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Global Projects Know Human Trafficking is Real!

Global Projects is Detroit's connection to the reality of human trafficking which is not just an international problem but has now come home to the metro area. We have been advocates against this crime for some years.

 

PRLog (Press Release)Nov 09, 2010 – Detroit, MI - Global Projects for Hope, Help and Healing who has been involved with combatting human trafficking for some years, located in Detroit we know first- hand the devastation of this bondage. The organization has been on the international front working and  educating the public of this modern day slavery of children and women. The plight of women and children caught in this sting has expanded its reach into the metro Detroit area and Global Projects is ready to be a voice for those without a voice and advocates for change at all levels of government local and federal.

Dr. Sabrina Black, founder and president has taken teams on the mission field to help build bridges with NGO, churches, private sector to get involved in helping the plight of girls caught in this horrific crime against humanity. From London, Spain, Italy and Nigeria.

Global Projects offer expertise and experiencewhether by way of a webinar, beginnings of a documentary, mission teams on multiple trips, or writing and speaking, they are ready and wanting to make a difference.

Global Projects is the foot soldiers in this battle for the lives of women and girls and they have stories to share as well beginning with a former trafficker and young girls who have left the streets andare trying to rebuild their lives.

They are a resource in Detroit that offers hope, help and emotional, mental, spiritual and psychological healing to victims.

To get involved or volunteer go to website www.globalprojects.org or call 313-205-7300. Come make a difference.

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Global Projects is a nonprofit community based service organization located in city of Detroit.
Services are local, national and global. We offer crisis counseling, crisis intervention training, leadership training for men and women. We have done mission on 5 of the 7 continents.

Ontario to Traffickers: We're Open for Business

NEW YORK, Oct. 4 -- /PRNewswire/ -- In commemoration of October 5: International Day of No Prostitution, the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) stands in opposition to the Ontario Supreme Court's recent decision which voided Canada's anti-prostitution laws. The Court asserts that their ruling will lead to greater safety for women in prostitution. This decision, to the contrary, is certain to put even more women and girls at risk. It is premised on false notions and is seriously at odds with Canada's respected human rights record.

First, decriminalizing prostitution sends an unmistakable signal to pimps and human traffickers that they are welcome to conduct "business" in Canada. This is an especially dangerous message to send at a time when human trafficking is now tied with illegal arms sales as the leading source of criminal earnings in the world. Countries that have legalized prostitution have witnessed a dramatic increase in both the demand for prostitution and the incidence of sex trafficking it fuels.

Second, prostitution is a practice of sex discrimination that targets girls and women for abuse. It is a social injustice stemming from and perpetuating the world's oldest inequality, that of women. It is also inextricably linked to sex trafficking. Decriminalization of prostitution ignores the underlying social inequalities that give rise to sexual exploitation and is fundamentally at odds with the goal of human equality. The most effective way to address this injustice is to create the legal, political and social conditions that give women alternatives to prostitution rather than working to keep them in the sex industry.

Canada should decriminalize the women in prostitution and address the demand for prostitution by penalizing the buyers instead of paving the way for men to purchase women and children. A good place to start would be to adopt the Nordic Model, originated in Sweden, and passed in other countries such as Norway, Iceland, the Philippines and South Korea.

The Nordic Model is premised on the recognition that prostitution is violence against women. It also recognizes that women and girls are human beings and therefore cannot be bought or sold for commercial sexual exploitation. It criminalizes the sex industry and their customers while decriminalizing those exploited in the sex trade. By criminalizing the purchase of a sexual act, the law identifies and penalizes the agents of the harm inherent in prostitution. It is the only approach that has led to a decline in sex trafficking.

The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, the world's first organization to fight human trafficking internationally, adds our voice to those of the Canadian women's groups and human rights advocates who are calling upon their high court to reverse this decision and to legislate against the demand for commercial sexual exploitation.

SOURCE The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women



Read more: http://www.sunherald.com/2010/10/04/2528687_ontario-to-traffickers-were-open.html#ixzz11cFWXPeZ

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Trafficking in Persons Report

The Secretary of State submits the annual "Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000: Trafficking in Persons Report" to Congress. This report covers "severe forms of trafficking in persons" defined as:

"(a) sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age; or (b) the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery."

Source U.S. Department of State.

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Presidential Proclamation -
National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month (1/04/10)

The United States was founded on the principle that all people are born with an unalienable right to freedom -- an ideal that has driven the engine of American progress throughout our history. As a Nation, we have known moments of great darkness and greater light; and dim years of chattel slavery illuminated and brought to an end by President Lincoln's actions and a painful Civil War. Yet even today, the darkness and inhumanity of enslavement exists. Millions of people worldwide are held in compelled service, as well as thousands within the United States. During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we acknowledge that forms of slavery still exist in the modern era, and we recommit ourselves to stopping the human traffickers who ply this horrific trade.

