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Slavery in America’s Heartland? It’s a 21st Century Dirty Secret Affecting Girls as Young as 12.


Slavery is not dead in America. Human trafficking - forcing people to work against their will - is the second-largest criminal industry in the world; illegal sale of drugs is first. The money raised by trafficking girls for sex is used to purchase illegal drugs and guns, two commodities that bring in more money and wield more power for the men who possess them. The girls sold for sex don't get any of the money they earn.

Don't kid yourself if you think this doesn't happen in America. Don't fool yourself into thinking this doesn't happen in my town. Don't you believe that it only hap

pens to ‘bad' girls. Human trafficking occurs daily in cities and towns across this country. Human trafficking takes many different forms. Asian girls are forced to work in low cost nail salons. African girls are forced to work in hair braiding parlors. Even American girls are treated and traded like a commodity. Human trafficking occurs from San Diego to Ohio.

Bridgette Carr, 33, a University of Michigan law professor and director of the nation's only human trafficking law clinic is among the crusaders who are trying to turn the tide on human trafficking.

Read the full story on my blog Living in the Heartland.

IntheHeartland · 2942 days ago
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  •  Anonymous: 
    The war against human trafficking is an upholding of an American citizen's freedoms, as opposed to the wars on drugs and guns. If the government were just consistently on the side of liberty, human trafficking would likely never have flourished in the first place.
     2938 days ago 
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  •  AnaLewis: 
    This is so important. Thank you, Pam, for shining the spotlight on this horrific crime that affects us world-wide.
     2942 days ago 
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Slavery in America’s Heartland? It’s a 21st Century Dirty Secret Affecting Girls as Young as 12.