Laurie Charles, Texas A&M University Published 6:02 am CDT, Monday, August 20, 2018 (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Laurie Charles, Texas A&M University (THE CONVERSATION) Many people think that human trafficking means kidnapping and moving victims across state or national borders. After working with human trafficking victims as a forensic nurse and now while teaching at Texas A&M University’s College of Nursing, I know that this often is not the case. I have found that many perpetrators find, entice and sell their victims right in their own backyards. Victims are often hidden in plain sight, leading everyone from police to health professionals to miss clues to their plight and vastly underestimate the scope and economics of human trafficking. MySA News Videos Now Playing: Now Playing LFD: Occupied vehicle goes up in flames near gas pump in north Laredo … [Read more...] about You don’t have to look far to find human trafficking victims
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August 15, 2018 By The Picard Group United Way of Acadiana’s Women United group held a powerful session on Aug. 13 for their Food for Thought Series: An Update on Louisiana’s Fight Against Human Trafficking. This eye-opening panel discussion included Sen. Ronnie Johns, Father Jeff Bayhi and Sister Norma Nunez and was facilitated by Jan Risher. Sen. Johns has represented District 27 in the Louisiana State Senate since 2012 and has devoted his legislative career to many business-related issues, health care issues, advocating for domestic violence victims, for adoption and foster care of children, and victims of human trafficking. Father M. Jeffery Bayhi, a native of Baton Rouge, has worked a great deal with retreats, prison systems, and hospitals while also serving many Church parishes. He also established Metanoia Corporation, a non-profit religious organization dedicated to developing a safe shelter to rescue women from human trafficking. Metanoia … [Read more...] about SPONSORED: An Update on Louisiana’s Fight Against Human Trafficking
– Queendom Come, Inc. (QCI) along with other local Houston organization will host a town hall meeting, Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at 7 p.m. to launch its #ProtectOurDaughters campaign to address sex and human trafficking in the Houston area. Sex trafficking had become the new “slavery” and has taken national attention when a dozen of black and Latina girls went missing in Washington, D.C. this month. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Houston is one of the largest hubs for human trafficking in the nation and the largest hub in Texas Houston has over 200 active brothels, with two new openings each month. Houston is a popular entryway for internationally trafficked persons due to its two large, international airports and the Port of Houston, which is the largest international port in the United States and the thirteenth busiest in the world. Age is the primary factor in vulnerability. We are seeing our daughters becoming victims to this modern-day slavery. … [Read more...] about Queendom Come, Inc. Joins with Other Houston Organizations to Host Town Hall Meeting #ProtectOurDaughters Against Sex & Human Trafficking.
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When Karis Williams was only 15 years old she watched a human trafficking documentary that changed her life and gave her a purpose. She decided she would dedicate herself to rescuing lives. After serving in the military, earning her master’s in global affairs (MAGA) from the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs in 2017 and landing a job as a research analyst at a major tech company, Focal Point Data Risk, Williams began a project called “Sparks of Grace” to fulfill her mission. As part of her project, Williams works as an anti-human trafficking consultant. She conducts country-specific research on human trafficking policies and on ways to spread awareness throughout the U.S. “[I] challenged myself to go where I never imagined,” she said. Equipped with the research skills honed during her time at FIU, Williams has worked with several non-profit organizations and movements such as the Africa-based Mavuno … [Read more...] about Alumna’s life mission: to spread awareness about human trafficking