Missouri Takes Action on Trafficking Awareness and Police Training

The State of Missouri’s Treasury Department and the Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition have hosted a trafficking identification and intervention seminar in Jefferson City on Friday for the public and state employees on Friday, April 23rd. CMSHTC has been actively involved throughout the state in public awareness and police training since 2006, and has since investigated and referred more than 70 cases to the authorities, resulting in the rescue of nearly 1000 victims.

To CMSHTC – Well done, and keep up the amazing work.

For those of you in Missouri who are viewing our blog here in DC, please visit the Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition website for more information on how to get involved in ending modern day slavery in your area: http://cmshtc.wordpress.com/about-central-missouri-stop-human-trafficking-coalition/