Six Dozen School Buses Used to Raise Awareness of Child Sex Trafficking

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An ABC News story on January 2, 2019 reported that about six dozen school buses had made their way through the city of Atlanta, representing the roughly 3,600 children authorities say are sold into sex slavery every year in Georgia alone.  Messages about trafficking were displayed on both the sides and tops of each bus.

Kate Brumback, AP reporter said, "State Attorney General Chris Carr and Gov.-elect Brian Kemp were joined by other elected officials and anti-trafficking advocates Wednesday to highlight a campaign called Stop Traffick that aims to raise awareness of child sex trafficking.".

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The buses featuring anti-human-trafficking messages then traveled through the city's streets to the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where the 
Super Bowl will be played next month.  

Bob Rodgers is president and CEO of Street Grace, an organization that fights child sex trafficking. Rodgers said the goal is to raise awareness and to attack demand by working to remove the anonymity that often surrounds traffickers and buyers."

That's a very visual and creative way to get out the message about child sex trafficking!  What ideas do you have that we might do in Whatcom County? 
SAH

Want to learn more about the face of modern-day slavery? Visit  www.hope4justice.org/learnmore/ 

Cyntoia Brown given clemency

In the 12/30/18 Hope4Justice weekly email we shared information about a petition requesting clemency for Cyntoia Brown.  Just a week later, clemency was granted!   "Gov. Bill Haslam ordered an early release for Cyntoia Brown, a Tennessee woman and alleged sex trafficking victim serving a life sentence in prison for killing a man when she was 16.

Haslam granted Brown a full commutation to parole on Monday. Brown will be eligible for release Aug. 7 on time served and will stay on parole for 10 years."

Read Cyntoia's statement here.

Every Two Minutes

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What to do if a child discloses:

  • Listen.  Do not fill in words for the child.

  • If the child is having a difficult time talking -- don't help the child with words you think the child is going to say.  Allow the child to tell you what happened in their own words.

  • Tell the child that you are glad they told you.

  • Reassure the child that they are not in trouble.

  • If the child asks you to not tell anyone, remind the child that it is your job to help keep them safe and you will do whatever you may need to do to keep them safe. 

  • Do not be overly critical of the offender.  Children are protective about people they care about, even if they are being abused.

  • Tell the child you believe them.

  • Don't express panic or shock.

  • Use the child's vocabulary to the child and when reporting.

  • Be aware of your own feelings about abuse so that hopefully you will not project these on to the child.

  • Do not ask probing questions.

  • Remember, you must report suspected abuse.

Source: Hope4Justice Facebook post, 1/3/19; Cited: Sanford HealthWant to learn more about the face of modern-day slavery?  Visit http://www.hope4justice.org/the-facts/


LEARN MORE


Happening in Yakima:

"Facebook, other social media used in arresting 15 accused child predators" was the headline on a Dec. 19, 2018 article by Khalyn King of KIMA.tv.com.  

"In five days, 15 accused predators were locked behind bars after trying to have sex with children as young as three years old.

Local authorities called this arresting spree "Operation Net Nanny." It's the 14th operation in the state to target people involved in child abuse and internet porn. While these numbers may seem alarming, Lieutenant James Mjor over at Washington State Patrol (WSP) says this operation is only a small piece to a much larger picture."

Read the full article here.

TAKE ACTION

January is National Human Trafficking month. (Learn more here.)


What will you do to join the cause?

  • Learn more: Watch a human trafficking  video on you tube.

  • Check out the policies (on the website) of your favorite company. If they're not clearly trying to prevent trafficking in their product line, send them an email expressing your concerns.

  • Take a latte or espresso break for a week and donate the money saved to an anti-trafficking group

  • Encourage a Whatcom County high school student, WCC or WWU student to do trafficking awareness activities so they can apply for the Hope4Justice STEP scholarship. (Deadline 4/15/19)