Monday, August 31, 2009

How are victims recruited or entrapped?

Question
How are victims recruited or entrapped?

Answer
Traffickers use a variety of techniques to recruit or entrap their victims. Sometimes they use brute force. More frequently, they make false promises of a better life or use coercive threats against the victims or their families.

Traffickers entice their victims through word-of-mouth, newspaper and telephone book ads, brochures, Web sites and fake or dubious employment, adoption or mail-order bride agencies.

Once in the, victims become even more vulnerable. They are separated from their families and support systems. They are unfamiliar with the laws and customs. And they do not know where they can turn for help.

Traffickers use a variety of techniques to keep their victims in forced labor or commercial sex. They threaten them with deportation or imprisonment or threaten to harm family or friends. They confiscate their victims’ immigration, identification or travel documents. They keep their money. They isolate their victims geographically or by limiting their contact with the outside world. They impose debts on their victims for having brought them into the country, for having “provided” them with food and shelter or for having arranged “work” for them, and then tell them that they must pay off the debt by doing what the traffickers tell them to do. They coerce their victims with threats to expose their situations to friends and family in the or elsewhere. Whether they use just one or several of these techniques, the traffickers ultimately paralyze their victims with fear so that they are unable to act against the traffickers wishes.

This information is from The Department of Health and Human Services.

Who are the victims?

Question:
Who are the victims of Trafficking?

Answer:
Trafficking victims hail from many countries, and their ranks include men, women and children subjected (i) to forced or coerced labor – including sweat-shop, agrarian, domestic servant, hotel and restaurant work or (ii) exploitation in commercial sex – which can include prostitution, escort services and pornography. Any person under the age of 18 who has been subjected to commercial sex is a victim of trafficking.

Victims can be exploited for both legal (e.g., hotel, restaurant and agrarian work) and illegal activities (e.g., the illegal drug trade, prostitution, child pornography).

Some victims are well-educated, and some are not. Citizenship in a particular country is not an element of trafficking; victims can be US citizens or non-citizens. Victims may be here legally on a visa, they may have permanent residence (green cards), or they may be here illegally or without status. Some victims are brought into this country by their traffickers. Other victims fall prey to their traffickers after arriving here.

This information is from The Department of Health and Human Services.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

local opportunity to reach out to trafficking victims


Together We Can Remove Trafficking from the Landscape of Atlanta

If you are reading this hopefully you have a heart for women who have been commercially sexually exploited. With your help we can remove Human Trafficking from the landscape of Atlanta! I am excited to tell you about a chance we have to serve with Maximum Impact during an upcoming out reach.

You may or may not already know about an event that is coming up on Saturday, September 19, that will reach out to the community of Fulton Industrial Boulevard. A number of women who are being commercially sexually exploited will most likely be attending this outreach. This will be an awesome opportunity for us to reach out to the community and to develop relationships with these women.

Maximum Impact needs a lot of help to prepare for this day!

Ways to serve:

~ Gather the items they need to be able to serve the community of Fulton Industrial Boulevard. Clothing, toiletries, and food.
~ Help distribute flyers the week before the event, September 14-18.
~ Help setting up the day before the event, on Friday, September 18.
~ Serving at the event, on Saturday, September 19. There will be two shifts available on Saturday to choose from to serve, 10-2 or 2-6. The 10-2 shift will involve helping with last minute set up and the 2-6 shift will involve helping with breakdown.

If you would like to be a part of the team, leave a comment here or email me at mckennah1972@gmail.com

Saturday, August 29, 2009

The Story of Ng

This story is from the website Freedom For Girls.

The Story of Ng
What six-year-old Ng wanted was what most girls her age want—a safe and loving home to grow up in. What she got was something entirely different.

One day, Ng’s life turned upside-down when her stepfather ripped a gold necklace from her mother’s neck and grabbed a knife to slit her throat. Ng screamed and instinctively threw herself towards her mother to protect her. Then her stepfather ripped Ng from her mother’s body and beat her until her small body crumpled unconscious. He then took all the family’s money and jewelry and left.

You might think that having her stepfather out of her life for good was the best thing that could have happened for Ng. But life was about to get extraordinarily more complicated for this little girl.

Forced to find money in order to eat and feed her four children, Ng’s mother took all her kids and moved into the city to find a job. There she made little more than a dollar a day. So Ng’s mother decided to do what seems inconceivable for any parent who is unfamiliar with the desperation borne from abject poverty. Ng’s mother sold her to an elderly man in order for her to work as his servant. Ng was just seven-years-old.

Ng’s ready and somewhat mischievous smile masks the darker truths about her life. As she tells that part of her story, her head sinks; and she nervously scrapes away the chipped polish off her fingernails.

After being sold at age seven to an elderly man by her mother, Ng found no sanctuary in the old man’s house. The other servants scolded her. And the people living there slapped her around and told her that she was worthless.

