New rules re: Truckers and Trafficking

CMV (Commercial Motor Vehicle) Drivers Convicted of Human Trafficking are Banned for Life

An article in CDL Life recently announced that, "The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced a final rule today that will permanently ban a person from operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) for life if they are found guilty of human trafficking.

The FMCSA announced the final rule on Tuesday, July 16.

According to a news release from the FMCSA, “This new rule [will] prohibit an individual from operating a CMV for life if that individual uses a CMV in committing a felony involving a severe form of human trafficking. The new rule revises the list of offenses permanently disqualifying individuals from operating a CMV for which a commercial driver’s license or a commercial learner’s permit is required.

The FMCSA says that the lifetime ban follows President Trump’s signing of the “No Human Trafficking on Our Roads Act.”

Hooray!  Despite all of the bickering in Washington DC, sometimes the federal government gets it right!

In related news right here in Washington State, Hope4Justice recently learned from Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) that the Washington Department of Licensing has made it a requirement for all CDL schools in our state to train drivers about human trafficking with the TAT training

The Truckers Against Trafficking training requires drivers to "demonstrate their knowledge of the issue of human trafficking and how a member of the trucking or bus industry can play a vital role in combatting this crime -- perhaps even saving a life."

I am related to a trucker and have been told of some sketchy scenarios drivers have come across while traveling their routes.  These federal and state steps against trafficking are excellent ways to incorporate the anti-trafficking fight into the everyday life of hundreds of thousands of truck drivers -- with the potential to make a real difference for victims. 

Well done!

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Research: Decriminalizing prostitution increases trafficking

Contrary to claims that legalizing prostitution is the answer to the issue of sex trafficking, recently reported research showing, "Researchers from the LSE (London School of Economics and Political Study)  did a study of 150 countries and found that there’s more human trafficking where prostitution is legal/decriminalised. A study for the European Parliament came to the same conclusion, and so does economic theory."  

The article goes on to say, "When something that was previously a criminal offence is made legal, it sends out the message that society now considers the former offence to be acceptable. This invariably leads to more people engaging in that behaviour.

So, when a country decriminalises the sex trade, it is announcing that buying sexual access to other people and profiting from their prostitution are now considered acceptable. This inevitably leads to more men buying sex more frequently, and more pimps and brothel keepers wanting to get their hands on all that extra money."

Another viewpoint comes from the occasional woman who claims that 'sex work' is 'real work' and that it is something she freely chooses to do.  Perhaps it is for them.  But many prostituted women have spoken out on the "Share Your Story" page, telling of a much different experience.  This is one of those stories:  

"Is ‘sex work’ real work?

If ‘real work’ is having a 70 year-old drunk man bargaining with your ‘price’ because you won’t continue without a condom… that man getting aggressive and asking for his money back… if work is being forced to give up 50-100% of your income to a pimp… if work is being forced to have sex with men on the run from the police for domestic abuse… if work is being filmed without your consent… if work is being slapped/beaten/told you are a worthless whore…

Then yes it’s work." (Anonymous)

Click here to find more personal perspectives on "sex work."  They will break your heart and help you understand why  the Nordic Model of  helping the prostituted person and offering a way out of "the life" while prosecuting the johns and pimps is the preferred approach of Hope4Justice.  

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Reminder: Sex Trafficking Prevention Seminar is this coming Saturday, 7/27/19:

Nooksack Valley Christ Community Church together with International Saints & Abolitionists will be hosting a Sex Trafficking Prevention Seminar from 10 am - 2:30 pm on Saturday, July 27 at  109 W 3rd St, Everson, WA 98247.

Childcare and lunch provided with RSVP.  Click here to RSVP.

Trafficking Awareness Seminar on 7/27/19 & Recent Arrests in the News

Sex Trafficking Seminar on July 27th

Nooksack Valley Christ Community Church together with International Saints & Abolitionists will be hosting a Sex Trafficking Prevention Seminar from 10 am - 2:30 pm on Saturday, July 27 at  109 W 3rd St, Everson, WA 98247.

Come and learn from multiple speakers about…

  • What is sex trafficking?

  • What does it look like at home and abroad?

  • What does it mean to be a protective parent?

  • What does it mean to Decrease Demand?

  • What does Jesus have to say about it all?

Childcare and lunch provided with RSVP.

Click here to RSVP. It really helps for seating/childcare/lunch which are all provided by NVCCC!

See you there!

