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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 10:06 PM
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Caught Demi Moore/Ashton Kutcher on CNN -- National Human Trafficking Resource Center ....
Caught this program tonight -- and have to agree with Demi Moore that one of the

major problems against solving this criminal activity is that it gets such little

publicity --

This is the rise of the right wing ---

http://www.polarisproject.org /



99% of the victims are female --

If I recall correctly $31 BILLION a year "business" in sexual slavery --

Many very young girls become entrapped in this sexual enslavement --

America isn't either free of this trafficking with some of the routes passing

thru our own states!



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Mojeoux Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 10:31 PM
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1. I love these guys for taking up this cause!
And screw anyone who says celebs should just look good and shut up socially.
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Arctic Dave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 11:52 PM
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2. K&R
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Liquorice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 12:13 AM
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3. I saw that too. It's about time someone in the public eye
brought attention to sex slavery. I thought they both did a good job of explaining the issue.

I believe the problem gets such little attention because the victims are almost all girls and women, and the issue is "sexual" in nature, so some people might like to ignore it. Also, it seems there are a good deal of men who want to believe with all their hearts that prostitutes are simply taking part in a valid "profession" to serve men sexually, rather than being abused girls/women who are usually desperate and/or coerced into it.
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Shallah Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 01:51 AM
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4. Ashley Judd's friend's daughter was trafficked. she is active against trafficking
Ashley Judd: Children Are Not for Sex - A Hidden Epidemic: Child Trafficking in the U.S (video)
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...



A Hidden Epidemic: Child Trafficking in the U.S.

Activist Malika Saada-Saar: These girls are not hookers. They are victims of child rape. We have to name that.
http://www.thedailybeast.com/women-in-the-world/connect...


Between 100,000 and 300,000 childrenprimarily girls between the ages of 12 and 14are victims of the sex trade right here in the United States. But instead of being helped, theyre being prosecutedarrested for prostitution, thrown in juvenile detention, vilified in the media as bad girls, instead of victims. It is, as Saada Saar said, the only incidence of child abuse where we put the child behind bars.

Trafficking is, of course, illegal, but police and prosecutors often perceive girls as compliant victims, and since the sex trade largely happens behind closed doors, theres little impetus to go after it. The result? An astoundingly large-scale industry that hundreds of thousands of girls fall victim to every year, and precious few prosecutions. In 2009, just eight cases were prosecuted in New York City, one of Americas primary hubs. The combination of impunity and the anonymity provided by the internet has let the trade spin into epidemic proportions.

Meanwhile, the girls and women who survive the trade go on to battle post traumatic stress disorder (which, according to Cooper, occurs at higher levels than that for veterans returning from Iraq), eating disorders, and dependency issues like substance abuse and alcoholism.

According to Saada Saar, the first step towards a solution is in re-framing the issue. These girls are not hookers, she said. They are victims of child rape. We have to name that. And then we have to stop putting them in the criminal justice system. Noting that the Federal government doesnt allot a single dollar to domestic victims of the sex trade, she emphasized the importance of both prosecuting johns and pimps, and of providing safe havens to survivors.



Documentary Film Playground
http://www.playgroundproject.com/film

exual exploitation of children is a problem that we tend to relegate to back-alley brothels in developing countries, the province of a particularly inhuman, and invariably foreign, criminal element. Such is the initial premise of Libby Spears sensitive investigation into the topic. But she quickly concludes that very little thrives on this planet without American capital, and the commercial child sex industry is certainly thriving. Spears intelligently traces the epidemic to its disparate, and decidedly domestic, rootsamong them the way children are educated about sex, and the problem of raising awareness about a crime that inherently cannot be shown. Her cultural observations are couched in an ongoing mystery story: the search for Michelle, an American girl lost to the underbelly of childhood sexual exploitation who has yet to resurface a decade later.

Executive produced by George Clooney, Grant Heslov, and Steven Soderbergh, and punctuated with poignant animation by Japanese pop artist Yoshitomo Nara, Playground illuminates a sinister industry of unrecognized pervasiveness. Spears has crafted a comprehensive revelation of an unknown epidemic, essential viewing for any parent or engaged citizen.

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Facing death threats to be knocked off for only $10, Libby went undercover to infiltrate brothels in South Korea and Thailand. She held first-hand interviews with victims, their pimps, and their abusers. She mapped the trafficking routes of the sex tourism industry, and charted the commerce fueled by the purchase and sale of minorsshe was disheartened to find that virtually the entire globe was involved and affected by this growing industry.

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Previously, she had mistakenly believed that sex trafficking was primarily an international occurrence in countries like Philippines and Cambodia. But a meeting with Ernie Allen, President of the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children, confirmed to Libby what her research was beginning to uncover: that the trafficking of children for commercial sexual exploitation is every bit as real in North America.



Playground - documentary trailer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qkdQ70oFCI
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