Upon her arrival, Ng was immediately put to work. Her small hands took a towel and dipped it over and over again into a bucket of soapy water as she cleaned the floor on her hands and knees. The other servants, unhappy with her progress, came by and hit her over the head whenever they passed her. That first day in the old man’s house, she washed the dishes, dried and put them away, swept and mopped the floor again, helped to do the laundry, and was told to massage the old man’s feet.

Later that night, she was awakened and told to go to the old man’s room. She remembers hearing the crickets outside and yawning as she padded across the floor to his bedside. Then she tells how he grabbed her and roughly tore her clothes off.

She doesn’t look up as she continues her story. She works away at the nail polish on her hands and says, “Koat tva bhap.” He was bad to me.

This was Ng’s nightmare. And it continued for weeks that turned to months and months that turned to years. Then after six years, she made good her escape.

The path Ng took to freedom was neither straight nor easy.

Someone at the old man’s house where she was a slave told her that her mother had moved. Desperate, she escaped into the jungle with only the clothes on her back.

Ng met up with an older woman who took her in and fed her. The woman knew her mother; and Ng’s hopes soared with thoughts of a reunion, but that dream was quickly dashed when the woman said that her mother had met another man and had moved away. The woman did not know where. Ng was just thirteen-years-old and all alone in the world.

After staying at the woman’s house a few days, Ng left. She didn’t want to be a burden to her, so she slept in the jungle, ate food from people’s trash and begged for money. People spurned her.

Once two young men grabbed her from behind and pushed her behind a house and raped her. With a heavy sigh, she says, “After they were done, I ran to a policeman. He thought I was just a beggar and scolded me. But then he noticed that my pants were ripped and bloody.” She was taken to an emergency shelter and transferred to Phnom Penh and was eventually brought to Rapha House.

When asked about what life at Rapha House has been like, Ng replies, “La ah.” Good.

She arrived malnourished, and her skin was darkened from constant exposure to the sun. The staff says that she was extremely difficult and would fall into long periods of deep depression.

But then something changed in Ng. She started making friends with the other girls there. She started going to school for the first time in her life and began learning to read and write both Khmer and English. Ng has started to trust again. She even has hopes for the future.

Ng has a long road ahead of her. But now, she is safe. And since Ng has no family other than us, we’re going to walk with her on the road to lasting freedom.

cheese

Friday, August 28, 2009

utter cutness

some things cost more than you realize

From UTalkMartketing.com:

The Killers release video to highlight human trafficking issue

The Killers have partnered with UNICEF and USAID to produce a disturbing music video that dramatically highlights the dangers and impact of trafficking for sexual exploitation, particularly for young women.

The video, for the band’s track ‘Goodnight, Travel Well’ from the album ‘Day & Age’ has been created in collaboration, MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) and follows a similar collaboration between the broadcaster and Radiohead.

"We are deeply shocked and appalled that women and children are forced into such exploitative situations. We hope that through MTV's efforts and this powerful video that millions of people across the world learn about this tragic form of modern-day slavery,” said The Killers.

The Killers are bringing critical human trafficking messages to a global audience, said Olivier Carduner, USAID’s Regional Mission Director for Asia.

It provides insight into the realities of trafficking, in particular the trafficking of children and adolescents into forced prostitution, and provides a link to information about how people can help to end exploitation and trafficking. (emphasis mine)

Catch it by watching it below.

a lesson in contrasts

think about this little boy the next time you put your shoes on in the morning. do you know where or how your shoes are being made?


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

#9,000 people give $9.00 on 09~09~09

This post is from Diana Scimone. She is "a journalist who has reported extensively on issues of human rights and religious rights around the world." ~ from her blog

She is doing this really really cool thing on 09~09~09. She is gathering #9,000 people who will each give $9.00 to stop child trafficking. Here is what she is doing in her words:


What's the best way to stop child trafficking?

Make sure kids don't get trafficked in the first place.

What if we could warn children and their parents ahead of time? What if we could teach them about the lies traffickers use--and how to stand up against them?

The rate of trafficking would drop and millions of kids would never be trafficked.

That's the goal of The Born2Fly Project--educating kids and their parents about the dangers of trafficking through a strategic global campaign of books and printed materials.

On 9/9/09 we'll host a 1-day fundraiser to raise money for B2F: 9,000 people each giving $9 on 9/9/09 to stop child trafficking.

Will you join her to help "Kim? She is 8 years old. Tonight she'll be bought for sex ~ perhaps 20 times before the sun comes up."

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

bug hates her party dress

im cleaning out all my pics and videos and moving them to an external hard drive. i came across this tonight. you HAVE to watch this one. its hilarious!

dora LIVE!!

Monday, August 24, 2009

a new blog...a place where i can share my thoughts and my feelings about the journey that i feel God is taking me on. this blog is a place for me to share things about me. if you want to join me on this journey of rescuing the world, one person at a time. welcome. others, you can still see the bug here.

in the meantime spend sometime with this video....