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Recent arrests in the news:

Can we call it good news when men who commit crimes of child porn and trafficking are caught?  Yes.  But the bad side of that same news is that  those arrests also reveal some of the ugly underbelly of our society that we don't see or think about every day.  It  gives us a glimpse of demeaning exploitation that, quite frankly, many people just don't want to acknowledge.

"After all - it's not happening here.  Not in our town.  Not in our backyard..." or so we'd like to think.  But that thinking is wrong.  It is happening here.  It's just happening behind closed doors, out of our sight.  Vulnerable children and adult victims are being exploited.  

After reading the articles listed below, you are encouraged to go back to the top of this page and sign up for the sex trafficking seminar on 7/27/19.  What you learn may help arrest the next predator -- or better yet, prevent a predator from exploiting a child you know.

Recent arrests that made the news this past week:

In Washington state:
 On July 11, 2019, reported that a Tri-Cities businessman was arrested on child porn charges.  Click here for more info.

In Chicago:  On 7/11/19 reported, "Singer R. Kelly has been arrested in Chicago on federal sex crime charges, according to two law enforcement officials."  Click here to read more.

In New York: Multiple sources reported on 7/6/19 that Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein was arrested in New York City on sex trafficking-related charges. reported, "David Boies, an attorney who represents a pair of Epstein accusers, said in a statement to the Daily Beast. “It is an important step towards getting justice for the many victims of Mr. Epstein’s sex trafficking enterprise."

“We hope that prosecutors will not stop with Mr. Epstein because there were many other people who participated with him and made the sex trafficking possible,” added Boies."  Additional details available here.

Oh my goodness. A "Porn University."

A "Porn University" opens in Medellin, Columbia

Seriously.  What is this world coming to?!

I almost choked on my tea when I came across this headline on Twitter.  On July 6, 2019, Exodus Cry tweeted, "World's First Porn University Opens."  Author Laila Mickelwait says, "Imagine if your daughter were faced with the decision, upon entering college, of whether to major in political science, biology or… porn and prostitution? That scenario is exactly where the logic of considering commercial sex as a legitimate job is leading.

A porn performer named Amaranta Hank recently found an opportunity to promote the sex industry, make money, and gain notoriety by opening her own “Porn University”—a “sex school” where students are taught how to make porn."

Mickelwait goes on to say, "Although this is the first of its kind, it is quite possible that in this porn-inspired culture the idea will spread into the mainstream. Those who stand to gain from the exploitation of others in the sex industry are aggressively promoting their agenda to normalize commercial sex, to a degree that it is being considered at even the highest levels of government as a “job like any other.” If it is indeed considered a job, profession, trade, or work then what would prevent universities from offering up degrees on being a sex object in sex industry?"

Unbelievable.  Or maybe not.  I've heard at least one of the Democratic presidential candidates call for decriminalization of the sex trade.  Learn more about that topic in the article below.

An Open Letter to All Presidential Candidates

On June 24, 2019, Rebecca Bender and Dr. Marian Hatcher, both survivors of prostitution and sex trafficking (and current leaders of organizations combatting trafficking) penned an "open letter" to presidential candidates following calls for candidates to state their position on decriminalizing the sex trade.  Portions of the open letter are included here: 

"Dear Presidential Candidates,

We, the undersigned survivors of prostitution and sex trafficking, have experienced years of abuse, violence, objectification, and dehumanization in the sex trade. We know first-hand the devastating harm and long-term trauma that happens as a result of being exploited in an industry predicated on racial, gender, and income inequality.

We are aware that candidates running for President are being asked for their positions on proposals to decriminalize the sex trade, and we are deeply alarmed, honestly horrified, by recent statements that suggest an openness to decriminalizing the sex trade in its entirety. We urge presidential candidates to learn from survivors the truth about the pervasive harms and suffering perpetrated by sex buyers, pimps, traffickers, and other exploiters before issuing statements about the sex trade."

Ms. Bender and Dr. Hatcher explain, "To be clear, we support decriminalizing people sold in prostitution, as we care deeply about their safety and well-being. We know all too well that marginalized groups are at higher risk for exploitation and therefore are especially vulnerable to the harms of the sex trade. But decriminalizing the sex trade in its entirety would have disastrous consequences. Do not be confused- full decriminalization means allowing pimps, sex buyers, and brothel owners to operate with impunity. Sex trafficking (including that of children) and organized crime increases when pimping and sex buying are legalized."

Click here to read the full letter.
Learn more about Rebecca Bender here. 
Learn more about Dr. Marian Hatcher here.

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