To my friends and colleagues in the NYC metro area who don't believe this happens here, this is just one of many recent busts of trafficking rings. The more shocking thing is that these perpetrators are sentenced with only 5 years in prison - less than the time they stole from these women's lives and certainly unparalleled to the legacy this trauma will have.
An incredible week in Congress! The momentum from this year's publicity of human trafficking in the US and the abandonment of gender rights abroad has finally led to the passage of some landslide legislation. Strong work!http://time.com/106711/human-trafficking-bills-congress/
H.R. 3530, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2013; H.R. 3610, the Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act;H.R. 4225, Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation (SAVE) Act; H.R. 4058, the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Improving Opportunities for Youth in Foster Care Act; and H.R. 4573, the International Megan’s Law to Prevent Demand for Child Sex Trafficking.
Atlanta has the highest rate of trafficking in the US. This great article from Georgia Public Broadcasting highlights the leadership efforts of college students to educate their younger peers about the dangers of trafficking.
Some shocking stats from the story:
~1/10 students in Macon Alabama knew someone selling their bodies.
~The average age a child goes into the sex trade in Macon is 12 to 14.
~Once in the life, the average life expectancy is another seven years - the most common cause of death is homicide.
Dr. Geynisman is the founder of the Survivor Clinic and a passionate champion of women's equality and justice