As we continue our fight to deliver on the promise of freedom, we commemorate the Emancipation Proclamation, which became effective on January 1, 1863, and the 13th Amendment, which was sent to the States for ratification on February 1, 1865. Throughout the month of January, we highlight the many fronts in the ongoing battle for civil rights -- including the efforts of our Federal agencies; State, local, and tribal law enforcement partners; international partners; nonprofit social service providers; private industry and nongovernmental organizations around the world who are working to end human trafficking.

The victims of modern slavery have many faces. They are men and women, adults and children. Yet, all are denied basic human dignity and freedom. Victims can be abused in their own countries, or find themselves far from home and vulnerable. Whether they are trapped in forced sexual or labor exploitation, human trafficking victims cannot walk away, but are held in service through force, threats, and fear. All too often suffering from horrible physical and sexual abuse, it is hard for them to imagine that there might be a place of refuge.

We must join together as a Nation and global community to provide that safe haven by protecting victims and prosecuting traffickers. With improved victim identification, medical and social services, training for first responders, and increased public awareness, the men, women, and children who have suffered this scourge can overcome the bonds of modern slavery, receive protection and justice, and successfully reclaim their rightful independence.

Fighting modern slavery and human trafficking is a shared responsibility. This month, I urge all Americans to educate themselves about all forms of modern slavery and the signs and consequences of human trafficking. Together, we can and must end this most serious, ongoing criminal civil rights violation.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 2010 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, culminating in the annual celebration of National Freedom Day on February 1. I call upon the people of the United States to recognize the vital role we can play in ending modern slavery, and to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fourth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.

BARACK OBAMA

Think the past slavery markets are gone?
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It still continues to this day!

Report trafficking crimes or get help by calling the toll-free hotline
1-888-428-7581 (voice and TTY).

Para registrar su queja o obtener ayuda, llame gratis a
1-888-428-7581 (linea directa y de TTY para personas con incapacidad auditiva)

What is trafficking in persons?

Trafficking in persons — also known as "human trafficking" — is a form of modern-day slavery. Traffickers often prey on individuals who are poor, frequently unemployed or underemployed, and who may lack access to social safety nets, predominantly women and children in certain countries. Victims are often lured with false promises of good jobs and better lives, and then forced to work under brutal and inhuman conditions.

It is a high priority of the Department of Justice to pursue and prosecute human traffickers. Human trafficking frequently involves the trafficking of women and children for sexual exploitation, a brutal crime the Department is committed to aggressively investigating and prosecuting. Trafficking also often involves exploitation of agricultural and sweat shop workers, as well as individuals working as domestic servants.

The Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution outlaws slavery and involuntary servitude. The Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 (VTVPA) supplements existing laws and establishes new tools and resources to combat trafficking in persons and to provide services and protections for victims.

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Hip hop helps counter human trafficking in Brazil

The hip hop group was originally contacted by Aldair Brasil, head of the Federal District's Committee to Fight Human Trafficking, a permanent forum of governmental and non-governmental representatives, including schoolteachers, community leaders, and even firemen. "We asked them to prepare a video clip for youngsters, particularly in vulnerable areas,"Brasil says. "We thought it would be much more effective than any seminar or school class. Now we need to spread it throughout the country."

"Don't Traffic" is a low-budget film set in the outskirts of Brasília and in its central area, close important governmental buildings. According to hip hop artist Costa, this is one way to put pressure on politicians to pass legislation, protect human rights and prosecute criminals.

The film also has a preventive message. It begins with a child, searching for his mother who left home and never returned. "We wanted to tell youngsters, particularly women, that propositions to become a model or to get a better life in other Brazilian cities or abroad may actually be a nightmare in disguise," Costa explains.

The Federal District's Committee to Fight Human Trafficking has been monitoring cases in the region. The majority of cases have involved girls between 12 and 17 years old. In almost every case, the process begins with a family member or close friend. "Traffickers lure victims by giving the family money, paying bills and basic food staples,"Brasil explains. "These people also make fake identification cards, prepare model portfolios, everything to stimulate that the victim is heading for real work and, most importantly, an overall life upgrade."

Judging from the cases monitored by the Committee, most victims are trafficked to other cities in Brazil or to other countries, especially Spain, Portugal, Switzerland and the United States. Although girls from Brazil's poorer regions, like the Northeast, also end up being trafficked to the Federal District.

In 2006, the Committee was recognized as a public utility organization. This recognition has helped in building a network with governmental agencies to urge them to include human trafficking in their programmes, provide improved assistance and protection of victims and conduct proper investigation and prosecution of criminal organisations.

In 2008, the government instituted a National Plan to Counter Human Trafficking, which involved governmental, non-governmental and international organizations, including UNODC. The plan is based on prevention, prosecution and protection of victims. 

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