Thursday, June 30, 2011
Let me clarify something which has been misinterpreted. Through my research, I found that there is an estimated amount between 100,000 and 300,000 victims trafficked within the US every year. Somewhere between the lines, news stations, churches, organizations, etc. have made this an actual amount. If we actually knew how many victims were trafficked within the US borders every year, we wouldn't have a problem with trafficking - because we would have all of these victims located. While remembering that this is an estimate, let's remember that those who created this estimate did not just think of the first number which came to their head.
Ashton & Village Voice have been going out in a twitter war (check it out) about human trafficking. The war actually started because of this article regarding numbers of victims of trafficking, you can view that here. Village Voice states in their article that 827 arrests have happened because of trafficking. Only 827 may have been arrested for sex trafficking/trafficking in persons [which I personally believe is an extremely low number after looking at several different news stories about individuals who have been trafficked]- but girls are being treated as prostitutes & arrested rather than their traffickers and Johns being arrested and trialed. Behind almost every prostitute is a pimp who is forcing her drugs and taking the money she earns from selling her body. Not only are there prostitutes who are being treated as sex slaves from a pimp, but there are women, men, and children who are forced into labor on fields, massage parlors, nail salons, factories, landscaping, pornography, and personal labor.
Let's step back, though. Regardless of the money that is made, the numbers, ages, prostitutes, johns, or traffickers... my main problem with The Village Voice is that they have not denied their classifieds section selling young women. A 15 year old girl is suing the Village Voice because she was prostituted through their newspaper. Why would a 15-year old girl put herself in the newspaper as an escort to turn around and blame the Village Voice for it?
The Village Voice refuses to back down and fight for the victims they do know about, some of which appear in their paper. Let's face it: no young girl wakes up and wants to be a prostitute. Through a series of unfortunate situations (poverty, kidnapping, run-away, and corruption), she is easily sold into slavery... potentially from the home she lives in. Secondly, any man (who IS a john...) buying from an escort service (who IS a trafficker), is engaging in Human Trafficking - and engaging in trafficking of a minor.
Maggie Neilson stated in the Village Voice article that regardless of the numbers of human trafficking, the problem needs to be addressed.
If I had all the time in the world, I could continue research regarding this article in the Village Voice... and I may do so at some point, but not today.
In summary, I support Ashton Kutcher and his fight to abolish modern-day slavery. Speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves in the first step in which we will end this problem - regardless of numbers. Ashton is taking action against this newspaper which is profiting from the exploitation of children.
Read for yourself the actual statistics of Human Trafficking in the 2011 Trafficking in Persons Report.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.Do not be conceited.
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Thursday, April 28, 2011
In other news, I was offered my first full-time job today. You just read that correctly! A full-time job! 40 hours a week, salary, and benefits. I can't believe it! It's crazy how the Lord has really worked in my life even over the course of a few weeks.
I will be living in Ardmore, OK as soon as the summer is up - which, isn't the big city... but I'm looking forward to getting involved and finding community. I worry, sometimes. I fear that I'll hate the city... but I know without a doubt that this is where the Lord has placed me for this season in my life. I know that I am to be fruitful in Ardmore, OK even if it is not China - where my heart is.
Please be praying for me as I make a very quick transition from graduating to working full-time in a place where I know no one. Please pray specifically for:
-Opportunities to share my faith
-A Church Family that I love
-International People to be placed in my life