Some thoughts from an FBI agent about trafficking

At the May 16, 2017 public Hope4Justice meeting, FBI Agent Shannon Meyer shared a glimpse of FBI efforts against human trafficking. She told about the annual "Operation Cross Country" effort. She mentioned the fact that gangs are increasingly involved and that gun and drug trafficking, as well as human trafficking, are huge on the I-5 corridor. She also spoke about the fact that reductions in funding have reduced 39 U.S. task forces (addressing trafficking) to just 16.

But more than any fact that Shannon shared, it was her heart for people that caught my attention.  She stressed the need for respectful communication and relationships with different communities.  She's seen that life isn't fair as evidenced by the fact that sometimes a young person decides it's better to stay with a pimp who beats her and prostitutes her than to go back and deal with what's happening in her own home. She talked about the wreckage and tragedy of child sex trafficking.

Shannon Meyer is a caring FBI agent working every day to fight what's wrong with our world.  I applaud her efforts, appreciate her passion, and thank her for being willing to do such a tough job.

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


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Upcoming showing of
Nefarious: Merchant of Souls


On SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 2017 at 7 pm
Engedi Refuge Ministries will be showing the video Nefarious: Merchant of Souls at Hillcrest Chapel, 1400 Larrabee Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225.  This documentary tells the truth about sex trafficking with compassion and tenderness, while exposing its heartbreaking reality. Admission is free.  A question/answer period will follow. 


TAKE ACTION

Skagit Coalition Against Trafficking (SKAT) contacted Hope4Justice with an online petition for you to read and consider signing.This change.org petition asks Congress to pass a law that would close the loop holes for Backpage and other online sites that sell children. Read and sign the petition HERE.

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are from 7-8:30 pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at the Engedi Learning Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA 98264.  (From Wiser Lake roundabout head North on Guide Meridian; immediately after Simple Box Storage Containers turn right into the driveway and drive to the right and toward the back)