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When I was young, my parents told us kids that Labor Day was a day set aside for families to labor together. Clever spin. Every year, on the first Monday of September, we were awakened early to start a day of cleaning out the garage… or weeding the garden… or scrubbing floors… or canning peaches… or whatever.
Funny thing—even after all these years…
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Okay, I promised that in my follow-up post on human trafficking, I’d pass along some good news. Here goes:
- Myanmar (Burma) not only has a significant traffic problem, but also trafficks girls and women to other Asian countries. The positive? The government finally acknowledged the problem and is trying in significant ways to address it.
- The Czech Republic has introduced a series of anti-trafficking laws and is actively convicting traffickers.
- Iceland, Israel, and Nicaragua all made progress this last year in facing up to their countries’ trafficking problems, and all are taking major steps to fight it.
- Lithuania gets high praise for punishing trafficking criminals, for improving its system of identifying victims, and for actively investigating crimes and prosecuting the criminals.
- United States State Department’s just-released report on Human Trafficking ranks it as one of the most active countries in combating human trafficking. Still, it needs to better collect local, state and federal data so it can better monitor trafficking trends.
- Finland prohibits buying sexual services, but only from trafficking victims.
- Sweden has a unique law that criminalizes the ones who purchase sex. Passed in 1999, the law targets only the purchaser, not the victim. The penalty is a fine or up to six months in prison. As a result, the country’s trafficking problem is small.
- Norway, seeingSweden’s success, is preparing similar legislation.
Yea forSweden! Its approach has proven to be the most effective by far.
How can sex trafficking be defeated? By severely punishing the ones who profit form it. By arresting its customers. By offering a way out to those held in its bondage. By creating good alternatives for at-risk girls and women.
“We need to ensure that all survivors have that opportunity to move past what they endured and to make the most of their potential.”
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Human trafficking statistics:
800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year.
50% are children, 80% women and girls
1 million children are exploited by the global commercial sex trade, every year.
70% of trafficked women and girls are trafficked into the commercial sex industry.
$32 billion–Yearly profits brought in by the human trafficking industry.
$15.5 billion of that is made in industrialized countries.
244,000 – Estimated number of American children and young people estimated to be at risk
12-14 years – Average age of entry into prostitution
In 2009, the Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit in the U.S, along with theU.S. Attorneys’ Offices, charged 114 individuals, and obtained 47 convictions in 43 human trafficking prosecutions (21 labor trafficking and 22 sex trafficking). This is highest number of prosecutions and defendants charged in any given year.
That’s the bad news. Next post, better news.
“If to be feelingly alive to the sufferings of my fellow-creatures is to be a fanatic, I am one of the most incurable fanatics ever permitted to be at large.”
The Faith of Ashish: Come along toIndia for book 1 of this new just-released saga. (Books 2 and 3 will be released in 2012.)
The Call of Zulina: Book 1 of the Grace in Africa trilogy was nominated for a Christy Award. It is set in Africa in 1787, at the height of the slave trade.
The Voyage of Promise: Book 2 carries the saga over the ocean to London. American Library Association named this book in the Top 10 inspirational fiction titles of 2010.
The Triumph of Grace: Book 3 takes Grace aboard a slave ship to the newly freed United States of America–and the slave auction block. American Library Association named this book in the Top 10 inspirational fiction titles of 2011.
Daughters of Hope: This book tells the stories of women who live and serve in the most persecuted areas of the world.
Forgotten Girls: Because people like you care, little girls once tossed away are seeing their lives change.
The Second-Half Adventure: Don’t just retire. Use your time, skills and resources to change the world!
Once Blind, The Life of John Newton: From a troubled childhood, to forced service in the Royal Navy, to a slave ship, God pursued John Newton with relentless love and amazing grace. Once the worst of the worst, it was he who wrote the words to Amazing Grace.
“In as much as you have done it for the least of these, you have done it for me.”
Think your voice doesn’t matter? Think again!
Last month, a bi-partisan group of Senators introduced the 2011 Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) , a bill that renews and strengthens the legislation that established U.S. programs to fight slavery at home and abroad. And not a moment too soon. The 2008 TVPRA expires at the end of September.
You can help ensure that the life-saving programs that anti-slavery act established ten years ago will continue.
There is still time to lend your voice… but not much time!
Members of Congress, home for the August recess, are eager to hear what their constituents care about.
So, so many will thank you!
“To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.”Brandi Snyder, Author