Two moms in Michigan used Google maps to locate their daughters and save them from traffickers. The 15-year olds had run away, taking their cell phones with them. As is the case with many runaways, they soon found themselves caught in a trafficking situation. WXYZ in Warren, Michigan reported on 8/18/17, "Once the girls knew they were in trouble, they did secret, video phone calls with their moms. This is where the story gets very interesting.
While on the phone the girls would move the phone to show where they were. The moms took screen shots and then pieced them together along with Google Maps and ground images to find the apartments where the girls were.
They say they had to search more than 100 different apartment complexes over a day and a half. One distinct aspect confirmed they had the right location, a pool shaped like a number 8. It was the Harlo Apartments near 13 Mile and Mound in Warren.
The moms called police. They met at the apartments and the girls were found safe and sound.
It turns out, the FBI had an open investigation at this location for human trafficking. The moms say sex ads were posted online."
It's good to see technology used to help trafficked victims instead of exploiting them. Hopefully there are many, many more stories with positive endings like this one.
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Free Webinar: Introduction to a Public Health Framework for Human Trafficking on 9/14/17 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern).
The National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center says, "We are excited to announce the first webinar in our Emerging Issues Webinar Series. This webinar will introduce you to a public health framework for human trafficking, which allows communities to identify and respond to the complex needs of all individuals who have been trafficked. A public health approach aims to prevent human trafficking by examining the root causes that make individuals, families, and communities vulnerable to trafficking, an often overlooked aspect of the 3P Paradigm: Prosecution, Protection, and Prevention."
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When you shop, check out products from an "empowerment retailer"
End Slavery Now says,"Empowerment retailers focus on empowering vulnerable/poverty stricken women and giving them the skills and tools necessary to become economically independent. Often times, empowerment retailers support fair trade initiatives and employ survivors of human trafficking."
Check out these online retailers:
Bead for Life, To The Market, Thistle Farms, Sseko Designs,
Freeset, Sudara, International Sanctuary
Locally, you might visit Betty Be Good Boutique in Birch Bay Square, 8125 Birch Bay Square Street, #201, Blaine, Washington, USA 98230 or in Bellingham at 1301 W. Bakerview Rd, #105, Bellingham, Washington, USA 98226
Betty Be Good Boutique donates a portions of it's profits to support Deborah's Gate, a unique safe house and residential program for victims of human trafficking. Read about it HERE.