September 25, 2013
We, as the collective whole, need to raise the awareness of human trafficking in the United States. It is a lucrative business that consists of a ruthless, manipulative, and degrading act of forcing someone to sell their body for another person's gain. It is also a form of modern-day slavery that strips one of their identity. There is a crucial need for more awareness to the public on this issue because it is not just a third world problem. We are however, exposed more openly to this issue in third world countries because it is a greater amount of people affected by it. For our lack of public knowledge or action, it could possibly be a sense of blinding as an American people because we are as the "Star Spangled Banner" puts it, "the home of the free and the land of the brave."
Our patriotic dignity and rich history seems to rule it out as something that's just not as important as other issues. Well, I speak to you, the collective whole today, to let you know that this issue exist in our very own cities and states. The United States on a federal level isn't totally blinded to the issue, but it takes the people to also lend a hand in the fight against human trafficking. In fact, in the year 2000 there was a law put in place by Congress called the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) that would help raise awareness on this issue, provide legal action against perpetrators, and bring justice to the victims.
Another form of awareness and action would be the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission putting in place a sex trafficking awareness training for their drivers. It was due to the City Council's passing of the Local Law 36 of 2012 which penalizes cab drivers who participate in the trafficking, use their vehicles knowingly to transport prostitutes, or any form of trafficking association. It is a good start on a more local level because this crime isn't easy to detect. According to the FBI, many times the victims are runaways who are looking for salvation or illegal immigrants who are sold by false promises. It isn't a bias crime either because it affects men, women, and children.
So my people who embody the collective whole, I ask that you take this moment and close your eyes to the money issues that surround you on a daily basis and step into the shoes of the victims whose lives aren't theirs anymore. Imagine the longevity of the emotional pain and suffering of those who do find the courage to break free. It is the denial of free-will that was giving to them from birth that would take years to gain back. At this moment, you shall step back into your own shoes and open your eyes to the fact that we are more than what we see and are exposed to. It is our right to go out and seek the truth, so we can be a part of positive change in the world. This issue is one in our very own backyard and until we can conquer the turmoil on our own home soil, we won't be able to nurture the soil of change in another's.
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