The John Profile

Posted by daphne | Posted in Awareness, Human Trafficking, News, Sex Trafficking | Posted on July 21, 2011

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Who are the men that buy sex? According to a Newsweek article that discusses a Boston based study this week here are the stats:

-sex as divorced from personal relationships (with a lack of emotional involvement)

-have a profile that commit more crimes of all sorts compared to “non-buyers” and all violent crimes in this test group against women are committed by buyers.

Let’s Catch Up to Georgia!

Posted by daphne | Posted in Human Trafficking, Labor Trafficking, Law Enforcement, News, Sex Trafficking | Posted on July 19, 2011

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After fighting for four years to get this legislation to pass, Georgia’s tough anti-human trafficking law has been put into practice. The new law has tough penalties for violators including the following:

-25-year minimum sentence for perpetrators caught using coercion trafficking a child under 18 years old.

Powerful Letter from Sacramento Police Association

Posted by daphne | Posted in Announcements, Daphne, Human Trafficking, Initiative, Law Enforcement, News, Sex Trafficking | Posted on July 10, 2011

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On Friday, 50-year-old Paul “Yoshi” Moore from Sacramento pleaded guilty to sex trafficking of 3 underage girls. According to US Attorney’s Office,  two other defendants – Kevin Hawkins and Timothy Lee – were involved in selling these young girls through the internet to pedophiles and other sex predators.

Since this case was prosecuted at the federal level, Moore now faces up to life in prison. Hopefully, he’ll get plenty of time to think about his vicious acts on these minors, who have a lifetime of recovery ahead of them. Had he been tried by a local district attorney under California law, Moore would face only 4 to 8 years in prison. Ridiculous, right?

Thus, it was timely that on the same day I got this powerful letter from the President

Freedom is *not* free.

Posted by daphne | Posted in Awareness, Daphne, Human Trafficking, Labor Trafficking, Sex Trafficking | Posted on July 4, 2011

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On this July 4th, there is much to celebrate about. In addition to freedom from tyranny, the facts that I as a woman, an immigrant, and a person of color can have a terrific education and career, can drive, own property, and move about freely are among other reasons to celebrate.

The recent war and civil unrests in the Middle East are new reminders that freedom is not free. The 1776 Declaration of Independence that our Founding Fathers established requires continual sacrifice to defend and actualize. Here’s a bleak sample:

Giving New Meaning to “Pimp”

Posted by daphne | Posted in Awareness, Daphne, Language | Posted on July 2, 2011

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Over 100,000 American children are trafficked for sex or “pimped” each and every year. The average age of entry is 12 to 14 years old according to Shared Hope International’s report.

These children are looking for a better life, a better home. Instead they are misled by pimps to sell their bodies and innocence to pedophiles and sick people in exchange for “love” and belonging.

Unfortunately, pop culture and music videos have made these pimps an American icon. In the past decade, the use of the word “pimp” as a verb to mean “to decorate or improve” has become popular thanks to MTV’s “Pimp My Ride.”  For instance,  Vicki’s daughter was kidnapped and sold by a pimp who came from a wealthy family. He wanted to be a pimp, thinking it was “cool.” (Hear Vicki’s story and two survivors speak how their pimps lured them in our promo video on the CAS homepage.)

Today, I would like to propose this new definition for the word “pimp”…