Wednesday, February 24, 2010

WEBCAST TODAY: Senate Judiaciary Hearing on "Commercial Sex Tafficking in the USA"

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Click on the image below to watch the Senate Judiciary meeting on commercial child sex trafficking in the USA. You will need to scroll 22 minutes into the video before it starts playing the actual meeting. (Thank you high quality government filming.)

The meeting is 1 hr. 20 minutes long, but everyone should watch it to stay informed about the progress being made in legislation. Plus, Senator Al Franken is part of the meeting. He's very sober, I mean somber, as a senator, but I still get a kick out of him.

This group of Senators are pushing for new legislation to help protect child prostitutes from being arrested and tried rather than receiving proper aftercare. The meeting includes talks of creating more safe shelters, stricter punishment for traffickers and more.

A lot of poignant facts and statistics are shared in the meeting as well as testimonies from a number of groups and survivors. One point from the meeting really stuck out to me.

"If you make a difference with an aggressive approach in our country, it will help trying to deal with the international aspect of this problem."
- Senator Ron Wyden (Dem- Oregon)

How true this is. If we can attack this in the United States, it will create awareness, new legislation, more funding for programs here and worldwide. There's never been a better time than now to end slavery. Laws are on the books, groups are in place and awareness is building.

These Senators were brought to action after watching the documentary "Playground," written and directed by Libby SPear, produced by George Clooney. Hopefully this will serve as tipping point to end slavery in the USA and worldwide.

Everyone I talk to about modern slavery agrees it's atrocious. Then they ask, "What can I do?" BE A VOICE. Spread awareness share these posts and videos with others. Collectively we can reach thousands of people. Creating awareness and making this an issue in the public mind WILL lead to CHANGE.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
~Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Will you accept my invitation? Will you be a voice?

Thank you,
John Burger

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