HEADLINES: Trafficking

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Obama gave a speech at the Clinton Global Initiative on Tuesday, outlining his administration’s new plan for fighting human trafficking.  Obama gave an impassioned address, where he said that “he was not using the term of ‘slavery’ lightly, noting that it evoked a painful past for America, but it must be called by its true name: modern slavery.  He then went on to enumerate exactly what his plan was to address the issue, including, an executive order strengthening anti-trafficking mandates for government contracts, greater funding for anti-trafficking programs, the streamlining of the t-visa, and the launching of educational campaigns directed at several key constituencies.  This speech was a landmark achievement for anti-trafficking activists, as it is a very rare thing that the president will dedicate a major speech to human trafficking issues, much less outline a renewed effort to combat it.   The speech will only have true meaning, however, if the president follows through on his word.  In the words of Nicholas D. Kristoff of the New York Times, “Some 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, let’s make sure that this isn’t just a speech, but a turning point.” [Huffpost] [Nytimes]

This past week, the Las Vegas Interfaith Sponsoring Committee met to discuss ways to combat human trafficking in the city.  Las Vegas is a central area for trafficking, as “the landscape of Las Vegas brings those who traffic young women and boys into this hideous life because there is spending that occurs here.”  Leaders from various faith communities all agreed that human trafficking was a major issue in their city, and that they needed to do more in order to inform and engage the greater community.  One lieutenant from the Metro Police exclaimed, “these pimps and traffickers are recruiting out of our schools, out of our churches, out of our homes.  They’re everywhere.”  The interfaith group is also advocating for the Nevada legislature to pass legislation addressing the needs of trafficking victims and promoting harsher punishment for traffickers.  [Lasvegassun]

As faith communities across the United States are beginning to join the fight against human trafficking, a new faith-based effort called the Centre of Redemption is scheduled to open its doors this December in Wilmington, N.C.  The center would provide sanctuary to “pregnant teens and teen moms who are also trafficking victims.”  North Carolina is one of the worst states in America for the sex trade, where the average age of trafficked girls is only 13.  In response, “law enforcement is increasingly teaming up with faith-based organizations to combat sex trafficking around the country.”  Christians of all denominations have launched anti-trafficking campaigns, as well as organizations of many other faith-backgrounds. [Huffpost]


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