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Sex-trafficking survivor Cheryl Briggs, of The Woodlands, has been through a lot in her life.

Her most recent health issue may be slowing her down some, but Briggs said it is not stopping her from continuing the fight on human sex-trafficking and opening ‘My Daughter’s House,’ a 1,700-square-foot, six-bed facility for women, in Montgomery County, to recover and help them prepare to restart their lives.

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‪#‎apathappears‬      Sex Trafficking in the US

Nicholas Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn, Ashley Judd, Blake Lively and Malin Akerman travel across the country to investigate this problem and visit the organizations that successfully implement support systems to protect girls vulnerable to sex trafficking.

But the story didn’t end after 90 minutes, here’s your chance to find out where the characters in our film are today.

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Call it what it is: Sex-trafficking

“While Weeks maintains that everything that happened at the shoot was consensual, it was not the best experience. “They try to figure out what makes you tick and fuck with you. I remember getting naked, and the guy said, ‘You have cuts on your legs. You’re a cutter.’ He could tell I had written the word 'fat’ in my thigh, so he started calling me fat.” Once they called “action,” she was pushed to the ground and slapped. “And I said, 'Stop, stop, stop. No, no.’ And then they stopped, and they were like, 'We have to keep going.’


"And I was like, 'Just please don’t hit me so hard.’ But it went on like that, me getting hit, pushed, spit on. I was being told I was fat, that I was a terrible feminist, was going to fail all my classes, was stupid, dumb, a slut. But I got through it. You know how you kind of zone out sometimes? I just disassociated.” It wasn’t until she got back to Duke that she felt the weight of it all. “I remember just being a wreck, like, 'Oh, my God, what have I done? This is the most embarrassing thing ever. What if somebody finds it?’”

-Excerpt from Rolling Stone interview with Miriam Weeks (aka Belle Knox)


Reading Miriam Weeks’s story makes me so upset and angry. What is more frustrating is how much she and many others insist that this type of behavior is acceptable. Abuse is considered an occupational hazard. But I want to talk about a simple thing that we all can do to take steps towards some transparency in the porn industry. We see stories like this from survivors all the time. It’s time to call this what it is: sex trafficking.


The Federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act defines sex-trafficking as: The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act where such an 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.

That being said, it’s time to hold the industry accountable:

  • When a performer tells the other performers to stop, and they keep going, she is a victim of sex-trafficking (and rape of course)
  • When a performer is given a dishonest or inaccurate description of a scene ahead of time, and then coerced into performing it, she is a victim of sex-trafficking.
  • When a producer/directer blackmails or threatens a performer when she doesn’t want to do something, she is a victim of sex trafficking

Consent is all or nothing. It is either fully informed and freely given or it is nonexistent. The porn industry is ridden with trafficking, blackmail, rape, abuse, fraud, and drug use. Call these crimes what they are. Women who have these experiences are victims. Many try to say that they like it or that they feel empowered, because like anyone else in traumatic situations, many people go into survival mode. Their stories should be treated with empathy and respect, but we also need to recognize that this type of behavior must not be accepted.

At the very least, there needs to be more transparency:

  • The actors should know exactly, down to the last detail, what the scene will consist of.
  • There should be no drugs involved.
  • The actor should be able to decide at any moment that she does not want to start/continue the scene.
  • There should not even be a hint of any consequences should a performer decide she does not want to do something.
  • No performer, at any time, should ever fear scared to say no because they are scared of physical retaliation.


Pro-porners like to say that porn is fine, because it’s just consenting adults…but how many people do you think actually have the experience listed above? How many performers give their full consent?

Link to Rolling Stone article

http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/the-blue-devil-in-miss-belle-knox-meet-duke-porn-star-miriam-weeks-20140423?page=2

HUMAN TRAFFICKING: A CRIME IN MOTION

This is a guest blog post by Oakland County Commissioner Janet Jackson.

As an elected County Commissioner in Southfield, Michigan, a suburban community bordering Detroit, I am committed and proud to take part in numerous efforts locally to combat the crime of human trafficking and address the issue of internet safety.

Location = Trafficking Access

Southfield, Michigan is a majority-minority populated suburb with a 75% African American demographic. We are located just north of one of Detroit’s red light districts. There are numerous hotels located here with convenient freeway access. My city is viewed as strategic territory for trafficking. Our local police force understands this significant fact and collaborates with the FBI, the State Police and other local police departments, task forces, businesses and hotel owners, to fight this crime.

Many Sides to the Trafficking Fight

Sting operations over the years have recovered under-aged victims and levied charges against pimps and perpetrators. However, this is only one side in the fight against this crime. Law enforcement can prosecute, but it is the job of community partners to come together to raise awareness and prevention by educating the community concerning child and internet safety which is another side in this fight.

Free Resources and Ongoing Outreach

For over five years, resources provided by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children have engaged collaborative groups by teaching about the risks of the internet and the many facets of intervention. Russell Petty, Senior National Outreach Coordinator for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, has travelled to my area annually. He has given internet safety and anti-human trafficking presentations. He has provided free resources and informational materials from the NCMEC to alert the public about methods used to lure children into criminal activity. He has informed and directed people to legal and community service agencies that provide assistance to victims. As the internet has proven to be a continuum and a gateway that exploiters can use to entice and take advantage of minors.

