“Twelve people have been charged in Hennepin County. In Anoka County, Marcellus Braswell is charged with dropping off a 16-year-old to provide sex for money and is facing up to 20 years in prison or a $50,000 fine. In Ramsey County, Adrian Cortez Edwards is charged with engaging in the sex trafficking of an individual for dropping off a woman to engage in sex for money at a Maplewood hotel over the weekend. He could receive up to 15 years in prison, a $30,000 fine or both. “Some of them we know through our investigation came in specifically for the Final Four,” Evans said. “We want this activity to end we want to make it so it’s not okay to traffic human beings.” Twenty-eight victims were rescued from trafficking situations during the operation, including one minor. This Human Trafficking Investigators task force is active statewide and year-round.”
I thought this was a good post to reblog because it shows a good example of the consequences of sext trafficking. Yes these are severe but are they enough? in my opinion this is not enough once they get out who knows what they will do again. What do you guys think?
Equality now is an amazing website that helps inform new comers on the reality of sex trafficking. it gives you an insight on who the majority of victims are and the things that these poor kids and adults are going through. but thats not all, the website wants you to help put it to an end to it.
“Equality Now advocates for a legal framework that:
Criminalizes those who exploit people for profit, including sex buyers, traffickers, pimps and brothel-keepers
Decriminalizes people in prostitution, including victims of trafficking, and provides them with support services – including to leave prostitution if they wish to do so
Recognizes that without demand (buyers), there would be no ‘need for a supply’ and therefore, criminalizes the demand for commercial sex that fuels prostitution and trafficking into prostitution”
Students in my class shared an every day fear of being kidnapped at the mall, at Walmart, walking to/from class, walking outside of their homes, interviewing for a job, etc. In past semesters, we have often talked about “what do you do on an everyday basis to avoid being raped or assaulted.” Typically, male-identifying students saying “nothing”/”it’s not something I think about.” Female-identifying students have long lists that include having pepper spray at the ready, having a gun, etc.
I felt like this was a good post because instead of viewing things as a victim your are seeing things from children who are actually scared to become one.
Catie Hart was trafficked by a man she thought of as her boyfriend. Their relationship became increasingly threatening, till the 18 y.o. was forced into prostitution. Fear kept her from escaping. The line between “boyfriend” and “trafficker” was intentionally blurred from the outset. This type of grooming is typical. Catie’s story did not though end there. She is now training to become a computer programmer.