The vast majority of detectives investigating sex trafficking spend hours behind their desks, compiling thousands of pages of case file documentation. There are no high speed chases, no shootouts and there are definitely no suspenseful, last minute rescues.
What keeps this industry booming is the demand for cheap labor or services, or for commercial sex acts. Sex trafficking is big business, one of the world's biggest human rights issues and it's happening in our own backyard.
LOVE146--an international charity that provides aftercare and rehabilitation for children rescued from sexual slavery--has collaborated with Nashville-based rock group Band of Love on a new video to increase public awareness on this issue.
The plight of women in prostitution has always captured our attention. We've seen plenty of plays, movies and books written about and by women of the streets -- all usually through a dreamy vaseline lens. Now comes to Chicago Shadow Town, a play by Mary Bonnett.
Women have been working to stop these crimes against girls for years. But until men stop providing the client base for child porn and child sex tourism and child brides, nothing will change. And millions more girls will be lost forever.
When governments fail to tackle the demand side of the commercial sex industry, they not only fail to protect people in prostitution, they also financially benefit through the increased tax income generated from the exploitation of people.
Before we get this ball rolling, we have two minor points which relate to the calendar which we feel merit mentioning. First, for the superstitious among us, it's not only Friday the 13th, but it's actually a double-dose, being 9/13/13. Wooo! Scary!
Until we understand these basic premises of acceptable residential care and the challenges presented by America's child sex trafficking victims, residential care for these children may be as damaging or dangerous as life with a pimp/trafficker.
So let me get this straight, FBI. You have your full federal arsenal available, along with 76 cities' law-enforcement agencies working together to gather up as many bad guys as possible, and you rope in approximately 159 "pimps." Is this all you have to show for your nation-wide efforts?
Psychology and acting go perfect together for actress Julia Sarah Stone. What better way to totally understand a character? In real life, Julia and her dad always battle it out as to who gets to read the subscription Psychology Today. Julia always wins.
Eliot Spitzer as Comptroller will bury the past in a pile of papers, lose himself in reports on the city's economy, and he'll come out the other side of this public service cleansed and processed, stamped and sealed.