The information provided by Mr. Petty helps protect our young residents and parents informing and empowering them about responsible use of the internet. He has provided free resource lessons suitable for all ages. These popular discussions have been utilized at public school educator assemblies, municipal park and recreational events.

Last November, the Oakland County Human Trafficking Workshop Committee held a two-day event featuring keynote guest speakers, Teresa Flores (a survivor), and Russell Petty. They were joined by a panel of professional and community partners. The event attracted over 500 participants from the entire county and Metro-Detroit area.

Participants learned about new state legislation, prosecution efforts and internet safety as part of our effort to connect the Dots to Keep Oakland County Safe, and eradicate human trafficking.

Human Trafficking is a crime in motion, one that requires ongoing informational outreach efforts.

About the Author

Oakland County Commissioner Janet Jackson is currently serving her fourth term in District 21. She represents a portion of the communities of Southfield and Farmington Hills in Michigan. Her passion as a public servant is to enhance and to create a safer community for her residents and their children. Janet is a member of the Diversity Advisory Committee for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Washington, D.C.

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Sex Trafficking was something I always knew existed but never really thought that much about it. It never consumed my thoughts and never captured my heart.

Then I went to Passion 2013.

At Passion, hosted in Atlanta, Georgia, my fire for sex trafficking was fueled. There, many organizations that work with trafficked girls and work for justice in the trafficking world were represented. I heard countless slavery stories and listened to all the work that these righteous organizations do. I will never forget sitting in a dome filled with 65,000 young adults listening to a testimony of a young girl who was sold into sex slavery at the age of twelve. I sobbed. The entire time. Not even just crying a little but the kind of crying where you are trying to hold back heaving and think you might pass out. I could not handle it. What broke my heart even more was that the story of the girl we had just watched was in the crowd. It’s one thing to know that sex trafficking exists and it’s another to put a face to the story. To see human flesh that has walked through things many of us will never walk through. A living soul that has been bruised, hurt and sold beyond what I can imagine.

After I returned home from Georgia in January 2013, I couldn’t stop thinking of the millions of women and girls, some under the age of six, who felt like they had no hope in the world. Sex trafficking is not something that we talk about on a daily basis. There are always commercials on TV for animal abuse and hunger but the reality of sex trafficking is something that is literally thriving in the darkness yet it is not discussed openly. Vile, lethal, and evil cannot even begin to describe the atrocities of sex slavery. Women across the globe are forced to do things in conditions that are far worse than we can think of. They sleep with multiple, physically and mentally dirty men who don’t consider them worthy. They are not girls that were ever told that they were beautiful princesses created by the Author of the universe. Instead, they are kept in dark rooms, are used continually and looked at as a meaningless person who can only satisfy the fleshly desires that these men have.

Women in these situations truly feel there is no hope. They don’t think that anyone is going to rescue them from the pit of all evil. I thought about myself. I put myself in their shoes. If I was sold into sex slavery, either because my family needed the money, I was kidnapped, or if I was tricked into it, I would want those who are free, smart, and with so many privileges to risk what they have to come and save me. I thought of my sisters. I would dedicate my life to try and save them if they were in such deep traps as these girls. The countless stories I have read are haunting. They strike my soul and I know that I cannot sit back and just forget about them. All these women need a voice and I have the opportunity to have a voice.

With all that I am, I want to be a voice for the oppressed and hurting. The greatest thing I can do right now is raise awareness. In the future I would love to work with battered women or with trafficked women and girls but right now, as a college student, I can tell other people about the importance of fighting for those who live in conditions that are so horrific, I don’t know if I could live through them. I also want to let people know that this is real; trafficking really happens and real women, like me, you, your mothers, daughters, friends, and sisters, are forced to have sex with vulgar men.

The cry of my heart is to raise an army who will fight for these women. To make trafficking a subject that pierces the hearts of people across the globe. I want the darkness to scatter in the light. I want women who have been sold to be redeemed and affirmed that they are worth much more than what they have been sold for.

Please, think of all the women and girls you know in your life and get familiar with the subject. Read enough chilling stories so your heart is moved to action. Pray for a fire in your heart for these people. Don’t forget to pray for the men who are buying these women, they are trying to fill a void in their heart that only God can fill and if they had Jesus, they wouldn’t be going to these brothels. Pray for light to shine and the devil to be exposed. Prayer works and coupled with ACTION much can be done. I encourage you to be a voice and love as Jesus loved.

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@two_wings is a charity that helps rehabilitate and save the lives of victims of sex trafficking, and they are doing such important work. Please help, if not through a bracelet purchase, at least through knowledge and understanding what a terrible problem they are fighting. Thanks my friends, it means the world to me.

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(Source: MTV EXIT) These are the top ten things that you need to know about human trafficking. This is one of the most underrated issues in modern society. Did you know that there are more slaves now than any other point in history! How insane is that! It is 2013 and people, especially children, are being deprived of love, education, liberty, happiness, and life and instead forced into a hell hole of sex trafficking. But we can fight this and bring awareness and bring those who contribute to this evil to justice. Remember, “justice will not be served until those who are unaffected by it are as outraged as those who are” - Ben Franklin