One person made the difference

An ice cream vendor in Dallas & a man on a train in India help stop trafficking

From Dallasnews.com comes this June 21, 2018 report of the shut down of a sex trafficking house due to one person helping a victim escape.  The article says, "The house on Morris Street looked like every other house on the block in West Dallas, except that its fortified doors and windows concealed a dark secret too prevalent in our society.  Then came news recently of a law enforcement bust and the secret spilled onto the street. The house was a hub  for sex slavery.

For about three years, women were locked up in the 672-square-foot home, drugged, raped, beaten and forced to perform sex acts for money. Cameras monitored their movements and one of the traffickers allegedly slept by the front door with a weapon to discourage escapes.  The courage of a passing ice cream vendor to aid one woman's flight to freedom finally shut down this house of horrors."

On the other side of the world, fightthenewdrug.org reports that "More than two dozen Indian girls are safe from human traffickers after a man alerted authorities with just a couple tweets.  According to recent reports, last week, an Indian man named Adarsh Shrivastava was traveling through the Northern Indian State of Uttar Pradesh last Thursday when he noticed a suspicious situation on his train: 25 girls, all between the ages of 10 and 14, appearing restless and nervous in his cabin.  So he did what he could, and tweeted out a call for help, tagging India’s railway authorities along with a few others in two tweets.

Less than a half-hour later, reports say the Ministry of Railways had alerted local rail authorities to the situation. After a few additional stops, plainclothes officers boarded the train and arrested two men and took the young girls into custody, according to a report from the Press Trust of India, citing railway officials."


I'm so glad these people got involved.  These reports should encourage all of us to pay attention and contact authorities when something is suspicious.  We never know when we might save someone from trafficking.  It could be today. 
SAH

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If you happen to be going to Cincinnati...
 

Cincinnati may not be a vacation destination for many people (then again, perhaps it is!) but here's an exhibit to check out if you go there.  The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and particularly the modern-day slavery permanent exhibit, Invisible: Slavery Today is located in Cincinnati.  Learn more about it HERE.


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