6:59 minutes of sweet bug and her gymnastics

Saturday, August 22, 2009

rolling down the hill

we took bug to the park the other day. we watched the kids practice football for a while and as we were walking back to the car, i noticed we were walking down a big hill. so we decided to roll down it! here is bug trying it out :)



































































heres daddy trying to demonstrate the tuck and roll























bug got the arm concept but it didnt last long :)













































she loved it!























and another hill!!













































look how happy she is! good times. we cant wait to do it again. and in case you are wondering, yes i did it too. i went first! :)

Friday, August 21, 2009

gymnastics bar

local opportunity to reach out to trafficking victims


Together We Can Remove Trafficking from the Landscape of Atlanta

If you are reading this hopefully you have a heart for women who have been commercially sexually exploited. With your help we can remove Human Trafficking from the landscape of Atlanta! I am excited to tell you about a chance we have to serve with Maximum Impact during an upcoming out reach.

You may or may not already know about an event that is coming up on Saturday, September 19, that will reach out to the community of Fulton Industrial Boulevard. A number of women who are being commercially sexually exploited will most likely be attending this outreach. This will be an awesome opportunity for us to reach out to the community and to develop relationships with these women.

Maximum Impact needs a lot of help to prepare for this day!

Ways to serve:

~ Gather the items they need to be able to serve the community of Fulton Industrial Boulevard. Clothing, toiletries, and food.
~ Help distribute flyers the week before the event, September 14-18.
~ Help setting up the day before the event, on Friday, September 18.
~ Serving at the event, on Saturday, September 19. There will be two shifts available on Saturday to choose from to serve, 10-2 or 2-6. The 10-2 shift will involve helping with last minute set up and the 2-6 shift will involve helping with breakdown.

If you would like to be a part of the team, leave a comment here or email me at mckennah1972@gmail.com

Monday, August 17, 2009

monkey bars


check her out! she went to that other bar all by herself!!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

next up ~ high wire act at the circus :)

we all know that bug is crazy but seriously check out her balance!!

ob get me ;)

Saturday, August 8, 2009

how CVS works :)

some of you have asked me to write about how i save money at CVS each week so here you go. if what i write here does not make sense (it probably wont) go to moneysavingmom ~ CVS to read more.

so first you need to get a CVS card. when you get this you will now be able to take advantage of the deals they have that are specific to CVS. they also have what are called extra care bucks (ECBs) that you canonly earn with your card and purchasing items with these offers. you may be asking well doenst CVS mark up stuff and does "saving money" actually make you buy things you dont need? good questions, yes they do often mark up stuff and yes you could buy things you dont need. that is up to you. as far as the marking up thing, you just need to be smart and shop around and watch your coupons. CVSing is all about deals that CVS is already having, accumulating ECBs and using your manufacturers coupons.

so where do you get coupons? the sunday paper, online, ask your friends and family for theirs if they arent using them. you can go here to learn more about tricks to stashing lots of coupons.

this is what i do each week to prepare for shopping: i read the CVS circular (you can view an online version here), I read moneysavingmom, i read livingasmom.com, and iheartcvs.com. then i read through the coupons in the sunday paper. you can view the coupons that you can expect each week in the sunday paper, ahead of time here!!

i found that in the past if i read the paper first, i may not cut all the coupons that i need for what specials are going on. ~ well do you really need those things then erin, if you didnt clip the coupon? good question...maybe yes, maybe no. but you can always donate things you dont need to shelters etc. i get toothpaste and shampoo for almost free all the time so what not get it and donate it!

so the first thing you should do is get a CVS card, then go online and sign up with your email address and you will get an automatic $4 off $20.00 purchase.

then check out the above. pay close attention to what deals CVS is running that include ECBs back. lots of times on sunday and monday they will have a special 2 day deal that include things for you to purchase that will give you the EXACT amount back in ECBs, so you pretty much get your money back to buy something else.

one trick to note to shopping at CVS. give the cashier your card, then your purchases, then your coupons and THEN your ECBs. dont give your ECBs first other wise you will use more ECBs to pay for things that you will save on if you use the coupons first. also dont use a $5.00 ECB on a purchase that is less than that bc you will loose that money they dont give ECBs back if you spend one that is more than the amount owed!

let me give you an example of my most recent trip to see if this helps:

pantene shampoo and conditioner: 2 for $7.00 with $2.00 ECBs back
pantence curls mousse: $3.50
listerine agent mouth wash (pre brush) for kids: $2.95
listerine agent mouth wash (post brush) for kids: clearance price $1.47
sally hansen hard as nails polish and nail strengthener: $2.99 & $1.49. *SH was BOGO 50% off.
yellow highlighter: .01 cents

i had a coupon for:

$1.00 off 2 pantene products, this made the shampoo and conditioner only $6.00
$1.00 off any pantene styling product this made the mousse only $2.50
2~ $1.00 off any sally hansen products
$1.00 off the listerine smart rinse pre brush, this made it only $1.95
BOGO coupon for any listerinse smart rinse so i got the clerance item for FREE!
2 ~ $5.00 CVS ECBs from a previous trip

all total i would have spent (this is total retail price) $34.78
instead i only spent $4.49 for all of this:


















now GO and save some money!!