Human Trafficking

8-Year-Old Activist Works For Awareness of Sex Trafficking

When 8-year-old Vivienne H. saw a picture of two boys in Nepal with rocks strapped to their heads, she felt moved to action. “We should do something,” she told her parents, Alexandria and Eric H., who brought the picture home from an art show in Sonoma. That “something” turned out to be a lemonade stand near their house in Fairfax, Calif. — and over the last four months, Vivienne has used it to raise more than $50,000 for a nonprofit group dedicated to ending modern-day slavery and human trafficking around the globe. The “Make-A-Stand! Lemonade: The Sweet Taste of Freedom” project includes donations taken in person at the lemonade stand, as well as online, which go to Not For Sale, a non-profit corporation in Half Moon Bay, Calif. Today is Vivienne’s 140 day selling lemonade; her goal is to raise $150,000. Vivienne’s story has been featured on ABC News, CBS News, MSNBC, BBC World News, and in The Huffington Post, as well as making headlines in Hong Kong, Brazil, The Netherlands and Australia. Vivienne recently took some time to discuss with CitizenLink her passion to end child slavery… [9 Nov 12, Bethany Monk,...

US Human Trafficking and the Canada Connection

US Human Trafficking Report Calls Canada the ‘Transit and Destination’ for Sexual Slavery Trade The US State Department has issued its 2007 report on human trafficking and has named four wealthy US Arab allies – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar – as among the worst offenders in failing to act to stop the international trade of human beings. The report listed Canada as a “tier 1” country, one that complies with the minimum standards of combating the trade. It describes Canada as “principally a transit and destination country” for women and children trafficked, mainly from Asia and Eastern Europe, for commercial sexual exploitation. It noted “some Canadian girls and women are trafficked internally for commercial sexual exploitation”. The State Department estimates that as many as 800,000 people are trafficked over international borders for purposes of labor or sexual exploitation every year. 80 per cent of these are women and girls and as many as half of the total are minors. Sexual exploitation of women and children, both boys and girls, is a prominent and universal feature of the report. In addition to the four wealthy Arab countries, the report lists Algeria, Equatorial Guinea and Malaysia Cuba, Iran, Myanmar (the former Burma), North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Uzbekistan and Venezuela, all either predominantly Islamic, communist or heavily socialist military states, in the bottom, third tier. In total, 32 countries are named in the third tier. Third tier countries face possible economic sanctions from the US including the loss of US aid and support for World Bank and International Monetary Fund loans. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice described the trade...

Anti Sex Trafficking Pledge Policy Ruling

The 28Feb07 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia that the U.S. government may enforce a policy that groups receiving certain federal grants to fight AIDS and human trafficking must declare that they will not promote prostitution. The government’s brief summarizes the case: “It would make little sense for the government to provide billions of dollars to encourage the reduction of HIV/AIDS behavioral risks, including prostitution and sex trafficking, and yet to engage as partners in this effort organizations that are neutral toward or even actively promote the same practices sought to be eradicated.” The CMA last year had authored a joint letter to President Bush, signed by over 100 women’s, health and policy organizations, and personally delivered to the President’s Domestic Policy Advisor, urging him to protect victims of sexual trafficking by upholding the policy. “As healthcare professionals, we recognize the harm that prostitution inflicts on its victims,” noted CMA CEO David Stevens, M.D. “That harm is made even more horrific when a woman or child is prostituted and enslaved. We know from the research that prostitution spreads AIDS and accounts for much of human trafficking worldwide. “Incredible as it seems, there are groups out there that instead of rescuing these victims would employ a so-called ‘harm reduction’ approach of simply distributing condoms or advice. That’s totally inappropriate for sex slaves, most of whom are children and women. We totally support the government’s policy, which promotes an abolitionist approach that opposes prostitution as inherently harmful and degrading, and actively supports the rescue and restoration of sexually exploited individuals. “The groups that would refuse...

Trafficking Victims Protection Act

Human Trafficking Legislation Passes U.S. House Unanimously in 12/05 to reauthorize the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. This legislation gives police the ability to investigate and to prosecute individuals involved in sex trafficking here in the United States. It also provides support for an international effort to confront slavery abroad. It is estimated that between 600,000 and 800,000 men, women, and children are brought across international borders against their will each year. [letter from Ambassador John R. Miller, Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons; posted 21Dec05, Abstinence Clearinghouse E-Mail Update,...

Sex Trafficking Online College Course Offered (1/05)

University of Rhode Island: Donna Hughes, a women studies professor at the University of Rhode Island, has created an online course to give students an opportunity to learn more about trafficking, slavery, sexual exploitation and violence against women. Women Studies 350, entitled “Sex Trafficking,” focuses on the commercial sexual exploitation of women and girls and its impact on their health, rights and status in society. [“SEX TRAFFICKING ONLINE COURSE IN RHODE ISLAND” Education Briefs, University of Rhode Island, 01/20/05; 25Jan05 Abstinence...